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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My Crappy Holga re-visited with some Foam/Card and Tape on ilford HP5 …..

Since my lovely experience shooting the Littlest Holga for over a month a while back and producing a zine which was well received by my film photography peers I wanted to start shooting more Lomo style images alongside my other photography.

I already have a Diana F+ (which may feature in my 1st blog of 2019) … a Lomo Actionsampler and a Holga 120GN.

Since owning my Holga I have shot numerous rolls of B&W/C41 and Slide with very little to show in the way of usable images.

I always thought it was possibly my incompetence with the camera but after using another holga and getting loads of images that I was extremely pleased with I came to the conclusion that it was something not right with my copy.

The main problems were horizontal film scratches, huge light leaks that obliterated large areas of the image and ultra soft focus or even totally blurry images.

I realised that my Holga didn’t come with any film masks as I bought it 2nd hand from eBay so my 1st mod was to make my own mask which I guessed the size of by measuring the mask in my Diana  and attached it to the inside using black tape.

I then replaced the foam on the take up side as it was perished and I did notice that I was previously getting fat rolls.

And lastly I attached similar foam pieces on the back door in the hope of keeping the film flatter and hopefully getting a bit better focus on the frames.

I loaded up a roll of my Favourite film ilford HP5+ which as the weather was really dull, overcast and drizzle I took a meter reading with my Sekonic meter and decided to rated the film at 800 iso and developed it in Rodinal at 1+25 dilution for 8 minutes with the intention of getting the best sharpness from the film.

Once scanning the film I was so pleased to find the images were such a vast improvement over any previous images that I have ever got from this camera and I was justified for playing around with the insides.

Ok … these are not a patch on what I get with a camera like my Fuji GW690iii but that is not what it is all about … these images are exactly what I want from my Holga and I am looking forward to shooting it on a more regular basis in the new year along with my other Lomo style cameras (I have already purchased a Lomo Fisheye).

Anyway here are some of the images ….

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Christmas Eve Walk with the Bronica SQ-ai and some ilford HP5+ ….

I don’t seem to have shot much recently which is not like me … I blame the early dark nights and rubbish weather.

Anyway I was moving a few of my camera bags around and came across a camera that I have not shot at all this year … my Bronica SQ-ai.

I have 2 lenses for it, the PS40mm f4 and PS80mm f2.8 I had the 40mm attached so I loaded it with a roll of ilford HP5+ and as the weather was pretty grim I rated the film at 800 iso to give me  a bit of a chance hand holding the beast with a reasonable aperture/shutter setting.

I quickly burned through the roll and really enjoyed shooting with it, I don’t know why I don’t use it more as it felt great.

I have the metered prism finder also but I didn’t use it on this occasion and stuck with the waist level finder which didn’t slow me down at all.

As per usual HP5 looks lovely when pushed, plenty of detail and the shadow/highlight areas looked just fine.

I processed the roll using ilfotecHC 1+15 dilution for 6 minutes.

Anyway here are 11 images as I managed to lose the 1st frame while getting it out of my bag …. “I MUST PUT ON THE SHUTTER LOCK”

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Valley walk with my Olympus MJU 105 and some more ilford HP5 ….

Short little blog this time featuring my little Oly mju 105 all weather point and shoot and a roll of ilford HP5 that I shot a few weeks back.

I have a few different models of mju but I find that the 105 seems to give me the best results.

The day was pretty misty and quite dark at times but the mju and the HP5 coped well.

Anyway here are the images :

 

 

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Fuji GW690iii & two rolls of ilford HP5@ at 800…

Two weeks ago we had a bit of a storm here in South Wales called “Callum” and I decided to brave the wind/rain and crappy light with the Fuji GW690iii and a few rolls of my fav B&W film HP5+ which I rated at iso 800 just to get some decent DOF in the images.

To be fair the weather was not all that bad by the time I got up to the top of the valley and I managed to get decent speeds with apertures of f8 to f11 on most shots.

The GW690 gives bonkers negatives with heaps of detail and the HP5 gave lovely grain at 800 with plenty of contrast without losing either the shadows or highlights.

Here are the 12 best images from the 2 rolls, the last image was shot on the Monday after the storm as I didn’t finish the 2nd roll.

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_001

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_002

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_002-2

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_003

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_003-Edit

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_004-2

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_005

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_006

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_006-Edit

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_007

ilford HP5 - Fuji Gw690iii_008

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Last roll with The Littlest Holga … Castles

Here is my last roll shot with the Littlest Holga … it was a gloomy day so I decided on some dependable ilford HP5 and popped out to my local castle “Coity Castle”  where I managed to finish the roll before the heavens opened.

I has been great fun using the Holga … it seemed to release me from over thinking every shot and gave me the freedom just to experiment and have fun without worrying about the outcome.

Overall I was very happy with every roll and have even shared a few prints world wide

Well here are the images ….

Holga_HP5001

Holga_HP5002

Holga_HP5004

Holga_HP5005

Holga_HP5007

Holga_HP5008

Holga_HP5009

Holga_HP5010

Holga_HP5011

Holga_HP5012

I am thinking of producing a zine featuring all 5 rolls that I shot while I had the Littlest Holga … I am thinking square format and perfect bound so if anyone is interested let me know please.

