Day 5 came around very quickly. I don’t think I’ve ever posted every day like this. Quite a challenge in itself. I’d like to just thank Sue J from Words Visual once again for inviting me to join in. It’s been great, I’ve enjoyed it and learnt a lot from it. I think as photographers we’re constantly learning and hopefully evolving and this challenge, although I was already exploring black and white film, has made me really stop and think about how we approach black and white as a distinct medium.
I’ve wanted to present a diverse range of images. On sunday, I posted a high key photograph of daffodils. Today I’m posting a low key photograph of Edward, a good friend who’s been with me a long time..
On my final day I’m going to invite Otto Von Munchow to take up the challenge. Otto writes a great deal about the art of photography, the creative process and how we should challenge ourselves in order to grow as photographers. Like me, I know Otto generally doesn’t get involved in these challenges and I also know that he’s a very busy man. However, we have talked about my interest in vintage cameras and film photography so although I don’t expect Otto to take up the 5 day challenge (although it’d be great if he did) I’d like to challenge him to dig out that darkroom stuff, buy the Rolleiflex he’s wanted for a long time, and to start taking pictures the old way again. I know that it’s doing my photography the world of good and bringing a nice breath of fresh air into the whole creative process.
For my 2nd picture in the 5 day black and white challenge, I’m posting an image once more taken on Pan F Plus 50 film. This photograph, very different to yesterday’s, was taken with my Mamiya 645 Pro Medium Format film camera.
The picture sums up, for me, what is so special about film photography. It’s all about the grain in the image. Digital ‘noise’ is so very different. The grain is not so evident at this resolution but looking at the image full size, the grain gives a really lovely texture and a quality to the image that, although it can be mimicked in digital, it can’t be matched. As I’ve said before, I’m not about to sell my Nikon D800 and film is hard work by comparison to digital photography, but I’m finding working with film very satisfying.
I’ve used a very fine grain film, Pan F 50 Plus, for this image. Pan F however, is known for being quite contrasty, see yesterday’s image, with very rich blacks. To counteract the tendency for heavy contrast, with this photograph I set the ASA to 25 rather that 50 on my light meter (leading to slight over-exposure) and pulled the processing, that is, I stopped development before the standard time for the Ilford Ilfosol 3 developer that I was using..
Today I’m going to invite Tina of Travels and Trifles to take up the 5 day Black and White Challenge. Tina is of course known for her beautiful (colour) travel photography but there have been some gorgeous black and white images along the way. This is all a bit of fun and there is of course no pressure to take part but I’m seeing some beautiful black and white photography as a result of the challenge and that’s what it’s all about.
This has got to be one of the most photographed of all plants, the seed head of the dandelion and with good reason, get close and you really begin to see what an amazing plant it is. No wonder it is so successful, in my garden at least.. ;-)
Such delicate, elegant beauty..