That was the week that was #3

03rd April 2014
Not a prolific week at all. Last Friday started of grey and miserable - which sometimes can make for atmospheric shots - but I'm not that keen when it comes with wind and rain. Trying to keep lenses rain drop free becomes a nightmare. But, with the forecast predicting the rain clearing quickly, it was a trip to Maughold Head, on the North East coast.

I've always liked the old fishing boat winch at the far end of the coastal footpath between Port Mooar and the headland. I got a couple of shots - but nothing really of what I'd envisaged whilst half a sleep waiting for my alarm clock to go off that morning.....often the case!
On the plus side this little corner was sheltered from the mass of sea spray....but it was still spitting. So a lens clean after every shot.

The lens cloth was kept out for the next few shots. The sun was making an effort to break through - so a few shots across the little bay towards the headland and lighthouse were taken. To add some interest they were shot with the 10 stop nd filter. Increasing the exposure time to a minute. The only issue with this was trying to keep the tripod steady in the strong wind and also limiting the amount of sea spray hitting the filters. By using a spare filter as a cover between shots and cleaning them after each one - I managed to get away with relatively sea spray clear shots. Although the filters needed a good wash when back home. Here's a couple of efforts.

Off the Island with jnr at Karate grading over the weekend and then a bout of man flu put pay to any more trips out with the camera. However, my couple of films arrived back from Peak Imaging. So at least I've had time to scan them in and see if there's anything worthy on them.

A couple of ok shots. The Fuji veliva roll producing a couple of shots from the River Neb at Peel and also one from the Laxey Valley with a bit of snow on Snaefell (a rare occurrence this winter). I probably could've done with a stronger ND grad on the Laxey shot. The Medium format camera is all manual settings. So manual focus and manually setting the exposure and aperture. A handheld spot meter used for calculating those settings. Zonal metering and all that - look it up - it's worthwhile knowing.

The Velvia working great with the colours of the river rocks. Maybe a spot to revisit with the digital gear this weekend. It certainly looks like it's going to be weather for water shots!

The other roll was a Fuji Acros Neopan BW shot on the Yashica 124g. A fun little TLR camera. Most of these shots were of family - but here's some that weren't. Quick scans of Cregneash from a couple of weeks ago. A working museum shot on a working camera that wouldn't look out of place in one.

That's all folks.

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