XP2 Super is not a film I’ve used a huge amount of over the years, but the negatives are certainly easy to scan, they work with Digital ICE. No grain due to being a C-41 film, but a bit noisy in the shadows at a higher exposure index so suggest 200 to 400 for optimal results. The negatives also print well in the darkroom.
I’ve recently started going through the negative pages of some my early attempts in photography; this one is from September 2003. I remember spending the summer reading everything I could about darkroom / film photography, which at the time was probably still the mainstream option. Pleased I managed the exposure and composition okay. Oh, and I’m glad I didn’t have to try and access a 14 1/2 year old digital file. Film is a good archival medium.
Here are a few more photos from autumn 2010.
I’ve just downloaded ‘Justified Image Grid’, and will put a few Kodachrome slides from a trip to Switzerland in 2010 in this post as a first experiment. Many image gallery options don’t allow variable thumbnail size which is a big detraction as far as I’m concerned. As you can see the cropping is variable; I had originally thought to present the photos full-frame (showing the slide edge) but decided to crop some to suite the composition.
The originally slides and to an extent scans show a richness of colour that doesn’t fully translate to jpeg but hopefully these are an acceptable internet approximation.
Walking along the beach I came across this pattern of light and intermingling of dead weathered wood. April 2017.
While I’m not particularly prone to wildlife photography swans can be a good subject.
I enjoy the patterns that can be found within the natural environment that almost look arranged but just happen to be there already, like this one from summer.
Rather pleased with this. Will probably go back and re-photograph with a tripod and larger format at some point. This brings up a point actually as I find the quicker operation of the small format can mean capturing something that may be easier to lose sight of with a more cumbersome set-up.
Scanning a batch of 35mm film exposed in my Nikon FM2N earlier this year I see a few horizontal scratches. Suspect grit or sand has got into the mechanism, hopefully it’ll come out okay. Not really seen this before, but the camera had been sitting around for a while unused so not totally surprising. Also film scans seem more unforgiving compared to diffusion enlarger prints (I use the De Vere and ILFORD MULTIGRADE 500 systems) – conventional black & white process film doesn’t work with digital ICE, whereas ILFORD XP2 Super does (C-41).
I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the last few months considering whether and / or what to put back online here at my domain name, which has hosted some of my photography in the past. Earlier this year I started a food blog which was mostly centred on low carb baking but as I only do this now on rare occasions, any rationale behind the endeavour rapidly diminished; I may at some point start a more general food blog. However for this first post, and to end a certain tendency on my part for procrastination I’ll put up a photo from earlier this year, as I’ve tentatively returned to photography after a break in 2016. The process of trying to go through my archives and select a ‘best of’ is rather intimidating, especially with all the various WordPress gallery options.
I do realise this first post goes against some of the advice to make a blog highly focussed on one topic, but this doesn’t really reflect my way of thinking and so begins an experiment, if that doesn’t sound too presumptuous…