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Saturday, 9 June 2012

Adventures in Monochrome...

Happy Daisy Film Black and White Photography 35mm
I want to start by saying I have never used black and white film before, and quite frankly, I didn't know what I was missing out on! These were all taken on a gloomy afternoon in our local woodland (minus the one of my kitty-cat, which was taken on our doorstep!) last month, and I'm really pleased with how they turned out. 
Happy Daisy Film Black and White Photography 35mm
Happy Daisy Film Black and White Photography 35mm
The only two gripes I have, first - the cost of the processing, normally I send my films away, but they don't offer a black and white service, so I took them to my local print shop, who wanted £22.99 for next day service, I took the week long service, at £14.99, and I'm glad I did - segueing nicely into my second gripe - as only 16 of my 24 exposures developed, the rest were over (under?) exposed and blank. 
Happy Daisy Film Black and White Photography 35mm
Happy Daisy Film Black and White Photography 35mm
Now, I'm fully aware this is an error on my part - one that does appear to be happening increasingly, which is alarming - in the past two weeks I've had a completely blank film (also from this camera), 32 out of 36 overexposed from my LC-A and a third of this black and white set blank also. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong - which doesn't help! 
Happy Daisy Film Black and White Photography 35mm
I have absolutely no photographical training, so I am stumbling blindly through it, if anyone has any suggestions, I'll appreciate any help! I'm thinking of applying to study a photography A Level at evening school, alongside my degree, but that might be pushing myself a little too far! I'll see how it goes... 
Happy Daisy Film Black and White Photography 35mm
However, most importantly I am really pleased with the ones that did develop. Now I have something to build on. Perhaps it's time to get some books out of the library? Hmm... A ♥
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