Stacey and I recently changed the software we’re using (both OS and specific photo software) so we’re taking this opportunity to go through all of our old digital images and sort them out, and rescan all of our older film images and sort them as well. I decided it’d be a good idea to start with the old B&W stuff, and, whilst going through the old stuff I realised that quite a bit of it hadn’t been posted to the site since I started/changed layouts. As such, there’s going to be a few posts in the next few weeks that will feature older work.
A lot of this stuff I’ve already uploaded elsewhere, either to other sites, or to a previous version of this site, or whatever, but there’s also going to be some stuff that has never been posted. After having done photography stuff for a good few years now, I’m finding that, with what I know now, some of my older images that I wrote off or didn’t particularly like back in my early days are actually quite good, or, at the very least, interesting, so I might as well upload them and see what everyone else thinks.
So, here’s the first post, a collection of images from my very first roll of B&W film, way back in 2010. These shots were all taken on my trusty EOS-3, and mostly through the 24-105mm 1:4 L IS USM lens.
And so, what better subject for trying out B&W film than a steam train? And, as it happened, Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway happened to be having a running day that weekend, so we headed out to Swanbank Station and arrived quite a bit earlier than we intended to…
I could’ve easily used up the whole roll shooting this train, but I wanted to leave some shots for other things, so we headed back home, and decided to go to the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens to use up the rest…
Since this first roll I’ve used up quite a bit of B&W film of different types, and it wasn’t long after this that I actually started developing it myself, which is something I recommend everyone should try at some point. I’d also recommend trying out printing your own B&W prints as well, because it is an awesome learning experience (by that I mean proper darkroom printing with an enlarger).
There’ll probably be quite a bit more of my older B&W stuff uploaded as I continue this rescanning project, and I’m planning to start putting a lot more B&W through my 645N too.