Rain rain go away

Typically the first lunchtime I decided to take my Olympus Trip 35 out with me, it chucks it down with rain!

Not only that it was freezing cold (serves me right for doing this in February).

The rain did not deter me, I was a bit paranoid about whether the camera was at all weather sealed but I managed to take some photos.

This is one of the photographs from that lunchtime and was taken along the bank of the Thames.

 

Film, 35mm
Ilford FP4 Plus 125

 

I admit I dismissed this shot when I first saw it but Richard thought it was particularly striking.

I do like a leading line in the image and I especially like the way the reflection in the wet pavement helps to add to the drama.

You can tell the weather was terrible as there is no one in the shot and I took this as midday!

I also like the balance of old and new.  This is the Victorian Emabament with its aquatic lamp posts but this is now flanked by the modern ferry bridge and the Shard in the distance.

I used Ilford FP4 Plus 125 for this shot and the black and white balance is nice.  It looks nicer in the flesh than the scan (which I did with Google Photo Scan).  There are artefacts in the scan which are not in the original.

I did try a method of using my DSLR to take scans of the negatives but was not successful.

Any film photographers out there have any tips on what is a good way to transfer the photos to my Mac?

I am not sure I will buy a scanner for these, I may just get the photos added to disc when I have them processed (but obviously not for this set).

Maybe the graininess of the scan adds atmosphere – what do you think?

I like this photograph. It’s captured a moment in time in London and that’s the beauty of photography.

Check out Amazon if you would like to try some of this film for yourself.

 

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