Hampden Park, Sussex - 13/12/19

Friday, day off from work and a completely free morning, so nice to be out with my Mamiya BR67 120 film camera again.

Been a real struggle to get any time out with my camera recently, managed a few days here and there, but this is a very busy time of year, and the short days and long nights and lots of bad weather really don't help.
On Friday morning I headed to a local park, Hampden Park in Eastbourne, a lovely park throughout the year and always nice to be there.

Taken some of my favourite photos in this park, including these 2.
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I haven't managed to get out with my Mamiya RB67 for a while, its a big heavy camera and if I am also taking my digital stuff out as well, it means 2 bags and normally a bit of a struggle, ideally I need to sort out a bigger bag to carry it all more comfortably.
Friday I decided to limit my digital camera to just 1 lens and take my RB67 and 3 lenses loaded with a roll of Fuji Acros 100 B&W film.

After a wet squelchy walk though the wooded area I found a nice tree to get some shots off with my Mamiya (view finder view, top photo) with a nice light hitting the side.

Grabbed a couple of shots further down with my Fuji X-T1 and Fujifilm 10-24mm lens with a HOYA polarising filter attached.
Fuji X-T1 - Fujifilm 10-24 @ 10mm - iso 200 - f/4.0 - 1/60sec
As the sun was still low I headed over to the skatepark which has a nice concrete bowl, being Friday it was also nice and quiet.
Spent much of my youth skateboarding so skateparks are always a happy place for me, been meaning to start a "skateparkscape"(new word) series for a while. Skateparks have lovely curves, lines and shapes and during low light they can (to a few people) look stunning, almost like a landscape. So got a couple of shots before heading back into the park.

In the park I found a nice flooded area with some lovely reflections and light, got a couple of shots with my RB67 before realising I had left the dark slide still in 😣. The RB67 normally has a pin that won't allow the camera to fire when the dark slide is still in, but mine broke a while back and I forget to remove itsometimes, so when I got home I painted the top bright yellow so it will stand out and hopefully wont forget again.

This finished the roll of film off (10 shots), I then loaded a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 colour negative film and managed a shot as I was heading back out of the park.

I also came across this tree decorated with tinsel and baubles, bit random but looked good.


Hopefully I will get the roll of film from my Mamiya developed soon, need to buy some more chemicals and it should give me something to do over Christmas.

I had been toying with the idea of selling my Mamiya RB67 for a while due to a slump in enthusiasm, lack of use, the extra money from selling it would always be helpful, but after using it again, it really is such a lovely camera to use, not for everyone but it does really change the pace you photograph things, almost a bit therapeutic, also check out my Using a Mamiya RB67 for Landscape Photography post. Definitely not getting rid of it anytime soon.


Kit used on this shoot.
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