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July 22, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Loading a Plastic Film Reel

Religions have been founded based on the debate over using plastic or steel reels. Personally I like the AP plastic reel. I find them easy to use and at this stage I have about 10 of them so I always have some dry and ready to go.

Always make sure they are fully dry before you use them as the film will stick to the plastic if they are wet.

I think that there is only so much that you will learn by watching a video of this but it gives you and idea of what to expect when you get into the darkroom.

This gets easier every-time you do it. My advice is to sacrifice a roll to practice in the light first.

July 3, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Visual Diary June 2014

122/365/2014 - Fire Side
122/365/2014 – Fire Side
It was a little cool when we returned to the cottage last night so the fire was lit. The photography bug bit hard this weekend and it was nice to sit, relax and stare at the wild Atlantic last night.

123/365/2014 - South Connemara
123/365/2014 – South Connemara

124/365/2014 - Hang Em High
124/365/2014 – Hang Em High

125/365/2014 - Views from the VanGogh Window
125/365/2014 – Views from the VanGogh Window
I have been shooting this view for a year now and i love what the change in the seasons does for the colour.

126/365/2014 - Feeling Fruity
126/365/2014 – Feeling Fruity
Some days its hard to look my 5 a Day in the face knowing that i am about to eat him.

127/365/2014 - Clontarf to the Bull
127/365/2014 – Clontarf to the Bull
A day on the computer left me feeling like i needed a walk before heading into the city for a party.
I love the walk from Clontarf to Bull Island – you get all the fresh air you need in about 15 seconds.

128/365/2014 - Welcome to the Jungle
128/365/2014 – Welcome to the Jungle
I really do love the botanical garden. There is great coffee and cake and even on the worst days you can escape into the tropical glass house and pretend you are exploring the rain forests.

129/365/2014 - Self Portrait at Lettergash
129/365/2014 – Self Portrait at Lettergash
Camera:Mamiya RB67
Film: Ilford FP4 plus 125
Dev: Agfa Studional R09 1+15 (3.5 mins)

130/365/2014 - Sunset vs the Flowers
130/365/2014 – Sunset vs the Flowers
The mutt gets walked most nights but some nights are a little prettier than others.


Film_Leader_Retrieval_35mm 131/365/2014
Have you ever needed to extract a 35mm leader that you had rewound into the canister. I do this a few time a month to let me re-shoot rolls of film that have been sent to me for film swaps or when I do something silly.

132/365/2014 - Sheba
132/365/2014 – Sheba
We think that Sheba is about 13 or 14. When we got her she had been a in a few different homes and we were told at one stage she had been pretty badly treated. We happened to pass a pet rescue place in Drogheda one afternoon and just stopped in for a look.
Sheba came home we us that afternoon. She now enjoys a great life and is the boss of the house. One of the great joys of having her around is that she has the energy of a puppy but the wisdom of an older dog.
133/365/2014 - The Bull
133/365/2014 – The Bull
Here we are again, again-

D. H. Lawrence suggests
…….but better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions……

I kind of like this view of my city and am happy to try and do it justice….rinse and repeat….

134/365/2014 - Film Swap
134/365/2014 – Film Swap
Catching up on my back log of film swaps. I’m nearly (almost) up to date. shooting with the Nikon Fm2 for the weekend.

If you would like to try one of these international film swaps please get in touch. it can be as simple as shooting a roll of film and sticking it in the post.

135/365/2014 - Sylwia
135/365/2014 – Sylwia
A day out at the beach with good friends gave me lots of models to shoot. I had my iPhone and a small compact film camera with me but a buddy of mine gave me a 5d Mk2 to play with.

136/365/2014 - Roses of the Summer
136/365/2014 – Roses of the Summer
Sunsets and walks in the park with the mutt is a nice way to end the day – any day.

137/365/2014 - Deer Park to Sutton Cross
137/365/2014 – Deer Park to Sutton Cross
Climb a hill, take a picture, climb down a hill….goodnight

138/365/2014 - Fan Boy
138/365/2014 – Fan Boy
The Irish summer has landed and the evenings are wonderful.

139/365/2014 - Grow your Own
139/365/2014 – Grow your Own
I pal arrived with a head of cabbage and some radishes under his arm..
What a treat
140/365/2014 - HBD NT
140/365/2014 – HBD NT

141/365/2014 - David
141/365/2014 – David
Camera:Nikon Fm2
Film: Rollei Retro 80S
Filter: Red
Dev: Adox Adonal 1+100 60mins

142/365/2014 - Brittas Bay
142/365/2014 – Brittas Bay
It is an annual obligation during the good weather to try and make an effort to visit Brittas Bay.
It was an early start but really well worth the sunday morning alarm – we arrived before the hoards of sun worshipers. Had a very please swim, ate a picnic and went home.
Bliss, pure Bliss.

143/365/2014 - Howth
143/365/2014 – Howth
I enjoy a walk along the pier at Howth. Sometimes I even bring my camera with me.

144/365/2014 - Connect
144/365/2014 – Connect
I see faces everywhere, this little guy was sitting on my desk

145/365/2014 - Phil the Fur Ball
145/365/2014 – Phil the Fur Ball
I am not really sure what this is, but it is sitting on my belly

146/365/2015 - Darkroom
146/365/2015 – Darkroom
An aerial view of my darkroom, I am giving a buddy of mine a quick refresher on film development so have decided to try and make a few contact prints if we have time

147/365/2014 - Liam
147/365/2014 – Liam
This guy cracks me up.
An evening spent playing in my darkroom has yielded some interesting results..

