Watch out for Leaks!

The one thing you can be sure of with analogue photography is that at some point you will have to deal with light leaks.

This is not the first time I have had this issue but this time could have been avoided!

The black and white Fomapan 400 roll I put into the Richomatic at Christmas was like money in my wallet, it was burning a hole, waiting to be used.

I took some shots at home, I took a couple at Hyde Hall, a few tests and then the final shot at Frinton on Sea. Frinton was my undoing.

For the second time in about a month I went out with the Ricohmatic and hadn’t considered how few shots I had left (something which is less of a problem with the Bronica as I can simply swap the film backs).

I took the shot of the Groynes on the beach and realised my problem.

I did take some footage with the DJI Osmo Pocket but it was a dark, stormy day and was probably ideal for black and white landscapes.

Like a fool (I blame the cold), I decided to try and change the film on the beach. The cold and the numbness of my fingers meant I didn’t get very far but the camera back was open for a couple minutes.

In my haste I closed the camera back up and put it in my bag.

I now remember that 120 film is loose on the spool and was looser by the opening of the camera back. This meant enough light got into the camera to produce leaks.

For the Groynes shot this worked well but for others, I can clearly see the film back imprinted onto the photographs.

I felt like such a fool.

I suppose it was fine as it was only a test roll but its definitely a lesson learnt.

120 film is less forgiving than 35mm because it does not have the luxury of winding back into a sealed canister. I have now learnt my lesson!

Here’s a look at the shots to see how the light leakage affected them…

Very moody shot with the film back clearly imprinted on the photograph
Helicopter Seed sculpture at Hyde Hall. Again with film imprint. I should also learn that I need to avoid taking photos in the dead of winter as the cold effects my thought process. This is so underexposed!
A true Vivian Maier moment. Self portrait with TLR*

*Interesting fact, I just realised I share the same birthday as Vivian Maier



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