Category Archives: Analogue Photography

Ricoh Shotmaster Ultra Dual #1

22-04-17

I couldn’t resist, it was on that auction site at a £1.00. starting bid, but the postage was £5.00. (a bit steep) No one else bid so it was mine. I have always liked Ricoh cameras and this was a model I hadn’t seen before. It has a dual lens (35mm & 55mm) rather than a zoom, the flash can be turned off by a flicking a slider, there’s an infinity button and the viewfinder cover acts as the on/off switch. The camera is quite small and easily fits in a coat pocket, and an added bonus is that it takes two standard AA batteries.

Loaded it up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200asa and took it out with me on my walks to town.

Natural Green (35mm)
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The light was quite tricky for this shot, sun and shade. I have found Agfa Vista 200 has a slight magenta cast, but the Ricoh coped well with the lighting conditions.

Brightening Up The Park (35mm)
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More tricky lighting.

Pegs & Finials (55mm)
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Having recently bought a Nikon TW zoom 35-70 and then donated it to a charity shop because of the really slow autofocus I didn’t know what to expect from the Ricoh, I needn’t have worried, it has one of the quickest autofocus systems of all of my compact cameras.

The film was developed by a local high street photo store, and scanned in by me on my Nikon Coolscan as near to neutral as I could get, with some contrast and sharpening adjustments in Lightroom to get rid of the digital fug. 

 

Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #3

10-04-17

These photographs are from my first visit to the island of Crete in 1990, can’t believe that’s 27 years ago !!!! All the images are from an Olympus OM2n film camera which I had just bought before the holiday. The film is Fujichrome 100.

Crete – Rethymnon Harbour
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Church of Four Martyrs Rethymnon
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One of the main reasons to visit Crete was to walk the Samaria Gorge (click the link if you would like to find out more)

On The Way to The Gorge
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Approaching The Walk
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Samaria Gorge
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My ex waving at me, in other words Get a Move On !

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It was quite rough going in some parts of the gorge.

End of The Line – Agia Roumeli
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It was a scorching hot day, I was glad when we reached Agia Roumeli so we could have a drink and a bite to eat, not to mention resting my feet. We caught the ferry from here back to the transport. I’m not very good on boats especially the flat bottomed variety, the Mediterranean can get quite choppy and it did, but it was an experience not to be missed.  

It’s only a mile away #3

Here are a few shots on film from my visit to the Botanic Gardens a couple of weeks ago. I took the Olympus OM1n together with 50mm and 24mm Zuiko lenses. The film was  Rollei Superpan 200, first time I’ve used this emulsion, apparently it can have a near infrared look when the lighting permits (sunshine) so ever the optimist I used Red and Green filters on the lenses to see what they would give, of course the day was fairly dull ! I developed the film in Rodinal which due to it’s age has now acquired the colour of a mature burgundy wine, but it worked really well.

Main House (very grand)
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50mm and Green filter

Take a Seat 
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Definitely a touch of the infrared, 50mm and Green filter

Bare Branches
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Got that infrared glow, 24mm with Red filter

Modern Sculpture
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50mm and Green Filter

The Wave
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24mm and Red filter

Arbor
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24mm Red filter

Looking forward to better weather so I can use some more of this film.

Photina Reflex

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I did a quick count up of the 120 size film I had in the fridge, 24 Rolls. So thought it was time I used some of it and made a bit more space for food ! I bought the Photina in 1989 for about £18.00 from a now long gone photographic shop in Leicester. It’s in good condition but I wasn’t sure if the shutter was still ok. A roll of Ilford HP5 (expired in 2006) was loaded and a walk to Welford Road cemetery to test it out.

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To focus the camera you need to turn the taking lens (lower) which is geared to the viewing lens (top). What I didn’t realise is that if you focus by turning the taking lens it is all to easy to move the shutter speed to the “B” setting.
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This is at the “B” setting, I normally release the shutter button after I hear the click, so at least I got an image. I now know to focus using the viewing (top) lens and to check the shutter speed, in other words slow down. I quite like the slightly blurred image it has an old feel about it. The demineralised water certainly helped with the final rinse of the film, far fewer hickies.

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The cats kept me company while I was scanning in the negatives.

February 2006

The old computer that sits in the spare bedroom has got to go,(it’s still on Win98) The room needs decorating and it’s where I dry and scan my films. Checking the hard drive to see what was on there I came across a lot of images taken in 2006, these two in February, seems like 5 minutes ago.

VW Camper #1
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VW Camper #2
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Both taken on my Olympus OM2n with Zuiko 24mm early on a Sunday morning. We still had a really good photo lab in 2006, and if you dropped a film off it would be ready in a couple of hours.

Nikon F801s – 20mm af Nikkor

Thought it was about time the Nikon F801s had a workout with the 20mm Nikon af lens which had just been repaired as it had decided it wasn’t going to stop down. I have never been impressed with this lens’s performance. So I loaded up the camera with some Ilford HP5+ rated it at 1600 asa and set off on a walkabout. Of course it was very bright and sunny, I alternated between a red filter and a polariser, the Nikon has a top shutter speed of 1/8000th of a second and it easily dealt with the 1600 asa (and I really wanted to try push processing) The photo’s are nothing special but achieved what I wanted, to see if that 20mm lens was worth keeping.

Victoria Park War Memorial , designed by Edwin Lutyens


Statue of Robert Hall – Baptist Minister
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Around The Town


King Richard and the cathedral

Well I’m not impressed with the Nikon 20mm lens, very soft edges, I have a Vivitar 19mm 3.8 which I use on the Olympus OM’s and it’s almost as sharp but with slightly more distortion, and was considerably cheaper. I don’t make many adjustments to my neg scans, a little bit of gentle sharpening and a very small curves adjustment to counter the digital fuzz. Had to work on these a lot more, so I think it’s going to be traded in, probably for some lovely Olympus glass.