If you missed part 1, it can be found here
Day 4, Monday – Ricoh GR1 XP2, Fuji Klasse Portra 400 & Reala and Voigtlander Bessa with Portra 160.
Sunshine! Time to make the best of the good weather! A trip up the coast to Harlech, quick stop at the castle, or at least a play ground next to it, for lunch with Connie.
I had decided to give the Fuji Klasse W a bit more of a run it had been loaded with portra 400 from before we came on holiday. With the weather now starting to look a lot better I wanted to get a roll of Reala into it. North Wales in the sunshine has got to be Reala territory and the Klasse I felt the right tool for the job. I finished the roll of Portra
The goats were my favourite. With their odd features, serpentine eyes and the like, they don’t really have the right to be cute, but they manage it. It’s natural to want to stroke them… But they really aren’t interested! They just want food! Hannah had her arm sucked by one of them, but they were surprisingly gentle near Connie.
The Portra used, I then loaded it with Reala and carried on shooting.
Just up the road (literally, up a steep road) from the farm park were the “Slate caverns” which are disused mines. We just went up to see the view as we weren’t sure if Connie was going to be too keen on walking around in an abandoned mine.
They talked us into going down the mine in the little cafe by telling us it was half price as had we been to the farm park.
I didn’t hold out much hope of getting any shots down there …
A quick stop at Barmouth beach on the way back to the house. We didn’t half struggle to get Connie down to the sea front, but once there she didn’t want to leave! These three images were taken with the Voigtlander and Portra 160.
Day 5, Tuesday – Konica Big Mini Portra 160 and Fuji Klasse W Reala
Realised I had loaded my last roll of portra 160 into the Voigtlander. Bit of a mistake as the slower film is a much better option for compact cameras on bright days. Thought about exposing a roll of 400 at 200 but decided instead to take the roll of 160 out of the R2a, and put it in the big mini. Hopefully I haven’t ruined any of the 8 shots I took on the R2a shooting the big mini with a lens cap over the lens. Time will tell on that one! (Turns out I didn’t)
The big mini just seemed a safer bet on the beach. Whilst I didn’t want it to break, if I had got sand in it and it did, I’d have been less angry at it breaking than anything else.
Off to the beach we went, sort of beach anyway. Aberdovey was the destination for day 5. Connie it seems loves the sea, she was quite difficult to keep out of the stuff, I wide birth from it was necessary.
The konica behaved for the most part, but I did find focusing it a little hit and miss. I don’t suppose I should hold anything against it, sand isn’t the most detailed of subjects to focus on. Oddly, even when pointing the camera directly at Connie it refused a few times. Frustrating really as under the circumstances, a bright sunny day, the likely chosen aperture would have given such great depth of field that focusing was almost redundant anyway. I still managed to achieve a few shots out of it though.
Next stop was a lake for a walk and an ice-cream. I thought I’d take these shots for a Reala/portra comparison.
I brought the Reala for just this type of landscape so this gave me a chance to use the fuji.
I love Portra, but there is a time and a place for something else … And in this case Reala was a much better option, just look at the richness of those colours!
The following are certainly not my usual chosen genre of photography, but under the circumstances it’s hard not to indulge!
Hannah’s parents said they would look after Connie for the evening if we wanted to go out for a meal. So after putting her to bed we decided to drive to the train station on the opposite side of the estuary to Barmouth. On the way I got Hannah to pull over and let me take a couple of shots of this derelict building.
It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Barmouth from here due to the distance to the closest road bridge. So instead of driving it we decided to park up and walk across the rail/foot bridge. This also takes about 20 minutes but the walk is lovely with some superb views. The light was failing and I only had my Ricoh loaded with XP2.
Day 6, Wednesday – Ricoh GR1s with XP2 and Konica Big Mini with Portra 160
A very misty morning so nothing was really happening. I decided to go for a walk up the hill to take some photos of a derelict building I shot last time We were here. Last time it was with the D3, this time with the GR1s and … A Harman Titan. I haven’t developed the shots from the Titan yet, but i’ll add a link for reference once I do.
For now, here are the shots from the Ricoh
Later on when the sun came back out we took a trip to Tywyn beach where we made Connie’s first sand castles.
And that’s pretty much the lot. There are a few more shots to look at on my flickr here.
I hope you enjoyed my holiday as much as I did!