5 Frames of Kodak Tri-X in Cornwall with a Mamiya RB67 and Sekor C 127mm f3.8 – by Arinola

By Arinola Lawal

I initially borrowed my friend Shin Smith’s Mamiya RB67 for a trip to Oxford at the end of February. Shortly after, I went to Cornwall with a group of friends and thought it could be cool to take the Mamiya for another spin. It turned out to be an opportune time of year for colour film because, despite the rain forecast, the weather held up well while we were there.

Sadly, I messed up loading a roll of Kodak Gold into the Mamiya and bitterly regretted it at the time because I only took two rolls of film along to Cornwall. My plan was to only use the Gold roll because I was mostly looking forward to taking it easy that weekend, but I added the Tri X just in case.

That turned out to be a great thing after the Gold fail. I went in with the Tri X despite not having much hope for successfully rendering the beauty of sunny and colourful Cornwall into black-and-white photos. In Oxford, I had put one roll through the Mamiya and while the camera is quite heavy, I managed to shoot it handheld. I took this same approach again in Cornwall.

The first photo is of our Airbnb compound which housed a few identical houses. We stayed at the Tregenna Castle Resort in Carbis Bay, a short walk from the St Ives town centre.

Two houses with a large front yard
Next are two photos from our walk into town. Both photos are tied for my favourite of the roll. I really enjoy the first one because of the combination of the sign, bits of greenery and the seascape in the background.

A picture containing text, outdoor, sky, water

This next one gives a different view of the beach and some of the houses closer to it and I love that it packs in a lot of elements.

A beach with houses on it

Our aim in town was to get a Cornish pasty and then some ice cream. We got some pasties from St Ives Bakery and kept walking a bit more to the St Ives Harbour beach. The beach was lively on account of how sunny it was.

The next photo took a lot longer to make because there were kids and parents playing on the beach. I was hoping this would at least come out okay given there was so much movement. While it is not my favourite of the roll, I like having the St Ives Lighthouse in the background.

A child standing on a beach with another person almost in frame

I put the camera away to focus on my pasty and then on our ice cream search which was eventually a success and set us up for the walk back. This last photo, which I also really like, was taken on the walk back.

A beach with people on it

Given my initial disappointment with not shooting colour, I was quite pleased with how this roll turned out.

Thank you for reading. You can find a log of some of my film rolls here.

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