Beast from the East: The Sequel

Film stock: Ilford HP5 Plus (120)
Shot at ASA 400.
Developed: Self-developed (Ilfosol 3)
Camera: Mamiya 645

It kinda feels like we just had snow like two weeks ago.

…oh wait, that’s because we literally did have snow two weeks ago!😂

Also, did I mention it was my birthday? Yeah, going out and taking photos of the snow is not an activity I normally associate with my birthday, and yet here we are! I’m already contemplating the fact that this was my first ever birthday snow day, but probably my last too. Obviously this was something to take advantage of.

My last batch of snow photos was heavily focussed around Bute Park and the city centre. This time, I thought I would venture in the other direction and head to Roath Park to see what it was like over there. Obviously the snow was nowhere near as bad as last time, and Cardiff managed to not panic this time – all the buses were still running for the whole day. Despite this, I did venture out the fron door and was faced with a literal blizzard (by which I mean it was snowing and windy at the same time… I realise northern Europeans are currently laughing at me!)

As I expected, Roath Park was looking just as magical as I would have expected (although, Roath Lake completely froze over last time, and I’m kinda gutted I didn’t get to see it). A roll of medium format film has fifteen shots on it when shooting in 6×4.5 format, and I finished the entire roll before I even had a chance to think. After heading home via lunch, I got started with the developing process.

Some of my previous black and white work was developed using Rodinal, but this time I opted for Ilford chemicals and used a regular developing process. Unfortunately, I hadn’t quite mixed enough chemicals to cover the entire film and there was an entire strip on the top of the film that was under developed. I guess that’s one mistake I’ll definitely be learning from!

Nonetheless, I did get some pretty good results from this – despite the mistake – and I’m pretty pleased with the photos:


Film stock: Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 (35mm)
Shot in redscale at ASA 100.
Developed: Express Imaging
Camera: Canon A-1

It’s been a while since I’ve shot any film (January if my records are correct!) and, as well as having my film drawer screaming at me for some attention, I was also in the mood for something a little more experimental.

Those of you who already do film photography and are active on Twitter have probably been exposed to this already, but I noticed a lot of photos being shared under the hashtag #BIFscale18, and it got me curious about redscale photography. Not being one to simply buy something premade, I wanted to use some of my existing stock and decided to reverse and respool some of my film. I tried a few of the film photography places here in Cardiff, and none of them stocked reusable film cannisters (yet!!), so I had to resort to eBay and wait a few days for my package. I guess film photography is definitely on the up, but bulk loading hasn’t quite caught on yet amongst casual photographers.

To my surprise, the forecast was looking good for Tuesday and I decided I would finish work and just head straight to do some photography. Luckily, my office is at the northern end of Atlantic Wharf, so there’s plenty of scope for photography there – especially if you walk through it and head to Cardiff Bay. (I did have a bit of a headstart the night before though, and shot a few frames near where I live in Heath).

Once I finished shooting, I headed over to the film lab on City Road. I think we’re quite lucky here in Cardiff to still have a film lab that doesn’t involve sending it off and waiting a week. I normally develop my own film at home, but I do try to use them from time to time – it’s important we use them and keep them in business!

I actually managed to get there just in time, and got my film processed immediately and had my negatives in hand within about 10 minutes – can’t complain! I think my film did cause a moment of confusion for the member of staff who thought I might have made a mistake and bulk loaded the film the wrong way round, but I explained that it was intentional, and it caused the staff to chat amongst themselves about redscale photography.

Needless to say, the colour palette for this photoset is fairly limited(!) but I’m pleased with the results and how many images turned out well.

Lousy Smarch weather


Despite my previous complaint about how well we handle the snow, I completely understand why it makes little sense to spend millions on preparing infrastructure for a snowstorm that generally occurs about once every few years.

I do enjoy them though, because it provides photographic opportunities that don’t happen everyday, so I can’t complain too much. It also meant I got to work from home for a few days, so I took the opportunity of not being tied to a building with fixed opening hours and went out for a few walks over the course of the few days (and obviously made up the time afterwards).

These photos were taken over the course of a few days during Storm Emma, The Beast from the East, or Snowmageddon; depending on what you want to call it!

Oh, and in case you don’t get the reference in the title:



As some of you may be aware by now, we had some snow here in Cardiff.

…a lot of it!

…well, by our standards at least!

We generally don’t seem to handle snow all that well here in Wales, and I completely understand why people are laughing at us (including my brother, who currently lives in Sweden!) Even my recent trip to Oslo is a good demonstration of how other countries seem to just get on with it when faced with a ton of snow.

So in true British spirit; here’s a brief guide to how we handled the snow in Cardiff…