Film Friday ~ Minolta Riva Mini

Back at the end of 2019 I’d decided that 2020 was going to be a year of shooting film, from instant to 35mm and 120mm and using many of my funky film cameras. Ah well, I managed a few posts before the plague lockdown and a post in July when we were allowed out to walk when I tested out the Canon Sureshot. 2020 was a bit of a washout for me photographically speaking, but I did a digital 365 throughout 2021 on the Universe Blog and that has at least fired me up for shooting film again. I put a roll of Fuji Experia 35mm I had knocking about in the film drawer into my Minolta and stuck it in my bag when Sophie and I started going out again at the end of 21, and did some shots with it when I remembered it was in the camera bag. I’ve since had it developed and will do some posts with the pictures. The Minolta Riva has been my favourite point and shoot and I rarely use the other ones I have as the quality of pictures from the Riva always surpass the results. I’m currently getting to know the Contax Aria and will be posting those in the next series, if any come out!

In October Sophie and I revisited one of our favourite places, Belsay Hall & Castle. We first visited back in 2019 and it is such a great place for photography. I did a history post regarding it HERE if you want to know about it.

Belsay Hall was commissioned by 6th Baronet Sir Charles Miles Lambert Monck in the early 1800s, he was inspired by Greek architecture.

Belsay Hall
down the side of the hall
looking back at the hall on the way to the castle
onwards..
Belsay Castle ~ built 1390
in the grounds of the castle
monkey puzzle tree
returning back towards the hall.
manicured lawn.

I did take many pictures with the fuji as it was full of autumn colour in the walled garden, so look out for a post on the Universe blog at some point.

31 thoughts on “Film Friday ~ Minolta Riva Mini

  1. …your gonna laugh…I’ve been sitting here since you announced a return to “shooting film”, excitedly awaiting moving pictures…never disappointed with your stills mind…so bring on the swear free pic’s!!!…

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  2. Yay, film! Yay, tours! Nice shots. Ya know, I still think anything more than 50 years old is rather ancient. I really cannot imagine living in a country with so much historical and fabulous places to live or visit.

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  3. Among your film cameras the Minolta Riva mini is my favorite, it feels you have fun with it and the images show that, what is amazing considering you have (had?) a medium format Rollei :0 (SL66?)

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