Continuing my posts with the theme around Kerry County, Ireland. Next stop was near the place called Camp were we tried to find a place to camp with our tent and dog. Well, camping in Ireland is not something that would go without troubles. Unable to find our spot (overcrowded, not accepting dogs, etc.) we stopped on the nearby beach and I took the opportunity to set up the “big gun”, Toyo 45A. It was a cold, really cold, windy evening. I had chance only for one decent shot before I started to shake because of the wind and this is it, the beach, marks from the wind on the sand, rocks… Ireland.
When ever we travel, we try to source for local produce, ideas, support local, small cafe, or anything that helps local business, anything that actual helps people living in that place.
On Bromora Cliffs we were pleasantly surprised by one family initiative …more on their site Bromore Cliffs.
What do you bring home from a holiday?
We had short holiday weekend trip. Among the three destination that we visited was the Dingle Peninsula, very popular place among the tourist, place with stunningly beautiful wild nature, and famous for filming some parts of the Star Wars on the near by island Skellig.
Well, I brought my 35mm Minolta, LF Toyo and just to snap few for Face – digital on mobile.
This is what I like from the 35mm. Silvermax Adox. Minolta x500. Scanned on Epson V850.
And hand held filter ND grade (I forgot to take suitable adapter ring).
In the last couple of months may main work in photography is based on different testing. Testing new/old equipment, cameras, new films, at least new for me, for e.g. Adox collection of B&W films and last but not least, testing filters, all sorts ND filters e.g. recently bought ND 128/+7stops.
Yesterday, I developed first Silvermax film shot with Minolta x500. It is very pleasing film, good grain, reliable and good to work with, a bit sneaky to mount on one of the Jobo rails, but all-in-all pleasing.
Exposure was 1sec in the mid day, but this is Ireland, so it is always overcast. Unusually, it was calm.
And there are two shots from Kinsale, harbour and entrance to the harbour from the Atlantic ocean. It was a misty morning and in the period of 5 minutes, while I managed to set up my gear, heavy fog crept in from the ocean.
I was photographing around Kinsale with MinoltaX500 and Adox CMSII. There was unusual, warm summer weather last two weeks (yeah, we are counting summer in days, maybe weeks). Lots of times I was reminded of my homeland – Croatia and the feeling of different summers on the Adriatic. With the scene like the one below, the feeling was even stronger.
First test shots with my old/new camera – Toyo 45.
It was a long journey till this moment. Since 2007.
I had an idea that one day I will switch from digital to analog and even to work with the big, old style, bellow kind, large format cameras. After slow progression towards the goal, I could say I have arrived to that desired point. I entered into the exiting new photographic field of LF cameras.
There is no point to explain what is so special to work with the old, mechanical cameras, so I won’t.
First test shots were made with Fomapan 200 film sheets, knowing that I will need a bit (haha) of practice until I can actually start doing something valuable.
Ireland is not for the faint hearted, that was my line following this (see below) picture on Facebook (for all of you who are following me on Face).
In Ireland there are no perfect days for getting out on the cliffs and shoot. Every day is as it is, and you need to do your best with it. That day the wind was strong, and the ground was covered with layers of spongy soft grass. There is no way to stick your tripod into something stable. But it was a dry, sunny day and that is almost perfect in Ireland.
I shot 4 sheets and all of them were actually successful. There was some things that was corrected in software after scanning, but all in all not bad. Composition is …well, just for the test. I used a CP filter and that’s it.
I used JOBO 2520 tank for sheet development and I did it by hand. I need to adjust few more things with that. Also, I recently bought MOD54 drying rack and it is OK, simple and functional.
My scanner is a bit of a problem. I have a flatbed scanner Canon 9000F and it doesn’t have a modus to scan a 4×5 sheet negative. Again with a little creativity I managed to do that, but I am losing a few millimetres from the sky and ground edges. And I have some problems with the SilverFast software. If I can bypass Canon and SilverFast it would be perfect.
Today, I was having a conversation with a very young artist and something she said, the passion she expressed about here being on a workshop and creating what she loves from the bottom of her heart, that very honest expression of pure joy, startled something in my heart.
It was a memory of my own passion. Sadly, it became a memory. Life that is going on, whether we create or not, sometimes takes the energy and our passion with it. And I kinda lost that in the last year or so.
The line of looking.
My line of looking at the world.
Adox cms20II and an old, dusty Minolta and my heart sings again.
I know, I am a hopeless romantic with a vintage heart and wearing rose coloured glasses 🙂 .
Still photo from Adox cms20II rolls, taken with Minolta x500.
The Unseen is mere shadows, but in the shadows imagination creates stories.
New film for me, ADOX CMS 20II, ISO around 12, and I love it. First two rolls and I didn’t know what to expect. ADOX developer.
Minolta x500 and a little wider lens.
Very bright day, handheld and sometimes fooling around with red filter on.
New scanning software, SilverFast, and it doesn’t have any presets for ADOX.
Light leaks are fixed and Minolta is repaired. I am very happy about that. The test roll after repair is the one that I just received from the lab. Kodak Portra 160, it was shot on the St. Patrick’s day.
Some photos from that roll. Can you believe me that it was the 35mm film and that old Minolta that shot these photos?