I had complete camera indecision on the day Annie and I ventured to Kew Gardens. We decided to shoot the whole day on film, no digital cameras in sight this time. Discovering she had packed two cameras made me feel less extravagant about taking the three I’d shortlisted. Sometimes more is more.
The Lubitel 166B was packed for one purpose — the Palm House. My favourite part of Kew. Luckily we both lose our heads over palms and leaves pressed against steamy windows, so we could take our time. The entance was photographed at the rare moment no-one was walking past or using the doors. Worth the wait I think!
The upper level of the Palm House is incredibly hot and humid. Although the photo above didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped (the focus is a little off), the amount of sweat I shed waiting for an empty walkway means there is no way it’s not going in.
All 35mm photos were shot on an Olympus OM-10. Quite a few from the roll I shot in London came back with blown out exposure. I decided to give it another try but I was just as unlucky second time around. Photos taken on other cameras where I’d calculated everything myself came out fine. I’m now sure the exposure metre isn’t working properly and I’ve since discovered other OM-10 users have run into the same (intermittent) issue.
These metal doors are so heavy. I ended being pulled along with the door knob in my hand every time. Watching other people have the same problem was quite comical though.
I also shot a colour roll on camera number three. But I have enough favourites to fill another post!