Yes, I’m not yet retired!
Waiting for it, it’s true, but not yet there. Still about 10 years to go… So I’m still going to work each morning.
Of course it’s more or less the same way I take… I’m getting old, so I have my preferences.
But each morning is different. Luckily! It’s not getting boring! Depending on the camera I have with me, on the film that’s in it and depending on the light, each morning offers something new.
A new take on an old view…
Might be good to move sometimes soon though to get a whole new way to explore i every light. Not that I haven’t moved enough those last…. well, those last 35 years you might say. But more on that later…
Every day brings new views, new opportunities and that is what I’d like to tell you today! Create your opportunities, force yourselves to see the usual things with new eyes.
Do something you have not done before like….. well, like using Ilford FP4! I did this last week and I’m amazed about the results!
I tried Tmax 400 just before and it was a great experience as I wrote HERE. And honestly, FP4, a fine grained 125 ISO film from Ilford was gorgeous.
What’s the price you ask, what are the bad points of FP4? Of course it’s the sensitivity. Barely adequate for early morning shots, and I don’t want to lug a tripod around. And no flash either….
FP4 is not a winter film stock! It’s strictly a summer film that gives you great results with a VERY fine grain structure, nice tones and still good contrast… at least if stand-developed in Rodinal.
The camera for this outing was my beautiful Canon AE-1! Yes, no Leica, no fancy camera, just the basic consumer camera of the late seventies, the AE-1. Produced in millions they are readily available today, though they have their problems. And they are quite pricey sometimes as they have some Hipster-approval lately.
But it’s a great camera, with limitations, but still a great camera. Perhaps some day I’ll write a nice review about it!
By the way, here’s a comparison shot from the AE-1 with Ilford FP4 and my iPhone, shot with Lightroom mobile in RAW and treated to an FP4 preset in Silver Efex Pro2….. Which is which???? Can you tell?
I swear one of them is digital…. aaaaarghhhh!
And as a small bonus, here are the usual End-Of-Roll-Shots I talked about HERE!
So again I thank you for stopping by and wish you happy photos!