Friendly photographers In the last few spring and pre-summer-solstice months my soul has been sated by serendipitous meetings with sanguine photographers, who were gracious and willing to spend time sharing their set-ups with me.  I wish to tell a tale of one of these meetings to you. Cosmic 35:  In the glory of super-saturated and definitely not skin friendly ‘Kodak Elite Chrome Extra Color’ I share with you one of these friendly souls.  I had just caught the quaint and wonderful incline tram ride to Scarborough Beach and saw something special in the light and the shore.  I was view-finder crabbing along a sea wall and I nearly walked into the lovely woman pictured. After congenial innocent apologies (as is the English custom!) I noticed her camera.  I say I noticed her camera.  I nearly jumped clean out of my jandals!  A 60’s vintage 35mm rangefinder?!  I felt an instant appreciation for this woman.  Alas, I was not carrying my Baldamatic, but my OM1 - so I had to try and convince her I was a rangefinder freak too…  She talked me though her Cosmic 35, which was actually an English badged russian Lomo Smena 8.  I realised there was no light metering, so I asked her what she did with exposure, I was floored by her response:  "I use the guide on the box".  I looked slightly baffled and she produced a dog eared empty film box and pressed the exposure guide to my face.  Sunny, cloudy, dim, inside, done.  The simplicity of her system left me with a broad smile as I jogged down the beach to catch up my family.  The light stayed in the realms of stunning and I got a photo worth showing. Happenstance meetings like this make me a happy-little-shutterbug.  So I was only too pleased to return some time and love to the photography community when I was in Brighton recently.  My very-good-lady-wife and I were sauntering through the excellent North Laine Market Stalls when I spotted a freshly purchased vintage camera coming my way in the hands of an exuberant film neophyte! Fresh meat. I immediately went for my usual practise of a 1x10247 word per minute interrogation.  I ascertained that I had an American student from DSLR land who had seen the light.  I was only to happy too load a surplus film into his Zeiss Ikon.  I explained his apertture and shutter settings, he had a fair idea of light and exposure values from his DSLR, I sent him on his way, like a proud quasi parent.  "Shoot everything" I called over his shoulder as he left. I seriously hope that his first film was as rewarding as mine.

Friendly photographers

In the last few spring and pre-summer-solstice months my soul has been sated by serendipitous meetings with sanguine photographers, who were gracious and willing to spend time sharing their set-ups with me.  I wish to tell a tale of one of these meetings to you.

Cosmic 35:  In the glory of super-saturated and definitely not skin friendly ‘Kodak Elite Chrome Extra Color’ I share with you one of these friendly souls.  I had just caught the quaint and wonderful incline tram ride to Scarborough Beach and saw something special in the light and the shore.  I was view-finder crabbing along a sea wall and I nearly walked into the lovely woman pictured.

After congenial innocent apologies (as is the English custom!) I noticed her camera.  I say I noticed her camera.  I nearly jumped clean out of my jandals!  A 60’s vintage 35mm rangefinder?!  I felt an instant appreciation for this woman.  Alas, I was not carrying my Baldamatic, but my OM1 - so I had to try and convince her I was a rangefinder freak too…  She talked me though her Cosmic 35, which was actually an English badged russian Lomo Smena 8.  I realised there was no light metering, so I asked her what she did with exposure, I was floored by her response:  "I use the guide on the box".  I looked slightly baffled and she produced a dog eared empty film box and pressed the exposure guide to my face.  Sunny, cloudy, dim, inside, done.  The simplicity of her system left me with a broad smile as I jogged down the beach to catch up my family.  The light stayed in the realms of stunning and I got a photo worth showing.

Happenstance meetings like this make me a happy-little-shutterbug.  So I was only too pleased to return some time and love to the photography community when I was in Brighton recently.  My very-good-lady-wife and I were sauntering through the excellent North Laine Market Stalls when I spotted a freshly purchased vintage camera coming my way in the hands of an exuberant film neophyte!

Fresh meat.

I immediately went for my usual practise of a 1x10247 word per minute interrogation.  I ascertained that I had an American student from DSLR land who had seen the light.  I was only to happy too load a surplus film into his Zeiss Ikon.  I explained his apertture and shutter settings, he had a fair idea of light and exposure values from his DSLR, I sent him on his way, like a proud quasi parent.  "Shoot everything" I called over his shoulder as he left.

I seriously hope that his first film was as rewarding as mine.