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.
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…