This post is made up of pictures taken over a couple of rolls, taken over a couple of weekends. I’d used Ilford FP4+ once or twice over the years, but it wasn’t until last year’s FP4 Parties that I began to appreciate its abilities. Continue reading →
This is a final post in the series documenting my travels in April. I hope that you’ve enjoyed them, or at least they’ve helped kill a little time before you can leave off work.
If you’ve been keeping up, you’ll have read that one week away became two quite different week long trips. The first with my family in Eastern Europe, and the second, a roadtrip-cum-pilgrimage with a mate to see a Scottish bridge.
The thing in common was that I recorded both trips using black and white film. Continue reading →
Through the last four months of 2016, Emulsive.org ran the @FP4Party. Film shooters were encouraged to burn up a roll of the Ilford film during the first week of the month and post results on Twitter during the third. There was a competition for the best entries, voted on by the site’s followers. Continue reading →
On the middle Sunday of February, I woke early and eagerly looked out through the curtains, hoping to see clear morning sunshine, perhaps a delicate, ethereal dew and chirping blackbirds singing from the treetops. Continue reading →
Just a couple of photos for you tonight, both of Gosia, my wife. She’s back home after our 3 months apart. The good news for you (there is lots for me) is that I’ll be taking pictures of her again rather than concrete and self-portraits.
These two pictures were taken using very different equipment and processes. The first was taken with a 50D and an expensive 24-70 lens. I’ve recently discovered processing in Aperture, having previously exported everything, tweaked in Photoshop Elements, before bringing it back. I should learn to use what is a powerful tool properly, but in the meantime, I’ll borrow other people’s presets…
This one was taken on Saturday using my 1966 Nikon F. It was shot on a roll of Neopan 400 that expired in 2007 and processed in our kitchen sink. I scanned it and gave only a slight sprinkling of split-toning, another effect I’m taking my first steps in.
I know which picture I prefer, but what I enjoy most is the variety.
The purists will tell you of course that the quality of the original image is the key thing and these filters and treatments are just distractions from a poorly composed or uninteresting picture. Or that they are a desperate dumbing-down or skill-compensator.
Well, so be it. I’m still new enough at this to find it entertaining. I realise my limitations and will use whatever help I can get…