Lake District on 35mm // Landscape Photography

Some quick thoughts on film photography…

I almost always carry a fully manual film camera along with my DSLR. It allows me to think and slow down in a way that digital cameras don’t; this comes from a set of limitations. The nature of film is in itself limiting: 36 shots a roll. The other is that I limit myself to a single 50mm lens. These force a creativity I might not have with a digital camera and a zoom lens. With this in mind, I try to take a roll of film frame by frame.

Film also presents a steeper learning curve for me. Metering your scene properly becomes so much more important – film has a much lower dynamic range than RAW digital files (so I can’t recover shadows or highlights as much in post-processing). Equally, you can’t chimp and check exposure on your LCD screen. I feel I have gained a better appreciation light through shooting film. It really makes me aware of the landscapes I am in and the process of making a photograph.


Here are some shots I wanted to share from my trip to the Lake District shot on Ilford HP5 400 and Kodak Ektar 100:

Lake District HP5 400 Edits-2
Behind the Scenes
Lake District HP5 400 Edits-5
Heather at King’s How
Lake District HP5 400 Edits-6
Sprinkling Tarn in the Mist
Lake District HP5 400 Edits-3
Hay Stacks onto High Stile
Lake District HP5 400 Edits-4
Lake District HP5 400 Edits-1
Buttermere & Crummock Water I
Lake District Ektar 100 Edits-1
Buttermere & Crummock Water II
Lake District Ektar 100 Edits-2
Buttermere & Crummock Water III

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