Stranger in a Strange Land by Nigel Rumsey

Stranger in a Strange Land One of the many great things about the group of photographers who inhabit the Filmwasters forum is the regular collaborations where members are invited to submit an image inspired by a common theme. This is my submission for the collaboration of the same name.

This is another from the roll of exposed film I had in a drawer since 2010. I don't know why but it kept getting pushed to the back of the processing queue. When I did finally got around to developing it, I took the film from the tank and experienced that stomach sinking feeling, the negs are so thin there's almost nothing there. I hadn't used the Rodinal for a similarly long time and it has obviously died. However, there is this shot. I have no idea who this woman is or where I took it. She genuinely is a Stranger in a Strange Land.

Lubitel 166, Ilford FP4+, expired Rodinal

Borscht - a project in the making by Nigel Rumsey


This is a test shot for a project I've been thinking about. I was messing with some lighting in preparation to shooting some still life with the Hasselblad. What I hadn't realised (or maybe I'd forgotten) was that the closest focusing distance on the Hassy 80mm lens is 3ft, which is not much use when you're trying to shoot a bunch of beetroot. So this week after a little research and some invaluable guidance from a Filmwasting friend I ordered an 8mm extension tube. Now 8mm may not sound much, but it makes in incredible difference and reduces the closest focusing distance to about 15" (or ideal for shooting a bunch of beetroot).

the ingredients for my borscht recipe

This shot 'Borscht in preparation' (shot digitally) is the kind of thing I have in mind, recipes in their ingredient form. My natural instinct is to shoot in black & white, but I can't help feeling colour is more appropriate here. I'm going to start doing both with Ilford FP4+ and Kodak Ektar, it's usually obvious fairly early in project what's right. I'll let you know how I get on.