Category Archives: Black & White

Reel Trouble #1

15-07-18

I went out for a walk to the local arboretum on the 4th of July with my Olympus OM101 loaded with Rollei Superpan film. There were a couple of lenses I wanted to try out that had given me blank frames on a previous roll of film, I decided that it was probably the cheap AAA batteries that I had used so I bought some good quality Lithium cells, they worked fine. I used Red and R72 filters for the shots as Superpan has some infrared sensitivity. 

It was a really hot bright day, hardly a cloud in the sky, would have been good to have had some clouds (never satisfied) When I arrived back at home I thought I would get the film into the developing tank ready for processing, letting it air dry overnight. That’s when the trouble started. Rollei Superpan is coated onto a thin base compared to most other films and I couldn’t get it to load onto the spiral, keep calm I kept saying to myself, the inside of the film changing bag was getting very humid, much like a Turkish bath which made things worse, eventually It went onto the spiral but I knew I had damaged the film.

Well this is what most of the frames looked like. 
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Straight out of scanner.

I cleaned up some of the frames the best I could in Lightroom which is very good for getting rid of a few  spots and blemishes. But because Lightroom allows you to amend or delete any of the corrections you have made with this amount it starts to use up stacks of memory and eventually almost stops, OK for the odd blemish on a digital sensor but not good for this much cleaning up.

The Path To The Arboretum 
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Dangling
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Picnic
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Infrared Pathway
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Fallen
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Fortunately I’m not easily discouraged and realising that the reels must be 20+ years old I ordered a new developing tank which arrived in less than 24hrs along with a couple more rolls of Rollei Superpan.

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Rolleiflex and a Coot

06-7-18

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I was out with my PhotoBuddies at Abbey Park (last week) it was so bright and hot we decided to adjourn to the tea room for large ice creams. I did managed to get a few images though. It almost looks like the Coot is walking on snow, but it was a covering of duckweed on a pond in the Park.

I used some expired (2006) Ilford HP5+ for this shot and developed it in Kodak D76 1-1.

It’s too bright

03-07-18

I never thought I would say it after the poor weather earlier in the year, but it’s too bright and hot. I needed to go into town this morning to top up on human and cat supplies. Managed to snap a few images with the Sigma DP1 on the walk in.

Still Life
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The Park
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Only one brave soul was sitting in the sun.

Shady Path
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Being follically challenged I stayed in the shade as much as possible.

Three Piece
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If you need Nets & Voile’s (whatever they are ?)
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This used to be a cinema, I can remember dropping my mum off there (on more than one occasion) to see the “Sound of Music”.

Rolling out the Rollei

25-06-18

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I’ve had my slightly battered Rolleiflex 3.5F since the late 1980’s, the slow shutter speeds eventually started sticking so took it in to be CLA’d in 2008, and have never used it since. Thought it was about time to give it a test run. Found a roll of Ilford Delta 400 (expired 2006) and quickly shot some images with it around the garden on Friday. Developed it Friday evening in some Adox FX39, (just enough in the bottle) and let it dry overnight.

The images aren’t anything special, just wanted to know if everything was working as it should.

Lavender 
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With Rolleinar II closeup lens.

It was extremely bright and sunny on Friday (still is) so the lighting was really harsh.

Blackberry Flowers
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With Rolleinar II closeup lens in a dark part of the garden.

Berries
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With Rolleinar II closeup lens in a dark part of the garden.

Rose
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With Rolleinar II closeup lens in a dark part of the garden.

Fleur (Do Not Disturb)
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Every time I moved in close to take a photo she decided to move !

Me & My Shadow with some Timber
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Everything seems to be working fine with the camera, and considering how out of date the film was I’m quite pleased with the results. Out with the PhotoBuddies on Thursday so I might take it along with some fresh film.

Fomapan 400

03-06-18

Have been experimenting a bit with Fomapan 400, using different developers and filters.

Abbey Park
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Olympus OM40, 24mm Zuiko lens, and Red filter, developed in Fomadon LQR. I almost always had a Red filter permanently attached to my lenses in the past as I had a liking for contrasty  Black & White images. I put this down to having worked in the Printing industry all my working life, and litho printed images by the nature of the process were quite contrasty. The Red filter in this image has darkened the sky and foliage and given some detail to the stonework on the bridge.

Willow
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Olympus OM40, 28mm Zuiko lens, and Green filter, developed in Fomadon LQR. The Green filter lightens the leaves and foliage, it can look quite dream like with certain subjects.

I’m quite impressed with the Fomadon LQR developer and Fomapan 400 film, Kodak D76 developer does a great job too. For me one of the enjoyable parts of film photography is experimenting with different films and developers. Yellow and Orange filters next time, and it’s a good excuse to visit Abbey Park again.

Canon 35MC

30-05-18

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This is the third Canon 35MC that I have bought, the first two were really cheap off that auction site, neither of them worked very well, but I managed to make one goodish one out of the two, and was impressed enough with the lens quality to buy another from a dealer for £19.00 ($25.25 – 21.65 euro) The only thing amiss the dealer informed me was that the detachable flash wasn’t working, I have a working unit from one the others, not that I’m likely to use it. The camera looks brand new, with no signs of use. It needs two AAA batteries to work, at least these are easy to get. You set the film speed manually, there is a choice of, 64 – 100 – 200 – 400 – 1000 ASA, film loading and rewinding are automatic. The lens is a 35mm f2.8, 4 elements in 4 groups and focuses from 3 ft (0.9m) to infinity. It’s a clam-shell design so you slide the front cover (a la Olympus XA’s) to switch on the camera. The viewfinder shows the autofocus frame and a zone focus indicator which only registers the distance after you have taken the shot ! The automatic shutter runs from 1/8sec to 1/500sec, there is also a slow shutter speed warning lamp. The wind on motor is a bit noisy, typical of it’s era. What I like about it is the quality of the lens and it fits easily in a jacket/trouser pocket.

Loaded it up with some Fomapan 400 and took on a PhotoBuddies walk. I developed the film in Kodak D76 1-1.

Student Accommodation
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Great Central
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I remember catching a train from here to go to Nottingham Victoria when I was a lad in the 1960’s. The old Station building is being restored, and the area opposite is being developed (more student accommodation !!!!) and a Hotel.

PhotoBuddy
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Not Sure What This Is
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But I liked it.

Canyonlands, Kodachrome, 92

21-05-18

These photo’s were taken on my first visit to the USA in 1992 on Kodachrome film. I was so amazed at the scenery and the big skies. The images were taken in Moab and Canyonlands NP, a fantastic area to visit.

Downtown Moab
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Canyonlands
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The colours have shifted a little with time, but it’s so good to have a record of this trip.

All images were taken on my Olympus OM2n with Zuiko 24mm, 2.8 lens, which is still working today.