I’ve been eyeing up the entrance to Eridge Park on my drive to work, but I honestly can’t work out whether it is actually open to the public, or not. Never mind, I drove in and quickly took these pictures before scarpering:
I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the fun of using ancient lenses on a modern camera. This week I went back to Bedgebury with the same approach, but potentially an even stranger old lens- the Helios 58mm 44-2. This is another cold war Eastern European lens, this time from Russia and it was made as a cut price copy of a Zeiss lens. It can now be had for about £20 online.
Like a Zeiss, it has lovely bokeh (blurred backgrounds):
What is particularly distinctive with this lens, though is what happens when your blurred background is made of foliage. The swirly effect it creates was probably the result of the cheapness of the lens, but it can be quite appealing:
I also like what it does to wider shots like these of the trees- there is a really painted quality to these images:
In this one, I shot through the steamed up window of the cafe to make things even more surreal:
Finally in this one, I have maybe pushed the developing slightly too much, but my colour blind eyes liked the effect:
The problem is that what makes it so wonderful to visit is the high views over the Weald, but you will see none of them here because they are all distant background without any foreground- that works when you visit, but looks dull in a picture.
Instead what I have done here is to concentrate on the beautiful old buildings and in particular the church: