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West Sussex on a Roll of HP5+.

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



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.

Yesteryear Today with Panasonic GF1 and 20mm Pancake.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2012 by yammerman

A trip to West Sussex at the weekend meant I had an opportunity to visit my old friend Bob Machin and take my 1963 Fender Jaguar to the workshop of Joe White guitar maestro.  A previous owner had stripped off the original finish and as I’d hoped, Joe suggested he could put it back to the authentic 1963 sunburst look.  So I’m looking forward to getting it back in a few weeks and peeling off some licks inspired by its new vintage vibe.

We then visited Guitar Village to inspect a used Gibson 335 and imagined how good it would be to own it.  The price tag kept this idea in the realms of fantasy and we made do with a slap up lunch instead.

I then returned to my family in time to suggest a trip to Emsworth a town I had myself lived in 1965. My Jag would have been two years old then and was no doubt helping hip young Britain to  swing through the 60s. I on the other hand was taking the grand sum of sixpence to the toy shop in Emsworth and buying an Airfix Spitfire Kit.

I wandered down to the waterfront and took some snaps of people messing about on boats. Looking at them in Lightroom I’d thought of going B&W but when I clicked on the Yesteryear colour preset that golden glow reminded me of all those Kodak moments every 60’s family must have stacked up in boxes, probably in the attic.

The chemists will tell you that that the yellow tint is a result of the chemcials in the colour film development breaking down or badly calibrated processing machines. But those of us who lived through those summers know that we really were bathed in a golden glow.

A lot a people will think they look unreal but I like to think they contain tints of the truth.