Fairy light portraits

Film stock: Ilford Delta 3200 (medium format)
Developed: Self-developed
Camera: Mamiya 645

I haven’t really been much of a portrait person in the past, and I’ve never shot anything above ISO 400 (on film at least – I definitely have on digital). I had a roll of Delta 3200 sitting unused in my stockpile of film, and I just needed to find some use for it. In the end, I decided to do some portraits with additional (non flash-based) lighting.

This was a very experimental roll of film, and I wasn’t expecting any miracles from it, so the fact that even just 3/4 out of 15 shots turned out well was a pleasant surprise – it’s always difficult doing low light photography when you can’t even review your shots afterwards. The other thing that also surprised me was the graininess, or the lack of it rather. I’ve used some really grainy films at ISO 400, so I was expecting this film to be a whole lot worse. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely a grainy film, but just nowehere near as bad as I’ve seen with some other film styles.

So without further ado, here are the small handful of photos I actually think turned out well:

Obviously thank you to Eva and Louise for being such willing models for this shoot. 🙂


Film stock: Kodak ColorPlus 200 (35mm)
Kodak Ektar 100 (35mm)
Developed: Express Imaging
Camera: Canon A-1

I’ve just come back from a week in Malta.

Initially, I decided we hadn’t had enough sunshine and warm weather in the UK and that the situation needed to be rectified. Now that I’m back, I’m actually glad that the weather is somewhat cooler!

A few things I learned during my time in Malta…

  • You don’t need to be able to speak Maltese to understand the universal “phwoar, it’s too hot” gesture that people make.
  • Buses turn up whenever they damn well please. Usually anytime between ten minutes early and fifteen minutes late.
  • Maltese people hate Arriva just as much as we do in Wales – they used to run their buses and only lasted about two years before abandoning the country.
  • It should theoretically be possible to catch a bus from one side of Malta all the way to the other side in less time than it takes to catch a bus from one side of Cardiff to the other, but the traffic usually means this doesn’t happen.
  • It’s difficult to avoid reminders that Malta used to be British when you see red phonebooths, post boxes and pelican crossings.

This was actually the first trip where I didn’t take a digital camera with me. I did obviously take my phone with me and used it for photos, but the only SLR I had with me was the Canon A-1. I spent a week in Malta and used four rolls of film but, in the interests of not bombarding everyone with a million photos, here are a select few photos from my trip: