Sunny day walk with my Daughter & some Kodak Portra 400VC …

I have been working all the way through this pandemic lockdown which is a blessing as I think I would have gone nuts if I had to stay home so on the weekends I make the most of it by going on a long walk here in our lovely Garw Valley.

Most weekends if she isn’t working too I have been joined by my daughter who has been eager to explore the many different walks we have here in our vicinity.

I bought quite a few rolls of Portra 400VC from Mr Cad ages ago so I thought it was about time that I shot some of it so I loaded my trusty Mamiya 645 and went out on a hot Saturday morning to do a 8 mile trek around our valley.

After developing the roll I had some issues namely strange light leaks in different places and of different intensities so I immediately thought the camera was at fault even though I have never had a problem like this on any other rolls.

After posting on Twitter asking if anyone had any idea what it could be most people suggested the camera which would have been the obvious choice so I loaded up a roll of ilford SFX and shot that the following day under the same sunny conditions only to find they were all perfect … no leaks so on this occasion I think the problem was with the film itself.

I bought about 20 rolls and have shot 7 or 8 previously and all were fine except this one.

As most of the leaks occurred on the edges I managed to salvage quite a few frames with a little cropping which was pretty easy as it was a 6 x 4.5 frame.

See this original scan sample here

 

Anyway here are the final images … please click to view larger ….

 

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Enjoying my Pentax Super A with some Lomo CN 800 …

I blogged a while back how I managed to stupidly lose my 1st Pentax Super A after only shooting a few rolls with it.

Since buying another  one I have been shooting it quite a bit and being extremely careful not to take it (or any other camera) out whilst partaking in some alcohol .. this isn’t a problem at the minute due to this worldwide Coronavirus lockdown.

I love the Lomo CN400 colour film stock and would go as far as to say it’s my favourite colour film by a country mile.

When I replenished my Lomo film stash a few weeks ago I also bought a few rolls of CN800 just to compare it to CN400.

I have shot CN800 at night before and blogged it here .. Lomo CN800 at night

I am pleased to say that when it’s shot in good light that it gives excellent results too.

The colours are lovely and very comparable to CN400, the grain is definitely more pronounced but not so much as to be distracting and to be honest you have to zoom in to really notice.

I would be happy to shoot this film any time as it gives you the added bonus of using it when the light is less than good without having to push the film.

Here are a selection of the best frames ….

 

 

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Testing my 2nd Pentax Super A with Kodak TMax P3200 ….

About 6 months ago I picked up an SLR that I have wanted for ages a Pentax Super A.

I already have a few other Pentax’s including a Program A which is very similar but the Super has a top shutter speed of 1/2000 sec compared to 1/1000 which also shows on an LCD panel on the top.

To cut a long story short I somehow managed to lose that camera on a night out (Don’t ask) so I really wanted to get another one.

Super A’s are not that easy to get hold of especially in good condition but I managed to get one that was almost perfect but I needed to test it just to confirm I had a good one (as it was not cheap).

I had a few rolls of TMax P3200 that had just expired from Analogue Wonderland, I had already shot some before and were fine so I loaded up and went out for a local walk.

As you can see from a selection of images the camera worked great and I felt happy paying slightly over the odds for my 2nd copy.

 

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Taking the Leica M2 for a walk in the fog …….

I waited years to eventually get to own a Leica and when I did I seemed to use it every week but during the last year my poor M2 stayed in one of my bags while I tried and tested loads of new cameras that I have been adding to my ever growing collection.

The other weekend the weather was it’s usual pants this time of year but I do like shooting B&W then conditions are bad so I was going to shoot my newly acquired Mamiya RB67 with some Foma that I received for Christmas but whilst sorting out which bag I was going to put my stuff in ( the RB67 is a monster) I came across my lovely M2 and immediately changed my mind and went back to the fridge and got a roll of Agfa APX400 which I wanted to try and loaded up the little Leica.

The camera was a joy to use and I quickly sped through the roll wishing that I had brought along another.

The M2 and my Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f1.7 are a perfect match.

I developed the roll using Eco Film developer from Bellini Foto 1+1 dilution for 12 minutes which gave me really punchy negs that scanned really well.

Considering the weather I loved how the images came out with plenty of contrast and sharp.

I need to get back to using the M2 on a more regular basis as this camera makes me happy every time it’s in my hands.

Here is a selection of images from the roll, I shot 2 frames of most of the compositions at different apertures so I have not posted any of the duplicates.

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1st time shooting Lomography Potsdam Kino 100 ….

It’s great that in the last few months there has been a few new film stocks hitting the market which can only be good for us film shooters.

Potsdam Kino is a B&W cine film along the lines of the Berlin Kino film that was launched previously by Lomography.

It is 100 iso film with a supposedly wide exposure latitude according to reports on the interwebs so I loaded up my Mamiya C330 on an overcast yet quite bright day and went out to see how it performed.

I developed it in ID11 1+1 dilution for 7 minutes.

The negatives looked great out of the tank .. nice and punchy looking contrast and pretty sharp at first glance.

