Another cold but sunny morning, there was a question over locations to visit. I decided upon going to Loch Ullachie to start with, and then progressing up the hills onto either the Coyles of Muick, or Strathgirnoc ridge. 
I chose to visit Ullachie, as I thought with it being a cold morning, with hopefully some warmth from the sun striking the surface of the loch, that I may get some mist rising from the water. Unfortunately this wasn't the case, instead the loch itself was frozen over, and the sun illuminated parts of it, whilst moving behind heavy clouds.
Still there was some interesting views, with the ability to walk the whole edge of the loch, and with a small boathouse there were a mixture of tracks and paths to follow. 

f22, 1/8 second, Fomapan 100, Fujinon 180mm Lens

f280, 135 seconds, Fomapan 100, Pinhole lens

The pinhole image didn't turn out, it is currently unedited, but it lacks the clarity I was expecting. There is always going to be a softness involved with the process, but this was further towards blurring than I had expected. There is a lens flare to the left of the image too, which can make it difficult to view. I didn't feel that this was a successful attempt, and made comparison with the lens based image pointless at this stage.
I am not sure if these will fit particularly into my project idea, but I am conscious that I don't want to restrict myself in only taking images that I feel will fit within a narrow concept, as it means I will have limited options for experimenting with different approaches. I would rather build up a range of imagery that will allow me to try alternative methods for developing, printing and display. As well as allowing me option in building a narrative around the image choice. 

f22, 1/4 second, Fomapan 100, Nikon 90mm Lens

I took two image of this scene, on with a lens and the other with the pinhole. I am starting to move away from the pinhole option, for this part of the project, as I am unsure if the results are fitting with the concepts I have been looking to explore. I had thought that the more elusive details and softness would prove to be more successful than the sharp results associated with the lens imagery I have been making.
I feel that because of the ideas I am pursuing in the display, that I am allowing the layering of images to add this softness and blurring of detail, having each individual image sharp and able to be 'found', and through layering as a collection, the information becomes more opaque, and the scenes meld together.
Part of this could be the fact the lens is sharp with the ability to accurately focus and select what I 'allow' within the scene. However the pinhole for the intrepid camera has no ability to accurately judge the perspective of the scene, and the measurements for focal length are not as set as the pinhole cameras I have used in the past. The Ilford Obscura that was my go to for the Strathlethan Bay project had a fixed focal length due to the box being magnetised together, which meant each image would be taken with the same distance to pinhole from the film base, which had been calculated to give a precise aperture of the the exposure (the aperture is calculated by dividing the distance from hole to film plane by the width of the pinhole). Intrepid suggest a 140mm focal distance to give an aperture of f280 (with a 0.5mm pinhole). This distance has to be measured each time, and will not be as accurate, especially as other than taking a ruler (or an a5 notebook as I did), there are no markings to set this to.
I may contemplate this further, and as the presentation style evolves, I may revisit this decision to see if I wish to explore pinhole further. I do need to be cognisant of the fact I want to create a body of work, and at this stage I want to start bringing it together, that in shooting two types of format I do run the risk of a disjointed collection of images.  

f280, Fomapan, 347 seconds, Pinhole lens.

This is one of the few successful pinhole image from the multiple days of photographing, however it does show the limited field of vision in comparison to that of the 90mm. This image could be useable, but the rest of the pinhole images have given me pause in considering taking the process further.

f22, 4 seconds exposure, Fomapan 100, 180mm lens, warming filter 0.6 gradiated filter. 

As well as the paths as a sign of human elements within the landscape, I felt that this campfire would be a key scene that could develop the narrative of the project. 
There is a strange eeriness I feel with abandoned or disused campsites, as there is a suggestion of interaction yet a void or isolation at the same time. There is a strange marking too upon the series of piled sticks with what I think is an 'R' or 'P' scratched on it. This did remind me of the work of Gregory Crewdson, with Twilight and Cathedral of the Pines, with the an unknown element within the landscape.
I will look to take this print further within the darkroom, particularly to try to capture the dense deep black that was evident upon location within the charcoal log. I found that in the whole scene that it was this one element that really stood out for me, providing 'punctum', and I want to try to realise this within the print. 

f45, 21 seconds (4 seconds + reciprocity filter), fomapan 100, fujinon 180mm lens, circular polariser

I feel that this image may have been a fallback to previous ways of shooting, that I wanted to take a pleasing landscape image to finish the day, opting for the graduated neutral density filter to bring down the exposure in the sky, and circular polariser to ensure the reflection in the water was unobstructed by being able to see the bed of the loch in the foreground.
Despite this, I feel that there is an importance even within project work, to take images that please me, and with the reflection of the stick in the water and the calm surface, I felt it was an opportunity I couldn't avoid. 
I will need to do some further editing, or darkroom printing with the image to elevate it from its current state, but I felt for a final image for the day I was happy, regardless of its place within the project! Although I feel that in hindsight using the 300mm lens, and focusing just on the reflection of the stick, and the immediate surroundings could have made a very minimalist image, which may have been quite a calming print.
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