Isle of Skye
Two or three years ago, my wife and I spent a great couple of weeks touring around the Isle of Skye. I’ll assume you know where it is or, if you don’t, there’s always Google.
Anyway, as it was a road trip (a bloody long one as we live in Essex) and we were operating out of the boot of the car, I’d taken my Hasselblad 500c/m as well as my Nikon F5.
The Hasselblad is one of my all-time favourite cameras and I hope never to be parted from it or the three stellar lenses I have. The F5, on the other hand, is an over-sized and weighty 35mm film camera with a wonderful meter that accepts one of (if not the) largest and best range of lenses of any manufacturer. But it’s 35mm and that isn’t ideal for landscape photography - certainly not in comparison to the Hasselblad.
Anyway, by the time we got home from our holiday, I’d sort of fallen out of love with the F5 for landscapes and never had the ten or so rolls of Fuji Velvia 100f I’d taken processed. They sat in a bag, in a drawer until last week.
By that point, I’d also got a load of Ilford XP2 Super and Fuji Provia 100f ready to process as this was the fruits of my labours from our holiday driving Route 66 in October 2013.
I don’t process E6 and it’s been a while since I processed B&W. I’m told that XP2 Super (though C41 processable) can be developed in traditional B&W chemistry. However, I didn’t want to risk getting it wrong, so I sent the whole 27 films to a lab. They did a really good job.
These photos were taken with the Nikon F5 on Velvia 100f. Much as I like the slightly idiosyncratic blue / purplish hue that this film produces as standard, I’m going through a long love affair with black and white. Therefore, with the magic of Lightroom 4, these have been converted.
They are virtually full-frame crops. They’ve had a bit of post-processing done but there’s nothing there that wasn’t on the negatives.
I’ve started to change my mind about the F5. As most will appreciate, it’s a supreme workhorse and top professional camera - designed, primarily for photojournalism and sports photography. However, with a slow(ish) film, a tripod and a bit of judicious post-processing, it can produce some nice landscape shots. Well, I think so - and hope you do too.