A Nantlle Autumn

First time back in a Quarry after my accident, and it wasn’t a good idea biologically, but photographically I think it paid off nicely!

Talysarn
Talysarn Autumn Slate & Trees
Talysarn Autumn

First off was a nose around the Talysarn quarry, then carry on up to Blaen y Cae. A Gorse bush has grown over one of my favourite views so it’s now not possible! That only took 18 months – that stuff grows fast!

Llygadau
Survivors Talysarn Autumn
Relentless march of winter Tie the knot
Dorothea Talysarn Autumn

Anyway, the light was wonderful, constantly changing from blue skies with fluffy clouds to full on menacing blackness!

Talysarn Autumn
Talysarn Autumn

Having filled up my memory cards I headed for home, but the light over the sea was unavoidable, so I stopped off at Aberdesach where I quickly made room for a handful more shots and managed to capture a particularly aggressive looking sunset. Well almost a sunset anyway. Rain and full memory cards intervened so I didn’t get the actual setting, but it can be done another day!

Aberdesach cyn machlud a glaw!
Aberdesach

Advertisements

Suprise Result: 10 year old Ferrania FG200

A while back I discovered some unused Bonusprint and Truprint films in a cupboard. Now this household last usd this sort of company at least 10 years ago, and these films have most likely been in the cupboard for longer than this. This is I should add, a cupboard in the Welsh dresser that sits next to the oil fired stove in my parents’ house. It’s warm. Curious to see just how a film can survive under challenging storage confitions, I loaded it in my OM2 and headed off up Dinorwig over 2 trips, with Fuji 160S and Ektar in the OM4 for comparison.

I may have been giggling to myself somewhat every time I threw the advance lever, but I need not have been so rash. The results came back today and you know what? I actually uite like it!

Why? Because it’s fun! It makes everything look like a still from an 80s movie, it has very strong shades of straw and subtle blues but very muted reds. I like it for some things, and I hope I can find some more For example I’d been watching the film ‘Patagonia’ and was very impressed by the colours used. (Fuji Daylight balanced moton picture stock in 16mm if you need to know). I’d wanted to create something big and open looking – and by chance one of my FG200 shots fits the bill!

Here are some comparisons:

FG200 vs 160S

Y Ceiliog brown Y Ceiliog Gwyrdd
The Welsh Prairie Welsh Prairie II (160S)

FG200 vs Ektar:

Garrett Inclines Garrett Inclines II (Ektar)
Pen Garrett Pen Garrett II (Ektar)

For some things, I can certianly see the benefit in using the tobacco pallette of the FG200.