Yesterday, August 18 I drove to Ossenisse. It is a small village in the Dutch province of Zeeland.
The river Scheldt runs near it and that was my goal. I wanted to make some long exposure shots with my Bronica ETRSi. I loaded it with Ilford FP4 (125 ISO) and used a combination of a red filter and an ND 1024 to cut the light down 12 stops. The red filter helped to make the blue sky darker.
I used my Pentax Spotmeter V to measure the light and to make an average between the lightest and darkest spots.
I developed the film with my Jobo CPE but encountered some issues.
I feel the film was not developed uniformly. The border of the film seems to have a few lighter areas. Nothing dramatic but it is there.
I used a squeegee to get rid of the water on the film. The first few negatives show parallel lines all over but then they disappear so I cannot imagine the squeegee is to blame.
The biggest issue remains dust. I dry my film in the smallest room but it still gets loaded with dust. Maybe I should put a water boiler in the toilet.
Anyway, I enjoyed the shoot. Two guys came over for a chat (have to learn to give people my card, well, to have some with me at least). Composing, measuring the light and adding some gut feeling (an advantage of always using the same film) to the equation. Making long exposures and not having to wait for the digital camera to do something that takes as long as the initial exposure.
Just sitting there, walking, enjoying being in the grand open, me, a guy with a camera.
Later that afternoon, during the golden hour, I regretted not having a color film with me. I hope that will change when I find and acquire a Jobe CPE-whatever kit so I can start and process color film.