Digital Film Instant Photography

Beachy Head

In my day job I am lucky enough to work with people from all over the world. The ones that are new to these shores all seem to want to visit the same particular place – the white cliffs of Dover. When announcing this intention they then look puzzled as to why us native Brits make weird faces at each-other and incredulously mouth the word ‘Dover’ in a questioning fashion. Dover?!

Beachy Head - taken with Polaroid SX-70 Taken with Polaroid SX-70 and 600 film

I’m not down on Dover – far from it; I mean, you can wake up in the morning and see France from your bedroom window if you live in Dover – how cool is that?! What I will suggest to my new work colleagues though is that they consider visiting Beachy Head instead – it’s half the distance away and looks just as impressive in my opinion.

Beachy Head - taken with Konica C35 Taken with Konica C35 camera and Kodak Ektar 100 film (35mm)

You do of course have to shake out of your brain that it’s the one of the top suicide spots in the world (not something they put on the tourist brochures) – that’s hardly the places fault though.

Beachy Head - taken with Fuji Instax 200 Taken with Fuji Instax 200

When I was there I kept looking at the people I was passing; looking for a troubled expression or a tell-tale sign of anguish (I think some of them were looking back at me for the same reason). Everyone looked happy enough though so I let them go on their way.

Beachy Head (again) - taken with Fuji Instax 200 Taken with Fuji Instax 200

So yes, I like it there a lot – it was a bit overcast when we were there – I bet those cliffs glow bright white when the sun’s shining. I’ll have to return!

Beachy Head  - taken with Canon %D MkII and 17-40 lens Taken with Canon 5D MkII and 17-40mm lens

As you can see – I took a few different cameras with me – I just couldn’t decide which one would produce the best results. What do you think?

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  • Reply
    Life with Kaishon
    17 March 2012 at 21:49

    What a beautiful place. I love it!

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    17 March 2012 at 22:11

    i like the first one – the polaroid

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      19 March 2012 at 19:28

      Thank you :) Polaroids are pretty cool, aren’t they!

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    18 March 2012 at 01:49

    Lovely place, love the Polaroids!

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      19 March 2012 at 19:29

      Thanks so much – it’s a fab place isn’t it! :)

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    leonie wise
    19 March 2012 at 06:37

    I can’t choose just one. They are all fabulous.

    I’ve been to beachy head, but it was a wickedly blustery day and we didn’t go down to the beach. I don’t remember even making any photographs, though I suppose I must have at least one somewhere!

    You do get around… Im loving seeing all your spring-y photos.

    Hope to see you again soon

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      19 March 2012 at 19:32

      Thanks so much, Leonie :) It’s definitely the sort of place where you’re at the mercy of the weather – luckily it wasn’t toooooo bad when I was there (I wouldn’t have fancied going down the rickety steps to the beach in bad weather though).
      I’m off again soon – i DO get around! Will contact you and arrange a get-together v soon x

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        20 March 2012 at 21:58

        a get together! oh, yes please!

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          21 March 2012 at 20:12

          I’m on it!

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    19 March 2012 at 08:51

    Oh I love that you lugged so many cameras with you. You are wonderful. All of the pictures are wonderful but I do especially love the 5D one. Just the sharpness of it. And the colors. And the birds. So pretty.

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      19 March 2012 at 19:46

      I had to lug them down all these rickety stairs – one on each shoulder, one round my neck and one in my pocket. Yes I got looks! :)

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    19 March 2012 at 15:13

    They are all beautiful, but I love the Ektar one the most I think for the slight purple tones the sky has, the polaroid is beautiful too though.

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      19 March 2012 at 19:47

      Film certainly has a character of its own, doesn’t it! :)

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    21 March 2012 at 14:17

    This is breathtakingly beautiful! I love the photos you’ve taken with your konica. :)

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      21 March 2012 at 20:16

      Thanks so much :) It’s such a sweet little camera – it’s a keeper! :)

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    7 May 2012 at 03:08

    Not a professional but to me, the Cannon & Konica cameras seem to have captured the light the best. To me, it’s all about the light, whether in paintings or photography. Just my feelings. The color in those 2 looks the most realistic to me, too.

    Very nice. Just happened here from a Twitter post by Joan @ digisnap.


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      7 May 2012 at 18:23

      Thanks Margie :)
      You’re right about the light – it is everything!

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