Seeing in Colour

I just had my first 35mm colour film developed from my Olympus Trip and I have to admit I had mixed results.

To start off the film was a 200 ISO and when I was using the camera it was very snowy with overcast, flat skies.  This didn’t lead to the best colour rendition or light which was a shame.

I did have some shots that came out very clear and rendered some nice tones.

Here’s the collection of shots from the roll:

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The electronic contact sheet in Lightroom

This time I had the photographs scanned to disc by the developers and I am glad I did.

I had considered having them scanned only to disc but I would not have been able to see the difference in the development.

I do believe in some cases the photographs are better than the scans (but that may have something to do with my monitor settings or the scan settings at the developers).

You can see the cold grey temperatures in the shots though in the contact sheet above.  It was such as shame this weather came in when I loaded the camera with FujiFilm Fujicolor C200 35mm as black and white would have suited the light so much more.

I know I could convert the photos to black and white but that would defeat the point of shooting them in colour!

A couple photos actually came out very well and I am sure in better conditions this film would look much better.

The brightest shots from the camera were as follows

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My selected shots

You can see a stark difference in shot 4 and shot 7 even though they are of the same subject.  The angle is different but the light in the sky was much brighter (it was sunnier) which led to a better, warmer photo.

You also get much more reflection in shot 7 as the light bounces off the statue.

Shots 2 and 3 illustrate the reds and oranges from the film and the old brickwork of Blickling Hall come out nice and warm from the C200.  Sadly the sky was completely flat that day but you get a decent amount of detail from the Olympus Trip.  Remember this camera was built in 1969 and the sharpness of the lens and the colour rendering are remarkable for a point and shoot.

Shots 5 and 6 have a decent amount of light, snow, contrast and shadow and are generally crisp and clear (which is why I selected them).  I did tweak the shadows in shot 5 to give more contrast but shot 6 is also straight off the roll of film.

Shot 1 was the final photograph I took on this roll and features the end of the pier theatre at Cromer in Norwich.

Ironically I think this shot would be superb in black and white but I have kept the colour in as an example of what the Trip and the C200 film can achieve in flat light.

I took notes as I completed this film as I wanted to be sure of what settings I used when I took the photographs.  This was to help me understand the focal distance of the lens.  There were some hits and some misses but at least I have a record of each of these photos which will help me learn more about my Trip.

I admit with this film I seemed to be in a race to fill it.  I started slowly but was keen to see how the colour shots developed so I took some photos which may be seen as a waste of exposures.  That said, each is a record of some factor or another, light, focal length etc.

I also mentally got into the space that I didn’t like the colour film (even before processing) and wanted to see the photos in black and white.  I enjoyed getting the first film developed and due to the flat light and snow I kind of knew these weren’t going to look brilliant.

I do have another C200 in my film drawer but I am not sure when I will use it – I may take it to Spain where the light will be so much better.  Of course, there is the restriction of only having a certain number of exposures so there is a fine balance between wanting to experiment and wanting to use the film up (without wasting shots).

I now have Ilford HP5+ 400 35mm in the Trip and am interested to see how this compares to the B&W Ilford 200 I started with.

Whilst visiting the Photography Show I did purchase some Lomography Lady Grey B&W 400 film, it will also be of interest to see how this compares to the Ilford film (I have read good things about it so am hopeful).

I guess this means I really will have to ensure I keep my Trip with me at all times otherwise I won’t get the shots nor learn more about out the camera.

Here is a closer look at the shots featured above:

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