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A Walk with a Mamiya 7 MkII

Posted in black & white, film, penarth, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by yammerman

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The last days of summer are upon us and in a break from the everyday 35mm I took out my Mamiya 7 MkII with its 80mm lens. Only ten frames of 6×7 on a roll of 120 generate a feeling you need to make every frame count but on a sleepy afternoon in Penarth, it’s not so easy. I’ve done this walk hundreds of times so I don’t expect to find anything new but a different camera always has other ideas. Few things in life are as lovely as a large black and white negative fresh out of the wash, shiny and wet offering up its delayed satisfaction.  You know I might even print some in the darkroom.

This is the whole roll of Ilford FP4 processed in Ilford HC for 6:30mins @  22 degrees and then tweaked in Adobe Lightroom.

Rollei Retro 100 in Ilford HC

Posted in black & white, film, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 30, 2017 by yammerman

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I delayed the gratification so long on this roll of  Rollei Retro 100 that I’m not entirely sure of the camera  used. Processed in Illford HC for 6.5 mins @ 20 degrees (1+31 dilution). Given an Antique preset in Lightroom.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking with a Rollei B35.

Posted in black & white, film, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 21, 2017 by yammerman

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I took a Rollei B35 for a walk around Penarth. It is a small pocket camera from 1985, which is about as simple as it gets. A roll of film in a tin with a 40mm lens on the front.  Distance focusing with a simple meter. I used my first roll of Kentmere 100 film developed in  Ilford HC (1+31) for 7mins. I rather enjoyed the results.

Antique preset added in Lightroom

Some Pictures with a Nikon D600

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2017 by yammerman

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Less is more they say and I’d like to agree with them. The infinite monkeys who were writing Shakespeare. put down their pens and picked up cameras and some are really great. They ones who stumbled on ‘To be or not to be’ now do a pretty good Cartier-Bresson while I see myself as more of a ‘Exit stage left pursued by a bear’ kind of monkey.

West Sussex on a Roll of HP5+.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 16, 2016 by yammerman

 

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I’m slowly working through the rolls of exposed film sitting in the darkroom. It’s not quite the 2500 rolls that Gary Winogrand left but given a fair wind with my health and a continued need to click a shutter, a small mountain might yet be in my grasp.

I’m currently processing one at a time just to get a feel for how the chemistry is working.  Using Ilford HC instead of Rodinal gives slightly better grain with Ilford HP5+ to my eye though that is using the Epson V700 rather than darkroom printing. I will fire up the enlarger at some point if only to see the difference.

I used a more concentrated Ilford HC this time at 1+31 instead of 1+47 which at 20degrees only takes 6:30. The HC has turned a tinge of brown in the bottle but still seems to have some potency. A lot less dust this time but I kept the windows closed (I’m a bit of a genius on the quiet) which is somewhat easier with autumn coming on. I changed back to the Ilford wetting agent and scanned the film as soon as it was dry. Still the odd blob but not the blizzard I had been getting.

This roll is shot on the south coast around Emsworth and Chidam. Nothing exciting tweaked in Lightroom with a bit of noise reduction and an Antique preset. Likely  shot with Leica M3 and 50mm Summicron.

Returning to Analogue with a Leica M3

Posted in photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2016 by yammerman

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It’s a long time since the smell of photo chemicals has been upon me but I finally got back in the game after an autumn sort out. I’ve started on a dozen rolls of Ilford HP5+ I’d shot but not processed, just to get my hand back in. These were shot with a Leica M3 and an old 50mm Summicron  ISO400 with a yellow filter.

It may take a few rolls to get in the swing but it’s good to hear the sound of water gurgling. Some of these photos are processed in Adox Adonal and some in Ilford HC, both attesting to their ability to still work after a long period of sitting on the shelf.  I’m not a big fan of the grain but that might be accentuated by the Epson V700 scanner and my ham-fisted processing.

I’ve had problems with dust so I’m trying to find a regime that reduces that to a bearable level.  Dust was the thing that got me using a digital camera most of the time.  I find myself dreaming of a drying cabinet when a shaft of sunlight reveals the dust floating in the air as a wet length of film drys.

Nothing exciting here all tweaked in Lightroom then an Antique preset.

Lazying on a Sunny Afternoon with a Panasonic G6.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2015 by yammerman
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Light Plane Not on Fire.

I’ve been taking out the Panasonic G6 that I picked up on Ebay for a song, as its lightness is a huge boon.  Plus among my selection of micro 4/3 lenses is a 75-200mm, so it gives me reach for not much hardship.

I took most of these on a family expedition to the South Coast, where the photo opportunity of a veteran Spitfire and a plane firing off fireworks I mostly missed. The photographic gods like to tease me with this stuff, knowing full well that, by the time I’ve found the camera and put on the right lens, the show will be pretty much over.

I’m certain that one day a UFO will land close by me and the world will ask if I took a photo.  I’ll have to explain, shifting from foot to foot, that a rather pleasant cup of tea and a biscuit were on my mind and I didn’t really want all the bother. They aliens say Hi by the way and it turns out they’re more of a coffee culture.

I had a pleasant afternoon shooting stuff that had the decency to mostly stand still, though clearly lacking the gravitas for a Newsweek cover.  I feel a little atmosphere of a bucolic English summer might be in there somewhere.   Still, slam the sliders randomly in Lightroom and mutter something about grasping a new reality beyond the confines of the normal  human colour spectrum and it’s safe to say the king’s new clothes  are looking pretty fine and dandy.