I have been updating some of my photography stuff, and part of that process is going through the archives. I took this with a film camera, and I have no idea when I did. It was taken at the local botanical garden. I also didn’t see it in my quick scan through my media files on this blog, so I thought it would be a good one to share. If I already published it, well, enjoy it again – I am.
Spring is such a wonderful time of year, and it doesn’t pay to miss it! I was at the garden yesterday to see the daffodils and narcissus toward sunset and did not have time to wander through this area – but I will in the not too distant future, and hopefully be able to capture more trees in bloom.
Nothing like snooping in a neighbor’s yard for a photograph!
Olympus OM-4Ti, Ilford XP2 Super 400, 135mm Zuiko lens.
I took my Nikon N90s, Nikon 28-85 f2.8 Macro, and a roll of the new Kodak Ektachrome E100 to the botanical garden – always a favorite place! Springtime is the best, too, as trees and bulbs and plants are all in bloom. This was taken as the last of the narcissus bloomed and were fading away. At the gardens, the narcissus are the first up and first to fade.
I am pleased with the new Ektachrome E100. Yes, it’s a positive film, needing E6 chemistry to process, and it costs more than B&W or color. However, positive film has so much going for it, and here is more than ample proof. Film, camera, and lens all came together quite nicely.
Nothing says Spring like the heady scent of narcissus. While I don’t have any in my own garden (why not??), the botanical garden has them placed in various areas throughout. It’s an annual hunt . . . some bloom earlier, some later, depending on location.
Nikon and Ortho Plus 80.
And there was lux!
These are LED lamps on the table which sits in front of the studio window. Ortho Plus 80 again! I do like this film!
One thing I rather enjoy about going out to test things out – film, camera, lens – is the fact it puts me in a mood to experiment. Not that this is an especially inspiring picture, but what I mean is that I think about photography a bit differently than at other times. Maybe this approach – the thought of “experimenting” and not worrying about the results – is a more creative, and consequently satisfying, approach.
Again, Nikon and Ilford Ortho Plus 80.
I think this is a webbed fence surrounding a local playground. Because I am not sure, I think I shall have to return!
Nikon N90s, Nikon 28-85 f2.8 Macro, Ilford Ortho Plus 80.
More Ortho Plus 80 by Ilford. Here, the Nikon N90s, 28-85 lens, and a 2.8 aperture to go for a narrow DOF. You can see it in the wall especially. I did this to check the detail of the film, as well as to see how the lens itself blurred fore and background.
I can see why everyone is raving about the new film from Ilford! Ilford Ortho Plus 80 is an amazing film! I couldn’t wait to get my first roll back from being developed, and the image above is straight out of the camera, with minor dust removal, signature and frame added.
Being a slow film, detail is great, but the need for bright light is important as well. I used my Nikon N90s, which is by far one of my favorite cameras, and my carry-around-everywhere Nikon 28-85 f2.8 macro lens. I used box speed for the entire roll.
From a walk last spring . . .