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
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….
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.
Today has been one for chores. Boring with a capital B. For the most part, the sun has been splitting the sky here in Scotland, which has been rare here the past few weeks. Annoying then that I had a pile of things to do before I get back to work tomorrow.
I’ve kept myself going by stopping for shortbread laced with Nutella, endless cups of tea and the odd bit of photography thrown in.
Here are todays results. No people. Just detail.
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I’ve had a set of cards produced from some of my images of my decaying beauties, as I call them (and no….that’s not me – though I feel like I’m decaying today, after ONE glass of wine. I really should have drank more, perhaps I would have felt better). Anyway, one of my lovely neighbours gave me some honesty out of her garden to photograph, after receiving a set of the cards – she is well into her gardening and I thought she would appreciate it. These first two images won’t be made into cards, but I love the way I can see the fragility of honesty’s nature here.
Again, there has not been much light to speak of here – worth capturing anyhow and now that the light is dwindling I will have get a curry on the go for tonight whilst listening to Rudimental on FULL blast. Good job I live in an end terrace and my neighbours are away.
All images by Teresa Dickson and may not be produced without consent.