There are few things more rewarding than photographing personal work, especially on film. During the Easter break we headed out to Martinhal Beach Resort, near Sagres on the south western tip of Portugal. The five star hotel and resort overlooks Martinhal Beach and is set within a protected natural park. I can honestly think of no better destination for a family holiday. We’re already counting the weeks until we can return – it really is a very special place.

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Anticipating good light, I packed a pile of well-expired Kodak Gold 200 film along with my Olympus OM1 35mm camera. I took two lenses; 50mm f1.4 and a 35mm f2.8 – both cracking bits of glass and so easy to carry about. It never felt a chore carrying the Oly thanks to it’s size and weight.  It’s also a pretty discreet camera to shoot with, attracting a lot less attention than a DSLR and kit lens. I metered using the in-camera meter and adjusting by eye and shot with as wide an aperture as the light would allow. The 50mm lens can be a bit dreamy at f1.4 which can be quite pleasant if that’s the look you’re after. The 35mm is scarily sharp throughout the range and really is a great bit of glass.

The films were processed and scanned by the very good people at AG Photo Lab in Birmingham. It’s the first time I’ve worked with them and am more than happy with the results I got back. They called me once the films were received and we discussed how I’d like the scans to look. I was a bit concerned shooting an out of date contrasty film in quite harsh light but they tamed the contrast and presented a very consistent set of scans over the dozen or so rolls I gave them. I have done very little work to them in post, just my usual little tweak to bring the colour palette in to my liking.

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