Teddy and his Daddy (the brakes).
I got chatting to a lovely lady (who you can find over here) on Twitter today, and our conversation took me tripping down Memory Lane, to the time when I was predominantly analogue and to all the experiments with a million and one different old film cameras (more about which you can find over here – a blog set up by me and my husband to chart those very same trials, errors, dramas and successes).
And some of the photographs I found tickled me muchly. You know they talk about the cutting room floor, in film-making? Well these are (some of!) the pictures that never get shown off. I hope they amuse you almost as much as they did me.
This was the inadvertent selfie discovered when I processed a roll from my Halina Paulette which, it turned out, also had a rather shocking light-leak. It has to be kept in its case at all times…
This was taken on a Comet Bencini iiS, on Fujicolor film, cross-processed at home. Neither love nor money will buy you 127 film just now but you can, with a little fiddling, load it with 35mm. It’s just that that makes the frames smaller. So… you know… don’t lose your head 😉
Here I am on the beach at Blackhall Rocks. This was taken my my Beloved: “Oh hell! Did I take the shot? Erm… I don’t think I did.” He did. So here you see me, one exposure smiling nicely for the camera, the other telling one of my darlings to stop climbing too high while his little brother is following. *snort*! This was taken on the Halina A1 TLR
Taken with the Ensign Ful-Vue (not to be confused with the Ensign Ful-Vue Super, which I love). Let’s pretend I wanted an arty shot of that fabulously blustery sky, shall we? But I think the line of the roof (is it?) at the bottom of the shot rather gives the lie to that assumption…
All happy and full of beaming smiles, you twiddle yer knobs, adjust yer settings… and the bottom falls out of his world, not to mention the focus. *sigh*… Canon AE-1, cross-processed Fujicolor
I mean, what was I thinking?! Over-enthusiasm, I guess. Live and learn. Lomo Lubitel II – one of my all-time favourite cameras.
There are so many more, but they’re sitting on a hard-drive in a broken laptop, so it’ll be a while before they’re recovered. One day, though, bloopers #2 🙂
Another from the roll of Ilford FP4+ I put through my Halina A1 at the weekend.
I adore TLRs. I love everything about them. I think they’re stunning looking, the viewfinder is like observing life via a dreamy film reel, they’re simple to use. And I even love the way attempting to frame the shot with a relatively straight horizon has me dancing like a loon and leaves me feeling a bit seasick 😊
This shot was an experiment.
And I like it!
This has been a very exciting day.
Today, for the first time in ages, I am scanning prints that I have taken and developed myself.
This was the first roll through a stunning Christmas present – a Halina A1 TLR. I loaded it with Ilford FP4 Plus 125 and headed off to the beach for the day with my family. This was the first frame I scanned, and potentially the best of the bunch. I wasn’t too considered in my photography, as I wasn’t even sure that the camera worked. So I developed it the moment I got home and now that I know how well it works, and have understood a little more about it, I am itching to get the next roll in. This model also came with something I haven’t seen before – two little plates: one for inside the film compartment and one that sits on the viewfinder, effectively cutting the frame down from medium format to 35mm and providing twice as many shots. What a nifty little thing! I’m putting the remainder of the roll on Flickr, for anyone who wants to see the results – my details are on the side menu.
In case it doesn’t come across – this was the most exciting day for quite a while and I have a new love in my life. My gorgeous Halina A1. ❤