Beast from the East: The Sequel

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Water flowing from Roath Lake into Roath Brook
(You can probably tell from the photo that it was still snowing at the time!)

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!)

Bridge over Roath Brook

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!

Palm trees covered in snow is obviously a pretty weird sight

Dog walkers in Roath Park

I used to live in Roath, and the thing I miss most is being a 20 second walk from The Rec

This tree stood out to me as being particularly photogenic

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Redscale

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Some seagulls chilling on the dock

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.

Those of you who’ve been to Cardiff will probably recognise this as the Wales Millennium Centre

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!

Lloyd George Avenue

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.

Still life closeup from my walk through Atlantic Wharf

Cardiff’s ever changing skyline

Cardiff Bay and Penarth

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Night photography at Bute Park

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Llandaff Fields after dark

I’m still not entirely sure what drives my photographic decisions, and my urges to do some photography are sometimes the most random thing ever. After finishing work last night, I noticed that the sky was clear and decided it had been a while since any stars had featured in my photos.

I live a short distance away from the Taff Trail, but I’d never really seen it at night. Now, I’m not saying I was expecting it to be dangerous or anything, but I was surprised by how many people were walking and cycling the trail at night. If I lived in London though, I probably wouldn’t have done this if I’m being completely honest!

I think night photography is one of my favourite types of photography, and it’s where you can find me in my element. I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Trees from the Taff Trail

The Taff Trail

Blackweir Bridge

Llandaff Fields