In scrambling to find something to post today (I didn’t have time to process anything new despite having several thousand new exposures to choose from), I noticed that my Lightroom “not on photoblog” smart collection included this image. It may well be somewhere deep in the archives but I’ve not posted it since I started using Lightroom, obviously, so here it is.
This image has the distinction of being the oldest picture that I still have hanging in my office. It was shot in 1984 on Ilford FP4 using a Praktica MTL-3 SLR (the cheapest SLR you could buy when I was an impoverished high school student). It was also the very first picture that I ever won a competition with. It took first place in a monthly print competition with the theme “Rain” at Lanark Camera Club.
I still love the textures caused by the water running down the window and the fact that you can, if you move far enough away, recognise my cherubic youngest brother (now around 40 years old).
For the technically inclined, the only post-processing needed on this after scanning the negative was to retouch some nasty scratches on the negative, presumably caused by me not being very careful to clean the squeegee before drying the film.
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