Spring has Sprung ? ……

I seem to have a slight backlog of films to post at the moment what with the Tmax Party and Expired film day.

I shot this roll of Portra 400vc back at the end of February on a quite bright but overcast afternoon.I have noticed that this film when shot in these lighting conditions give a nice subtle muted colour palette.Next time I shoot this film I will try it in poor conditions to see how it performs then. These were shot on the Mamiya 645 with the 45mm f2.8 and home processed/scanned.

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Some of my Fav’s from the #FP4Party on Twitter …..

c330Since September I have been a participant in the #FP4Party over on Twitter/Emulsive.org …. http://emulsive.org/articles/introducing-fp4party where we all shoot some Ilford FP4 over a week then edit and post during the next 2 weeks followed by a vote at the end of the month to pick a winning favourite.img013I have not really shot a lot of FP4 mainly thinking that it isn’t as versatile as my Favourite film HP5 but since this Party began I must say I am really loving the look I get with FP4 and also how easy it is to print in the darkroom too.t90-2I have posted a few of these over on twitter as entries to the challenge but I thought it would be good to post them all together here on my blog too.

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This was my shortlisted entry ….

I was lucky this month to actually get one image picked to enter the final vote which was great as the standard is pretty high and getting better every time as more and more people are joining upc330-4It’s great to be part of this film community, I love seeing what others are shooting which helps me to improve my own photography.

Check out emulsive.org … @FP4Party on twitter for more detailsimg009-edit img021-editI am not sure what I will be doing for this month’s Party I may try pushing it or even do a bit of flash photography as an experiment, what ever I do it will be fun anyway 🙂

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…. That’s my Boy 🙂

Even my son joined in last month … ps I am the scruffy one on the left 😉

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Mountain walk with the 645 & some Fuji Reala …..

R2-02493-0002I have been using my Mamiya 645 a lot recently, its such a lovely camera.

The handling is great and the images it produces make me want to shoot it all the time.

I find it easier to compose images in the 6 x4.5 format it seems much more natural to me that 6 x 6.R2-02493-0004-EditWith the metered prism finder portrait images are easy too unlike using the waist level finder.

These images were shot using the 80mm f2.8 on what is becoming my favorite film at the moment Fuji Reala 100 which is obviously expired so I rated it at 50 iso and in some of the frames I over exposed another stop too.

R2-02493-0011The light was pretty difficult with the sun going in and out all the time and I didn’t take a tripod which was a pain but I only messed up 3 frames with camera shake which I was pleased with to be honest.R2-02493-0012As usual the film was processed and scanned by FilmDev who did a great job and I cannot recommend them more highly for the quality and especially the price.

I can’t imagine ever developing & scanning my own C-41 ever again.R2-02493-0000I still have 4 boxes of Reala in the fridge and I am checking eBay to try and get more I love the colours it produces especially over exposed and in good light.

I am going to have to shoot some portraits with it soon.R2-02493-0005R2-02493-0007R2-02493-0006R2-02493-0003R2-02493-0001R2-02493-0013Thanks for looking

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Expired Film Day …….

R3-02402-0001Last week, well March 15th to be precise was Expired film day where photographers were encouraged to shoot a roll of expired film, the older the better and post up and possibly win some prizes.

http://schneidan.com/expired-film-day/

My chosen film was a roll of Fuji NPS160 that expired back in 1999 and I shot it with my trusty Mamiya 645 and 80mm f2.8.

I rushed home from work hoping to catch the last rays of sun down Porthcawl Beach which we managed to do.R3-02402-0002I wasn’t sure how the colours were going to look like as NPS is more a portrait film with muted colours. With it being expired I shot it at iso 50 and told Film Dev that I pushed the film and if the could hopefully get something in the scanning for me.R3-02402-0010When  I downloaded the scans I was very happy with the results, the colours were just what I was after and captured the mood of the early evening at the beach.R3-02402-0006I still have another 5 rolls of this film in my fridge and can’t wait to shoot some more weather allowing 🙂R3-02402-0005-Edit-EditR3-02402-0011R3-02402-0012 R3-02402-0009 R3-02402-0003

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Snow comes to the Garw Valley ……

TimDobbs-Weekfive (2 of 8)2 weeks ago we had a nice sprinkling of snow here in South Wales, not enough to bring everything to a standstill but something to add to the beauty of the Garw Valley.

I am in the middle of a 52 roll project where we shoot a roll of film every week for 1 year and post to a blog http://52rolls.net/ I shoot at least 1 every week most weeks anyway so I will try to split my images between the 2 blogs.

I shot the Mamiya 645 with the 80mm f2.8 on Fuji Superia 400 that I over exposed by 1 stop and it was processed and scanned by http://www.filmdev.co.uk/ who provide an excellent personal service at an affordable price … I can’t imagine processing and scanning C-41 ever again.

I can’t recommend them more highly, give them a ring and ask for David just to find out what they are all about.

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Shooting some Ilford HP5+ that expired back in 1995…….

img006A few weeks ago my very, very kind cousin gave me a huge bundle of film all of which had expired over various dates.

One of the oldest was a roll of HP5+ that expired back in 1995, as none of the film had been either fridge/freezer stored for quite a while I was expecting pretty hit or miss results but I love the unexpected.20150902_193036img009-EditI loaded up my Mamiya 645 and popped out to see what I would get.

