Track coming up over Wancombe Hill, southwest of Up Cerne, near Cerne Abbas, Dorset; 4 Jul 2003.

This was taken soon after I’d ceased considering birdwatching as my main thing – it had been my raison d’etre since 1967, and the main reason for spending years in Kenya.   I’d been taking photos since around 1960 or before, but they had largely consisted of seeing something nice and recording it with a camera.  Now I wanted to use cameras more as creative tools and, as I mentioned in the Art Wolfe post, to start thinking about John Shaw’s “Photo-Graphics”.

I was still very much wedded to film in those days, and the Olympus OM series SLRs were really something else.  On this trip I had an Olympus (Zuiko) 85-250 telezoom lens, and this simply exquisite little 21mm wide angle; a rickety old birdwatching tripod completed my gear.

I walked up this track, looked back, and used the 21mm.  The right hand side of the track is probably a little overexposed.

OM-4 with 21mm Zuiko; Fuji Velvia 50 colour slide rated at 64 ISO; can’t recall how I converted it to black and white.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. Sonali Dalal says:

    Track works wonderfully well as leading lines. I get a feeling of getting lost in the beyond.


  2. LensScaper says:

    I love that, Adrian. Classic B&W.


  3. Nelson says:

    64 ISO that is lowc ISO. Was it the lowest ISO available for film?


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Not long ago (I feel old writing that!), film speeds were far lower than now. When I started photography, in the 1960s, 400 ISO was considered fast, and there were a very few “golfball grain” films faster than that. And a classic Kodak film, only discontinued a while ago I think, was only 25 ISO.

      Fuji Velvia however, at 50 ISO (I rated it at 64 ISO to further saturate the colours), is a modern film and the great favourite of landscape photographers – and hence often used on tripod-mounted cameras. It is (or was? – maybe its discontinued too)) valued for its fine grain and vivid colours. But by 2003, when I got back into photography, I was stunned at the speeds of many of the films – easily up to 1600 or 3200 ISO. Fuji Provia 400X colour slides were a great favourite of mine, and they could be push processed right up to 6,400 ISO!

      By 2003, there were few mass market films below 50 ISO, just some specialist ones I think. But how things have changed now – no one back awhile would have believed the high ISOs we’re using today! A


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