Category Archives: Analogue Photography

Summer Heat & Infrared

12/07/22

Summer in my part of the UK has really kicked in this week, the thermometer in my kitchen was reading 30deg C. 90deg F. not that hot compared to many places, but UK houses are built to retain heat. Consequently I didn’t get much sleep last night, so having a lazy day today, just waiting to see the first proper images from JWST and watching the Tour de France live on the TV.

All this heat prompted me to dig out some Infrared images I took in 1992 on the Isle of Eigg. When we arrived on the island it was quite cool, but the next day the temperature really rocketed. The film I used was Kodak HIE infrared with a red 25A filter on the lens. The film was quite difficult to use, has to be loaded/unloaded in total darkness, I do like some of the results though.

Dreamland

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Across the bay to the Sgurr

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The Sgurr (volcanic rock)

I have some Rollei infrared in the fridge, think it’s time I loaded some up and gave it a shot.

Thursday Doors

30-06-22

A few doors shot on film during a walk into town in April, only processed the film last month. I was testing out my repaired and serviced Nikkor 20mm f2.8 lens, not that impressed with it, I’ll be trading it in for an Olympus Zuiko 21mm f3.5 if I can find one.

Wasn’t sure if I was going to post today as my lovely cat Mimi suddenly stopped eating. After what happened to her Mum earlier this year It was really worrying. Took her to the vets on Tuesday and they gave her a blood test, got the results late yesterday, she has an overactive thyroid, fortunately it’s treatable and should settle in a couple of weeks. She ate some Tuna in spring water today.

A bit Gothic

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Crescent with verandah

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Georgian style

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Nikon F601, Nikkor 20mm f2.8, Ilford HP5 800 asa, Ilford Microphen.

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To see some doors from around the world checkout Dan Antions excellent blog.

To When ……

I thought coloured graduated filters were the thing.

Took this in 1989 on Agfa slide film, (the date was imprinted on the slide mount) on my Jenaflex AM1. I have been having a bit of a sort out of my photo bits and pieces and found a stack of coloured grads, might actually give them another go !

01-06-22

Prop

16-05-22

At the beginning of the year I sent my Nikon Af 20mm lens off for repair as it wasn’t stopping down, wondered why the photos were soft and sometimes overexposed. The lens is now working as it should. I must say I’m not that impressed with the lens, it’s very soft in the corners even stopping down, I think I’ll be trading it in for some Olympus glass.

Having said that I quite like this chance image, especially as it was a dull overcast day.

Nikon F601/N6006, Af Nikon 20mm f2.8, Orange filter, Ilford Hp5, 800asa, Microphen.

Thursday Doors

From a last September walkabout.

Not too many of these old style shops about anymore. (not Baker Street !)
Side of an old empty factory (now sold)

I took these images with a new to me Half Frame Agfa Parat camera, Fomapan 100 at 200 asa developed in Ilfosol 3. Was so pleased the camera worked as it should, its a fully manual camera so you have to estimate focus distance and exposure. I have the Paramat version too, that one sets the exposure automatically.

To see some more excellent Door photo’s pop over to Dan Antions page.

Scanning 35mm Black & White Negs And A Sunbeam

“Warning” this post contains some technical stuff, if this causes you to experience yawning or a mild case of narcolepsy just skip to the last image.

The screenshot below shows the interface for the Nikon Scan software that I use for scanning in 35mm film, Pentax MX and Fomapan 100 in this case.

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It looks a bit daunting at first but I find it quite intuitive, and it’s easy to turn all the enhancements on or off.

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This is the histogram display with a straight scan from the negative. I scan my Black and White negatives as a positive and invert the image in post processing. It seems to capture all the tones a bit better doing it this way. The small spike on the left is before adjusting the image size where it has picked up a bit of the area outside the negative frame.

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This is the cropped and inverted straight scan of the image. I’ve noticed on various social media sites some people make a thing about the fact it’s a straight scan, but to my eyes at least, it looks too flat.

b)Histogram Adjusted to Black & White Points
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I’ve adjusted the Black & White points (circled in Red) to just touch the histogram, this is the useful information captured by the film and scanner..

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To me it’s starting to look more like the scene I saw when I took the shot.

c) Nikon Scan Image Enhancer
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By selecting Nikon Scan Image Enhancer (SIE) from the scan menu it cuts into the histogram a little and gives a bit more contrast to the image.

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It does a really good job on some images, but a touch too contrasty for me.

1930’s Sunbeam – The Final Image
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Using scan b), Cropped in a bit tighter, some sharpening added, a small amount of clarity and a touch of vignette.

 

Monochrome Wednesday

25-09-19

Steps In The Woods
Lathkil Dale Step Ladder #2
Olympus OM2n – Vivitar 19mm f3.8 – Konica ir750 film.

This is an old one from the archive, mid 1990’s I think. Taken on a walk in Lathkil Dale  Derbyshire. I was quite surprised to see these steps abandoned in the woods, they were nicely covered in moss. It was quite dark and I thought the image would be underexposed, the lens was wide open (not good for the Vivitar) but the lovely Konica infrared film didn’t let me down.