A recent summer holiday took us camping on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The spectacular scenery of the area was enough to inspire Daphne du Maurier to write “Jamaica Inn” and also inspired me to break out my first roll of Aerochrome colour infrared film.
Bodmin Moor is an area of granite moorland in the North East of Cornwall. Though much smaller than the other moorland areas of South West England (Dartmoor and Exmoor), Bodmin Moor is no less spectacular. The moor is high up on a granite plateau and everywhere you look, huge boulders rise out of the ground.
The combination of open skies, lush vegetation, and interesting geology made me load my first roll of precious Kodak Aerochrome film. I was worried that I would mess up the exposure of this reportedly tricky to use film, but when it came to it, the photos turned out great.
The Moor also hosts a range of livestock including cattle, sheep, and ponies. These also looked great on Aerochrome.
The campsite we stayed on was called South Penquite Farm and I can’t recommend it highly enough. There were loads of space to camp and they even allow you to have campfires, something very few UK campsites will let you do. There are ducks, chickens, and turkeys wondering around freely and some very cute piglets and kittens.
Around the farm was a ‘Farm Trail’, a walk of several miles taking in specular views, the beautiful and pristine De Lank River and Bodmin’s (pre-historic) history in the shape of Bronze Age hut circles. We optimistically set off pushing my son in an off-road pushchair. We ended up having to carry him and the pushchair for quite a lot of the way but it really was worth the effort.
A few of my less successful Aerochrome shots were taken on the walk and I’m still kicking myself for leaving the necessary yellow filter on the wrong lens. Luckily I also took my Horizon Perfekt loaded with Kodak EliteChrome 100 which I had processed in E6 chemistry as proper slides. I think this worked really well and the colours really pop with saturation, and captured the stunning scenery.
I cannot recommend this part of Cornwall highly enough or South Penquite Farm. The five days that we were there just weren’t long enough.