Out for meal last night with some friends and I start talking about how I want to get a Leica for my birthday, and that I’ve just bought a Holga, and I’ve been unsuccessfully bidding on eBay for Minolta X-700’s and X-500’s (luckily so since my X-300 is perfectly good) when Gus says “Oh I have a Nikon F3 in my drawer gathering dust, do you want it?”
Do bears take their ablutions in forested regions? And look what got dropped round this morning:
So now my film SLR camera list is getting rather long. Once the Leica arrives (in May) what will I do with all these cameras? I thought (until today) that the Minolta could be reserved just for colour film. I may still stick with that, but what do I do with two top-rated pro cameras?
My only thought is that I will get a feel for each and, when about to go out on an expedition I look at both and think… hmm, today feels like the _____ will be the best camera for this. Meanwhile my wife thinks I’m losing my mind, or having some sort of mid-life crisis taking an unhealthy interest in vintage cameras. But that’s true, and doesn’t solve my problem.
Oh, and to make matters worse, I’ve started thinking about a Sony α7 ii as an eventual replacement for my α57. Like I have £700 to spare….Read More
Last week I got a delivery from eBay: a Holga 120N (a snip at £15) in essentially new condition. I’d already purchased a roll of Hp5+ 120 film so immediately got it loaded up and ready to take some nice big medium format images.
A couple of images already taken, but with only 12 in a roll (rather than take the 16 option) I need to think carefully about what to photograph. And goodness knows what images I’ll get out this plastic lens toy camera. I still have film in the Brownie (and this takes larger negatives in fact, with just 8 on a roll) but it really needs better light (i.e. Summer). Moving forward I don’t really see myself using the Brownie now that I have the Holga (assuming quality isn’t too bad) – the problem with the Brownie being, not only is it larger, I can’t be bothered having to re-spool 120 film onto a 620 spindle. The Holga is very light (being that it’s engineer from the finest Chinese injection moulded plastic) and easy to throw in a ruck sack on any trip out.
Looking forward to seeing the results.Read More
I’ve meaning to do this for a while, partly because it’s actually rather easy, and took about an hour to do – presenting some photos in a YouTube video with a pleasant soundtrack.
The sound track is just standard free stuff that you can download from YouTube Creator. I used Windows Media Director (free in Windows), import the images and every 3 or 4 add a zoom effect. That’s it.
More to come I think, though I’d like to have a go at my own soundtrack, then it’s all mine: the narcissistic circle complete.Read More
I plucked up the courage and developed 2 rolls of colour film, one a old film found at the back of a drawer with “Exposed?” written on it, and the other, out of date random colour film from Supaprints or something. that I’d loaded into the Minolta in November.
Compared to black and white development, colour is much trickier. Having made up the dilutions of solutions in the BelliniFoto C-41 kit, the problem was mainly trying to ensure the solutions were at 38oC. The chemicals are rather nastier too, so extra care needed too.
I went through the process and I have a feeling the developer wasn’t warm enough, and the bleach step may have overrun (I’m not sure of the effect of these problems) but when done I still had colour negatives that were scannable but look perhaps dark and underdeveloped?
The recently shot expired film appeared to be lacking green. As a result, the images were quite pinky-blue. The statue below (in Dundee) is a cupric green but not now.
To calm things down I needed to tweak things in Photoshop: de-saturate a little and add a subtle green tint. The result still have a nice, expired filmic quality but a little less nauseating.
Before you ask, no the lack green wasn’t a byproduct the development process. The other roll of film was only partly exposed and consisted of images taken in 2003, mainly of my kids, but here’s one of a younger me – with green. Ha!Read More
The journey continues into home development. I finally finished a roll of Ilford HP5+ ISO 400 film and developed it last night (1:50 Rodinal, 11 minutes 20oC). The images seem to have come out quite nicely, with a satisfactory level of contrast, and the anticipated level of grain. Little of no work required in Photoshop.
I’ll publish the Flickr gallery into the Mono menu later, once all the images have been processed.Read More