There's an elder woman living a couple of hundred meters away from our cottage. She's got a daughter living some way far off, down south in the country where everything is just flat and boring. No hills, no landscape, no weather... basically no nothing, to put it straight.
The elder woman wants her daughter to have a picture from me, to put up on the wall, and she knows what she wants. The view from her living room window, which her daughter grew up with and all. I happen to have more or less the same view from the cottage, so I will snap something down here at sea level and see if I can use that somehow.
This morning, as I woke up of my wifes phone ringing because she had forgot the bloody thing at home when she went to work, there was a fantastic light outside. The sun was just about to sneak over the horizon, which means over the 1000 m plus mountains we got on the other side of the fjord we live by, and made a beautiful light due to some fog banks and things flying around in the air. The sky was boring blue though, but the sunlight and those fog banks really made something going on, so I threw myself out of bed, got dressed in a hurry, grabbed my bigger bag of equipment (the heavy one with a couple of medium format Mamiyas and some lenses) and walked the few meters away from the door just to get away from a power line stretched just in the view line.
Snapped through a couple of films, even one that should give some colored snaps if all is going well... Portra 400 I think it was. And a couple of Delta 100's, which I don't like to much for some reason. Just the same way I don't really like the T-max films either. Something about the grain I have not quite got the hang of for some reason. It's probably just me though, as others seem to like them a lot. I also had a well expired and badly stored Shanghai GP3 in the bag. Went through the half of that roll as well, so hope there will be something sticking to these films worth printing at some point.
The snaps posted today has nothing to do with the ones snapped this morning, of course. It's a few more from the series I have posted from before. The one from the backseat of the taxi driving south through the moors of Shetland, done with a small but heavy and good old german snapper with a great 35mm lens and all. It seems to be unbreakable, kind of. I have smashed a few metal rings designed to keep flare off the lens. I call them smash protective devices. The metal rings have the great advantage that they can be straighten out after something heavy has hit them, as it does. The same metal rings has the very great disadvantage, price. Did you know that these tiny, wee things, cost a small fortune if you want to purchase one? Me neither, but I discovered the fact some time ago. Hundreds of pounds, thousands of norwegian kroner, for a small thingy! That's the way it is when this german brand is making things. The sky seems to be the limit, price wise.
Well, I did not feel it was that important actually. Until I got one for free, or more or less for free anyway. So now I got such a ring for both of the way to expensive lenses for these cameras. I got a 21mm wide lens as well, for this system, which got a plastic thing for protection. That works well enough, so will just be staying on. I used the lens without this plastic protection a while ago, and managed to smash a filter when going up some stairs with the camera hanging at my side. The lens was fine though, but that was close enough to a disaster to put the protector back on.
I hate expensive cameras and equipment for this reason. Better run around with something cheap, as I seem to get dents and scratches all the time. Luckily I don't care too much about dents and scratches though, so I can and will still use them around in the field. They were not bought to sit on the shelf anyway, so I'll use them until they can no longer be used.
I got a couple of things to do today, so better just go on with them I guess. Need to order a door for the outbuilding, and see if I'm able to find out who in the area can deliver some stuff for the cottage. Glassy things it is... will tell you more about that a bit later probably.