I hate getting caught out with a camera that has about 3 - 4 exposures left on a roll when I could still carry on shooting! About half way through the roll of Kodak Ektar 100 I spoke of in my last post, I figured I should get another roll out of the fridge and throw it in my camera bag as a precautionary measure.
The roll I chose was the closest one I could get my hands on. As it turns out, it was an expired (2006) Fujicolor Superia 100 with 24 exposures. Now although this roll was in the fridge, it had been in the freezer for years and as with previous rolls, I shot it as box speed because freezing film keeps it fresh!
The one thing I really wanted to do with this roll was to capture the early morning light along the coast of Newcastle; it had been so long since I had been up and about at Sunrise! Taking photos at Sunrise is one thing; getting out of bed early in the morning early enough for a coffee and a half hour trip into the beach is another. So I compromised.
I waited until I had finished a nightshift!
Usually after night work, I am so totally ready to get home and dive into bed but, on this particular beautiful morning the Sun was shining, the sea breeze was so refreshing and as I walked out of the building I felt invigorated! I drove about 5 minutes down to the ANZAC Memorial Walk where I managed to get a couple of photos. This Memorial Walk is a 160 metre cliff top walking bridge that has great views of the coastline. It is adorned with steel silhouettes of Soldiers and engraved with almost 11,000 names of Newcastle and Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted in World War 1.
From there I went down the hill to the Merewether Ocean Baths and, although the Sun had been up about 30-40 minutes already, there was still that early morning light feel; low on the horizon, long shadows and good reflections off the still water.
That whole area along there, Bar Beach, Merewether Beach, was so busy with early morning risers going through their rituals of walking or running or just sitting at the coffee shop near the beach having an early morning cuppa.
After I finished there and was making my way back to the car, I had to get one shot of the fit people running up and down the 'stairs of death' at Merewether. It's a good workout but, as I walked up them to get to the car park and they were passing me up and down, I was feeling totally inadequate!
Other photos I got out of this roll were of our dog Rocky making himself comfortable on our bed, a few shipping photos of Port Hunter and some more Sunrise photos taken whilst I was walking down the hill of Watt Street on the way to work one morning.
These were shot on my Minolta Dynax 40 with a Minolta AF 28-100mm f3.5 zoom lens.
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Above and Below. Taken using f5.6 with a shutter speed of about 1/30sec. I was a bit concerned that at that speed there may have been some movement but, very
happy when I saw how sharp they turned out!
I am so happy with the colour I am getting from this expired film as these
Sunrise photos (above & below) as I walked to work one morning, attest to!