Category Archives: Film Photography

Photography, 120 Roll Film

Infinity, Zits, and Purring #2

09-12-18

Zits, hickey’s (UK English definition !) spots, my negatives had lots of them even though I used demineralised water for mixing the stock developer solution. I think I now know what’s giving my negatives a bad case of acne. Kodak D76 developer is a sachet of powder that needs mixing with water at 50 – 55 deg C, simply the developer isn’t fully dissolving, so I will be using Ilford ID11 from now on, this is virtually the same as D76 but the developer powder comes in two separate sachets (mixed separately) and from a dim and distant memory is easier to mix, and why I used to use it.                                                                                           
The  only upside to all these Zits and spots is that I need to spend a long long time in Lightroom cloning them out, this becomes an invitation for my cats to take it in turns sitting on my lap and Purring.

In The Queue 
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Helios Swirls
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Limb
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Textures
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Symbiotic
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Dangling
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Hanging On
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St Denys
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Infinity, Zits, and Purring #1

06-12-18

After attaching my new (£15.00) 37mm Mir lens to the Canon 500n/Rebel G and half  pressing the shutter button the batteries immediately expired, and I didn’t have any spares. So I dug out my M42 to PK adaptor and decided to give the Pentax Super A an outing. The Pentax is in really good condition apart from the viewfinder which at some time in its life has had water ingress which has left staining on the focusing screen. Loaded it up with Kodak TriX and set off reasonably early to the Arboretum, the Sun was out and coming in at a low winter angle. After a couple of shots I realised the back of the lens caught the mirror if it was focused at anything approaching Infinity, fortunately I had packed an Helios 44-M – 58mm lens, which I used for the rest of the frames.

Low Light 
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Tangles
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After the above 2 shots I switched to the Helios lens.

Spider Webs
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Straight
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Felled
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Swirly
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Tilted
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Part 2 to follow.

 

One For The Road

26-11-18

Every year I meet up with an old buddy of mine that I’ve known since the early 1980’s, as he stops over this involves me giving the house an annual thorough clean and tidy. We met up in a Real Ale pub in the town and then went to see a friends band playing, it was a great night, bumped into some people I hadn’t seen for awhile and the beer flowed. The hangover has finally receded, it’s taken two days, trouble is the older I get the longer it takes me to recover. The weather hasn’t been too good for photography over the last couple of weeks but while I was tidying up I found a Photo CD with some images from March 2000, they were taken at the Santa Pod drag strip in Northamptonshire (I do like the sound of a V8 engine) All the photos were taken on my Olympus OM2sp, most of them with my Zuiko 24/135mm lenses on Fuji 100asa colour print film. 

Speedy Yellow’s
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Cream
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Burn Out
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Old Skool
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Smokin
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Hopefully the weather will be kinder soon and I will be able to get out and take some new images.

4 Rolls Loaded

14-11-18

Well I have 4 cameras loaded with film, 2 of which are nearly complete and 2 just started, the weather has been a bit changeable so I haven’t been out photo walking recently, and I’m busy trying to tidy the house. So I thought I’d post a few images from August taken on a walk around the local arboretum, church and town. I was using my newly CLA’d Olympus OM2sp and experimenting with Rollei Superpan 200.

Long Arms
Fresh Pine
Angel
St Denys
New Block on the Block
High Climber

Looking For Some Wheels

03-11-18

Can’t believe it was May 2015 when my car was totalled this is the longest I’ve been without a car since I passed my driving test in 1973. Spent the last few days trawling the internet car sale sites, I don’t want to spend lots of money as the car will have to stand on the road, but it needs to be good enough to take me over to France next year to see my friends.

The main reasons for wanting another car is to get the cats easily to the vets for their annual vaccinations, and Fleur needs her teeth cleaning. Also I want to get out and about more with my cameras to different locations, having being spurred on by some old negatives I found from the Rolleiflex the other week.

Lathkill Dale – Derbyshire
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Konica ir750 infrared film.

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Portmeirion – North Wales
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Kodak Tri-X
Where they filmed The Prisoner TV series.

Barry Island – South Wales – Steam Engine Graveyard
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Ilford Pan F
This is a really old one from the 1980’s. Fortunately most of the Steam Engines were rescued and can be seen running on the many preserved railways around the UK.

Well back to searching the internet for a car. Have a great weekend.

Pentacon – Reliving The Past #2

23-09-18

A few more images from my Pentacon lens test, really ought to be called “Helios – Reliving The Past” as I swapped over to the lovely Helios lens half way through the roll.

Leaning To The Light
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Pentacon 30mm

Rest Awhile
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Pentacon 30mm

Seed Pods
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Helios 58mm

Signs Of Autumn
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Helios 58mm

Catching The Light
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Helios 58mm

Tree Hugging
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Really enjoyed the walks through the Arboretum, autumn colours should be showing in a week or so, a roll of colour film for the next visit.

Pentacon- Reliving The Past

14-09-18

After scanning in some old slides from the 1980’s see:- (turning vintage) and being impressed with the quality of the Pentacon, f3.5, 30mm lens I managed to get another copy (gave the last one to a friend when I updated my camera gear to Olympus)

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I have an adaptor for M42 to Canon ef, I like the plastic Canon as it has focus confirmation, very good for my ageing eyes. I found that when I focused the lens at infinity the mirror wouldn’t return until I turned the lens to a closer focus distance. Loaded the Canon with a roll of TMax 400 that had expired in June 1994 that I found lurking at the back of the fridge. Developed the film in Adox Adonal at 1-100 dilution, and used semi-stand method for 60 mins. The results were not too bad considering the age of the film, and I know It wasn’t always fridge stored (my fridge isn’t that old !) 

All You Need Is Love
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This was taken on a very dark path leading to the arboretum, lens wide open. I have yet to post process the other images, spot removal, a bit of contrast, and sharpening, hopefully should be able to run them through LightRoom over the weekend, although I’m out tonight with my buddies for a Beer & Curry evening.