A taste of Edinburgh

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Have had some Ilford PanF burning a hole in my camera bag lately, so decided to head round Edinburgh and try things a little differently.

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The old town part of the city is great for black and white work, and PanF is my favourite slow black & white film.  An ISO of 50, so only for the brightest of days, and a really low level of grain.  This is my attempt to capture some of the character of the place.

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This style of photography is one I’d like to do more of, and I certainly could do with more practice.  Trying to get the essence of a location through a series of photos is a lot harder than it seems, at least for me.

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Used the Canon A-1 this time.  The camera’s in great condition but was suffering from the notorious “canon cough” problem, where the mechanism for the mirror loses lubrication and starts squeaking.  Nothing a bit of sewing machine oil can’t sort though, although it’s always a bit hairy taking a camera apart.

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Also went for a longer focal length than I’m used to, a 100mm prime lens.  I like this lens a lot, but again it’s one I do really need to practice more on.

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