Colour film

I do occasionally shoot colour film but don’t develop colour film myself although several people have told me that it is not that different from black and white development. As I shoot maybe 10 rolls of colour film a year, I don’t think it is worth stocking the chemicals at home. The following photos were shot on FUJICOLOR SUPERIA X-TRA400.

As you can see, I revisited some of the locations that I had shot during the photo walk from Parliament to Tower Bridge that I did earlier this month; this time with my Pentax 645NII while before I had used my Pentax MZ-S. If I’m honest, I think the black and white photos do work much better. However, I do like the photos I took of my wife during a walk in the forest around Ruislip. Most of those shots are backlit and I spot metered off her face and locked the exposure to get a well exposed portrait and blow out the background.

A few days earlier I had gone out with my Pentax 67II with the same film to catch some of the autumn colours. As I have only the 55mm wide angle lens for this camera at the moment, the photo walk didn’t give many memorable results but I do like the above shot.

London photo walk from Parliament to Tower Bridge

Last week I took the opportunity to visit the centre of London and walk from Parliament to Tower Bridge while visiting the Occupy London camp at St Paul’s cathedral. It is my favourite walk in London as the River Thames allows me the space I like, most of the other famous locations in London are a bit too cramped for me.

I took the Jubilee line to Parliament station, crossed the river and walked down the South Bank to Tate Modern and crossed the river again over the Millennium Bridge to stop at St Paul’s after which I followed the North Bank down to the Tower and finally Tower Bridge. It’s a nice walk and really recommended.

I had taken my 35mm Pentax MZ-S and used a roll of Fuji Acros (EI 100) and one roll of Ilford FP4+ which I exposed at an EI 200 as that had previously given the contrasty results I like for city and street photography.

The photos will show up on my photo blog over the next few weeks.