Bronica’s Day at the Beach!

Bronica goes to the beach!

Today is the meteorological first day of autumn but it didn’t feel like it.  It was cooler than last weekend but at 23 degrees with a slight breeze, it still very much felt like summer.

We decided to capitalise on the weather and took a drive to Southwold in Suffolk for some sea air.

Having had a successful set of photographs developed from AG Photographic, I decided to take the Bronica out again today with the Kosmo Foto 120 BW film loaded which I purchased at Analogue Wonderland.

Today would have been an ideal day to shoot colour but I don’t currently own any (although I have purchased some now from Analogue Wonderland).

Miraculously I managed to cram my Pen f, Bronica ETRS and some sun cream (with lens cleaners, spare batteries) into my Peak Design sling.  It was a little tight and a bit heavy but it meant I didn’t have to carry my photography backpack.

Now I know I can shoot pretty decent photos handheld, I decided to travel light.

We parked at the top of the town and made our way to the harbour.  Again I was itching to take my first shot and took a landscape view from across the salt marshes to the harbour.  Only once I’d taken the shot and sat down in the harbour cafe did I realise I hadn’t set the focus on the camera!  A valuable lesson to slow down and remember all the steps!

I’ve shot many photos of Southwold in the past and wanted to try and ensure I didn’t repeat photos I already have (with the exception of one where I wanted to compare between the medium format BW film and my digital BW version I took a while ago).

I got quite a few shots around the harbour and gave Richard the Bronica to try his hand with the camera.

I thought I would end up filling the film but actually returned home with 5 free frames.

Unlike my digital camera where I continuously shot the kite surfers, I managed to shoot 188 shots in about 2 minutes!  With the Bronica, I took my time and shot 10.

This was also the first time (not bad for the second outing), where someone made a comment about the Bronica.  We were in the Adnams store being served when the blonde hipster type who served us thought this black lump hanging around my neck with a Red 35 camera.  When I explained it was a medium format film camera he was suitably impressed.  I don’t think I’ve ever had that happen with any other camera before.

I shot landscapes and scenic BW shots of the harbour as well as some on the beach.  On the return to the car, I was inspired to shoot the local cricket team in action – not something I would ever have thought about before.  I am curious to see how this particular image develops, especially as I waited for the bowler to bowl and only took one shot.

The light was consistent and at the highest range of the light meter.  I think it would have helped to have an ND filter on the lens but upon thinking about this today, I was starting to worry how on earth I work that out with the light meter and the shutter speed (this is why I have this camera, to learn!).

I am excited to see these photos develop but I will have to wait as I still have some shots left and I don’t want to waste them.

For now, I have to be content with these rather nice actions shots I took with my Pen f of the kite surfers.

1/500 F/11 ISO 200 Pen f 17mm
1/800 f/11 ISO 200 Pen f 17mm



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