Still shooting film. I've been playing around with different films and developers. I know flickr gets a bad wrap but it is a really good resource for sharing information and results from various film and developer combinations. Here are some shots from recent walks.
Camera: Mamiya RZ67
Lens: 65mm F4
Film: Ilford HP5+
Developer: Rodinal @ 1+50
Over the past week I've been working on digitally capturing some images from negatives. I don't have a film scanner so I made a lightbox that incorporates my speedlight which is then triggered by radio control. The top is 3mm white perspex and the film sits on top. I use maco extension tubes on my Canon 7D to get nice and close. The results are not perfect but they are decent. Here are some examples. I hope to get better focus accuracy when I get some macro rails.
RZ67 Pro II with 110mm F2.8 lens on Ilford FP4
I had literally just got the camera and was testing it out in the dining room. This was also one of my first attempts to digitize a negative. It's hard to expose the negative correctly to get the most dynamic range to work with but some practice will see my results improve.
Canon EOS1n 70-200F2.8 IS II on Fuji Acros 100 developed in Adonal (Rodinal)
This is a much better capture. The neg was well exposed and developed which by default produces tons of dynamic range. The capture process has improved here and the tones are smoother and the contrast is also just right.
I'm excited to be able to share my shots from film, which is really where my passion lies these days. I'm off on an adventure today to try and capture some more images!
Had a walk through the Yarra Park area up by dights falls over the past week. It's such a crazy place, so close to the city but there are areas of total neglect and people camping in the bush there, permanently. Anyway, I got a few shots. The light was crazy on a cold hazy winters day. One of the ones I want to share is another example of us trashing the environment. I feel like I want to try and make people think a bit more about the way they dispose of their waste and if seeing it in this light makes one feel guilt, then perhaps it might make a difference?
I really don't wanna be one of those preachy, righteous environmentalists but I think out of sight, out of mind matters. So gonna try and reverse that and make it front and centre.
Not everything was about trash and filth though. Some nice light in the trees.
Went down to Mentone and took some pictures of the beach and the famous old pier that is apparently very popular with Melbourne photographers and wannabes like me. Was pretty disappointed with the amount of rubbish on the beach but used it as an opportunity to take some photos to include in my collection of "The shit things humans are doing to the planet". Here's a couple from the outing.
Spent the last 14 months back in New Zealand so had no darkroom, or even access to my computer to update this site. I've since found that google no longer appreciate non mobile friendly pages. So I'll be trying to update this site to be mobile friendly ASAP.
In the mean time, here are a few pics I took in NZ.
I kinda like these ones. They're heavily processed but I was kind of going for that out of this world, semi psychedelic look.
24 - 12 - 2013
Well analogue pretty much took over my year and I've hardly used my digital camera at all. I'm loving going to the darkroom and making prints again. The images from the RZ67 are amazing. So much detail, compared to 35mm. Have been using the 35mm more than I expected though. Even though the image doesn't have as much detail, a 35mm negative still makes a beautiful image up to 8x10".
Figured I should try and update this blog anyway, even though I've been up to stuff all, digitally.
Went to the zoo on the weekend. The weather was dull and light was low in some enclosures which made it hard to get the shots I wanted.
26 - 2 - 2013
Lately I've found that photographing with my digital camera isn't really that satisfying. As mentioned in my previous post, I'm trying my hand at analogue again. In addition to the 35mm I've bought a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format camera to try my hand at!
It's in pretty good condition but the focussing screen was dirty so I tried to clean it but just made it worse. I'll probably just get a new one if I can't sort this one out.
The first roll of 120 FP4 through it looks awesome. I'm looking forward to getting some big negs of awesome moody landscapes.
I also went down to Phillip Island on the weekend to watch the first round of the 2013 World Superbike Series. I got a bunch of pics, all digital.
5 - 1 - 2013
A long time since an update. I've been a bit over photography for the past few months. I did get some cool shots of a bar my friends opened. It's called Hell Towers Saloon and its in Gipps St, Collingwood. I thought they turned out quite cool and fitting the theme of the bar.
I also tried my hand at photographing a 1st birthday. It was very difficult. They say kids and animals are hard to work with, they are right.
