My first ever developed roll of film from my OM-1 arrived in the post today. I won’t lie. I’m disappointed. Most of the images are shit. I’ve either thought….why did I waste a shot on that? Or I haven’t got to grips with the limitations of what the camera can do and the hang of the focussing.
Nevertheless…I will dabble on. I shouldn’t be too hard on myself as its all new to me. These two are my favourite shots from the roll.
Dead tulips – F1.8 60/S
David and Alfie – F2.8 60/S
Shot with Agfa Vista 200
This week has started well. Yesterday I was taking portraits of a beautiful young woman I know in a beautiful part-restored church in Glasgow. Hopefully I will be able to share a couple of the images with you, permission permitting. Afterwards I popped to The Lighthouse viewing gallery to take a landscape view of Glasgow. It’s a city I love, but don’t know well enough. That I need to change.
Today I have pottered. I did yoga, I baked, made soup, walked Alfie, had a cuppa with a neighbour. I played more with my film camera – taking a quick portrait of David when he came home for lunch -taking shots on both film and digital of blossom whilst I am waiting for Tuesday Tacos night, making notes so I can compare. I found the timer function by accident and took a shot of fuck all.
Tomorrow is my birthday – my week is shaping up well.
Well I have been relaxing off work for the past week. It’s flown by. Three birthdays down – with mine just to go next week. April is always such a busy time for us. I’ve read a couple of books, baked birthday cakes with gusto, had longer lies and given far too many lifts to Mia, far too late at night. Workwise – I’ve had a toddler shoot – very relaxed and chilled but needed to be quick with the shutter as Isabella was on the move on a mission.
When it gets to my birthday – there is usually not much money left in the pot – that’s why this year I snapped up an early birthday present – an OM-1 camera from the Film Is Not Dead stall at Brick Lane when we were in London a few months ago. I’ve been waiting patiently to use it, but patience has run out and I loaded it with my first roll of film today. Already – it has slowed my pace, I am thinking more before each shot. I am recording F-stop and shutter speeds, making notes as I am going along. And I am already anticipating what the first roll of film will turn out like. I’m loving it… but finding it hard to accept I can’t see the shot I have just taken! It’s already forced me to change the way I shoot digital as well – less shots, more composed.
Here are a few taken on my OM-D EM-1 digital, probably with my 12-40 lens, with a little or no editing.
I had a rare weekday with no school photography booking (half day for kids on a Friday) so I was delighted to not have to get up a six and lug my studio about. Instead I spent the time during the solar eclipse walking the dog (the air temperature changed dramatically, everything seemed still and the birds were singing) then came home to see if I could glimpse the show between the clouds.
Here is my light catching from this morning – featuring no moon….
I’ve been hanging out for the weekend ALL week. There must be something wrong with me because I feel exhausted most of the time and I am wishing my weekdays away. I had no plans for the weekend – the boys are away and Mia has stacks of studying to do.
In-between the mundane – here is a snapshot of the little things that made my day today.
1. A week old white roses – 3 quid from Aldi – none of this £45 a bunch crap – that Interflora were trying to charge me to send to my mum for Mothers Day. Utter bollocks.
2.Wholemeal, homemade pizza prep – to be eaten later, washed down with a glass of red watching The Voice, ogling Ricky Wilson with my girl.
3.Revision food for Mia – smoothie in the making.
4. Homemade flourless chocolate and lime cake for after I have finished drooling at the TV.
5. The most two interesting things I saw on my walk with the dog, although I did have a rather interesting conversation with my neighbour about lesbian activity on Netflix.
All images (except 5. – which was my old Nikon D90) taken on Olympus OMD EM1.
A couple of my favourite images taken this past few days. Taken on Olympus OM-D EM1.
Tulips in my living room – finished but better than fresh. Decay always seems better with nature.
My new Mac lipstick. A little high maintenance for me. It means I actually have to check my appearance from time to time. Image taken in the loos of Flatplanet, Soho.
Nicholas Kirkwood shoes – not mine. Too big, too expensive for my budget. But lovely all the same.
Pinkston Watersports – Glasgow. Early one Sunday morning, out of focus but I prefer it.
This week has been a contrast of productivity and laziness. I have spent far too much time checking in on my favourite blogs, scouring the internet virtually creating a wardrobe I will never be able to afford and baking. I have however been preparing for going back out to photograph in schools next week – testing lights and cables (post to follow) and had a great shoot in Edinburgh on Monday, where the light was magnificent (post and images to follow).
Here are a couple from my morning walk, far too much snow here for my liking. Give me heat, a bikini and the sea any day.