Glencoe and Glen Orchy Trip

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I had a wonderful few days up in Glencoe last week, the weather varied from cold, frosty and snowing, to sunny and warm with blue skies. During the trip I managesd to expose 6 sheets of Ektar and 4 sheets of Provia 100F on 5 different compositions. I'm a little anxious again about my metering but this time everything was done with the spot meter as I didn't trust the incident meter with all the bright snow around. This time I also used the Fuji XT-1 to shoot the same compositions......it's a long way to return if the film images don't come out and the conditions were so good. This morning the film was sent off for processing.....the first time I've shot colour neg with the Chamonix, so it is with quite some anticipation that I await to see the results.

On another note, I was asked the other day if I'm happy with the Large Format experience and also with my choice of camera. I have to say the question made me really stop and think about the whole thing....warts and all. The answer has to be a very big yes. In spite of the pitfalls and the very steep learning curve, the hassle of loading/unloading film (see previous post......) and the expense, I feel the benefits far out way any negatives. The sheer pleasure of setting up and using the 5x4, the way it makes me feel "connected" to the whole process, even more so that Medium Format, the methodical and patient way you have to operate the camera and the sheer joy and sense of achievement when you seen the film exposed correctly. I made quite a few digital pictures on this trip, and although I used the same amount of care and thought that I usually practice when setting up, checking composition, using grads, cable release etc, this is the very first time that I felt that the process was a little clinical, a little disappointing  perhaps? I don't expect many will understand this but the large format process is a much more involving experience  and perhaps I was missing that when I switched to the digital setup. In truth I don't think I'll ever stop using the little Fuji digital but I really hope the day comes when I can regularly go out for the day and use only the Chamonix.

That's it for now, hopefully I'll have a few pictures to share with you by the end of the week, until then here's a ground glass view of one of my compositions....... _DSF8282Lochan na H-Achlaise Ground Glass view


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