Saturday morning I had a couple of free hours to get out with my camera. The weather was dull, grey, overcast and generally a bit miserable.
But there were a few locations in one area I wanted to try which I haven’t been to for a while, so this was more of a location scout and trying my RB67 at these locations.
First location was on a hill that looks over The River Cuckmere meanders above Exceat, which can be easily accessed from West Dean and follow the steps up the hill along The South Downs Way trail, or park at either the Seven Sisters or Friston forest car park and head up the hill.
This certainly is not the best view of the meanders, but after the walk up there its nice to get a photo.
Mamiya Sekor C 50mm F/4.5 @ f/16 – ½ second
After this I headed back down the long steps and set up a photo for a tree that caught my eye over the path.
Mamiya Sekor C 90mm f/3.8 @ f/8 – 1 second – Green filter
I then headed up to a favourite spot of mine, High and Over between Alfriston and Seaford. This is a short drive from West Dean and looks over the Cuckmere River as it heads down from Alfriston to the sea.
There are two main viewing points from up here.
First is if you head along the left hand path out of the car park, which personally offers the best view, second is if you head right out of the car park and puts you just above the Litlington White Horse
From just above the white horse
Mamiya Sekor C 50mm F/4.5 @ f/16 – 1/4 second
After this I headed back along the path to the other viewing point and captured two photos from slightly different angles
4th and 5th photos
Mamiya Sekor C 180 mm f4.5 @ f/16 – 1/4 second
The roll of Ilford Pan F 50 was then developed at home using Ilford Ilfosol 3 for 4 minutes 30 seconds and scanned with my Epson Perfection V600 Photo Scanner and tweaked in Lightroom.
Normally I get 10 photos out of a roll offilm with my RB67 but I screwed up a few.
- I had left the mirror lock up enabled, so I fired an exposure without the cable, so mirror flipped shutter did not fire.
- Came out blurry where the mirror got jammed and I had to give it a bash which knocked the focus off.
- Just was an absolutely rubbish photo.
- and 5. The RB67 does have a pin which prevents it from firing with the dark-slide in, mine however is broken and I shot 2 exposures with the dark-slide still in. I have painted the top yellow to help me remember its there, still don't always notice it.
Kit used on this shoot.
- Mamiya RB67
- Mamiya Sekor C 50mm F/4.5
- Mamiya Sekor C 90mm f/3.8
- Mamiya-Sekor C 180 mm f4.5
- Manfrotto 190 XPROB
- Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head
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