We’ve now been in lockdown for two weeks in the UK and will shortly enter our third. I won’t complain as we’ve got it a lot easier than many countries. My daughter who lives in France has been in lockdown for two months. Her restrictions are also a lot tighter than here.
Despite thinking I have it easy by comparison, I’m really missing shooting new material. In fact, I’m missing it so much that I’ve bought a new camera. It’s a used Fuji X-E3 with 23mm f/2.0 lens. Since moving from Olympus to Fuji, I’ve found the Fuji cameras a little larger. It’s great for landscapes but I still miss having something a little smaller for urban work.
That’s why I decided on a used X-E3. It has the same sensor as my X-T2 but feels like a small rangefinder with a digital viewfinder.
I can’t really share any images other than a test shot from the path next to my house.
Despite this, I already love the size and handling of this little camera. With a small prime lens attached or even the 18-55 kit lens from my Fuji X-T2, it’s wonderfully balanced. I’m really looking forward to taking it to Manchester or Liverpool but fear that could be some time off yet.
The other things that’s really caught my attention again is scanning.
Someone in lockdown in New York recently contacted me. They’ve decided to use the time indoors to create a book of their 35mm film work from around twenty years ago. They had some questions about the best way to scan and it prompted me to check my 35mm negatives. I have thousands of negatives and slides that I’ve never even looked at and there are some gems in there.
This image from La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires was an initial test scan whilst I refreshed my skills.
It isn’t a wonderful image, but the detail is superb. Especially when I consider it’s scanned on an Epson V700 flatbed with the standard film holder. And because it’s scanned to a DNG file, RAW converters like Lightroom treat the image like any other RAW file. This gives a great deal of latitude when it comes to adjusting the image. In fact, I’ve played around with this one probably a bit too much.
If you want to know more about my scanning process, I have a couple of articles explaining it on my website. There’s:
I can’t wait to look through some of my past 35mm work.
I hope you have a great weekend and stay safe.