Cornwall

Tomorrow I am looking forward to travelling back to Cornwall after 6 years. I will be there for the best part of a week and will be using this as an opportunity to capture some new landscape images. Whilst packing, I came across my Nikon F80 Camera and some unused film and decided that I will be taking this along with me as well as my standard Nikon D90 DSLR. It will make a nice change to work with film, as I don’t often get the chance.

I have thought about using mixed media, so once I have the film developed, I will be able to scan it to my computer and make any necessary adjustments. I have also thought about doing montages of some sort. I shall see how it goes and decide what to do as I go along.

Fingers crossed that I capture some worthwhile images. Cornwall is certainly a great place for landscape photography and I’m looking forward to the time away!

 

35mm Film Scanner

I have recently added this useful device to my collection of photographic equipment. I enjoy taking pictures on film but not so keen on the amount of time that I have to spend in the darkroom doing test strips and such. As much as I like the solitude of the darkroom, it is not always practical because of the amount of time that it requires. This is a handy shortcut (obviously I will have to develop the film myself) and allows me to scan the images onto my computer and from here I can assess which ones I would like to develop further in the darkroom or work with them directly from the computer and create a mixed media image.

Portable High Resolution 35mm Film & Slide Scanner

It can be used as a stand-alone unit or connected to your PC / Laptop with a USB cable and scans all 35mm negative film and also slide / transparency film. It works with either colour or black & white film and can be scanned in strips or you can use the other included tray for mounted 35mm slides.The 5MP CMOS sensor scans at 1824 x 2736 pixels (10MP interpolated scan at 2588 x 3888 pixels). The average scanning time is around 4 seconds and the scans are saved as JPEG files to an SD / SDHC Card. There is a real-time colour preview on the LCD screen (2.4 Inch). Supports NTSC/PAL TV out interface through a 3.5mm video jack – Images can be seen on your TV.

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35mm Film Scanner
Image: Richard Brochu-Williams

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35mm Film Scanner
Image: Richard Brochu-Williams

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35mm Film Scanner Mounted Tray
Image: Richard Brochu-Williams

I have used the scanner for scanning the negatives of my last film shoot at Rutland Water and was very happy with the results that I got. This has encouraged me to take more pictures with film and possibly experiment with mixed media format.

7dayshop.com. 2013. 7dayshop Portable High Resolution 35mm Film & Slide Scanner. Colour LCD Screen with 8GB SDHC Card. [online] Available at: http://www.7dayshop.com/photo-video-supplies/film-scanners/7dayshop-portable-high-resolution-35mm-film-slide-scanner-colour-lcd-screen-with-8gb-sdhc-card?backUrl=L3Bob3RvLXZpZGVvLXN1cHBsaWVzL2ZpbG0tc2Nhbm5lcnM= [Accessed: 30 Dec 2013].