That Strange Light Before It Rains

That Strange Light Before It Rains

If you have ever experienced the scudding light – bright, shadow, dark, bright – as clouds race before the wind, you know what I mean.  Suddenly one patch is brilliant against the ominous dark, then vanishes before your eyes.

This was taken with an Olympus XA4, a very small rangefinder from the 80s.  The XA4, from 1985, sports a five element Zuiko 28mm f3.5 lens focusing to 0.3m (12 inches), with the help of corded measuring devices for macro work.  The cords attach to the camera and extend for measurement.  I acquired on which was new old stock, and it’s quite a fun little 35mm camera.  It is also – I swear – the last film camera I plan to buy (for awhile)!

I had the film developed at a local lab, and scanned it myself with my Pakon 135.

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2 thoughts on “That Strange Light Before It Rains

    • “Right clart on” – what a cool phrase! Don’t you just love regional / national expressions? Teaching ESL, I have a lot of fun tormenting my American students with English as spoken elsewhere. And, I have seen the fields of rape seed in the sun – the ripple of sun and shadow over the fields is lovely to behold.

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