Fuji X-Pro 1 on the street …….

Fuji Xpro1-0189-EditI treated myself to an early 50th birthday present last week …. a Fuji X-Pro 1 along with the xf 18mm f2 and 35mm f1.4.

This post is short and sweet and is just to show my 1st quick attempt at some close street shooting using the 18mm wide open at f2 just as a test.Fuji Xpro1-0187-Edit-EditThe lens is very sharp even at f2, obviously not the best aperture to be sure of getting the image but as it was an experiment I wasn’t to upset at the missed shots.

Fuji Xpro1-0191-EditI had a few surprised looks as I took the images but I didn’t feel as conspicuous like I do that close with my Dslr.Fuji Xpro1-0186-EditI am shooting Raw and Jpeg at the moment and I must say the Jpegs are really nice, great colour and sharpness and seem to have the added bonus of a little lens correction in camera over the Raw (not drastic but noticeable) which makes a difference with the 18mm.

I will post a lot more in the next blog, I have just tried the 35mm at f1.4 and its gorgeous :)

Thanks for looking …….

A bit of Street Shooting for a change ………

D600A-2610-EditA short and sweet blog post today.

Popped into Bridgend on Sunday to get a few things and took the D600 for a change with the idea of shooting some street stuff.D600A-2611-Edit-EditThere was a few people milling around and I tried some shooting from the hip as well as straight shooting with varying success.

I shot all of these at f8 in Aperture priority with the focus set manually at approx 10-12 ft.D600A-2626-EditI only shot about 30 frames in total and was very pleased that I managed to get this many keepers, not that they are pushing any boundaries in street photography but still they seemed to work, especially when converted to Black & White.D600A-2625-Edit-Edit-Edit D600A-2615-Edit-Edit D600A-2612-EditThanks for looking …….

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My Fuji x10 and SilverEfex ………

FujiX10_A-1317-EditI had a day off today so as the sun was shining briefly this morning I loaded up my Mamiya 645 with some Fuji Pro 400H and my Fuji x10 and popped out while the sun lasted.

FujiX10_A-1310-EditWhile waiting for the film to dry I decided to run through the shots from the X10, some of which I processed using VSCO film 1 presets and the Fuji 400H setting just to see if the actual processed film was similar. (still waiting for it to dry)

All of these however were processed in Silver-Efex to give a Dark, grungy feel which I really like.FujiX10_A-1320-EditAny comments very welcome.

click on an image to view larger………. FujiX10_A-1377-Edit FujiX10_A-1374-Edit FujiX10_A-1366-Edit FujiX10_A-1351-Edit FujiX10_A-1335-EditI also have a Film only blog at …….

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Another roll of colour film for a change ……..

Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp005The weather here has been terrible over the last few weeks and getting out with the camera has been difficult.

I loaded my Nikon FM2n with some expired Kodak Colorplus 200 over 3 weeks ago and only managed to finish it yesterday.

Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp007-EditThe colours that this film produced were very pleasing when scanned and complimented the subject matter, nicely subdued.

Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp010I must say that the FM2n is by far my favorite camera to use especially with the 50mm 1.8 its a quality piece of kit.

Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp004-Edit Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp003-Edit Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp013-EditI am looking to get a Nikkor 35mm f2.8 Ai which in combination with the FM2n would be my everyday film camera.Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp020-Edit Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp017Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp036-Edit Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp035-Edit Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp029 Nikon-FM2-Kodak-200-exp027Thanks for looking

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Garw Carnival 2013 & Kodak Portra 400………..

Nikon F4-Portra400014-EditI love my Nikon F4s but as I seem to have collected 50+ cameras over the last 12 months I don’t get to shoot with it very often.

This weekend I decided to load it up with some film and attempt to shoot with it but when I opened the back I realised I had a rewound roll of Kodak Portra 400 sitting in it.

Nikon F4-Portra400006As I have not developed any colour film for a while I was not sure if my C-41 chemistry was shot or not but I thought I would give it a try. (I didn’t even know what was on the film)

Nikon F4-Portra400004To my surprise when the film came out of the tank it was from last years Garw Carnival back in September if I remember correctly and the negs seemed to look ok albeit with a slight yellow cast but after scanning I liked the look so didn’t colour correct them.

Nikon F4-Portra400011Moral of this little story is make sure you remove completed film rolls from your camera and also make a note of what you actually shot on it :)

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Any comments greatly appreciated :)

 

 

Christmas Eve walk with a YashicaMat and some T-Max 400…….

YashicaMat_TMax400_009A short and sweet blog post today.

