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Again a longer than expected break between posting to this blog. Having moved to the Mornington Peninsula life has changed. I will use the slower pace of coastal living as the reason for not posting. In fact that is in part true. The way I approach my photography has changed somewhat. I don’t do many specific photography trips or shooting outings as I used to. These days it is more a bit here and there as I move round doing other things. These shots are all from the same roll of film shot over the past couple of months at various locations on both sides of the Mornington Peninsula.
If you have read the previous blogs you will understand the limitations of the Optima camera. As previously every shot here is from a single roll of film and as usual I used FP4. Naturally being a coastal area much of the subject matter involves fishing and boating. I have also become fascinated by the scuba divers but have had little success in achieving the images I would like. This guy was as interested in the camera as I was of the divers and stopped for a chat.
It has been an interesting experience photographing in these locations rather than the busy city streets where I have spent much of my photographic time over past years. Also using film has been fun but I am not about to ditch the digital camera. I enjoy the immediacy of the digital process. This film project is a reminder of what that the great photographers of the past achieved. I grew up with film and printing in darkrooms it is difficult and requires many hours of practise. These images have been scanned with a cheap scanner and processed digitally. Sort of a half way place between the traditional wet process and the modern digital method, but enough to remind me of how many negatives I ruined in the past by dropping, scratching, or processing errors.
Not sure if this blog will continue. I know I will run through the occasional roll of film but might upgrade to an SLR.
Optima 1a project