I had an assignment to finish over the weekend so I pretty much filled my days with anything that would act as a distraction. From the mountains of Wicklow to the flat-lands of Kildare I have successfully avoided getting my project done.
Here is some of the results of my procrastination – all shot and edited on my phone. I was pin-holing these places for the pinhole obscura blog.
Procrastination: Habit or Disorder? Answers in the comments section please, what did you avoid doing this weekend?
Last year I was lucky enough to be in Amsterdam for World Wide Pinhole Photography Day. It was great to spend a day with other pinhole enthusiasts. This year many people from the same group will travel to the pacific north west of the USA. My original holiday plans for this year included joining them but life has conspired against me and I will have to give the trip to the US a miss this April.
One of the great joys of shooting with so many people last year was that we had a common gallery on the WPPD website after the event that allowed us to see what each other had produced as our image for the day. I had feared that I would miss out on that this year. My fears were premature – fellow pin-holer and Amsterdam participant Danny came up with a great idea!
He has suggested that as many of us as possible should try and shoot at exactly 12:00 GMT this will give us a gallery of shots from people all over Europe. Participation is easy and I like the idea of a Europe wide pinhole snap shot. When you upload your pinhole photo tag it with the EUR1200 group.
Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
In April 2013 I got a new toy to play with. The iPhone 5 has pretty much been constantly by my side every day since. I have a compulsion to take pictures and looking back through the archive I can only suggest that the theme is my daily life. Since I got the phone I have taken about 17000 photos and every one is a keeper or at least I have kept everyone. The quality varies massively and the subject matter is often dubious and there are far too many selfies. Sometimes I am very heavy handed with my edits but I took a view years ago that if i snap it with my phone it’s fair game for manipulation.
My iPhone 5 has now been retired and I really wanted to give it a bit of a send off. I looked in the archive and tried my best to whittle my selection to what is posted here, it made sense to exclude the recent India trip from this post as there is still about 2000 photos that are waiting on the first viewing since November 2014.
Some of these photos have a appeared on my flickr stream or Instagram, a lot make it to Facebook and a chunk of them form part of the visual diary I have been keeping for years. These snapshots represent my life, loves, tourism, adventure, friendship and occasionally what I’m having for dinner.
This film swap has been sitting in my archive for a few months so I thought it should finally get an outing. This is the results of my swap with Eray.This latest round was shot first by me in Dublin and then I posted it to Eray to re-shot the roll in Turkey. My Camera was an Nikon F100 and Eray used his Lomography La Sardina
I do most of my printing and film development in my darkroom. I am lucky enough to have a very well equipped room for my hobby. It’s rare that I do not have something to hand when I need it. The only constant exception to this is a bottle opener to pop the cap on my darkroom beer. To counter this problem I have developed the skills that allow me to open beer with pretty much anything I can grab. Here I am using a roll of 35mm film.
To do this at home you will need:
The technique is simple, use your thumb as a pivot point and press the edge of the film canister against the edge of the bottle cap.
Enjoy your beer.
Knowing the question might be helpful.
We are currently doing some renovation works at home and while builders were hired for for the big burly manly stuff like knocking down walls, laying blocks and generally doing builder stuff we have now reached the point in the process where I have to start doing some work myself. This is having an impact on the time I can spend on photography. I find that I am shooting rolls of film but can’t seem to squeeze in the time to develop and print. While looking for a screwdriver today I found my Fuji Instax 210 sitting on a shelf and I think until I can get back to a more normal routine I might use this camera as my primary bit of kit. The instant results cuts down on the time required in the darkroom. I had used it for an impromptu portraits session with some friends earlier in the year and was starting to get results I liked. I found suppressing the flash with a bit of paper was helping to give a more muted result.
A couple of weeks ago I met a bunch of film photographers in the city for a late night photowalk. I had a long day at work and was not really in the humour of hauling my tripod around the city with me so I decided to pack light. One camera, one roll of film and the plan was to shoot hand-held or use any flat surface to steady the camera for the long exposures. I rated the TRI-X at 1600 with the intention of pushing the development to see if I could get any usable shots.
It was the first time I had taken my Rolleiflex out in a few months and as I was sitting on the train loading the film I had a suspicion that I had done something wrong. The film spool felt a little bit tight as I wound to the first frame but as it was my only roll of film I persevered and went shooting. With each subsequent shot the crank got even harder to turn and I could hear the telltale sound of film being scratched.
I shot most of the roll and then opened the back to see what I had done wrong. I had somehow managed to load the film underneath one of the rollers which meant that every shot got dragged across the bare metal inside the film holder. It is nearly impossible to accidentally load your Rollei this way and i’m still baffled how I managed. I used Kodak HC-110 developer and decided to stand develop the roll as I had some other rolls I wanted to process at the same time. Here is some of my shots complete with perfectly parallel scratch lines.
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Dev: Kodak HC110 1+100 (90 mins 20c)