End of summer update

As the summer draws to a close I’ve been thinking about how things have gone this year. So far its been a year of ups and downs with both my photography and personal life. My wife and I are in the process of relocating to Inverness which is proving to be taking much longer than either of us imagined. Laura got a job in Inverness pretty quickly and so far I’ve had no success, the job market has pretty much dried up especially in the world of IT Support. I’ve had a couple of interviews so far and I’m currently waiting to hear if I’ve been successful with the most recent interview. Laura also took very ill in June and baffled the medical profession for some time, thankfully she seems to be on the mend now. Hopefully she’ll be able to go back to work soon.

My decision to start using film again has proved to be a good one and has yielded some of the best images I’ve ever taken so far. There have been numerous mistakes along the way, partly down to lack of familiarity with the medium format gear I’m using and partly down to me forgetting to check things. Modern digital SLRs are impressive and the results that the latest generations are yielding seem very good, however for me there is something missing from the final image (and no its not the lack of grain!). Its really hard to describe the difference but put simply I feel that the colours and tones you get from film are better. Medium Format digital backs which record in 16-bit colour get pretty close in many respects but the cost of switching to such a system is prohibitive for me.

So the big question is, will I continue to use film or will I simply go back to digital?  I’ve thought about this for a while now and film is the winner. Ok so there are going to be running costs i.e. film and processing and I won’t get to see the results instantly but for me the quality of the final results are more important than either of those.

Please note that I’m not saying digital photography is bad – I’ve been shooting digital for the last three years! I’ve just reached a point where I find the results from film to be more satisfactory, its a personal thing.

Here are three images that I’ve taken on film this year. The first image was taken on my Mamiya M645J with a 45mm Lens. The last two were taken on a Mamiya RB67 with a 65mm lens. All three were shot on Velvia 50.

The one thing that I’ve not mentioned for a while is my charity calendar. Unfortunately I’m not going to be producing a 2010 calendar as I’ve simply not had the time to get all the images that I wanted. Providing that I manage to get a job in Inverness soon I do hope to be able to start working towards a  2011 calendar, this will also depend on whether I can find a sponsor to cover the printing costs. I will keep you posted on this.

That’s the end of my update, I’ll try and post more regularly to the blog from now on. Until next time… take care!

Brand new website and other updates

Welcome to my new website – www.scotlandthroughlight.com

Over the last few months I’d become increasingly dissatisfied with the performance of the old website, it was very slow at times and quite often visitors simply got  a white page instead of a web page. On top of this there had been quite a few instances where the back end services which the site ran on would be unavailable for short period. In light of this I decided to change web host and at the same time take a new web address.

The new website name is derrived from the name of my 2009 calendar “Scotland through the light”. I wanted a more professional and relevant sounding name, “Scotland Through Light” just seemed better than “cjtphoto”.

There is still work to be done on the site, the About Me page needs to be completed and the portfolio needs populated. Once this has been done I will focus my efforts on the online shop which will allow visitors to order from a selection of prints from me. More information about the prints and their availability will follow soon.

Earlier in the year I mentioned that the “Moody Elgol Dawn” limited edition print that I donated to SiMBA for their charity auction fetched £500, Karen from SiMBA has kindly sent me a few snapshots of what the print looked like framed. I thought I’d share the images with you.

I’m very pleased with how the print looks framed.

I’m hoping to be able to share some more new images with you soon that were shot on film. As soon as I have these scanned then I’ll get them uploaded to the portfolio. I’m enjoying using film again and from the results I’ve seen so far it has been a worthwhile effort especially using medium format rather than 35mm.