Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar – New Year in Italy 2: Colleruta & Atina (TLR Tuesday Review No. 4)

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Vineyard in winter – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X

This is Part 2 of my series, New Year in Italy 2017 – this one featuring photographs taken round my house in Colleruta, and in nearby Atina
Olive tree and barn – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
Part 1 of the series is here: Part 1

Vineyard in winter 2 – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
 The first of these shots is taken in my vineyard with Fuji Provia 400X slide film
Local dog and view – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
The one above, with one of my two favourite local dogs who act like mine when I am there, is one of my favourites. The colours, textures, expression of the dog in the foreground and wonderful view behind. It somehow reminds me of a painting.
Vineyard in winter 3 – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
 Somewhat surprisingly I found the slide film a little more difficult to scan, getting the colours right, than I do with negative film. It might be because the slide film is old, or I just did not get the settings right. I’m not sure. But it’s OK, just not perfect.
View from the vineyard in winter – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
I just returned from a hot sunny trip to my house in July 2017 yesterday. It was hot and sunny. Very hot and sunny. Beautiful of course. But looking back there are some real advantages of going in the middle of winter. As the photos show, it can still be quite sunny. Cold at night but sometimes warm. And the colours, as they are also in Spring and Autumn, can be more intersteting. The lack of leaves means you can see more in the distance.
Olive tree and barn 2 – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
Old vineyard in winter – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
Old vineyard in winter 2 – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
House & local dogs – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
 The Rollei 3.5F worked a treat. A fine machine. Workhorse but not too heavy. It never let me down.
Local dogs – Rollei 3.5F, Fuji Provia 400X
 Next, a few black and white shots in nearby Villa Latina and then (old) Atina
Villa Latina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400
 I loved the lighting on this old house below and waited for the lady on a cycle to pass the centre of it to take this photo.
Old house and cyclist, Villa Latina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400

These shots were made with Kodak Tri-X – one of my favourite films for black and white. Versatile, high contrast but not over grainy.

Confession box, Atina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400

Selfie in caffe bathroom , Atina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400
Statue, Atina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400
 The shots below were taken in the fresh egg pasta shop in Atina which is my favourite pasta shop in Italy. Wonderful staff, fantastic fresh pasta and the best value I know. They are always happy to let me photograph them too – I never tried before with a TLR though.

Pasta shop, Atina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400

Pasta shop 2, Atina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400

Pasta shop 3, Atina – Rollei 3.5F, Kodak Tri-X 400
Then finally a few photographs from the first half of a film I took with me to the next stage of my trip down south (which will feature in Part 3). Before leaving, as the sky looked good, I took a few landscapes with 3.5F and Ilford FP4 film, with a red filter on the lens for some high contrast and darker skies.
Colleruta vista – Rollei 3.5F, Red filter, Ilford FP4

Colleruta vista 2 – Rollei 3.5F, Red filter, Ilford FP4

Colleruta vista 3 – Rollei 3.5F, Red filter, Ilford FP4
I love this view, and the contrast the red filter gave it.

Colleruta vista 4 – Rollei 3.5F, Red filter, Ilford FP4

Not a Panorama, but an Impression‘   – Rollei 3.5F, Red filter, Ilford FP4

I think I wanted to make a panorama, but didn’t have time. Regardless, I thought I would stitch together some of the shots in the above – ‘Not a Panorama, but an Impression’ of the view from my house.

Neighbour & olive cuttings, Colleruta – Rollei 3.5F, Red filter,  Ilford FP4

 Another favourite shot. A local farmer neighbour in Colleruta, Antonietta, with some clearings.
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