Kodachrome in the snow

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.

Shadow tonalities

Walking along the beach I came across this pattern of light and intermingling of dead weathered wood. April 2017.

photo of wood on beach
Suffolk, UK. Kodak T-Max 100 & XTOL 1+1.

Patterns on beaches

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.

photo of items on beach
Suffolk, UK. Kodak T-Max 100 (35mm) & Tetenal Ultrafin Plus 1+9

Old trees on the beach

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.

Old tree stump on the beach
April 2017. Old tree stump on the beach. Suffolk, UK. Kodak T-Max 100 (35mm) & XTOL 1+1

Scratches on 35mm

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).

Photo on flint on suffolk beach.
Suffolk, UK. Kodak T-Max 100 & Tetenal Ultrafin Plus 1+9

A new blog

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.

Picture of flint on Suffolk coast
Flint on Suffolk Coast, Kodak T-max 100 film (35mm) & XTOL 1+1

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…