Life, photos but not the universe


Some time ago I bought a camera from a charity shop.  Since then I’ve been sporadically wrestling with the differences between film and digital.  After working my way through various expired and cheap films (with appropriate results) I finally decided it was worth getting some better film and also that since the film that had been recommended was a fast film I ought to stop waiting for magical light to appear just when I didn’t have time to stop and take photos.  Instead, I should make art out of whatever happened to be lying around.   Like I was taught at Art college years and years ago.

Which really meant going out on a dull day and finding a rather stunning bit of woodland to play in.  Fast film I thought – it’ll pick up all the natural colours without creating noise and stuff.  I’m a bit hazy about tecnical stuff but I think I have the general idea.  So I dodged drizzle and used up a whole film and then used the little digital camera because there were still trees and stuff (they didn’t go away just because I’d run out of film!).

Anyway, the next day there was glorious sunlight and all the autumn colours positively glowed and I couldn’t go out because I’d procrastinated over the fly hoovering already and needed to get the job done.  And because it’s film I haven’t had a chance to see what came out either.  Certainly a lot of the settings on the little camera were all wrong!  (The little camera does have a live viewing screen but unfortunately it lies.  What comes out at home isn’t nearly as sharp and bright as it says it  will be)

So although a very patient person (honest) I’m practically jumping up and down with frustration because I still haven’t had a chance to take the film in to be developed.

Meanwhile, I’ve been to see Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings at the Anvil in Basingstoke which was very nice.  Gorgeous blues and tremendous musicianship.  Some things (and people just don’t age at all at least not in the ways which matter).

And spent a lovely day visiting a friend and catching up – it seems to be forever since we last got together.

And driven home watching a huge pale moon rising over the hills.  Followed a bird along a narrow lane with high hedges – I think it might have been a swift or a nightjar; it was definitely in the wrong place, lots of swooping and dipping but seemed to have no idea of how to get out of the lane and away.  Eventually it went through a gap in the hedge and I was much relieved.

And ordered a new shower pump.

And without quite  noticing I was doing it, went into a charity shop and came out with  £10 less than I had before and one film camera more, a Canon EOS 1000F. . …  I still haven’t noticed that but I might just be getting another battery today.*

Quite a productive day or two really.

And now I’m going  to do a bit more jumping up and down.


Ok, jumping up and down over.  It was a very dull day.  These photos needed a lot of processing and I’m not so impressed with the film.  The colours were very flat and I hadn’t realised that fast film is quite so grainy.

Yesterday it was not dull so I went back with the big camera.  One reason I wanted to try film is because the DSLR either over- or under-does the colour.  More processing.

Beech trees and swooping valleys feature a lot at the moment

And a bit of Autumnal while the leaves last.

It was quite hard to tear myself away.

Anyway, today is dull again.  I may go shopping for batteries and little halogen bulbs (for the dining room, not the camera).  Or I may wait in for the shower pump to be delivered.  I’ll have another coffee. Would you like one too?

*I looked it up when I got home and read a review that said don’t pay more than £100 for it and another which told me all sorts of things about how it works – very little of which I understand.  The internet is a wonderful thing.

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  1. I didn’t know you could even get film for cameras any more. I have a very old Canon up in the ‘defunct technology’ drawer in the spare bedroom – perhaps I should dig it out. But of course digital is better, because you can always create fake silk purses afterwards.

    Too late for coffee, but thanks for offering. I’ll be having a sherry sometime soon – cheers!

    Comment by Tim | November 14, 2011 | Reply

  2. The lenses on most old film SLR’s are greatly superior to the lightweight digital equivalent.
    I buy very good in-date colour film in Poundland for £1 a roll.

    Comment by Rog | November 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. Sometimes my purses look a lot like old bags Tim. However, today’s technology allows you to make quite convincing viscose purses even out of film. (specially with a glass of wine to hand)

    The lens is willing but the light is weak Rog. I’m on my way to poundland.

    Comment by letouttoplay | November 14, 2011 | Reply

  4. You’re putting the “am” into Mamiya!

    Comment by Rog | November 14, 2011 | Reply

  5. : )

    Comment by letouttoplay | November 15, 2011 | Reply

  6. You’re a brave soul.
    I don’t even know where developing happens any more!

    Which is scary actually……considering there’s still film IN the camera.
    Yeah, well…….that needs to go bye-bye.
    I think it’s been in there a good 10 years now…… Sheeeeeshhhh.

    Comment by Mel | November 16, 2011 | Reply

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