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It has been some time since I posted to this blog. That was not my intention. I hoped to be posting regularly, however life does not always go as we plan. Since the last post we have moved house. We sold up in suburban Melbourne and moved to the Mornington Peninsula. Which is not really that for from suburban Melbourne, but we are near the coast. So I decided to get out the Optima and head to the local nearby beach.
It took a little while to re-familiarise myself with the camera. As I wrote previously the camera is manual focus, but that is done by a distance dial. You cannot see to focus just guess the distance. Most of my reject shots were out of focus. I think if I used the camera more often I would get better at estimating the distance, but at this stage not so good, although I did get some correct. I also tried out some shots in difficult lighting, such as high contrast on buildings, and low light conditions on the foreshore.
All the shots here are from one 36 exposure roll of FP4. I developed the film in Adonal 1:50 for 13 minutes which gave good results. I am always surprised at how good the exposure is from the automatic exposure on this camera. I scanned the negatives on the cheapest scanner I could buy. I am sure their are much better ones that would give a better result but overall those shots that that were sharp I am quite pleased with. I imported the images into Lightroom 5 and did the final edits in Gimp. I have been working in digital so long that I now sometimes have difficulty adjusting to the look of film and find I tend to over process, and then have to go back later and start over.
The move to a new location has been a lot of fun thus far. It has freed my mind and allowed me to take a new look at what I photograph. We have been here for two months and I have only taken a few shots but have lots of ideas for new projects. And i will still jump on the train occasionally and head up to Melbourne for some street photography and meet up with some photographers.
I am not sure what I will photograph next with this camera. I am a little like the guy above - scratching my head. Perhaps I will explore the local area a little more. It is very busy with holiday makers at the moment, in a few weeks it will be a little quieter. Perhaps the quietness will bring new inspiration. I hope the time between this post and the next is not as long as from the last one.
Optima 1a project