Taking photos of the same scene is a great way to understand how different cameras and films work. Here is a photographic journey of a few trees on Hampstead Heath.
Since I moved to London, I have always lived within walking distance of Hampstead Heath. The Heath is a large hilly park in the north of the city. It’s a wonderful place to go walking, fly a kite or take photos.
I’ve been taking walks on the Heath for years and recently I realised I’m builting up a small collection of photos taken in the same spot with different camera.
This was taken with a Bronica ETRS (medium format) using a Fuji Superia 400:
I was impressed by the vivid colour the film gave me. No cross processing was required — just straight up C-41.
Here is the same scene taken with the same camera, but shot using Lomography B&W 100 Film
It’s very contrasty, but I liked the photo so much I took it to the dark room and made a print of it.
The print is a lot less contrasty and, in my opinion, a lot nicer to look at.
It snowed up on the Heath back in February 2012. So I got up early that morning and headed up there with my Pentax ME Super loaded with Agfa APX 100.
I also shot the scene from the other side of the tree:
My favourite photo of that trip wasn’t of this scene but was of two lovers walking through the woods holding hands. Here is the scanned negative and print of that photo:
My favourite tree in Hampstead Heath is this one:
It stands along in a field not far from where the other photos were taken. The photo above was taken with a Bronica ETRS, a great camera that I’ve had a huge amount of fun using.
This one too was taken with the Bronica, but on a different trip.
…and finally, I’ll leave you with a proper lomo shot. Taken with my Pentax ME Super with cross processed Kodak slide film and scanned at home:
Now, I’m off to take some more photos of those trees.