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….
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.
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.
All images by Teresa Dickson and may not be reproduced with consent.