So, knowing what I needed to do to improve on my earlier composition I found myself back at this location this week. I took the opportunity to try out a Fujifilm Quickload back that I am thinking of buying. I'd dismissed the Quickload system when I was putting together my 4x5 kit last year because I felt the convenience was not worth the additional expense. Lately though I have found myself running out of loaded sheet film in the field and so when I learned that Nick Wilcox-Brown had one he wanted to sell I was keen to try it out.
The first thing I noticed was for some reason the additional step of inserting the film into the Quickload back made me forget to close the lens before pulling out the film envelope (ie the dark slide) on two occasions. I must get into the habit of closing the lens before inserting a film back to avoid this. Secondly in windy situations the withdrawn envelope flaps around shaking the camera a little so for long exposures you need to hold onto the envelope. Minor niggles aside, I was easily convinced this is a worthwhile addition to my kit bag.
Despite the distraction of using the Quickload system for the first time I felt my revised composition was stronger, Sadly the same couldn't be said for the lighting conditions and with the Sea Pinks now gone, this earlier image is still by far my favourite. Looks like a return visit next spring is in order then.