Travels with my Camera – November 2019

I have absolutely no idea where this year has gone! I’m beginning to think that a byproduct of getting older is that time moves more quickly. Perhaps, my memory, which is clearly full after years of taking in information, has started shedding the unnecessary stuff and that appears to be most of this year! Either way, I must put my hands up and confess to being slightly remiss when it comes to putting up posts on my blog. As you must have noticed, I have just posted a new skipper’s tip and to make up for being so lax I’ve decided this simply has to be a double post with a selection of recent pics to make up for the lack of activity.

Firstly, here are a selection of black and white shots I took with the Voigtlander on a trip to Sark with my boating buddy Clive.

Now some shots from the recent Lady Reds game. These are a mixture of black & white on Ilford FP4 and colour using Kodak Ultramax 400. Both films went through the Leica R4 with a Summicron f2 50mm lens.

and lastly some flowers. It’s been a while since I’ve taken pictures of flowers – seems a little like cheating.

This has been another episode of ‘Travels with my Camera’ and I expect there to be many more to come. So, it seems film is definitely not dead. Perhaps this is the time to believe in film and dig out those old cameras hiding away in your attic.

Remember, if you are a fan of analogue photography and have something to say, speak up, I’m listening. 

Happy snapping!

Travels with my Camera

Given that I’m not on the water so much these days and I’m not one to let the grass grow under my feet, I’ve gone back to another of my passions, photography.

I dabbled with digital for a decade. There’s no denying the fun I’ve had and I have definitely learned a lot about taking pictures – I dread to think how many thousand shots I’ve taken over the last ten years. However, I cut my photographic teeth taking pictures on film so that’s where I’m going to play. I recently became the proud owner of a Leica R4 SLR camera with the most gorgeous Leica 50mm lens on the front. I also, having immediately put a few rolls through the Leica and been totally bitten by the bug, lashed out the princely sum of £24 to buy a vintage Voigtlander Vito CLR (made in the early ’60s). The light meter doesn’t work but then the roll of film I put through a friends Russian FED2 from a similar vintage was exposed using luck, the Sunny 16 Rule and an iPhone light meter app – I haven’t processed that film yet…

Without further ado, here’s a small selection of the shots from those first few rolls:

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I’m really pleased with how these have come out, especially as it’s been such a long time since I picked up a film camera.

For years now, articles online, debates in magazines, and insistent fellow photographers have all been telling me that there is something indescribably lovely about pictures taken on film. It’s true, just look at the warmth and depth in the picture of the sheep above.  I can’t put my finger on it but there is a difference.

This has been the first episode of ‘Travels with my Camera’ and I expect there will be many more to come (I’ve got two rolls of exposed film ready to be processed right now)! Happy snapping and if you are a fan of analogue photography and have something to say, speak up, I’m listening.