It’s been a week dominated by necessary but rather dull admin tasks, so I’ve spent what’s felt like an eternity chained to my computer. While the work has to be done, it’s meant I’ve barely left the house - the furthest I’ve travelled has been to the supermarket to buy food! To stop me going stir crazy I gave myself an hour off this morning and headed to Henham Church with my camera.
My plan was to give my DIY tilt shift lens a workout, but I got distracted by film photography too. I’d taken my pinhole camera along and set up a few shots using it, including a couple of double exposures – intentional ones this time. With low light levels in the church, each exposure lasted eight minutes, which gave me time to potter around with my digital camera too.
One of my pinhole shots was a still life of my other three film cameras, lined up on one of the pews. While shooting this, I remembered the Ricoh 500G had a film loaded inside, so I shot a few frames on that for good measure. I lined up a low angle shot of the nave and this reminded me of one of the benefits of a modern camera. The Ricoh needs focusing, which meant looking through the viewfinder – which was all of five inches from the floor. What else could I do, but lie on the floor to make sure things were sharp? Thank goodness I had the church to myself – I’d have got some very odd looks if anyone else had found me flat out on the floor!
23 January 2019