Ilford’s Ortho Plus 80 became available in Korea a while ago and I bought a roll to see what it’s like. I read that it darkens reds and lightens greens and blues. I also read that an orthographic film was used for last year’s film “The Lighthouse” to great effect. But the film makers used cyan filters and many lighting tricks to get their effect. I have no filters and no lights except for what comes from the sky. But I was curious . . . .

Early Morning Café, Anmok

I made a couple of photos at Anmok. I like this, but it needs another ceiling light on the left, I think. My ghost is on the far right.

Photo Zone, Anmok (obviously)

This raised platform is a photo zone, where friends and couple take pictures of themselves. The O is a seat. You can see the sky and sea are very light. I don’t know if this is an effect of the film or a high exposure to lighten the cans and cups. Anmok beach (most beaches) look like rubbish tips in the early mornings before cleaning crews show up to take it all away.

Courier Truck and Field

Later, or another day, I went for a walk in my neighbourhood. One second you are in a soul-less apartment complex and the next second you’re walking next to a field of green onions. I’m lucky to live so close to the countryside and I hope it doesn’t all become concrete.
This is my favourite photograph from the roll, but I can’t explain why.

Rice Fields and Wood

This needs a bit more clipped off the left. I just noticed it, but I’m too lazy to go back and do it now. This is already a heavy crop from 35mm film and I doubt I’ll print it. If I remember, I should see if any of my digital cameras have a panorama function. I could go out with a long lens and try to do this scene at high quality.

Chair and Field

Around the countryside and hills are sheds where people (usually retired men) sit and watch for signs of forest fires. Each shed has a kerosene stove, a kettle, a few things for making coffee and tea, and, almost inevitably, a knackered chair.

Bicycle and Fence

I also like this photo of a bicycle behind a fence. The fence is a very ugly green, so this is a scene that calls for black and white film.

Rice Stalks and Distant Building

Another pretty good one, I think. I’m pleased with it. I have a colour version, but this is much better.

I won’t buy this film again. It’s good film. It has lovely contrast and very fine grain, but regular black and white film would serve me just as well. Also, it’s a bit more expensive than, say, Delta 100. Still, it’s nice that companies like Ilford are making new products in the digital age. If you have a film camera, buy a roll and see if you like it or not.

4 thoughts on “Walk Around the Neighbourhood

  1. Great shots all round, Marcus. I love the chairs that you find on your travels – this one looks particularly knackered.

    I’m surprised by the litter left on the beaches. That’s disappointing. We get litter here too but mostly by late-night revellers who end up too drunk to care about taking their cans and bottles with them. By and large our beaches are very clean. Our roadsides are another story – we have public recycling dumps everywhere but it’s much easier just to wind down your car window and chuck your rubbish out along a country road. It makes me so angry.


    1. There are quite a few garbage cans at the beach, so I don’t know why people leave their litter everywhere. Can’t be arsed to walk ten metres, I suppose. Or drunk. Or both.
      Chucking garbage out the car window is something I remember doing in the 70s. Embarrassing to think about it.


  2. Glad to hear the litter bugs are at work around the world – you can’t have enough litter can you!
    Orthochromatic film will render skies whiteish, but it’s a nice look and these are very satisfying monochrome photographs – well done. Love the chair.


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