Tag Archives: Film Photography

3 Film Cameras #1

14-04-18

Over the last few weeks I’ve been shooting some film on the few bright days we have had.

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The 3 beasties, they are sitting on an album by a great band called “Snowapple” (click the Link to have a listen) I saw them a few years ago when they were the support for the brilliant “Handsome Family” and was blown away by their performance.

Samsung AF Slim
I bought this camera in 2002 to take on my first road trip to France. I wanted a camera I could easily carry around when I didn’t feel like lugging an SLR. Thought It could do with another outing.

Click on the images for a larger view.

The Samsung worked well after it’s long slumber, but I didn’t quite gel with it. It’s great to slip in a pocket and has a macro function, I’ll have to give it another try.

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Agfa Paramat #1

26-02-18

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I took this image on Kodak Tri-X with the Minolta X700 using the macro setting on the zoom lens.

I bought the little Agfa Paramat about 10 years ago, ran 1 roll of film through it to check it was working and then put it away. Thought it was about time for another outing. It’s a half frame camera, fully auto, if there’s enough light you see a green dot in the viewfinder, and a red dot if there isn’t. Focusing is by guesstimating although there are markings for Portrait, Group, and landscape. The fastest film speed the meter will handle is 200 asa, so I loaded it with Agfa Vista 200 and set off on a cold but very bright day to the Botanic Gardens.

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I was really surprised given the age of the camera and the bright contrasty lighting how well it functioned.

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My feeble attempt at a diptych !

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About half way through the roll of film the wind on lever started to get tight, I guessed it must have been condensation as the film had been in the fridge and I probably hadn’t given it enough time to acclimatise, but all was OK. The local quick photo store had their film processor down so I sent the film off to FilmDev, they did a really great job, lovely clean negs and scans (their minimum size)

 

Falling Asleep At The Theatre

12-02-18

Well not on this visit, just popped in for a coffee with the PhotoBuddies. I haven’t actually been to a production yet at the “Curve” theatre in my home city, mainly because they have been putting on musicals, and that’s a sure way for me to fall asleep, which is embarrassing for me and whomever I’m with. Give me a good play, Shakespearean, modern or classic and I’m wide awake !

I had the Minolta X700 with me loaded with Kodak Tri-X, and took a few quick shots in the theatre foyer.

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I’d forgotten how good Tri-X could be, it has been a few years since I last used it. The lens on the Minolta (the only one I have) is a 28 – 70mm zoom and not really rated, but I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

 

Places I’ll Never Forget #6 (Part 2)

03-12-17

Isle of Eigg – Inner Hebrides – Scotland

On The Sgùrr
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The views from the top of the Sgùrr are breathtaking, it’s worth the climb. In the distance is the island of Rum, it’s a nature reserve and quite wild. I could imagine from it’s shape the time 60 million years ago when it was an active volcano.

Looking Towards Laig Bay
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Laig Bay
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The beach on Laig Bay is also known as Singing Sands, when you walk on the beach you hear a high pitched noise, something to do with the quartz in the sand.

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There are lots of rock pools to explore and because it is on the gulf stream you can find coconut seeds and other exotic things. When I was there a Portuguese man O war jelly fish had been washed up.

Ever Changing Light
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Cottage – Cleadale
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There are some lovely cottages and crofts on the island, quite a few are holiday lets.

Scottish Bluebells 
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I hope one day to get back to Eigg for a holiday.

Places I’ll Never Forget #6 (Part 1)

01-12-17

Isle of Eigg – Inner Hebrides – Scotland

I’ve visited this Island four times, it’s absolutely beautiful, and is way overdue another visit. It was one of the few places I have actually experienced silence, no traffic noise or background hum, just the natural sounds of nature.

The ferry for the Island leaves from Arisaig which is on the west coast of Scotland, north of Fort William, the road to Arisaig criss crosses under and alongside the railway used in the Harry Potter films, it’s a great road to drive. These images are from May 1991, Whitsuntide, from slides taken with my Olympus OM2n. 

Arisaig Harbour
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This is very early in the morning, taken after attempting to sleeping in the car (VW Beetle) overnight !!!! Nice and calm, good job as I am not a good sailor.

On The Way To Eigg
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The light can be amazing, and as a superb bonus often pilot whales will swim alongside the ferry.

An Sgùrr
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The Sgùrr is probably the most notable landmark on the island, it was formed by the lava from the volcanic eruptions on the neighbouring island of Rùm about 60 million years ago.

An Sgùrr
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Side view of the Sgùrr looking towards the Scottish mainland. The weather really picked up and it got hot, you can see the blue haze in the distance.

Konica Lexio 70W

22-10-17
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Put a couple of rolls of film through this Konica in September for the first time. I bought the camera about 2-3 years ago for £7.99p, It didn’t look as if it had been used very much at all, It came with a case, the instruction manual and original box. 

The weather was really dull when I used the camera, and the film I was using had an expiry date of 2001, so there were some strange colour shifts on some of the shots, but I don’t mind that.

Workplace Plastic Chair & Graffiti 
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Down By The River
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The water wasn’t this colour, but I like the effect.

Footbridge
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This was more like the true colour of the water.

Old Factory
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The factory is still be used

Nature & Water
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On the Turn To Autumn Colours
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This was taken on a brighter day near to home.

I’ve seen a couple of reviews for this camera which really didn’t rate it that much. Well I like the camera, 28-70mm zoom lens, part metal clad body, and you can switch the flash off.

Teasel

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Went out for a walk with my photo buddies a couple of weeks ago, of course the weather was dull and threatening rain, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. We walked (interspersed with a coffee stop) down to the Grand Union Canal. I was using my Konica Lexico 70W, a nicely made 28-70mm compact film camera. The film was Kodacolor 200 expired in 2001, wasn’t expecting too much, but apart from some colour shifts it was OK.

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I’m guessing the lens was wide open because of the lighting conditions.