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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Double Exposure with a Nikon F3

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2014 by yammerman

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Still in my on-going familiarisation process with the Nikon F3, so I thought it wise to have a look at the manual to ensure I was its master.  I was prompted by the fact that I couldn’t find the self-timer which I was convinced it must possess.  My assumption proved correct as the movement of a lever by the shutter dial does the trick.  I noticed that I could also achieve double exposures with the use of another small switch by the shutter button.   This aroused my curiosity with the possibilities.

This week I set about my annual ritual of oiling the garden furniture which means placing the chairs in two rows in the garden.  Rows of empty seats are familiar to me from my days in no-hoper bands, playing to an indifferent public; so  it occurred to me I could perhaps use these in conjunction with my new found understanding of the Nikon F3 to create some images.

To this end I set about what is recorded in the selection of snaps below.  It’s best not to indulge in too much analysis of what on earth I was thinking, though professional psychologists might enjoy holidays in five star luxury on the fees they might accrue from seeking an explanation.

It is said you should become familiar with just one type of film so, ignoring that advice, I’m on my third different film this week. This time it was Rollei Retro 100 in Rodinal at 20 degrees for 10 minutes.  That’s over 20% knocked off the recommended time but it seems to work for me just fine.  All shot with Nikon 60mm.

 

Tweaked in Lightroom 4 for no other reason than I can.

 

Boy in a Pool using a Voigtlander Bessa R2a and Leica 35mm f2 ASPH

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2010 by yammerman

        

So the film has been piling up for months and I’ve not been inclined to process it as the darkroom was a mess and I simply could not put down the guitars. With the boy back at school, a peace has once more descended on the house and with it the energy to tackle the mess in the attic. With a semblance of order returned, I decided to tackle the four rolls of Rollei Retro 100 I’d shot this summer.    

 The problem of leaving it so long is, once I see the images, I then have to rack my brains as to which camera it was using. For the pictures I’m posting here I’m sure it was the Voigtlander Bessa R2a and the Leica 35mm F2 ASPH  which is the holiday camera of choice and 35mm being the compromise between 28 and 50mm when trying to travel light. Plus there’s a picture of me on one of the rolls and the Bessa is the only one with a meter and aperture priority enabling Gillian to shoot with confidence.    

The Rollei Retro 100 was a cheap film I picked up in bulk having at first been drawn to the 400 version. I’ve started using Rodinal which seems to be going well as these negatives came out fine. It was 9 mins @ 23 degrees with 15 secs of agitation to start and then one turn of the tank every 30 secs. I was some what alarmed when the developer ran black as I emptied the tank but it must be a dye on the film because it processed well. I’ll probably reduce the time a bit more  as a thinner negative will be easier to scan.   

 These shots are just a few from our villa holiday in Portugal in June where we did nothing for a week except lounge, swim and eat. This naturally reduced the subjects to photograph down to one namely James doing his best impression of a fish.  With water, light and movement, what’s not to interest a photographer? 

      
   

 

  

  
 
 

 

Garden Macro with Leica R4s and 60mm Elmarit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by yammerman

On Sunday, I spent some time in the garden in order that I had two rolls of Rollei Retro 100 to process and I used one of my favourite macro lenses the Leica 60mm Elmarit. I used it with a Leica R4s which as SLRs go is a bit clunky but if it lets me use this very fine lens I don’t mind. One of my favourite things is taking an ordinary space and, by really exploring it and looking for interesting shapes and forms, make it come to life under the close inspection of a macro lens.

I’m warming to this Rollei Retro 100 as, apart from its sharpness, its seems to have processed well  in Xtol (1+1).  I’ve yet to print any of the negatives in the darkroom but they seem to be scanning  with some good tones. Once I took them into Lightroom  I decided to play about with some of the presets and I do seem drawn to the Antique Light that is on offer.  Rather a guilty pleasure as the purist in me feels this amounts to cheating.  There was certainly more magic when I used the chemicals to tone some  prints earlier in the year but these  results are very good and without the risk that I’ll come in to contact with some noxious chemical.

Penarth with a Lomo Fisheye

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by yammerman

A while ago I received a Lomo Fish Eye camera as a present from my good friend Bob Machin and I did take a couple of good shots with it. The flash sadly packed up almost immediatley which kind stopped me in my tracks but I’d been meaning to get out with it for a while. So as I watched the sunlight stream through the curtains this morning the idea popped into my head to dash round Penarth and knock a roll of fisheye masterpieces. Perfect material for a blog I thought. So here in all its glory is the gallery of images.  I might do a calender next year.

Shot with some very cheap Rollei Retro 100 and processed in Xtol 1+1