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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