Shooting Kodachrome 25 in Groix (1976)

Port Tudy, the main harbor of the island of Groix

Port Tudy, the main harbor of the island of Groix

Last June, I wrote a vignette about a man whose portrait I shot in 1976 while spending a week on the island of Groix off the southern coast of Brittany. This prompted me to take a look at my slides from back then. I scanned a few of them with my CanoScan 9000F flatbed scanner at a resolution of 9600 dpi using SilverFast software from LaserSoft Imaging. The resulting TIFF files were quite large, between 400 and 500 megabytes per slide, and they had to be cleaned up: despite having been stored with care, the originals had gathered quite a bit of dust over the years. The SilverFast software removed some dust and spots during the scanning phase, but I had to clean up most of the damage by hand in Adobe Photoshop CC. The processed images were then resized and converted to JPEGs using the same software. I chose a subset of the finished slides to display on this page.

These photographs were all taken with a Minolta SR-T-303 camera on Kodachrome 25 slide film during the summer of 1976. At the time, I had three Minolta Rokkor prime lenses: the 28mm ƒ/3.5, the 50mm ƒ/1.7, and the 135mm ƒ/3.5. In the absence of EXIF data, it is not always possible for me to determine which lens was used for which photograph; for the same reason, no technical details (shutter speed, aperture, etc.) can be provided.

In November of 2020, when this page was originally published, the images shown had been taken more than 44 years earlier with a camera that was well over 46 years old. What I find even more amazing is that I still use this same camera occasionally! I began shooting with it again in early 2018, and a description of what that was like is provided on this page.

The island of Groix is a truly magnificent place that is well worth a visit. Sadly, I haven't been back since these pictures were taken, though I plan to revisit someday. Fortunately, you don't have to wait for that to see more recent photographs of Groix: Flore, a young lady from Brittany, has made a wonderful web site dedicated to the island. I strongly encourage you to visit her Discover Groix pages!

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The ferry to Groix, docked in Lorient Port Tudy at low tide

The ferry to Groix, docked in Lorient

Port Tudy at low tide


Overall view of Port Tudy in the evening light

Overall view of Port Tudy in the evening light


One of several small town beaches west of the harbor

One of several small town beaches west of the harbor


The small harbor of Locmaria at low tide

The small harbor of Locmaria at low tide


The cargo ship Sanaga ran aground near Locmaria on March 28, 1971

The cargo ship Sanaga ran aground near Locmaria on March 28, 1971


'Plage des Sables Rouges', a beach on the east end of the island

Plage des Sables Rouges, a beach on the east end of the island


The guardian

The guardian


Entering a village Old and new side by side

Entering a village

Old and new side by side


Even away from the sea near the center of the island there are scenic views

Even away from the sea near the center of the island there are scenic views


Looking towards the 'Pointe des Chats' lighthouse in the far distance

Looking towards the Pointe des Chats lighthouse in the far distance


Near Pen Men on the western end of the island

Near Pen Men on the western end of the island


The craggy southern coast of Groix

The craggy southern coast of Groix


On the southern shore 'Le trou de l'enfer' (The Hole of Hell)

On the southern shore

Le trou de l'enfer (The Hole of Hell)


It's a long way down... There are many thistles on Groix

It's a long way down...

There are many thistles on Groix


The relentless Atlantic Ocean pounds the island's southern coast

The relentless Atlantic Ocean pounds the island's southern coast


On one of my many hikes

On one of my many hikes


A barren, almost desolate landscape

A barren, almost desolate landscape


The view from the top of a cliff

The view from the top of a cliff


Things look different closer to the water

Things look different closer to the water


Back in Port Tudy

Back in Port Tudy


Looking towards the harbor entrance Portrait of Loïc

Looking towards the harbor entrance

Portrait of Loïc


A sloop with a rust-colored main sail

A sloop with a rust-colored main sail


Evening light in Groix

Evening light in Groix

The photos on this page were taken during a week in July of 1976 on the island of Groix (Brittany, France).
These pictures and a few others may also bee viewed in a Gallery or as a Slide Show.




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