Got this pretty rad shot of a lightening strike near my house.
What is really exciting though is that I'm shooting a lot of film. Doesn't make for a very exciting blog but hopefully I'll get some prints that I can scan. For the film nerds among you, I'm shooting 35mm on an EOS 1n, EOS 5 and Pentax KM. Had a few old rolls of AGFA APX 100 and APX400 which came out nice developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X. Bought a bunch of rolls of Ilford FP4 off eBay which are yet to be processed though. Nearly finished one of those rolls! Also have a couple of rolls of Rollei Pan 25 which I plan to develop in Adonal (rebranded Rodinal) and the DD-X to see what yields the best negs. Slow film generally looks cooler in Rodinal but DD-X has proved quite successful too.
14 - 07 - 2012
Winter has sapped a bit of motivation but was lucky enough to visit Shellharbour over the past week and the weather was beautiful.
The scenery there was awesome. I'd definitely recommend you drop by some time. Lots of interesting things to photograph down on the beach. Once the sun started going down we ran out of options but all in all I'm pretty happy with some of the pics.
23 - 04 - 2012
Over the weekend I got out to the Melbourne Off Road Radio Car Club in sunshine. It was rad! Good chance to try my hand at photographing something else.
They are super hard to track at close range, or even at mid range. You'll notice most of the shots the cars are not mid frame as a result of my inexperience with these cars.
The guys out there were really helpful. Thanks MORRCC!
Went down to Wilson's Promontory on the weekend. It's amazing.
If you've never been there, it's well worth the trip. The bush walks are awesome, as are the beaches. Was a bit cold for a swim but going in autumn means less people so I can handle that.
The damage was too much for my 7D so I had to buy a new one. let it be known to all that the Canon 7D is not weather proof. They will go as far as saying weather resistant but the weather sealing has a massive flaw in that the shutter release has none. So it's just a hole for water to get in.
Anyway, that's not the point. I got a new one and it's rad. Love it.
Went out today
with the intention of trying the ND Filter out again. This time I had a better idea of what I wanted to achieve.
The exposure details are in the EXIF but basically f/18 for 6s at ISO100. I shot in RAW cos I new I wanted to work the white balance in the final image. What you see above is actually a mix of two images with extreme opposite white balance blended together. It might be a bit extreme for some tastes but whatever, I like it.
We had some amazing storms here in Melbourne on Xmas day. After the rain, hail and lightening stopped we went for a walk down by Albert park lake. Alas, the radar let us down and a rain storm just materialised out of no where. My 3 week old 7D with supposed weather sealing didn't survive. I don't really have anyone to blame but myself but when you buy a weather/dust sealed camera, you do so for the piece of mind that if it gets a bit of rain on it, it will be OK.
Oh well! Here's a pic from before we got rained on. Hopefully someone can fix my weather unsealed camera!
I really like this photograph. It's a combination of the soft tones, composition and clarity on the still water. Bit bummed there was another boat lurking behind this one but whatever right?
In the weekend just gone we went to the Strawberry Fields Music Festival. It's always a bit of a mission getting pics at a fest. I'm ultimately there to enjoy the music and the vibe. Lugging gear around when you're trying to relax and have a dance is not ideal. Got a few hours to do that in on Sunday and this was the first time at a fest with my new 70-200 f2.8 IS II. Still trying to get the feel for this lens but got some cool shots.
Got a new ND filter and took it down to the beach to get some cliched milky water shots. I'll have to go back again but here's some of what I got.
Some things I found:
1 - Light fades fast. There wasn't much more than 15 - 20min of nice light.
2 - 6 stops of ND isn't as much as I had thought it would be. If I'd got a 10 stop then I could have shot when the light was brighter.
3 - It's really hard to compose the picture with the filter on. Taking the filter off with the hood on is hard too. The process was quite lengthy but I think I can streamline it.
4 - Even with the ND I had to stop down pretty far. These shots were at 9.0 and 10.0 but by then I'm starting to notice some nasty dust blobs on the sensor. Gotta get a cleaning kit.
It was pretty enjoyable and I kinda like the results. With a bit more practice, maybe I'll get something worth putting on the wall :)