Saturday, 6 February 2016

From the archives

The first portrait I ever shot (with any consideration) back in 2003.  Ilford HP5 Plus with the Chinon CP-7m.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

1x1x1 - Auchmithie

At the start of January I set myself a challenge.  I would pick a location on the map, set a 1 mile radius and give myself 1 hour to shoot 1 roll of film.  The idea was that I would do one location per week.  Then it started to rain.

Not entirely keen on taking any of my vintage cameras out in the deluge, I waited.  And waited.  And waited some more.  Then at last the sun came out.  I loaded my Nettar with a roll of Ektar 100 and headed for Auchmithie.

The old hotel, once a youth hostel.
Looking down at the ruined harbour from the Old Coastguard
Waves breaking on the beach.
From a roll of twelve exposures I got three that I'm reasonably happy with.  The last four shots were done in a rush as the hour was running out and I didn't take enough care over exposure.  The others are fine but compositionally lacking.  One of the things I noticed working with this camera is of course the fixed lens.  Normally this isn't a problem, you just move around until you get the framing right or abandon the idea entirely and move on.  With a time limit, however, you can't spend long clambering about trying to get things perfect.  You've got to keep moving.

I'm really looking forward to doing this again.  I'd be interested in trying this challenge with a zoom lens and see if I do any better or differently.  Unfortunately I don't have a vintage camera with a zoom lens, at least not a working one, so I'm either going to have to do some repairs or get myself back on eBay.

© Ross Bull