I was lucky to avoid quarantine restrictions for a few days in the summer and escape to a beautiful gite in the Côtes-d’Armor with my OH and our two boys.
The weather was amazing. (They say that the sun shines in the righteous don’t they?) And I finally got the chance to shoot some rolls of ILFORD ORTHO Plus that had been sat in my fridge since it’s launch back in October 2019.
From the Ramparts:
After seeing some interesting shots on IG & Twitter and reading a previous post on here where @givemeabiscuit shot this film with an orange filter, I was keen to see how it would respond to a yellow one. I was hoping for sunny days with cotton wool clouds that I could bring out with the yellow filter.
Moulin de Moidrey:
Having the kids at home whilst working full time meant that developing the holiday stash of film myself was pretty unlikely to happen.
I pretended that I was going to get around to doing it for a couple of weeks then gave in and dropped them into HARMANLab when I next went into the office. (I’d forgotten how exciting it can be waiting for your pictures to drop through the letterbox, or in this case on to my desk).
Mont St Michel:
The negatives arrived, and in true professional photographer style, I immediately held them up to the window to get an idea of what was in store when the scans came through. (Downloading hi-res images through a VPN is not a task for those lacking in patience).
They looked good. Clean and sharp with plenty of detail and a broad tonal range, I couldn’t wait to see the scans, keeping my fingers crossed for lots of keepers.
I wasn’t disappointed, the shots came out as I’d envisaged them (if you know me, then you know that that isn’t always the case), and there are several that I’m really excited to get into the darkroom and print.
Walking to Le Mont Saint Michel
The only downside? We rarely get the weather to shoot this beautiful film, although I’ll always have a couple of rolls on hand now just in case. Next step it to put some through one of my MF cameras.
Le Mont Saint Michel
These are all straight scans as provided by HARMANLab and have not been adjusted.
These were taken on my Olympus OM-10 and 50mm f/1.8 Zuiko lens. This is my go-camera and lens combination that I carry with me most of the time along with a Yellow (sometimes orange), filter. My current one is a cheap and cheerful Smardy brand.
It’s small and lightweight and a real workhorse. I have put hundreds of rolls through the OM-10 and it has rarely let me down. (I had little blip this trip where I lost a different roll of Ortho, but I put that down to user error as my son had offered to rewind it 😊
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