Tag Archives: Film Photography

Reel Trouble #2

29-07-18

Managed to tidy up a few more images from the walk to the Arboretum on the 4th July. They are still a bit scratchy in places but it’s the best I could do without testing my patience to the limit.

Growth Rings
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Pagan
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Healthy
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Used the almost opaque R72 filter for this one.

Cross
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Standing Stones
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Creeper
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Sharp
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Bark
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Even though this film is difficult handle (for me) when processing I really like the images it gives. I have some more shots to post from the bike ride last week.

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Bike Ride Addendum

26-7-18

Here are a few more images from my bike ride taken with an Olympus OM2sp which has just been serviced. I loaded it with Rollei Superpan film and used a 24mm Zuiko lens with a Red filter to get a bit of an infrared look.

Marin At Rest
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Gaulby Church
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My New Friends
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They were a really friendly pair, the bigger one got so close that she steamed up my lens filter.

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.

Turning Vintage

17-06-18

Looking through some old negative files I realised that some of them are becoming vintage, a bit like me. One of the sheets had some negatives from 1984, the camera I had at that time was a Zenith EM, with a 50mm Helios and a 30mm wide angle Pentacon lens.

1984
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Red phone boxes, with a 3 wheeler Reliant parked beside them. There’s even a bank pre ATM days. The chemist was offering 24hr photographic developing and printing.

2018 (last Thursday)
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The bank has gone along with the red phone boxes. Now it’s mainly bars coffee/beer and charity shops, but the chemist has survived.

The negatives also had some images from a trip to Lincoln.

Lincoln St Marks Station
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The track and most of the station buildings have now gone.

Lincoln, Medieval City Gates
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Woolworths no longer exist and Littlewoods have very few stores nowadays.

On the same roll a trip to Malvern, Worcestershire.

View Over Malvern
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Old Benches
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These were on the walk up the Malvern Hills.

Photography was relatively expensive back in the 1980’s so you had to be a bit more careful with the amount of shots you took, well I did as I wasn’t on a very big salary. Wish I still had that Pentacon lens, its pretty sharp even on the Fuji 400 of the day.

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.

Non Photowalk

26-05-18

Arranged to meet the PhotoBuddies on Friday for a walk around the town, but the weather was awful so we ended up coffee drinking and going to the Peace Cafe for some homemade soup and ciabatta, it was very good.

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Earlier in the week I finished off a roll of expired Fuji Reala 100 that I had run through my Pentax MX. I was impatient to know if the camera was working OK so had the film processed by the local High Street quick photo store. What a difference compared to a professional lab, lots of scratches and an overall green tint that took a bit of tweaking in Lightroom to tame. Fuji Reala seems to have a natural bias towards Green and is quite soft and muted.

Fern
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Olympus DC
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Hope to be using this over the next few weeks.

Mimi
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Even using digital ICE on the scanner couldn’t eliminate the scratches.

In The Garden
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Pine
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I will try and curb my impatience and send all future rolls of colour film to the professional lab.

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.