My Old Point and Shoot Film Camera
I recently filmed a video telling the story of my attempts to photograph the countryside close to where I live using a fully automatic, point and shoot film camera.
It was far from ideal conditions for photography and the results a little more than snapshots but for what it’s worth here are my thoughts on the images.
Development and Scanning
Once I got home from filming I sent the film off to be developed and scanned as TIFFs.
5 days later I received the negatives and a CD containing the digital files which I imported into Lightroom. The only things that I have done to these images are:
- Cropped to 16:9 ratio that I use for all images on my website
- Converted to jpeg (1,920px by 1,080px)
Other than that they are exactly as I received them.
Wet Sleddale Reservoir
The first image that I selected was of Wet Sleddale Reservoir.
I have never found it to be an easy place to shoot. I am starting to favour a composition that looks west along the southern edge of the reservoir.
When inspecting this image I felt that it was very noisy and looks to have been over sharpened. I suspect that this has been caused by the scanning process.
Path Beside Wet Sleddale
The next shot that I selected was one of the path that runs alongside the reservoir. I liked the way that the path cut through the tall grasses on either side.
Working with a limited focal length (38-70mm) was quite restrictive. I would have liked to have made more of the stones in the path.
Because of the soft light the shot lacks contrast. This is something that I would normally have adjusted in Lightroom had I been shooting digital.
The Ladder and the Wall
At the western end of the reservoir I found a ladder crossing a drystone wall. By now the light had deteriorated further and so there is very little to like about this shot.
However, in better conditions I do think there is scope for a shot here. Success will depend on my ability to arrange the ladder and the summit of Seat Robert in a pleasing composition.
The Gate(way) to Mirethwaite
Once I had crossed Sleddale Beck via the packhorse bridge I took a short diversion to the gate leading to Mirethwaite.
I know from past experience that there was potential here. With the gate, barns and hills there is interest in the foreground, midground and background.
Again the composition needs a lot of work but I am already planning to return and have another go.
This is my favourite shot from the morning.
Wet Sleddale from Sladdale Hall
Once I reached Sleddale Hall I had to make a decision. To continue to Seat Robert or head back to the car. With just 4 exposures left I opted for the latter.
This is another composition that I have shot before. Once again the limited focal length was quite restrictive and I found I was forced to move further back than normal in order to fit everything in.
Because of the bright conditions the shot has very little detail in the sky. But, as this is east facing I think it has great potential as a sunrise location.
I just need to find a decent bit of foreground.
(Couldn’t hit a) Barn Door
One of the main problems that I had shooting with the Olympus was that I found it very difficult to see the whole frame through the viewfinder.
I normally wear glasses so what I could see was also quite blurry.
It is very rare for me to make mistakes like clipping the fence post on the left-hand side of this shot.
It was an interesting experience shooting with a point and shoot film camera.
I wouldn’t have said it was an entirely enjoyable experience but the images have a ‘look’ to them that is very different from my usual stuff.
Conditions were far away from being ideal and the images are nothing more than snapshots. However, I do have a few compositions that I plan to return to at some point in the future.
The video will be released on Tuesday 13th August at 18:00 BST.