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)
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 first film swap with Nivetha and as I type I have a second roll on my camera.
This latest round was shot by Nivetha in Singapore and I re-shot the roll in Dublin at the Viking Festival
My Camera was an Olympus OM1 and Nivetha used her Olympus OM10
Film was Kodak Ektar and dev lab C-41.
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.
The Temple of Isis sits on the bank of the duck pond in St Annes Park. It is one of the many follies built in the park during the 1800’s. The parkland was formally the estate of the Guinness family and they build 10 follies on the banks of the Naniken river.
Until a few years ago the temple was open and you could stand inside it overlooking the pond. It was my favourite view of the small island in the middle of the lake. Sadly to try and stop vandalism and further destruction of the structure the local authorities have now put a cage on the access points. At the same time it received a fresh coat of paint and now gleams in the sunlight.The 10 follies in the park have all fallen into disrepair but there is discussion locally about making better efforts to preserve them.
Homemade 4×5 Pinhole Camera
(Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar 100
Dev: DigiBase C41 Kit – Past its best.
Exposure: 30 sec, 45 secs, 3 mins
Originally posted over on http://pinholeobscura.com/
Since I started shooting with pinhole cameras I have been using my iPhone to take snap shots of the scene and track the locations using the GPS. I was flicking through my archive this evening and I was surprised that it looks like I have been taking portraits of my pinhole camera. With my portraits the “intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person”. I’m a bit freaked out that my cameras have so much personality.
Mullaghmeen forest is one of those wonderful places that is nearly impossible to find and even harder to describe. It sits in the middle of extensive farm lands at the Coole end of the Bog of Allen and borders counties Cavan and Westmeath. Its the largest planted beech forest in Ireland and that give the woods a very open feel. The light streams past the spindly tress to wash the forest floor with daylight. It give the woods an enchanted air and I can’t remember ever strolling through a place like it before.
As well as the woods there is a few little points of interested dotted around, including a Booley Hut and famine walls. We were just tipping into the Irish winter when I visited so I have have added it to my list for a spring/summer revisit.
Zero Image 4×5 Pinhole Camera (Horseman 120 rollback fitted)
Film: Kodak Ektar
Dev: Tetenal C-41 Kit
Exposure: Various…I have notes…
Originall posted over on http://pinholeobscura.com/ why not pop over and see what we are up to..
304/365/365 – Think Positive
The lifestyle advice from my shirt this morning was a bit unexpected
318/365/2014 – Roomie
Testing out the emergency backup under the stairs guest accommodation ahead of the festive season. If you are under 5′ 11” and a fan of the harry potter books it is comfortable enough.
321/365/2014 – Stroopwafels
Well this is a fine example of a first world problem. My local petrol station has now placed stroopwafels next to the tea and coffee dock. They have replaced the apples – Bastards! I curse my lack of willpower in the face of the glories of the Stroop….
327/365/2014 – Nikon F100
A little over a year ago during a trip to Prague my F100 leapt from my shoulder on the Charles Bridge, my reflexes dimmed by the icy wind and slightly too much mulled wine were unable to catch the camera before it hit the cobblestones. While it continues to function it has not been 100% reliable and has been left on the shelf a few more times than I would like. Most notable it stayed in Dublin when I went India. For Christmas my wife bought me a “new” F100 and today it gets its first trial.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost
232/365/2014 – Happy New Year
I’m off out on the toot to the juice joint with some bearcats to see in the new year in the 1920’s style. I have my Mazuma in my pocket but won’t get too zozzled. Happy New Year
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. If you like statistics and other useless information about random blogs it makes interesting reading. From my point of view it will be the basis of goal setting for the new year. Last year I decided that I wanted try and post something interesting at least once a month. Depending of your definition of “interesting” I appear to have achieved this based on the stats. In 2015 the goal will be to post something at least once a week.
I would like to thank everyone that has visited my page over the last couple of years, especially those of you that have taken the time to interact and comment. I wish you all the best for 2015.
Here’s a couple of excerpts from the report to give you a flavour of what you will find if you follow the link below.
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
The busiest day of the year was June 12th with 151 views. The most popular post that day was How to Retrieve a Film Leader – 35mm.