Autumn was late this year. No surprise after the late spring and summer. These images were taken last weekend on the first day of December and still today the trees are full of leaves though it’s looking like the first strong wind will put and end to that.
I missed the best of the colour by a few days. I know this because I was driving along this road (not far from Châteaubriant) two days previous and it looked magical. I promised myself I’d come back as soon as I had a chance and the sun was shining. I planned on getting a panoramic shot with the road in the middle and the colourful trees on either side.
So, last Sunday morning I returned with 3 cameras – a Canon 5d digital SLR, an old Super Ricohflex TLR and my 6×17 panoramic pinhole camera (the one I build and sell). I took one camera at a time and left the others in the car while I shot. The two film cameras were loaded with Kodak Portra 160, my first time using this film. The differences in colour between the digital and the film is obvious, with the digital closer to reality. I do like the muted colours from the Portra though, but a different subject would show it off to better effect. I want punchy colour for an autumnal scene! I didn’t get my pano from the middle of the road, my exposure was a full minute (camera on tripod) and there was just enough traffic to ruin 2 exposures (1/2 a roll of film) before I gave up and shot it from the side of the road. In the end the digital shots from the road are the most impressive.
You can tell which camera is which as the 5d digital images are rectangular (lenses were either Canon 24-105L or 58mm Helios 44-2), the Super Ricohflex are square and the pinhole are letter-box panoramic.