I borrowed a YashicaMat from a photographer friend a few months back and it seemed to be over exposing all the time, most probably slow shutter speed problems.

To try to compensate for this I set my light meter to iso 800 and shot some kodak T-Max 400.

These are the results….it seemed to work :)

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Pentax Program A & C-41 process B&W film testing………

Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_014-EditI picked up a Pentax Program A SLR off ebay last week for less than £10, I couldn’t resist a bargain even though I have an ME Super and MV1 the benefit of the Program A is slightly lost on me as I don’t have any Pentax A lenses but for £10 it was a no brainer.

I also had the opportunity to try out some of West Yorkshire Camera’s C-41 process 400 iso Black & White film which I processed myself at home.

Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_003I popped along to a local derelict factory with the hope of capturing some nice contrasty images and I was not disappointed with either camera or film.

All the images were shot using the Pentax 50mm f1.7 lens which gave me lovely detail even shooting at f4.

Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_002I don’t normally use C-41 B&W film but I must say this film gave me great results and at the bargain price they charge its definatly worth a try.

Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_011-Edit Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_009-Edit Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_006 Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_005-Edit Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_004-Edit Pentax_ProgramA_WYC41_001Thanks again for looking….

comments most welcome :)

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Valley Backstreets with my Fuji x10…………

FujiX10_A-1215-EditI popped out yesterday with a newly acquired Pentax MV1 and some ilford FP4 looking to test it out and took along my trusty Fuji x10 as well.

The Pentax worked fine but as it has been a pretty busy weekend I am still to develop the roll of film yet so for a change I am posting some digital stuff :)

FujiX10_A-1216-Edit-EditAll of the shots were shot in Raw format and processed in Lightroom 5.

The light was pretty harsh as I went out at midday but it made the B&W conversion that much more gritty which suited the subject matter.

Short and sweet post this time, any comments are greatly appreciated :)

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My Pentax K1000 out & about in the Garw ………….

Pentax k1000-Delta400_023-EditFollowing on from my last blog where I shot my Canon AV1 this is the 2nd camera I picked up at the same time from my local charity shop.

A lot of people say that the k1000 is what they 1st started their photography journey, I myself until now have never used one I began with an Olympus OM1.Pentax k1000-Delta400_034-EditThe first thing that I noticed was the focussing screen was not a split prism like all my other film SLR’s so initially I found foccussing a little hard but got used to it as long as I took my time.Pentax k1000-Delta400_016-EditIt’s quite a heavy camera and slightly larger than most of the others I have but still felt nice in my hands, simple to use with the exposure needle in the viewfinder.Pentax k1000-Delta400_036It was quite a miserable day so I shot some ilford Delta 400@800 and the results were fine, the camera came with the Pentax 50mm f2.0 which performed great I was going to put on my 50mm f1.7 but to be honest I don’t shoot many frames wide open on film so I stuck with what came with the camera.Pentax k1000-Delta400_021-EditAll in all the camera was very enjoyable to use and I can see why it was the goto camera for teaching students, basic but a great tool for learning (excellent picture quality too).Pentax k1000-Delta400_017-EditPentax k1000-Delta400_015-Edit Pentax k1000-Delta400_012Thanks for looking….. more film stuff on my other blog

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Canon AV1…. My 1st roll………

Canon-AV1-HP5_008A few weeks ago I managed to pick up 2 cameras from my local charity shop for the princely sum of £20 each.

They were a Pentax K1000 and a Canon AV1. I have a couple of other Canons A1, AE1 Program and a T90 along with quite a few FD mount lenses so I decided to test the AV1 first.Canon AV1-HP5_024-EditI loaded up with some ilford HP5 and used my Canon 50mm f1.4 for all the shots going from f1.4 through to f11.

Canon AV1-HP5_020-EditI must say I really liked using this camera much more than the AE1 as I shoot mainly aperture priority or manual this camera was more in line with how I shoot, to be honest I don’t really like using the AE1 much.

Canon AV1-HP5_011-EditI popped along to a local derelict factory to see how things performed and the results were great, all the shots here are straight scans which brings me to another point.

I updated my iMac to the new OSX 10.9 Mavericks which seemed to go well except when I went to scan my negatives my Epson Scan software that I use with my v500 scanner said “Not Compatible” so I went to the epson site to update only to find that they have not yet updated their program for any of their scanners.

Luckily I have Windows 7 installed on my mac and scanned using that while I wait for Epson to pull their finger out and update the software (1 week later and still no update…Epson support are pretty poor indeed, a lot of people with scanners as doorstops I expect).

Anyway thanks for looking, comments most welcome  :)

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