The weather has been rather changeable of late as these pictures show from yesterday when it started out well, a bright sunny morning for my regular morning bike ride but with a fairly stiff breeze.
By this I do mean, “Being fair to oneself”. In my earlier post “Going Back” when writing about my original DSLR the Canon D30 that I bought at Christmas 2000, I said that I didn't know much about what I was doing with it and any good pictures I got were by chance. Now whilst this was broadly speaking true, I may have been a bit too harsh on myself.
Back in 2002 a musician called Sheryl Crow released an album called “C'mon, C'mon” and on it was a track called “Soak Up The Sun” which contained the following lyrics: “It's not getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got”. This seems a suitable starting point for this post.
I am not a great fan of writing or talking about photographic gear and what is the “latest, greatest” or current “king of the hill” because all that stuff gets in the way of creating pictures and I have just had proof of that in the oddest way. I have just been going through the digital pictures I have taken in the first 5 months of this year and frankly I am appalled by my lack of “keepers” from the whole collection, how did this come about ?
It is I suppose the habit of a lifetime in that I always have several projects on the go at any one time and an insatiable thirst to explore others. Coming back to my 35mm black & white project which started towards the end of last year, I realised I hadn't posted any pictures from that here and ought to so here some with some observations to go with them on wetfilm generally.
I will not rehash what is a very good piece of work but instead give a personal reflection on an article published at the end of March which basically posed the question “Does Anybody Really Want a New Camera ?” It is well worth a read: https://dslrbodies.com/newsviews/nikon-2019-news/april-2019-nikon-canon/does-anyone-really-want-a.html
Every morning except when there are gales or very high winds, rain I don't mind, I go for a ride on one of my mountain bikes along a regular circuit. I have combined bike rides with photography for many years and because of my habit of having each camera and its spare lenses etc in individual bags, the bag I take on any given morning, rather decides the kind of photography I will be doing.
I have found shooting 35mm wet film again, a uniquely engaging experience though this first stage of getting familiar again with the whole process from start to finish and resetting my mindset means that it may well be some months yet before I start producing the quality of images that are obviously “B&W” in terms of the results and quality I'm after.
Although now into March we have more normal weather the “Mad March Days” wet and windy, February was of a very different order, very Spring like which led me to focus on preparing things for my next home improvement project which I hope is the last part of the jigsaw. However after a spurt of such activity encouraged by very warm weather, I returned to my photographic archiving task which increasingly is like disappearing down a rabbit hole !
The Bristol Channel has a very high tidal range which I believe is second only to Newfoundland. Of course the tidal range varies during the course of each month but on several occasions each year, we will have the highest at over 12 meters and these are known as“Spring Tides” though they are not tied to that particular season.