Once scanned and into lightroom a was pleased to say very little editing was required as the scans yielded excellent shadow and highlight detail and apart from slightly bringing down the highlights and pushing the shadows a bit they looked great, contrasty and sharp.

I have some in 35mm format which I am looking forward to trying just to see if I get the same results as sometimes I find it a bit harder to pull out detail in the shadow areas when using 35mm compared to 120.

So if you like punchy/contrasty/sharp images with minimum grain then give this film a go and you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway here is the whole roll … comments most welcome

 

 

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1st roll of Lomochrome Purple XR 100-400 in the Yashicamat 124G … all 12 frames

Following on from my last post where I shot my 1st roll of the new Kodak Ektachrome showing all 36 frames … today’s post features Lomochrome Purple in 120.

I was pretty excited to try this film as I loved the look of most of the posts that I have seen on the internet.

I was concerned that I may end up with a roll of pink images rather than purple so I took some hints and shot it at 200 iso on a bright day and focused on predominantly green subject matter as I had heard that this gave more purple images.

I had the developing/scanning done by my fav lab FilmDev with an added note that I would prefer purple over pink when it came to the scanning.

I was well happy with the results which did lean more to the subtle purple side but there was a variation in some of the skies with some looking almost monochrome while others had a slight yellow/green tint.

The grain and sharpness was excellent ….

Here are all 12 frames … comments most welcome

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Salvaged images from badly stored/expired ilford Delta 400 …

I have quite a large stock of expired film acquired from friends/fellow photographers and eBay and I usually know the storage details of nearly all of it but sometimes I get hold of some rolls that have no information on how it spent it’s life.

Last week the cloud formations up here in the South Wales valleys was pretty nice so I went out with my Mamiya 645 and 45mm f2.8 lens with a roll of ilford Delta 400 with the intention of getting some pretty detailed images of the landscape up here.

The film expired in 2004 so I rated it at 200 iso  and proceeded to shoot the roll.

To be honest I have only had trouble with expired ilford film when it has been much older that this and even then it was still usable so when I opened up the development tank and was greeted with some pretty murky negatives I was pretty disappointed.

Once I began scanning it became evident that the whole roll was under exposed quite a bit and the grain was very pronounced unlike how Delta usually looks.

I also suspected that my fix was on its last legs which didn’t help matters (new batched already mixed for next time).

The Epson scan software struggled to find the edges of some frames which meant I had to scan each frame individually.

Once in Adobe Lightroom I have spent the last week back and fore between Lightroom & Photoshop trying to get the best out of the scans and I managed to salvage 9 frames which I am happy to post.

Anyway …. lesson for today … Know how your film has been stored before taking any important shots.

Also buy more fresh Delta 400  because if I managed to get these images with a crappy old roll imagine what they would look like on fresh film and maybe with my Fuji Gw690ii 6×9.

Here are the images … comments most welcome

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I forgot that I shot this roll …..

A few weeks back I shot a roll of Kodak  5325 in my Pentax Program A which at 1st appeared to have sprung a strong light leak since previously using it but it turned out to be the actual roll of film which was at fault after speaking to the friend who gave me the roll to try.

He had very similar results.

See here for the post .. Kodak 5325

But before I found this out I loaded up a roll of Fuji C200 just to test the camera again and obviously the roll was fine this time.

I developed and scanned the images but didn’t get around to posting them until I came across them now … so here is a selection, I really like how the C200 renders the greens.

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100mm focal length as a walkabout lens ……..

I have had my Canon FD 100mm f2.8 for ages but I have never really given it a proper runout, I have shot less than 20 frames with it in total so just to try and give my photography a different slant I decided to shoot a whole roll just at 100mm.

I mounted it on my Canon T90 and loaded up a roll of the lovely Lomo CN400 and went out for a walk.

Viewing the world at 100mm was a bit strange at 1st with a lot of backing up with the compositions but after a bit I started to get used to it.

I decided to get the roll developed and scanned by Filmdev  and when the scans arrived I was very happy with the results, Lomo CN400 colours especially in good light are gorgeous.

To be fair the lens isn’t the sharpest wide open at f2.8 but still looked great and focussed spot on most of the time.

It was fun just shooting at this focal length it definitely puts a different perspective on my usual look, I need to take this lens out a bit more whenever I use any of my Canon FD cameras.

I have an FD adapter for my Fuji X cameras so I may give it a go on one of them next.

Anyway here are the images …

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Ricoh Singlex TLS …. with some ilford HP5@800 ….

Over the last few months I have been going through my camera collection and deciding on which cameras that I will probably use on more than one occasion and selling or gifting the ones that I have only used the once.

Enter the Ricoh Singlex TLS … I picked this up well over a year ago in a job lot of other cameras and I had not got around to using it so it was time to try it out and if I enjoyed the experience and it worked fine I may keep it.

To be honest the shooting experience was ok, not the most enjoyable but the camera was a bit cumbersome to use but after developing & scanning the images were great so I was happy to pass this camera on to someone else who may enjoy the experience more than I.

It went up on eBay and sold pretty quickly which surprised me and is now in some other #believeinfilm shooter.

Anyway here is a selection of the images shot on HP5+ at 800 iso.

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