Thursday, 21 June 2012


I recently took a trip to Ribblehead, the famous viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales.  However, it wasn't the actual viaduct itself that interested me.  In this area are some stunning limestone pavements, like the ones that you can see above.  Some of the shapes are fabulous, having been carved by the wind, rain and snow.

I took with me my 7D, Bronica and 5x4.  I wanted to give myself the options of shooting digitally, but also on film.  Next though, I think I will limit myself to just one format, as the bags I was carrying were just a little too heavy!  Needless to say, setting up the tripod on this surface proved very tricky. I had bend the legs in all kinds of directions in order to get a stable platform.  It was also quite windy that day.  This has led me to realise a few things.  I need to invest in a bigger and sturdier tripod.  I also need to invest in a bag to carry my 5x4 camera in safely.  Of course, a good sturdy tripod is expensive, as is a big sturdy bag, so it looks like I have some saving up to do!

I am fairly pleased with the results of the day, the digital files turned out nicely, no clipping of data in the highlights or the shadows, which is good.  however I feel i can probably do better, so no doubt I will be heading back soon!

Unfortunately I am unable to to develop colour film until next term, so you will have to wait to see the results of the 5x4 slide!



Friday, 8 June 2012

Just a very quick one today.  I am currently sitting in front of a £10,000 Hasselbad scanner, for which I am entirely responsible for when I am using it.  I am scanning all of my 5X4 negs, some 120 negs, and maybe some 35mm negs.  I will process these files over the next few days, and I will post the results on Flickr, here, or my website.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Just a quick one today, I have been shooting a lot with my 5X4 recently, and this week I was able to get the film processed at college.  However, I have only been able to book a slot on the Hasselblad scanner for next friday.  The image above is only a rough scan, and therefore very low quality.  I am currently working on organising the images that I have shot for the Batty's Wood project to put up on my website.  Hopefully I will be able to do this over the weekend.