Thursday, June 04, 2015

One roll: Minsmere RSPB Reserve.

 Minsmere was established in 1947 by the RSPB. It was created by flooding farm land during the war in order to make the coast easier to defend. This encouraged many wading birds (including Avocets) to colonise the areas of reed beds and lowland wet grassland. The nature reserve is recognised for its high diversity of bird species and other wildlife and is used as a demonstration of successful reed bed management. It is visited by thousands of bird watchers each year hoping to see Bitterns, Marsh Harriers and other wetland birds.
Minsmere Sluice

Cable reel in drainage ditch


Birdwatchers follow incoming geese


Tree in North marsh

View across north marsh

Pond at South Belt cross road

View over the west scrape

All of the images were taken on a Rolleiflex 3,5F with Kodak Portra 400 film on a single day in March 2015

Found Film Kodak Vericolor 120

Every so often I'm given old films, mostly from old cameras and this is one of those films. I have no idea who shot these or where they were shot the guess is in the early 1990's timeframe.
The film itself is a Kodak Vericolor which was Kodak's professional emulsion before the introduction of the Portra range.

These images were quite faded and needed a little cleaning up, but aren't too bad having spent a quarter of a century in the back of a camera, ghosts from the past...