We had quite a lot of fog over the Christmas holidays, so here I am, finally having time to do some exploring, but there was almost no light to be found. At least not the great kind of light that I usually prefer. But I wanted to get out, partly because I started developing film myself, and I needed more material to work (read practice!) with. I had a roll of Kodak Colorplus 200, film I actually ordered to practice loading film on the real of the development tank, but it arrived too late for that. In other words, I had no idea what to expect from this film, but decided to try it on the beach of Scheveningen to generate some practice material for my developing skills. But I quite like the results anyway, although they are very different from my usual morning-sun-through-the-trees kind of photos…
I seem to have trouble lately exposing for foggy skies, I have several photos (also from other mornings) with very grainy skies as in the photo above due to overexposure. The negatives look quite dark, that’s how I know that it wasn’t under-exposed. But after getting used to the look and colors I actually found the result quite interesting. Due to the cold and fog the beach was very empty, there was hardly anyone there. And the pier, from which I took most photos, was not really open yet, there was just a small opening in the gate for the garbage collectors etc. And now I feel like the muted colors and grainy texture fit this deserted and cold place quite well.
Apart from a few grainy skies the photos look pretty alright to me. I still don’t really know how to evaluate this film, as this light is so weird. I read that Colorplus is supposed to give fairly saturated colors, I guess you would need a bit of sunlight to achieve that! But since this is one of the first rolls I developed at home, and scanned myself, I feel quite happy with it. It is still new to me, but I actually love being able to shoot, develop, and scan an entire roll of film within one or two days. Here are some more photos from this morning:
All photos were taken with the Leica M2 and Summilux 1.4/50mm, on Kodak Colorplus 200. Developed and scanned by me.
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