Thursday, 29 January 2015

Found On Film : Kodak Gold 200


There's something very special about shooting with a film camera.

In a world of instant everything it's lovely to slow down every once in a while; concentrate on what you're doing and go through the process patiently. I think that's what I love most; the care & attention needed to use film.
I've had my Canon AE-1 Program for four years now and I never get bored of finishing a roll, unwinding it and sending it off to be printed. It's exciting - are they going to come out well? In focus? Blank? Who knows! But that's all part of the fun (to me, anyway. do I just need to get out more?)

So a few weeks back, we headed to Bowness-on-Windermere and I decided to put some Kodak Gold 200 in my camera and just snap away (secretly hoping, of course, that they came out well as it's such a pretty place). Luckily, they did! They're nothing particularly fancy, but I'm happy with the results; the colours are so rich and unlike anything I'd get with a digital, without editing. 


Anyway. It was a really great day, it was cloudy at first but soon the sun came out (which helped with 200 ISO aspect, I would've preferred 400 ISO but you gotta work with what you've got!) We had a big pub lunch, followed by an off road hike, that led us to some beautiful scenes, and some sheep! Then we finished it all off with a hot chocolate... It was the perfect Sunday.

I hope you like the pictures! 

Have you ever used film? 
What's your favourite?
xo

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Dear, January


Woah, is this my first post of 2015?
*blows away the cobwebs* 

This month has been... unusual. It has been emotional, difficult in parts, a time for new beginnings. It has been tiring, exciting, and uninspiring - all at once, but yet, still quite good as a whole... I guess that is life, right?

I have applied for a new job, which is quite big, for me. I tried hard at my PGCE interviews at the beginning of the month, but still got nowhere, and thinking about it, that's why I haven't been feeling particularly creative - those knock-backs are hard, y'know? And putting myself up for them, year after year, is taking its toll. 

So I'm taking a new direction, with a clearer mind and a lot less pressure on myself.  I'm gaining some of my confidence back, looking after myself better and still optimistic that this year will be much better than the last. There's always a silver-lining, no matter how deep the water. 

And this little break has done me good. I'm back and ready to put my all into my blog again. I have missed it! And you, I have missed communicating and expressing myself - even if no-one reads this - it's refreshing. So, hello! How are you? It's nice to have you back. I promise more exciting things are to come...

Dear, January... 

Thank you for being testing and showing me that I am made of strong things, that I can make positive changes and stand on my own two feet. Thank you for giving me my inspiration back and for making me feel excited about the direction of my future for the first time in many months. Thank you for allowing me to grow as a person. You have been a learning curve.

How has your month been?
xo

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