A break from the silent 365 project.
Spring is here! In my area, orange trees are in blossom, filling the air (i.e. my back patio) with sweet smells. Flowers are blooming, bulbs are emerging, and the butterflies are flying around! We have not seen such abundance in nature for years here – drought and fire. Today, it is cloudy and overcast, the sky is ominous. It even rained while I was out for a short hike through Wildwood Park to catch what remains of the super bloom. I took my trusty OM-1 and 55mm macro lens and a roll of Provia slide film. I’ve really begun focusing on using film, and enjoying it a great deal.
This image was taken with Fuji Superia 200 and a Niikon N90S camera, and my first roll through this new-to-me camera. The lens is likely my 28-85mm macro lens. Having a film camera with autofocusing is a new one for me – I have an F100 but it is a little quirky – and it performs beautifully. ITh just finished a roll of Ilford HP+ 400 iso, shot at 800, and in development (if the lab doesn’t screw it up) at +1. We’ll see what happens!
Anyway, a few words from yours truly, in need for a spot of color!
The tiniest details are always so interesting . . . the lens here is an old one, probably from the 70s. It is an Elicar manual focus macro lens, which can do a 1:1. I think it is very similar to the Nikon 55mm macro. It has a great feel to it, and the beauty of this lens is its diversity – use it like a standard 50-55mm or use it as a macro. One of my favorites!
Roses, this spring, are doing well. The first round of blooms has begun to fade, but new buds keep appearing to continue the cycle. I don’t remember the name of this rose, but it has a light, delicate fragrance, and rather loose, floppy petals, much like a wild rose.
… a rose embower’d
In its own green leaves,
By warm winds deflower’d,
Till the scent it gives
Makes faint with too much sweet . . .
Today I had rather grandiose plans to get out before the rain began. I opened the door to a drizzle that is now a heavy drizzle. I chickened out.
Lately I have been too busy taking pictures with film to get out with digital. Browsing through past pictures, this one caught my attention. It was taken last January after the winter rains began.