It was “The Bridgend Mashup” event last week featuring various Street activities like Skateboarding, Bikes, Street art and music amongst other entertaining things.
My son Ben and I popped down for a couple of hours and as well as my trusty DSLR I took my Nikon FM2n and a 50mm 1.8 shooting some Ilford HP5 Plus 400 for the first time.
I was extremely pleased with the results the film gave me, it performed excellently in the sometimes harsh sunlight and then overcast skies.
I didn’t attempt to shoot any of the high-speed action stuff on film due to the full manual controls I have on the FM2n I left that to my D7000 the results of which I will post in my next blog.
I will certainly be using HP5 again as the level of detail I managed to capture from highlight to shadow was great and considering I processed it myself I was doubly happy 🙂
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Well this shot was after the Classic Car Show but I put it first to show the difference between my 85mm and my 50mm.
I had a few frames left when I got home eager to process it and see what I captured I decided to try my Nikon 85mm 1.8 just as a comparison so I dragged my son Ben kicking and screaming out the garden to take a few shots to finish the film.
I love using the 50mm on my FM2n but I must admit the look I get when shooting portraits with the 85mm is so much better.
The rest of the shots were from the car show except for the line of trees, I shot both digital and film on the day and even though the digital shots were good when it came to the people shots I preferred the film.
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Last week I decided as I was shooting more and more film I would have to have a go at developing my own negatives. This is something I have not done since school.
When studying for my ‘O’ level Art my teacher Mr Halley who was a keen photographer set up a darkroom and some of us who were interested in photography got to waste our Friday afternoons developing and printing our own stuff which is where I got gripped with the photography bug over 30 years ago.
With a mixture of memory/facebook friends and youtube I ventured into my makeshift darkroom /bathroom 🙂 and thought I had made a total mess of my film.
First it all unwound and dropped to the floor, then I managed to cut the leader at an angle so it would not wind on to the spool, eventually I emerged from the bathroom thinking the worst but I was so pleased after opening up the processing tank when I saw images instead of clear or black film.
It is such a thrill to process my own film it brings back so many memories, I love processing my digital shots too, but there is something about the look/feel and smell of Film.
These shots are far from perfect but as it is all my own work I love them…….
Thanks for looking…….comments are very welcome 🙂
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We went to the “Cardiff after Cardiff” exhibition at the Wales Millennium Centre this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it, I love Street Photography and this was right up my street as they say.
Here is a link to the exhibition http://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2012-2013/18969/79765/?view=Standard
Here is the link to the blog that explains how this exhibition came about http://cardiffbeforecardiff.tumblr.com/
After the viewing we walked around the bay looking for photo opportunities using my film camera and my D7000 and Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and immediately came across a great couple sitting down enjoying an ice cream. I didnt want to shoot them candidly so I asked if they were up for a portrait and they gladly obliged 🙂
The main image at the top of the blog is of the Seamen’s Memorial Sculpture created by Brian Fell to the sailors of the Merchant Navy who lost their lives crossing the Atlantic Ocean during the Second World War and the building in the background is the Pierhead Building built in 1897 as the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company.
All in all it was a cheap afternoon out and I am looking forward to getting my film back to see the results, Cardiff Bay is a great place to shoot street stuff.
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Thanks for looking …. comments welcomed
As a few of my followers of my blog know I have started getting back into shooting film again.
It’s a very enjoyable experience but is not a cheap pastime so I decided to take the film scanning part of the cost out by purchasing my own film scanner, an Epson Perfection V330 Photo to be precise.
link : http://www.epson.co.uk/Store/Scanners/Epson-Perfection-V330-Photo
Not only can I scan in my newly shot negatives but I had loads of old stuff dying to see the light of day and enter the digital world.
I have noticed that it is far easier to scan the new negs than it is the old ones, even though I thought I had taken care of them every little imperfection really stands out when scanned at 3200 dpi or approx 12 megapixel which is plenty for what I want to use them for.
I have uploaded some of my first scans, a mixture of old ( my daughter Amy on her 3rd Birthday 14 years ago) and some taken last weekend.
I am really impressed with the scanner it is pretty quick and the quality is first class, I scanned the neg of my son that I took a few weeks ago to compare it to the original scan I had when getting the film processed and I must say it was like chalk and cheese this little scanner took the prize.
comments very welcome……..
As it was my son Ben’s birthday at the beginning of the week we called down my Mum & Dad’s on the weekend for them to see him. My Mum has had an awful 6 months after falling down and having a hip replacement she the got Pneumonia and it was touch and go wether she would make it, but she is a fighter and luckily she is still here with us. I realised that I don’t have any photographs of my parents except old snapshots so after a bit of kicking and screaming they relented and let me take a few portraits……..
As I am getting back into film I shot off a roll before taking a load with my D300s, These were then converted to B&W using Aperture. I am still waiting to get my films/prints back so I don’t know what they are like yet but I am pleased with what I shot Digitally and will print these out over the weekend. While we were there my Mum asked if I could restore and colorise an old wedding Photo she recently came across, I didn’t know quite how difficult it would be but I am very pleased with the final Photo………all comments welcomed……………
I have no speciality when it comes to my photography, not being a Professional and having to earn my living at it so my photos are very varied.
The one thing that I have found over the last couple of years is that I enjoy shooting people more and more.
I have off camera flashes and studio lights but much prefer take photographs of people either candidly or much better after meeting them when I am out and about and taking an informal type of portrait.
Since getting back into film recently I am looking forward to shooting in this style on various types of film camera and waiting in anticipation for the results……..
Here is a little selection of shots, so of which I have posted on the web previously but some are new.
Comments as always very welcome…….
I took my 1st roll of film to Boots today for their 1hour service just to see the test results from my new Nikon FM2n.
I shot various subjects just to get used to using a fully manual camera on Kodak Ultramax 400 film. The portraits were shot using the Nikkor 85mm f1.8 and the others with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8.
I wasn’t very impressed with printing or the scans from Boots but I was very pleased with the focus and exposure considering I am used to Aperture priority and Autofocus.
I can’t wait to get some Fuji Professional PRO 400H and some Kodak Professional Portra 400 and shoot loads more stuff but get it processed by a decent lab.
The camera is a real pleasure to use and I am so pleased with the results, there is such a difference between using Film to shooting Digital it slows me down and makes me think about the photograph instead of just snapping away and picking the best in post production.
Feedback on the photographs greatly received……..