Throwback Thursday travels back to North Wales in 1981.
It was taken using Ilford XP1, at the time a new type of film announced by Ilford the previous autumn. It was a very early chromogenic film where the silver halide image is replaced by a dye image during processing. This allowed the film to be processed in a regular C-41 colour negative processing line.
The film had either just gone on sale or was soon to be available. I was one of the field testers for it. At the time I was running the photo department of a research institute and was testing the film for use in scientific photography. However I also tested a few rolls for general use.
The Dragon Rally is an annual motorcycle rally held on a mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales in the winter. I was on my way to photograph the event when I stopped to grab this shot of some of the participants emerging from the fog part way up the mountain.
I should add that I intensified the film grain in the photo when editing it as I think it adds to the atmosphere.
Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the late 1970s. The trees are growing in a field belonging to a nursery and were ready to be transplanted to customers. As a photography student my summer job was working in the fields belonging to the nursery so I was familiar with what was growing where.
On a foggy autumn day I went for a walk around the fields looking for shots. The original was a colour slide but it was monochromatic so when I copied the slide I did a monochrome conversion. The bright section at the top of the frame means that the sun was quite high when the shot was taken.
Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.
Six Word Saturday.
This week’s Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1990s.
This is a juvenile Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) photographed at a reservoir in south Cheshire. The water level was low with mud in front of the hide and there was a thick fog blanketing the area. The Grey Heron spent some time wandering around the mud before hunkering down and looking grumpy.
This is a copy of a Kodachrome slide, it hasn’t been desaturated or converted to monochrome although I did bring out the film grain when editing the shot.
Monochrome Monday is going back a week. I went down to Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise but a fog bank rolled across the bay before the sun came up. That gave me the opportunity to shoot some monochrome compositions.
Sunday morning of week 33 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay for the sunrise. There was patchy mist and fog on the way there but the bay was mostly clear when I got down there.
That didn’t last long, a thick bank of fog rolled across Colpoy’s Bay before the sun came up. I waited to see if the fog would clear for the sunrise and lost track of time. I was surprised to see the sun breaking through the top of the fog bank well above the horizon.