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Millington Woods

Yesterday I met up with Paul Moon for an excellent outing to Millington Woods. We were treated to some lovely early light and I certainly felt like I had a successful morning returning four images I am pleased with.

I took out the Mamiya 67 camera to give it another run out - especially the 140mm lens I have acquired. In fact it remained on the camera all morning. It had quite a debut...

Millington #1
Millington #1


I was particularly attracted by the tall ash tree standing alone and decided to contrast this with the trees behind and the saplings at its base. This is an image I would never have made when I shot velvia - an indication of how far I have come in the last few months. It will be interesting to see how my colour images change as a result (if at all) when I finally get back to a series of velvia based images.

This dense patch of Ash saplings have grown up fast over the last few months - it is sad to think that there is a good chance they may not survive disease....

I made a second image of the saplings themselves....

Millington #2
Millington #2


Whilst I made this, Paul moved on up the path and found a lovely area of trees with stunning light on them. I left him to make what I hope will be a fantastic image!

We headed up the hillside and I couldn't resist making this image across the valley as the light got better and better....

Millington #3
Millington #3


Finally as we were walking back along the path I spotted some more trees that seemed to cry out for an image. I considered for an age whether or not to leave a patch of light in at the top - again something I would never have done 6 months ago shooting transparency film. I am pleased I gave myself the option - I much prefer this to the image I processed without...

*** EDIT - I changed my mind as soon as I printed the image.... Here is the one I much prefer! ***

Millington #4
Millington #4


We moved on to one of the valleys further down Millington - but the wind was howling and I am not too pleased with the images I have processed todate. Still some more on a second roll. I did make an image of the burned gorse again - a composition I like - but I hate the result, a combination of the wrong development (two bath) for the image and camera (no movements). I will not be giving up my TK just yet for a lot of the images I love making. I know where that gorse tree is and will be back with the right tool for the job! However, the 67 camera is definitely an enjoyable alternative to the TK and I can see myself using it for many more outings in the future....