Also I can’t find the time to delete content or work out how to resolve the issue.
Today is one of the days when I’m very glad that this is what a problem looks like in my life.
Have a great weekend everyone 😁
Last weekend we had some guests to stay with us in Dublin while they explored the city. We are all film photographers so we played the usual game of show and tell with our various cameras. This had me haul the Mamiya down from my dark room to pass around and play the game of “guess the weight”. I had a film back fitted and seemed to have a couple of shots left on the roll so I made some portraits.
Every time I develop film from this camera I am delighted with the results. Looking in the view finder makes the whole world look like the set from a movie. I enjoy the massive clear negatives that it provides and printing the big in the darkroom is an utter joy. This is a pretty random selection of shots that I have taken with this camera and I’m mostly posting these to motivate myself to bring this camera out more often.
Despite the weight of the beast I love the results.
I’m home alone this weekend so have decided to make one of my favourite dishes to cheer myself up. Since I am on my own I decided to make it with a camera strapped to my head.
Its a variation on the classic Indian Gobhi Masala.
Onion, tomatoes and ginger are blitzed in a blender and added to fried cauliflower. I have no idea why but that vegetable has been in short supply.
So be honest – should I make more of these videos?
While traveling in Sri Lanka I managed to destroy my Nikon F100 by dropping it down the steps of Sri Pada, thats Adams Peak to those of you that have still not had a chance to climb it. I’m still lamenting the loss of the camera and will replace it soon but over the weekend I developed the roll of film that was in the camera with me as I climbed the 5500 steps to the summit.
We set off at 1am so that we would have a relaxed pace and still reach the top in time for sunrise. I loaded tri-x for the walk up with the plan to shoot available light. I took two shots in a cafe at lunch time and the rest of the roll was to be shot on the walk. The stalls at various intervals were well lit and even at 3am were buzzing with people. I liked the results I got here but wonder if I filled a whole roll would they have the same appeal.
This is the shots that were on the last roll of film that will ever pass through my trusty F100. Development was Kodak Hc110 Dilution B for 7.5 mins. The camera died before i made it past 7 shots.
Just a short drive to the south of the town of Ballyvaughan in Co Clare sits the magnificent Poulnabrone portal tomb. Recent carbon dating of the area suggest that it may have been built 3800BC. The Neolithic tomb suffered some damage in the mid-eighties and while repairs were made they took the opportunity to excavate the site and they discovered the remains of 22 adults, 6 children and a baby.
It’s not possible to understand fully what the purpose was of the portal tomb but it has dominated the landscape of the Burren for 1000’s of years. An it remains remarkable scene to happen upon as you drive around the Burren. I was lucky enough to sit and watch the sunset on the tomb. I have visited this site many times and this was the only time I ever saw it in sunlight.
I first posted this over on http://pinholeobscura.com/
A few people have asked how I control the temperature of the chemistry when i’m doing C-41 development at home. My setup is pretty basic. I fill a basin with boiling water, put the bottles into it and the water in the basin cools and the chemistry warms. I return the chemistry to the water bath between rounds of film.
While I was heating mine this evening I made a silly mistake and you can watch the video to learn a lesson on what not to do.
Camera: terraPin Bijou Sidewinder 6X4.5
f-stop of f/135
50mm focal length
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Dev: Tetenal C-41