148/365/2014 - Dublin Pride Festival 2014
148/365/2014 – Dublin Pride Festival 2014
A rare attempt at street photography during this years Pride Parade in Dublin.

I spent most of the day doing street portraits but this guy selling flags made me chuckle.

149/365/2014 - The Drawing Room
149/365/2014 – The Drawing Room
Location scouting for something I have foolishly committed myself to. Watch this space.

150/365/2014 - Ania
150/365/2014 – Ania
Monday night drinks for a buddies birthday lead to a few interesting photo opportunities
Ania has a unique style and the camera loves her.

June 29, 2014 / Aware of the Void

The Great Transatlantic Pinholga Filmswap Project

Apple Tracks - Pinhole Swap

A few months ago my buddy Monica came up with a wonderful idea. She hatched a plan that would allow her to combine the random results of a film swap with the challenging shooting conditions of pinhole photography. The idea was brilliantly simple, she shoots a roll of film with her pinholga then rewinds the film in that camera and sends it to the next participant. I was asked if I wanted to get involved and I instantly said yes. I love how these projects work and had participated in the traveling Yashica project last year.

The pinholga arrived preloaded with the film ready to be reshot on frame number one. The beauty of both people using the same camera is that you can be pretty sure that the shots will line up giving a great double exposure. I was traveling to Amsterdam for WPPD so I shot a second roll and had it ready to go in the camera when I handed it to Monica in person. This post contains some of the shots from both those efforts. My first round was shot mostly in Belturbet County Cavan and the Sally Gap in wicklow. The second round was mostly in the Botanical gardens in Dublin.

Since we done our swap Moni has created a new website and is actively looking for participants to take part. So join the fun, sign up and get shooting and swapping.

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June 23, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Film Swap With Kate – Dublin Vs Oakland and Napa

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

This film swap business has started to develop a life of its own. Fresh rolls are now arriving every week and I am really enjoying the creative collaborations and all the surprises they bring. This is the results of my first film swap with Kate Dollarhyde and as I type I have a second roll at the lab.

This latest round was shot by Kate in Oakland and Napa-USA and I re-shot the roll in Dublin

My Camera was an Olympus OM1. Kate used a Pentax ME
Film was Kodak Ektar and dev lab C-41.

You can see a lot of Kate’s wonderful photos at her site
katedollarhyde.com/
or catch up with her on flickr at
www.flickr.com/photos/katedollarhyde/

If you would like to try one of these international film swaps please get in touch. it can be as simple as shooting a roll of film and sticking it in the post.

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Hands

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

Attack

Film Swap with Kate Dollarhyde

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June 17, 2014 / Aware of the Void

How to Make Redscale Film – 35mm

To make your own Redscale film you will need:

  • a used film canister – I ask the Lab to keep me some when I drop my films off for development
  • a new roll of colour film
  • sellotape – or similar
  • a scissors
  • somewhere very, very dark

Process or How to….

  1. Cut the leader from the fresh roll of film
  2. Flip it over so that the emulsion side is facing you (the non shiny side)
  3. Tape the new roll onto the end of the old canister
  4. Wind the new roll slighly onto the old roll so that the tape is no longer visible
  5. Find a very dark place (I do this in my darkbag mostly or sometimes in my darkroom)
  6. Wind the new roll full onto the old canister
  7. Return to the light and cut the rolls apart
  8. I make a new leader to help load the film into the camera.
  9. Thats it – very simple

Shooting suggestions.

I have found that is is nearly impossible to over expose the film. The speed at which you rate the film – under or over expose tends to have a dramatic effect on the redscale effect. I normally use 200 iso film and set my ISO in camera to 25 or 50. I like this look but its a crazy way to shoot so go mad and give it a try.

I'M THE BOSS

Faire Un Voeu

I Hate the Zoo

Little Chapel On the Hill

A River Runs Through It

 

 

June 14, 2014 / Aware of the Void

Pinholed in Amsterdam

I am Amsterdam
Whats the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Amsterdam?
Was your guess world wide pinhole photography day 2014?

What started as an amusing and light hearted discussion on twitter between Inge, Alex and Monica became a full scale pinhole meetup in Amsterdam. There was was a good sized group of us from all over the world. The sight of 13 pinhole photographers meandering very slowly around the streets of Amsterdam was a fun but surreal experience. Despite how it looks from the photo filled post below I really did not shoot very much during the event. I spent most of my time looking at cameras and chatting to people that I had only ever known through the Internet. There is talk of visiting the USA for the event next year – roll on WPPD 2015

Alex did such a great job of distilling the feelings of the day over on his site that I suggest to get a full flavour of the day out you have a read of his blog.
Monica wrote a great bit about what happened when the full team from pinholeobscura.com met in person – spoiler alert – IT WAS AWESOME.

All my images from the day -

Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Focal Length:25mm
Aperture:f138

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June 11, 2014 / Aware of the Void

How to Retrieve a Film Leader – 35mm

Have you ever needed to extract a 35mm leader that you had rewound into the canister. I do this a few time a month to let me re-shoot rolls of film that have been sent to me for film swaps or when I do something silly.

You will need:

  • A roll of 35mm film with the leader out
  • something moist – in the video I use a damp paper towel but I have been know to use a human tongue.
  • the offending roll of film that you want to extract.
  • guile and wit (optional)

The process is simple:

  • slightly moisten the leader on the new film
  • insert it into the film you want to extract
  • turn the knob gently on the film you want to extract
  • you will feel it grab the leader on the moist film.
  • swiftly but firmly pull the two film apart.

If it does not work the first time just try again, it always works.

Fancy trying a film swap get in touch and we will set one up. Thanks for watching.

 

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