I haven't had much time to go exploring as production on animation for the ACT collaboration is its its final phase right now. Luckily I had a roll undeveloped so I'm able to upload a few photos for the first time in a while. Not the most conceptually exciting pictures you'll ever see. More of the usual really. Every now and then you need some artistic Baked beans in your life, and a quiet country stroll taking a few pictures here and there fits the bill quite nicely.
The fields have lots of colour and life in them now. It's a nice sight after the dreary spring.
AMAZING saturation in this photo with minimal retouching. When you get Ektar right, the colours looks goshdarn fantastic. A real pain when it goes slightly wrong though as I'm still getting blown out highlights in places. Sad to think this film (or any high-end Kodak film for that matter) might not exist at this point next year. Who knows what the future holds.
Ektar is hard to get right in the evening light I find, although the colour in this photo is fairly pleasing. Everything becomes overly blue and you get some ugly vignetting when the aperture gets wider in the low light and you have to fight for a good shutter speed. I'll take the good with the bad. The really fine grain means you can get better images at a fraction of the cost than the latest £400+ digital consumer camera. The total cost of producing the above images (including the cost of the camera) would be about £40 with change to spare I reckon. Most people could probably even find a useable old Canon or Pextax packed away in the loft somewhere. Put Velvia, Ektar or some quality black and white in there and you can understand why film still trumps digital. If only people knew...