Cliffs and ocean, everlasting interlude. Ireland.
Adox CMSII and Minolta x500 are definitely my favourite companions in wanderings around near and far neighbourhood.
Garrylucas beach from a new angle with flock of birds in the distance.
Two-three from our last trip to Kerry county, Killarney national park.
And the last one for today, tide was coming and it was the end of the day.
That is a good heading for my “always-carry-on-camera” where ever you go and my choice is Minolta x500. I just developed one roll of Silvermax from Adox. Love that film, and same as Adox CMS II, it is perfect for the overcast weather (that we are not lacking of in Ireland).
So, few pics from the latest roll.
First three from Cork city and then one from Kinsale Harbour. Last, but not least, one from Ballybunion – the camping trip that we already forget it ever happened.
Visiting, after a long time, the beautiful Waterfalls of the river Krka was a thrilling experience. The river Krka is settled in the middle of a lush green forest and just a few kilometres away from the Adriatic coast. I took my Minolta with me and shot only a few thoughtful shots. It was a good choice to leave the LF camera at home. The crowd was huge and even with the Minolta it was a struggle to get a few seconds of peace. I even needed to stop the horde of tourist to finish the long exposure, 8 sec till the end. The path is wooden, elevated above the ground like a small bridge. Every step on that will shake your camera like mad.
Recently, I found that I am attracted to photograph people in the midst of the beautiful nature. My usually calm, serene images are disturbed with the reality. Like I can’t ignore the fact that my beautiful Krka is overcrowded with people, jumping into the water, standing on the banks of the river trying to take a shot, swarming all over, eating, drinking, puffing, panting… etc. That is the sight of the most natural treasures these days. Man!
These are real panoramic snapshots with the digital camera of the same scene.
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.