Hello and welcome to my brand new photography blog! I want to start a personal photography blog to help rediscover making pictures for me. I am a wedding photographer based in the Scottish Borders shooting in a photojournalist style. So much of my time is spent documenting the weddings of other people, processing hundreds of digital images and presenting beautiful albums to our clients. I really love it, but I have decided that I really want to focus on some personal projects too.
My initial attempt to achieve this was to try a 365 project (one photo a day for a year), but I found myself taking pictures for the sake of it and I quickly lost interest. I suddenly realised that a big barrier in the way of my enjoyment of photography is the digital aspect – I find myself taking plenty of personal pictures of various events and every day moments but I never get around to doing anything with them. I spend enough time sitting in front of Lightroom ‘wediting’ (a made up word combining ‘wedding’ and ‘editing’) that I don’t really fancy extending that time much.
That’s when I realised that my long lasting temptation to revisit film photography would be the perfect remedy to the problem! I bought a Canon EOS 3 body from eBay so that I had a quick and easy transition back to using film using the lenses I’m familiar with (my 24mm f/1.4L and 50mm f/1.2L) and then started exploring further and deeper into the fascinating world of vintage cameras! A few months later and I’ve gathered a small collection and a large passion to play and experiment with film! My blog will document my journey along with a bit of digital photography thrown in too.
Time has been limited so I’ve only shot and had two rolls developed so far; both on the EOS 3. I used Peak Imaging to do my processing and also paid for the lowest resolution scan (as I didn’t have a scanner at the time). I’ve now got myself an Epson V700 and I’m painstakingly working out the optimal method for getting the best out of my negatives (the influence of the digital world still being very strong inside me; the cure may take a while to take effect). I need to be careful I don’t burn out again from too many digital woes – I just need a simple workflow with minimal fuss that will bring out the best from B&W and colour negatives… but from what I’m reading it can be a bit of a black art.
My first two films were Ilford HP5 Plus (an ISO 400 rated B&W film) and a roll of Fuji PRO 400H (ISO 400 rated colour film). I started shooting the night before the birth of our son, Josh, with the HP5 Plus. The 400H was mostly used to shoot our 2 year old daughter, Abi, in a hay bale field. I’ll post more pictures once I’ve overcome my scanning OCD issues, in the meantime, here is one of the frames form the hay bale field, as processed and scanned by Peak Imaging.
Canon EOS 3, EF 50mm f/1.2L, Fuji Pro 400H