Farmers Dance

Yesterday Little A. and I drove to the town of Mechelen. We parked at the movie theater where my youngest daughter had an appointment with a friend. They were going to see Mocking Jay Part 1.

There was nothing that caught my attention so I walked to the town itself. With me I had the Yashica Electro 35 GSN loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus.

It was kind of a new experience as I don’t like to shoot in urban places. It does not appeal to me and I prefer nature of coastal landscapes. Besides that I am to shy to to real street photography and it always feels like I am intruding in someone’s personal space.

During my 2,5 hour walk I managed to shoot a complete roll of film and even started a new one.

This morning I developed the film and it are plain shots, not very interesting and rather dull. I don’t seem to find a connection with urban landscapes.Maybe I need some practice.

What bothers me the most is the amount of dust on the film. It seems like there are a zillion spots on each image.
I dried this one in the bathroom but Sweetheart thinks it would be a better idea to use the toilet.
I’m going to try that next time I develop a film.

Farmers dance - Ernest Wynants
Farmers dance – Ernest Wynants



Trees and sunlight

Sunlight making bark look gritty whilst painting light spots on an overgrowth that is a battlefield between decay and already timidly emerging new life.

This area was snow free because it was bathing abundantly the relative warmth of a winter sun.

Yashica Electro 35 GSN loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Yashica Electro 35 GSN loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

Shit happens

Finally the first snow arrived.
Soon our surroundings were covered in a shiny white dress tessellated with what seems a zillion little diamonds.

Yesterday, Sunday at noon, after dropping Sweetheart at her place, I drove to the nearby woods for a walk.

It enjoyed the sheer beauty of what a saw, bathing in beautiful sunlight. Yet it was darn cold and I was glad I had taken gloves with me.

Shooting nature’s splendor glowing and sparkling under low sunlight was a challenge as I had only my Yashica Electro 35 GSN with me loaded with black and white film. For extra contrast I had added a red filter and lowered my ISO setting from 125 to 100 as a compensation for the loss of light caused by the filter.

I enjoyed the walk and in the woods itself there was so much to see, to enjoy and or to ponder about.
Light spots on trees adding to the deep shadows or a slight haze hovering just above the ground.

I remember taking about 6 consecutive shots thinking these were going be the winners of the day.

I remember too, shortly after that aha moment, my 36 exposure film felt like an everlasting one.

I finished my walk when the film advance lever wouldn’t go any further. I had a spare film with me but I wanted to call it a day.

Back home I developed the film excited and in anticipation for what I thought were really good images.

Two hours later I started cutting the film and noticed that somewhere in the middle the film had only advanced by half a frame making these negatives useless.

Did I, by accident, push the release button for rewinding the film during my walk? It seems quite possible wearing my gloves and all.

Do you now Murphy? I guess we all have met him at one or more moments in our life.
This guy Murphy chose the 6 frames I imagined to be my masterpieces to do his freaking whatever he does.

Anyway I still have a few other not so bad images I took yesterday.

More concerning is the fact my Yashica Electro 35 GSN faltered twice too, making it impossible to press the shutter release. Strange as the camera came as CLA’d certified.
Maybe because it was so cold?

Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Yashica Electro 35 GSN

Upgrading Silverfast SE 8

I haven’t done much these past few days. Developed a film and used a gift voucher from Silverfast offering me 25% off on any purchase made before January 2nd.

I have been thinking about upgrading the 8 SE version to 8 SE Plus. It offers  few extra whistles and bells and I was particularly interested in the multi-exposure option. My Minolta 5400 is supported and multi-exposure increases the dynamic range of your scan. It also reduces the noise.
Read about it on the Silverfaste site HERE.

If multi-exposure does something I haven’t noticed it.

I did several scans and compared them at 100% and 400% in Photoshop.
I had put the two images as layers and switched them on and off. I had the impression the multi-exposure scan wasn’t that sharp as the normal scan.

Anyway, the upgrade minus the 25% reduction came to 51 Euro so that is not the end of the world.

Maybe I am not using the ME option correctly. I’ll do some testing in the next couple of days.

Olympus OM-1n with 28mm f2,8
Olympus OM-1n with 28mm f2,8