I’ve been saying for a while that I still have a number of older images to share; it was my intention to get these out by Christmas (that was last year, I know!). While I did share lots at the tail end of last year, I didn’t quite make it through everything. And it’s a pity to let these languish. So as the year started I thought I’d share one or two a week. But life seems to have taken over, and I’m finding much less time than I used to dedicate to the processing and sharing of images.
Anyway, I have a personal rule where I do not allow myself to postpone something more than twice. (That is, I allow myself to postpone a scheduled event once to make space for more urgent or important things, and a second time usually only for urgent things, but not a third time. Unless it’s a matter of life, health, or safety, of course.) That way, finally the time will come for everything.
Which brings me to sharing this photo. I can’t believe it’s been two years since that foray back into the world of film, and for me the first time shooting B&W and developing. This particular photo was from the second roll, taken on Kodak TMX 100 in early May. The main subject is one of the canals on the river Wey near Pyrford. I really enjoyed playing with film and using my ultra-wide angle lens the way it was supposed to be used, on a full 35mm frame. Since then I’ve bought a full-frame body, but it would be nice to shoot some film again. Once my current home projects are done I’ll see about setting up my darkroom stuff and buying some film and chemicals.
This week I missed my usual post with a recent photo on Monday. And I almost missed the slot today too as I’m rather exhausted. It’s been a busy two weeks, in the nicest possible way. Between the Easter festivities, family commitments, and catching up with my woodworking projects, I’ve had my hands full. Throw in some outdoor climbing, a couple of walks, and a little archery, and there’s not much left for photo processing.
Fortunately, some of my recent photos needed hardly any work at all. And I’ve also been learning new ways of doing things that simplify the process considerably. Which leads me nicely to today’s photo. After a lovely lunch with the in-laws we drove up to the cliffs at Dingli for a post-prandial walk. It was a gorgeously sunny day, so much that some head protection was in order. I fitted my telephoto lens and started looking for extracts. At one point I looked behind as I knew the cliffs further south would look good. What I didn’t expect was the play of light and shadow that really brought out the shape of the cliffs.
It’s fun to think how some people consider the afternoon to be a bad time for photography. Well, judging by some of the photos one sees online, the only good times to shoot are sunrise and sunset!
A really quick post today, to share a photo from a little more than a year ago in England. With spring well on its way here, I thought it was about time I shared this. At the start of spring last year I led a walk for the photographic society, in the countryside around Guildford. This was a very informal affair, mostly to introduce people to what’s available in the immediate surroundings, so I (mostly) chose paths that I had walked many times before.
As the walk progressed, I fitted my telephoto zoom, which is something I didn’t use often, to get myself to see things in a different way. Now this particular zoom lens was always a little troublesome for me, as I often had technical problems when I used it. Mostly down to user error of course. However, it served its purpose well in helping me figure out what I wanted out of a telephoto zoom.
I took this photo in a favourite part of the walk, through the fields in the Albury downs below Newlands corner. At the time, the young shoots were just sprouting, and with all the rain we had the winter before, everything was greener than usual. It also made a strong contrast with the bright white of the chalky terrain.
Today’s photo is the classic view of the Last Supper I referred to in my last post. Well, almost. I chose a wider lens than other similar shots I’ve seen, to emphasise the length of the table and add some drama. I was lucky enough to have been given permission to use a tripod, so the dim lighting was no issue. It is surprising how dim the light is, keeping in mind this was during the morning.
Actually, using a tripod was also essential for another reason. Since I made this during visiting hours, there were always people in the shot. With any wide angle photography in non-remote place this tends to be a permanent issue. I planned to resolve this by taking multiple exposures, making sure that each region of the photo was unoccluded in at least one of the exposures. Later I could create a composite from these exposures, in each case avoiding the regions with people visible. The only area I couldn’t do this was the chair near the side door, as this was always occupied. In retrospect I think having a person there helps lend some scale to the whole thing, so it’s not too bad after all.
As I’m sure you’ve realised, the photo in the last post was a detail shot of the spot-lit chalice at the head of the table.
I was thinking about leaving this photo for next year, but with the western Christian world celebrating Easter today, this is as good a time as any. I managed to visit the replica of the Last Supper in Lija on Good Friday morning. This is something I very much grew up with, as far back as I can remember. It is not a re-enactment, but simply a full-size replica of the last supper according to the Jewish tradition (i.e. the Jewish Passover meal, as would have been held in the time of Christ).
This is set up in the old parish church (‘old’ as in ‘medieval’), which is a beautiful and peaceful building in itself, opening with a prayer service on the Wednesday evening before Easter. Visitors can see this on Thursday and Friday morning; there is a short recorded description that explains the set up. The replica has not changed much over the years. Really, the only difference I could see is that the lamb is no longer an actual cooked lamb.
So I asked my dad whether he’d want to come along (he did), and when we got there had a chat with those who help organize things. I’ve known these people since childhood (or rather, they’ve known me since childhood), and I asked nicely whether they’d mind if I took a few pictures with a tripod. I had the classic shot in mind, which would be almost impossible to take without support. But that’s something I’ll share another time. I started by walking around the table looking for extracts. I took a few, but preferred this in the end. There is something about the simplicity of the chalice and the unleavened bread.
Meanwhile, for those who celebrate it, I wish you l-Għid it-Tajjeb.