Quick pop-up from a beautiful if rather windy Scotland.  10×8 photography outdoors on hold, but beach-combing and still-life macro a wonderful (fingers crossed) diversion.

Two days of beach-combing on three local beaches (one in walking distance from our sheep-farm holiday cottage): shells, glass, wood, feathers, nylon rope, odd bit of metal.

Sorted into labelled Tupperware and quickly washed to remove sand and air-dried.

Odds and ends sourced locally to produce solid still-life background – pound shop glass chopping board and two sheets of baking paper; natural light from upstairs windows.

Chamonix 810V with Rodenstock Apo-Sironar S 240mm f/5.6, 440mm bellows extension, about 550mm working distance, some front tilt and front shift for focus and composition.  (Setting up the camera, even with ballpark measurements for subject size, still took about 30mins).  

2 sheets exposed at f/45, one on Fuji Velvia 50 for 54 seconds and one on Kodak Portra 160 for 20 seconds.

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