Summer in my part of the UK has really kicked in this week, the thermometer in my kitchen was reading 30deg C. 90deg F. not that hot compared to many places, but UK houses are built to retain heat. Consequently I didn’t get much sleep last night, so having a lazy day today, just waiting to see the first proper images from JWST and watching the Tour de France live on the TV.
All this heat prompted me to dig out some Infrared images I took in 1992 on the Isle of Eigg. When we arrived on the island it was quite cool, but the next day the temperature really rocketed. The film I used was Kodak HIE infrared with a red 25A filter on the lens. The film was quite difficult to use, has to be loaded/unloaded in total darkness, I do like some of the results though.
I have some Rollei infrared in the fridge, think it’s time I loaded some up and gave it a shot.
Just watched photographer Ben Horne’s latest YouTube video photographing in Utah with an 8″ x 10″ film camera. He mentioned the desert varnish on the rocks and the scents and sounds in the area. It took me right back to when I visited Capitol Reef in 1992 (my first visit to the USA) We camped at Fruita N.P. for a couple of days in a very small tent, I was hardier then. I recently scanned in a roll of film from that time, I put off scanning it for so long because it has a lot of dust marks, but with the aid of Lightroom’s healing brush and a lot of patience and fan whirring on the lap top I managed to get some reasonable images. I can vividly remember the scent of Pine and Sage, and the heat reflected from the rocks.
Olympus OM2n – Zuiko 24mm f2.8.Plus X Pan I think.
Olympus OM2n – Vivitar 19mm f3.8 – Konica ir750 film.
This is an old one from the archive, mid 1990’s I think. Taken on a walk in Lathkil Dale Derbyshire. I was quite surprised to see these steps abandoned in the woods, they were nicely covered in moss. It was quite dark and I thought the image would be underexposed, the lens was wide open (not good for the Vivitar) but the lovely Konica infrared film didn’t let me down.
Moki Dugway & Natural Bridges National Monument – Utah
It’s been quite a while since I posted on this subject, think these images were from 1992 my first visit to the USA, but could be 1995 when I visited this area again (wish I’d kept better notes)
Moki Dugway UT
The Moki Dugway is quite some road, it’s a steep dirt road, and driving an automatic gearbox car (I’m used to a manual box) added to the excitement, not to mention trying not to look at the view which is absolutely incredible. So much space, nothing quite like it in the UK.
Natural Bridges National Monument UT
Would have loved to have explored this area but needed to be on the road to the next destination, so just stopped long enough to get a few images.
A few more images from my visit to Dams Spinney on one of the few sunny days we have had lately. I was using my trusty old Olympus OM2n with Zuiko 24mm & old Tamron 90mm lenses, Cinestill 800 asa Tungsten balanced film with, and without the 85B light correction filter.
Both with 85B Filter
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I’ve had a roll of Cinestill 800T sitting in the fridge (egg compartment) for over two years, so thought it was about time I gave it a try so loaded it in the Olympus OM2n. The T in the 800T means it’s balanced for Tungsten light, to balance it for daylight an 85B colour correction filter needs to be used, but from samples I’ve seen it can look good in daylight without a filter, to 85B or not to 85B. So I took a mixture of images with and without the filter at my favourite place of the moment Dams Spinney.
With 85B Filter
Well I like both of them, they seem to have a bit of an old fashioned look. I’ll have some more shots from this roll to post over the next few days.
Went for a walk again last week to Dams Spinney armed with my Olympus OM2sp loaded with Kodak TriX rated at 800asa. It was for a change a bright cold day. I’m really enjoying visiting this old spinney but worry how much longer it’s going to be there, seems to be little if any tree management or maintenance on the site, you have to clamber over fallen trees that straddle the path around the spinney, but it’s good for the wildlife and that’s so important in this day and age.
I woke up at 4 am this morning to the soft sound of a Tawny owl calling, so lovely. It’s normally the screech of a Barn owl that I hear on a few occasions, they seem to like my very tall “Tree of Heaven” (Ailanthus altissima) to perch in.
It’s a sure sign of the start of spring when the Tom cats come prowling around the garden. My two Female cats are both spayed and watch on with indifference. Being an unashamed cat lover I feel sorry for these guys not having a home so always leave some food outside for them, the dishes are licked clean when I collect them in next morning.
Into The Sun
It was a really warm day for February yesterday so I went back to the Spinney to see what if anything had changed, there were signs of new growth and some blossoms coming through. I took my faithful old Olympus OM2n that I bought secondhand in 1992, slipped in some new batteries and it was ready to go. For over 2 years now I’ve had a roll of Cinestill 800T film resting in the fridge so I loaded it up and am hoping for the best, will send it off for processing next week.