A sunny day on Clydeside

It had that ‘last decent day of sunshine’ vibe about it so I took Big Boy RB67 for a walk with 2 rolls of Ilford Pan F 50. Was a very pleasant afternoon shooting in the sun and although I’ll probably forget about these images in a few years I still had a good time making them and thats what really matters.

Things I saw yesterday

Not much to report here. Had a fairly lazy day. We chilled in the morning. Went for a Parma Violet latte and Hot Chocolate at Cafe Rawnchy in Dennistoun. I had the Lavender and White Chocolate cake yum yum yum. Shot some stuff on the X-Pro1 with the VM 35mm f/1.4 and there’s even an iPhone shot in there from when the M mount lens couldn’t get close enough.

New toys

Nikon FM/FE, Fuji X, Leica M, Minolta TLR… all my cameras have had something in common; they’re relatively small within their corner of the photography world. Then this happened…

It was just sitting there in the shop window – giving me that sexy little smile. I entered the shop expecting to find this old beast a little unwieldy to handle but no, it felt good but I summoned the strength to leave it there. Then I spend the next three days browsing the web and youtube vids trying to find something that would put me off but I failed. Now it’s mine. All mine.

I only took the one lens, a 90mm f/3.8. I went straight from the camera store to the Botanic Gardens in the west end of Glasgow and shot a roll of Ilford Delta 400. I expected a quality jump from the Minolta Autocord but the improvement surprised me.

Off to the lab/Leica M2 in hand

A nice sunny day and I had some rolls of colour negative film to be developed. I do all my own black and white but I don’t enjoy the colour process so that gets sent out to the lovely folks at Gulabi. A nice six mile round trip walk to the southside was in order to get the job done. Of course, I did have a little coffee and cake pit stop. Grind & Grain in Victoria Road do a fine coffee and that lump you see is a vegan biscoff sandwich. It’s been a long time since my body had such a lump of sugar in one serving. This treat was delicious but it left me jingling and jangling.

A Boxing Day stroll/first rolls of medium format

Just before Xmas I bought myself an old Minolta Autocord TLR. Probably not my ‘final’ choice of medium format shooter but a good first choice. I had shot a test roll and developed at home just to make sure the shutter speeds were good.

I don’t currently have the means to scan 6×6 negatives but if I continue to shoot and enjoy it (which I think I will) I’ll get a scanner for them.

On Boxing Day my favourite two people took me for a walk around the Glasgow Necropolis and I shot a roll of XP2. Overall I love the results. Some of them show I need to take a little more care to focus and not underestimate how shallow the depth of field can be, even at smaller apertures.

There is one shot in particular that I think seals my medium format future. Its a shot of Penny on a bench with a snack and a daft face – the sense of depth and almost 3D rendering caught my eye immediately. If this is what a pretty basic lens cans do on a 6×6 negative I am probably hooked.

Oh well another rabbit hole.

A rare ride on the subway and a walk in a different park

We don’t ride the Glasgow Underground much. It doesn’t come by our side of the city but today we were heading to the West End. No special reason: we just wanted to walk round a park we haven’t already walked round ten times this week. Covid lockdown certainly lowers your expectations off a fun day out.

I have also been playing around with shine new colour edits and I’m pretty happy with it.

These were all shot on the go with my X-T2 and the big 16mm f/1.4 (that thing gets a bit heavy after a few hours but the upgrade in image quality compared to the f/2.8 version is definitely worth it.

Why not drop a comment and get some chat going. Any subject, the lens, the edit, the composition, whatever…