recently i have picked up a few new cameras.
first was a Pentax 645 then came a Olympus XA2 ( and i think i have just bought a 6×17 MF camera… )
i have a few photos from both of those cameras, as well as some from my Hasselblad and Pentax LX.
i am very happy both!
i love detail in a photo, and these 2 following photos are full of it.
this is why i like b&w, i feel sometimes details can get lost in a colour photograph, colour can be a distraction.
Crown Graphic 4×5 Shanghai 100.
i think i have said it before, but i dont shoot much colour film..
i find it hard to get good colours, and its expensive/time consuming to get colour films developed.
but every-so-often i make the effort, and occasionally get pleasantly surprised.
Hasselblad 500C/M and Fuji Provia 100f film
being able you see a scene, visualize the photo, then make it a reality is a good feeling, and when i scanned this negative, i was quite excited to see it came out as i had envisaged.
on the weekend, after sitting around for a few hours, bored and whinging about being cold, i decided to go for a drive. since im currently not working, im not sure why i only ever seem to go out on weekends.
anyways, a few months ago i went to Licola for a drive, and really enjoyed the landscapes, nice vibrant green grass, rolling hills.. i had been wanting to return, but new adventures always take precedence to old haunts.
as i was driving along the windy, mountain roads, i caught a glimpse of the rocks protruding from the face of the mountain, with a clear blue sky as a background and to top it all off, a half moon was sitting just above.
my thoughts soon shifted to ‘where can i park!’, the road was quite narrow, with no shoulder, so i kept driving, with my attention divided between watching where i was going and staring at the mountain.
soon enough i found a spot to pull over, and i parked the car, grabbed my cameras and was on a mission to find a spot to set up.
about a hundred or so meters up the road i found a good view, but i had to head about 10 meters down an embankment, and this is where i got the following photo.
this photo was taken with my Crown Graphic 4×5, Schneider 150mm lens and Shanghai GP3 100 film, with a red filter.
i quite like the combination of the Shanghai film and R09 developer. both are quite cheap, so i should stock up!
last week i went for a drive up in to the hills, it was damn cold, about 2.C and nearly snowing..
i had the Hasselblad with me thought id have a go at pushing film.
i used Kodak TriX 400 and Kodak TMax 400 both pushed one stop to 800iso.
didnt have much luck finding dev times for those films at 800 iso with Rodinal, other than stand dev, so i just used TMax 1-4, which turned out to be the same times as they would be normally when dev’d at 400…
the first shot is Tmax and the second TriX.
months and months ago i bought a disposable KODAK camera, i think it was $4..
thought it would be cool to keep it in the Rambler Studio and the studio days.
well after the studio finished up, the camera was left with a dozen or so shots left to go, it didnt get much use in its time, and it got chucked in my car, where it stayed for another month or 2.
yesterday was a nice sunny day and i though id go for a ride around town, and as i was looking for my ipod, i saw the camera, and decided that id take it with me to finish the film off, heres a few goodies.
Kodak Disposable, Kodak GT800 film.
a few weekends ago i went out with the 4×5 and shot a few sheets.
im struggling a bit remembering to set aperture and close lens after focusing, but with a bit more practice, and the note i now have on top of the camera, it shouldn’t happen anymore….
i just bought a Schneider 150mm f/5.6 Symmar Convertible, so im keen to give it a go soon.
Crown Graphic 4×5 and Tmax 400 film.
i tend to keep my Ricoh GR1s in my car, so that i always have a camera with me, and its perfect size to fit in my pocket.
since im not really good at shooting lots of photos a roll of 36 tends to last a few weeks, to months depending on where i go or what i do, so by the time the roll is finished, i have quite a range of different shots.
after visiting the snow on the weekend, i drove a few K’s down the road to Thompsom Dam. i have a strange obsession with dams and mountains, i dont know why, maybe its the wide open spaces, being surrounded by bush, but it tends to have a calming influence on me.
the next 2 photos were taken on a Crown Graphic 4×5 with TMax 400 film.
im really enjoying using this camera and format, just need to get better at loading film holders…
I couldn't surrender, try as they might, to an expectation, a label, or a routine. Constantly I'd struggle, trying to fit in a preconceived mold but I'd only end up hurting myself in the process, I was either too big, too small, or the wrong 'shape' of thinking!