Valentine’s day! What a great day it was. We both had the day off, so we woke up early and decided to risk the gloomy weather reports and head to Byron Bay, I’m so glad we did! Prior to our departure, Ka and I exchanged Valentine’s gifts! Ka was so gorgeous, she made me these amazing shortbread-esque cookies, beautifully embossed with messages and stored in a glasshouse jar. This was accompanied by a deck of cards where she had written 52 things she loved about me! My gift wasn’t quite as spectacular, it was a Karen Walker heart ring, I still like to think I did well! We were about to leave when Ka suggested I ditch the 5D and take the AE-1 instead. The AE-1 is a late 70’s production film SLR camera made by Canon. The drive down was awesome, beautiful weather, picturesque scenery and of course a few hours just to chat. Once we arrived in Byron it was bright and sunny, perfect! So we wandered around looking for a camera shop that stocked film. We actually ended up getting some film from a chemist. Once we had left the chemist and loaded the camera with film it literally started to bucket down. I was pretty upset, I was super excited to experiment with film.
Ka and I got back in the car and just decided to start driving. We figured we would find sunlight even if it meant we got lost. We ended up at a lookout somewhere south of Byron, absolutely breathtaking views from cliffs facing the sea. A slow walk along the cliffs and I was snapping away. I’ll admit it took a while to get used to the camera. I was constantly looking down for an LCD to see the shot I had just taken. We ended up back at the lighthouse in Byron after going down as far as Ballina, of course stopping off along the way for a few snaps. It was still raining in Byron but we still managed to grab some great pics and some delicious lunch at a cool and quaint restaurant called “Why Not”.
After a gorgeous day, Ka prepared an exquisite meal lit by a cluster of candles. The perfect Valentine’s ended with watching “Ruby Sparks” which wasn’t quite as romantic as the trailer portrayed! Over the coming days I finished off the rolls of film. I was pleasantly surprised at some of the results. I’ve posted some of my favourite so if you have time I would love some feedback, thanks!