Cornwall | May 2018
I’ve just got a couple of rolls of film back from AG Photographic so thought I’d put together a collection of the film photos from our trip to Cornwall at the end of May. This year we camped down on the Lizard Peninsula at YHA Coverack for two nights and at YHA Penzance for three. Both of the campsites were good. We had our own private glade at Coverack (the downside was that the long grass was full of bugs and I got bitten alive). At Penzance I made friends with a lovely long haired cat who I took pity on because she was so desperate for attention and food. I ended up buying her sachets of food two nights in a row as she kept begging for food, but then was woken by her mewing outside our tent at 3am!
These pictures were taken on Portra 400 on an OM2n (and Noritsu scanned at the lab) as well as some cheap, probably expired (though it lives in the fridge) C200 on a Spotmatic SPii. The light meter on the SPii isn’t accurate so I use a Sekonic L-308S for metering. The Olympus works beautifully on aperture priority as it’s had a full service at the camera shop in Halesowen.
The C200 is self scanned using a little 35mm film scanner. The built in colour curve doesn’t work well with Portra but suits cheap film quite well… probably because that’s what the scanner was designed for. I can’t bring myself to spend ~£9 getting a 24 exposure roll of cheap C200 scanned professionally, it seems like a waste of money since it costs the same whether it’s a 24 or 36 exposure roll. I think cheap 24 exposure rolls of film are actually a false economy anyway as processing costs per shot are higher. Once my stash is finished I’ll probably just shoot Portra. It’s not like I’m shooting film all the time, it’s only in the spring and summer when we go on holiday but the colours and texture of Portra are so much nicer and smoother than C200.
More Cornwall photos from our holiday on the Roseland last May can be found here.