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Southend seafront (March 2012)
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Terry S


Registered: December 2011
Location: Southend on Sea, Essex, England UK
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The picture was taken on a happy snappy (green in colour) Konica Pop camera, to match the colour of the writing on a HP5 film canister. Itís a very basic camera, with one shutter speed of about 1/125 and two apertures. One for normal sunny days and one for when the flash is used, opening it up one stop.

It was taken on a stroll along Southend seafront, some 1.5 miles from my front door, on a lovely sunny day for the time of year = about March time.

I have been trying of late to take pictures of everyday things and occurrences, rather than photo-club winning entries, that I have tried to do for so many years. It is quite relaxing doing this, with no one to please but myself, although I do still find it a bit hard to look at some of the final results still without imaging what a judge would say!

Technical bits:

The film was developed in Rodinal, a developer which I have only just finished my first small bottle of, at 1+25 at 20C, with 20% underdevelopment, which I do with all my films now, after reading many books. Previous to this my negs very very dense and hard to print. Now they generally come up a lot easier, printing on grade 2 or 3 no problem, with a good range of tones.

Looking at it, I donít consider the picture as too exciting, so I have tried to add a bit of atmosphere to it by darkening the sky quite a bit, along with a medium contrast paper, to up the whites against the other tones in the picture.

I have also been trying out printing full frame of late as I think it can work with the right picture, adding a very solid frame around the edges.

Paul's version, which is printed closer to how it looked on the day, at a much larger close to A3 size (hence the bad scan of his picture as it was too big for my scanner and the shiny surface gave me trouble trying to photograph it.) The neg I provided Paul did need a bit of spotting which he did an excellent job of as I couldn't find the spotted areas at all!... unlike mine, as I have real trouble with matching the colour when spotting, but in turn barely show up on the scan of my print = good olí scanner! :-).
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