In my previous blog post, I had a bit of whinge about summer. However, as I start to see the early signs of the seasons changing, I’m already looking back with a previously absent fondness, mostly thanks to the #summerfilmparty run by the brilliant @emulsive
I wanted to keep taking pictures throughout the Summer, and find a different way of shooting and this is where the #summerfilmparty has provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get out shooting. Although the shoot week is only a week long, seeing what everyone is up to and trying out different films to usual was great fun. Since selling my IR converted digital camera, I’ve been on the lookout for a good IR film, and having tried the Rollei 400 and the SFX200, I turned my attention to the Rollei Superpan 200. I got both 120 and 135 versions of the film for the Hasselblad and Xpan respectively, and I would be using a Hoya R72 filter.
I really enjoyed using the Superpan 200, and there was a consistency in the results which helps enormously. The Rollei IR400 is possibly my favourite, but is far more temperamental, and I found the grain of the Ilford SFX200 a little distracting for my tastes. The Superpan is going to be my main go to IR film of choice for the foreseeable. As always, Emulsive proved to be an extremely useful resource when looking at different IR films.
We had a family break in the New Forest in August, which gave me a perfect opportunity to shoot some of the New Forest ponies, and I had one good morning where conditions played ball.
It wasn't all mist and ponies, and I particularly liked this shot a birch tree being blown around in the wind.
The last couple of weeks have seen a shift in the weather, and we've been treated to some lovely mornings which I've spent mostly at my local heath in Ampthill. Roll on Autumn!
I feel like I've drawn a line under the Summer of 2017 now, and have a few exciting things coming up. I'm heading to Brussels for 2 days with Andy and Chris in a couple of weeks for a photography trip, and also I've started work on building a darkroom in my garage - more to come on that in the future :)
Finally, if anyone is in the Milton Keynes area on the weekend of the 8 / 9th September, I am displaying some work and have prints for sale at my third Handmade and Vintage event of 2017, so why not swing by and say hello.
Thanks for reading.