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Out in the wind & rain … the Littlest Holga part 3

Following the heatwave that we have been experiencing over the last few weeks the usual summer weather hit last week bringing wind and rain so It was time to get out with the Littlest Holga and some lovely ilford HP5 to shoot the gloom only as a Holga can.

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HP5 shines when shot in 6×9 …..

I have probably said loads of times on this blog that ilford HP5 is by far my favourite B&W film stock.

I love the contrast and grain especially when pushed to 1600 iso and beyond.

I mainly shoot it in 35mm with the odd roll in 120 now and again so when I got my Fuji GW690iii I was eager to see how it looks in 6×9 format.

I shot it at box speed and developed it in ilfotecHC at 1+31 dilution and I was not disappointed with the results.

Here are all 8 frames …. click on an image to see larger

Fuji GW690iii - ilford HP5001

Fuji GW690iii - ilford HP5002

Fuji GW690iii - ilford HP5004

Fuji GW690iii - ilford HP5005

Fuji GW690iii - ilford HP5006

Fuji GW690iii - ilford HP5007

Fuji GW690iii - ilford HP5008

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London, New York, Pontycymmer … Artist at work .. Kevin Sinnott

Over the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of spending time with world renowned artist Kevin Sinnott who lucky for me lives here in Pontycymmer where he also has his studio and his most excellent gallery “Studio 18”.

My first thoughts about this series of images was to shoot it completely on film which after my initial test shoots was not going to show how I pictured the project in my mind where I had some sort of control over the colours of the paintings.

So I used a mix of film & Digital hopefully to give a good overview of a working artist.

Before we start here is a very brief snippet about Kevin that I procured from the web….

Kevin Sinnott

Born in Sarn, South Wales in 1947, Kevin Sinnott is a contemporary Welsh artist with a truly international reputation. He trained at Cardiff College of Art & Design, Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and at the Royal College of Art, London. Kevin remained in London throughout the 1970s and 80s, building a very successful career, and exhibiting at leading London galleries, major galleries in the USA and mainland Europe.
Kevin’s work is collected worldwide and he is represented in many important public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His large canvas, ‘Running Away with the Hairdresser’ has proved to be one of the National Museum and Galleries of Wales’s most popular acquisitions.
Kevin returned to live in Wales in 1995 and has quickly established himself at the forefront of the renaissance in Welsh painting. While his work is primarily concerned with human relationships, the influence of the south Wales landscape is strongly felt in his paintings. He was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy in 2007.

 

I will include some links at the end of the post to various articles featuring Kevin that may be of interest.Hopefully this will be the start of an ongoing project where I hope to spend time with artists in their studio or place of work where I can document the process of their discipline whether they are a painters, photographers, illustrators, musicians, sculptors etc

This 1st post may be an exception as Kevin gave me unlimited access to him and his studio for which I am so grateful.

 

I was very lucky with my timing as Kevin was in the middle of a painting on the day we arranged for me to pop over to do the studio shoot.

I was privileged to watch him work and then re work the painting “SuperMam” which will feature in most of the following images, please excuse the slight colour variations as obviously they are a mix of Film & Digital.

The paintings need to be seen in life to appreciate them  🙂

The images were shot on a mixture of Kodak Portra 400, Fuji Pro 400H for the colour and ilford HP5+ and Kodak T-Max for the B&W.

Cameras used were Nikon F100, Mamiya 645, Mamiya C330 and Leica M2.

Digital were Nikon D600, Fuji XT-1 and Fuji X-Pro1

Martin Tinney Gallery
http://www.artwales.com/artists-detail-mtg-en.php?artistID=49
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Wales online link
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/kevin-sinnotts-new-paintings-go-4891977
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Studio 18 link
http://studio18.wales/
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Youtube video link

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National Museum link
https://museum.wales/art/online/?action=show_item&item=1671
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Flowers Gallery
https://www.flowersgallery.com/artists/view/kevin-sinnott

Thanks for looking ….

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ilford HP5 @ 1600 …. I love the look ….

img015-EditAs a follow up to my recent post “Fathers Day” on the 52 Rolls project blog …. link in post below.

Here is the rest of the roll that I shot with my F80 and some HP5 at 1600 iso which I love shooting at even more than box speed.img012Even though the grain is more pronounced it does not impair the image in fact in my opinion it ready adds to the look that I love when shooting B&W.

The sharpness of the images also compares well to when shooting box speed too, the only slight drawback is the slight loss of shadow detail but if scanning there is a bit more you can do to the image whereas in the darkroom (I am not a master printer) it is a bit harder to do.img016I did a few test prints in my darkroom of the top image of this post and the level of detail in the negative/print is very good and so is the overall tonal range.

I did get a little more detail in the scan and would also get a slightly sharper print if I went the inkjet route but there is something much more satisfying printing in the darkroom.IMG_20160627_194001Overall I think that HP5 looks great at 1600 iso and gives me the look I love in my B&W, the grain/contrast and sharpness. I process all my B&W films using ilfotec HC so I don’t know if it would look better or worse using other developers and I may try a few others in the near future.img014img024img023img022img019-Editimg018img013img011click on an image to view larger …..

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