Friday, 20 October 2017

Pentax Espio 105G with expired AM Colour 400 film

Rarely have I used a film that I didn't like!

This film, AM Colour 400, was an expired film gifted to me by a friend.  I believe it is a repackaged  'film of unknown origin' that was sold by AMCAL Chemists back in the day.  It was over 10 years old.  I don't know if it was a popular choice of photographers in its day but I can't find any mention of it anywhere in Google!

I decided to shoot it at box speed (usually expired film is shot at 1 stop underexposed) and so loaded it into a Pentax Espio 105G 35mm point and shoot camera.  Nice little camera actually, I found it handy to use in quick situations and it fitted in my man bag without weighing it down too much.

I know that expired film can have an unexpected result; a quirkiness that you either love or hate.  This film didn't do it for me; the colour hues weren't too bad but the very 'harsh' grainy finish left me disappointed.  I dont mind a black and white film with a grainy finish but, to me, colour film needs to have a fine grain that's barely noticeable.

I guess that's why I haven't tried Lomography yet; I prefer a film (and camera) that can give predictable results.

There was only 1 roll of this AM Colour 400 film given to me.  I still have 2 expired Fuji Superia Extra 400 films to be used so that will be interesting!  

My latest project is waiting to be dropped into the lab for development and scanning - a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 black and white.   My next project is already loaded into my Minolta X-700 - a roll of CineStill ISO50 colour!

Monday, 9 October 2017

People of Sydney

I love to get out and about and photograph people in the street.  Just ordinary folk going about their everyday lives.  The thing I probably love most about it is that I capture them as they are at that precise moment.  No pretences, no special makeup or lighting, no fake smile for the camera; totally natural.  Another thing I love about getting out on the street is the recording of how a place looked at that particular time.  In another 100-200 years, people may look back on my street photography and remark about the fashion or how much that street has changed; street photography has a historical record aspect to it as well.

These photos were taken in Sydney as we wandered between places from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour, Pitt Street and places in between.  A big day of walking!

The photos in this post are not for sale.

Catching some Zzzzz - Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Two Mates - Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Under the Pyrmont Bridge - Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

The Red Dastaar - Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
I saw this man approaching and I immediately knew I had to get a photo! 
He saw me line up the camera and gave me a smile.

You won't catch a train at this Subway - corner of King and Clarence Streets, Sydney, Australia

In a hurry - Sydney, Australia

Strike a Pose - the Forbes Hotel, York Street, Sydney, Australia

I love the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia

Jack Dawson singer and guitarist extraordinaire -
Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia

We chatted with him for a short time; he is from Newcastle!
Visit him on Facebook or go to his website Jack Dawson Music 

Wired for Sound - Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia

Caught in the act! - Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia

Love this expression - Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia

UGG! - Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia
He must've stood there for hours!  Never took his eyes off his phone!

Unique Style! - Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia

Waiting to cross - corner of Pitt and King Streets, Sydney, Australia

3D Street Artist - Martin Place, Sydney, Australia
We stopped at chatted with this very talented man in Martin Place.
Check out his work at Leo Uribe 3D Artist and on Instagram

Busking at Circular Quay - Sydney, Australia
I am not sure what the intention was here but this chap didn't utter a word he just
stood there and every now and then he would strike a pose!

Pyrmont Bridge, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
So many lunchtime joggers on Pyrmont Bridge!

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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Expired Film - Konica Monochrome VX400

I had never considered shooting expired film before.  With all the unpredictable variations that are possible, I always preferred to shoot film that would give me a predictable outcome.

Anyway, when a friend sent me some expired film that she had found languishing in a cupboard, I looked upon it as a challenge!

This film intrigued me the most.  I was aware that Konica made cameras but did not know they also produced film as well.

I started reading up on how to shoot expired film.  There are some very interesting articles and great photos out there!  The thing I picked up on was a general rule of thumb; underexpose by 1 stop for every 10 years of expiration.  I did not know the expiry date of this particular roll (not printed on the cassette and there was no box).  A search in Google revealed that Konica had ceased production of this film in 2007.  So, I figured that at least I could put a 10 year expiry date as a guesstimate and shoot it accordingly.

I loaded the film into my Canon EOS 300V and set the ISO at 200.

The specs for this film indicated it was for daylight or flash use so basically I just went out on safari around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie on a shooting spree.

The film & scans came back from the lab with a very low contrast.  There was a little more grain than what I had expected from an ISO400 film but, considering that it had been kept for years in a cupboard (and not refrigerated) the storage is probably a contributing factor to that.

Although being a monochrome film, this is developed in C41.  In articles I read, the development in C41 may give the film a slight orange hue although this roll came out more a slight sepia tone than orange.

The only digital adjustment I made to the scans was to bump the contrast slightly.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Voigtlander Bessa 1 and Kodak Portra 160

I love using this Voigtlander Bessa 1 folding camera.  So much more of a challenge than anything in digital!

I only get 8 exposures in 6 x 9 format from a 120mm roll of film (although if I used the 6 x 4.5 mask, I would get 16 exposures, I guess I should try that at some stage!).  So, because it is more expensive to develop and scan medium format film at my local lab, I have to factor in the cost of using it as opposed to a 35mm film.  I can't just leave it sit on the shelf as an ornament though!

The focal length when folded out is 105mm on a Voigtlander Color Skopar f3.5 lens.  As you can see, it is still really sharp for its age with no scratches or dust.  I can't open it out wide at f3.5 though because the fastest shutter speed on the camera is only 1/250.  It doesn't have the shutter speed to match the larger aperture which is a shame because I would love to use it for portraits and get that shallow depth of field going.  

There are a couple of solutions to that though.  One would be to use a lower ISO film.  There are still a few ISO50 films around but I would like to try an ISO25.  Problem being that most 120mm ISO25 films would be long expired and that introduces little idiosyncrasies into the shooting and development of the older films that may deliver an unwanted surprise package in the finished product!

The second solution I am thinking, would be to use an ND filter to block out some of the light which would allow the use of larger aperture and not require a speed faster than 1/250.  This requires me to do some maths to get the correct settings (maths has never been a strong subject with me!)  Also, I would have to adapt any filter to fit on the front of the camera over the lens somehow.  It's a job for when I have more time to experiment I think!

This is only the second roll of colour film I have put through this camera (which was the point of the exercise; I wanted to use colour!)  I shot the Kodak Portra 160 at 100 ISO and only adjusted the contrast slightly in Lightroom.  Both exposure and colour have turned out great!

In this first photo above, you can see that most of the scene on the left and in the middle is fairly sharp but, toward the right hand side it gradually loses the focus.  As the Voigtlander is opened and folds out, there are two locking points on either side.  The locking point on the right hand side has a nasty habit of popping out of lock.  Usually I am aware when this has happened but for some reason I totally missed it this time.  As you can see it ruins the sharpness on the right hand side of the photo.

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