I exposed as if it was 200 iso and processed accordingly using ilfotec HC 1+47 dilution for 8 minutes and the negatives came out fine at 1st sight.img004-Editimg002But on close inspection the sharpness and contrast were just fine but the grain in the lighter areas was pretty soft and mushy, not that I minded it was fine and towards the end of the roll the circles of the paper backing were evident in 2 of the frames.img012-2As you can see in this crop…img01220150902_193102Nevertheless I was really impressed with the film, I love grain and contrast and this roll had not really lost either, I could have most probably developed a little longer and got it even more contrasty.img005img001img011I love HP5, its my goto film most of the time and even if it expired 20 years ago its still great in my book…… thank goodness that Ilford are still flying the flag for film.img014-EditThanks for looking

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Mamiya 645 & some Fujichrome Velvia 100F …………

img005-EditSlide film has been a bit of a hit or miss for me over the years, back in the pre digital days I tried and mostly failed with most of my attempts at shooting slides.

Most probably as the subject matter I seemed to shoot was not really suited to the medium and I never really found the appeal that others did.

img004Since getting into medium format I decided to give slide film another bash so bought a few packs of both Fujichrome Velvia 100f and Provia 100f.

I shot some Velvia a while back and cross processed it with some interesting results which can be seen on my other blog http://usingfilm.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/cross-processed-velvia-100/

But this time I had it processed E6 at AG photolab http://www.ag-photolab.co.uk/

img010I was quite pleased with the resultant scans even though my exposure was a bit over on most of the frames, I’m not sure if it was the Mamiya meter as it has been fine on negative film but I know that slide film is not very forgiving.

Nevertheless I am going to try another roll when the weather is right and this time meter with my Sekonic meter just to see.

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Back to shooting some film again……

Mamiya645_Extar_004-EditAs its Easter Bank holiday and the weather here has been quite nice for a change I made the most of the time and got out shooting some film again.Mamiya645_Extar_009My camera of choice was the Mamiya 645 with the 80mm f2.8 and a roll of Kodak Ektar 100.Mamiya645_Extar_010-EditThe light up in the forestry was changing minute to minute so I didn’t know what the results would be, I was going from 1000sec @ f11 to 60sec @ f2.8 so I was quite happy when I scanned the negs that there was minimal camera shake on the slower ones ( didn’t take my damn tripod)Mamiya645_Extar_012All in all I was pleased with the results, it was nice to just have 15 shots to play with rather than the hundreds I have shot with my new Fuji X-Pro 1 lately.Mamiya645_Extar_007-EditI will be shooting a lot more Ektar in the future I like the sharpness and the colours it gives, may try some portraits next just to see how thay come out.Mamiya645_Extar_013-EditThanks for looking

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Cross processing Fuji Provia 100f…….

Mamiya-Provia_cross-012I decided this weekend to try my hand at cross processing some 120 slide film, I have both Velvia and Provia in the fridge and decided to try Provia first.

Mamiya-Provia_cross-006I have never shot slide film before let alone cross processed it so after a bit of reading up on the good old internet I set forth to give it a go.

This was the first roll through the Mamiya with the new AE Prism finder so as I didn’t know if the meter readings were actually correct I also metered by hand just to make sure the exposures were spot on.

Mamiya-Provia_cross-008Once the developing was complete I opened the Developing drum to be greeted with an extremely purple looking negative.

IMG_2223As I have not done this before I was very eager for the film to dry so I could scan them and see what I managed to get.

Once scanned I was surprised to see the subtle muted colours, from what I have seen on the web I was expecting high contrast and distinct colour shifts but instead got very smooth sharp images that suited the subject matter I shot.

Mamiya-Provia_cross-Maybe if I was shooting on a bright sunny day then the effect may have been a little different but all in all I was very pleased with the results.

I will try the Velvia next just to compare them both.

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150mm f4 and a new scanner…….

Since getting my Mamiya 645 the other week I have been on the lookout for a 150mm lens to shoot portraits with. A facebook friend who just happens to run West Yorkshire Cameras  http://wycameras.com/ messaged me after reading my last blog post to say he had a Mamiya Sekor 150mm f4 for sale if I was interested at a very, very reasonable price :-).

Needless to say I bought it immediately and when it arrived it was a lovely piece of kit. The only problem now was that my scanner an Epson v330 photo would only scan 35mm not medium format so more expenditure was need, luckily there was a sale on in PC World and I managed to pickup an Epson v500 http://bit.ly/VvbQBZ

The scanner is an awesome machine I re-scanned some of my recent negatives which I was very happy with originally and there was a noticeable difference especially in the highlight and shadow detail captured.

I eagerly shot a roll of Fuji 400H pro and rushed into the darkroom to see the results the lens produced.

What I did notice after scanning and viewing in Photoshop was the extreme shallow depth of field even at f8 when using the longer focal length which when my focus was spot on really made the subject appear almost 3d.

To get the best results at F4 I would have to use a tripod and spend a bit of time making sure that what I wanted to be in focus was spot on because there is little margin for error when wide open.

The type of look this camera and lens gives me is exactly what I want when taking a portait and something I cannot come close to using my crop sensor digital slr’s.

I can get something similar using a film slr and a 100mm f2.8 but the quality of the negative is so much better at 6 x 4.5.

I now have taken over two shelves in the fridge with my films since stocking up on Kodak T-Max 100, Portra 400 and some Ilford Delta 400 in 120 format.

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