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The Thirty Six: Film #11 with Petri 2.8

I took this roll during the Beers and Cameras photo walk the same day as the last roll (here) but this time it was 35mm Fomopan 100 and I was using it to test my newly acquired Petri Rangefinder; this post is also a review of that camera.

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I have been intrigued by Petri for a few months particularly since readying this post on 35mmc not too long ago.  Then browsing Goodwill I spotted this one and hey presto! for very little investment it was mine. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #11 with Petri 2.8”

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The Thirty Six: Film #10

Another roll of Kodak Tri-X this time in my Voigtländer Superb.  I took this on a photo walk with my local Beer and Cameras group here in LA and we walked around the fringes of the LA Art District. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #10”

Pictures of otters!

My wife and I have a certain fondness for otters – sea otters to be specific (although European and fresh water otters are just as nice but less accessible for us in California).  We have seen otters many times in the various aquariums we have visited and love to share pictures with each other we find online.

Last month we planned a visit to Monterey and the Aquarium there, which has a good otter rehab and release program.  Continue reading “Pictures of otters!”

The Thirty Six: Film #9 Tri-X

Another outing for the Voitländer Bessa RF this time using an expired roll of Kodak Tri-X 100.  Due to the age of this I exposed it as if it was 25 which judging by the results was just about perfect.

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I am enjoying using the Bessa and established a workflow of sorts for shooting it making sure it is ready for the next shot though I am still a little off with framing on occasion.  Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #9 Tri-X”

This is cool

for a very limited time…(and no joke)

If you go to the Film Shooters Collective right now….. That image you see of misty/foggy hills on their front page is mine!

I submitted it for the curated photostream and not only did they accept it, it’s the main image!

Okay so maybe it’s no big thing but makes me happy

 

 

The Thirty Six: Film #8

Another roll through my Voigtlander Prominent? Well not quite, this is a different Prominent; slightly older than the one used on this post. That one is away for a CLA so using the spare and prepping it for sale once the other comes back.

Film of choice this time was Kodak Portra 160

 

This was the first time using the 100mm Dynaron lens and I had mixed results which I don’t quite understand; some of the shots are perfectly focused others are just waaay off. I’m not sure whether it was operator error, an RF issue or if the lens wasn’t properly mounted – Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #8”

The Thirty Six: Film #7

Seven? What happened to Six? I here you ask…

Well Six was a dud.  I loaded a not-long-expired Portra 400 into my Mamiya C330 and something didn’t go right meaning the roll didn’t feed right and I ended up losing it; luckily(?) this all happened before i could even take a shot so at least I didn’t waste much time or lose any actual shots (still annoying though).

For #7 then I chose a fairly fresh roll of Ilford PanF plus 50 which I think is ideal for my 1940ish Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder –

I had a reason to go down to the airport and took the opportunity to snap the wonderful Theme Building (would love to tour inside one day).

Failed to exclude the cars and the weather wasn’t ideal but I like moody clouds

 

Was hoping the sun would shine and highlight this lamp post but it wasn’t playing – might look better with a little exposure adjustment and a crop removing the cars

 

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #7”

The Thirty Six: Film #5

Film 5 was Kodak Portra which I shot in my Miranda Sensorex as it’s last hurrah before it goes up for sale. I have two and only need one, the other is away for CLA and so once it gets back should be in top shape; this one which works really well can find a new home.

I do like Portra; it’s becoming my preferred choice for colour film photography.

The shots;
I found this odd structure down in LA; it seems to be a 30 foot periscope of sorts. I suspect the mirror at the top isn’t the original as it is not very effective. The weather was dry (ish) and I managed a few shots.

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Focus is a little soft here

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Also found a junk store that I had never noticed before; it’s all outside and they have some fun items which made for a few interesting shots. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #5”

Not in Disneyland (#4 of The Thirty Six)

A few more photos from Film #4 of The Thirty Six (Ilford Delta 400 in Voigtländer Prominent).

These were shot in the waiting area outside of Disney’s Magic Kingdom and California Adventure parks.  I was waiting outside whilst my wife was inside doing a few quick errands (I know that sounds odd but when your wife is a Cast member and you live close by, these things happen).

Anyway, it was sunny (briefly) and I of course had my camera with me so I took the opportunity to get some shots. Continue reading “Not in Disneyland (#4 of The Thirty Six)”

Union Station (#4 of ‘The Thirty Six’)

Part of ‘The Thirty Six‘ project this year to try to shoot the 36 films I have in stock.

This is a part of film #4 which was Ilford Delta 400 35mm using my Voigtländer Prominent (w/Ultron 50mm) to shoot.

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Continue reading “Union Station (#4 of ‘The Thirty Six’)”

I love Keld Helmer-Petersen

My new favorite photographer is ‘Keld Helmer-Petersen’.  I don’t think I was aware of him until recently, at least I wasn’t consciously aware, some of the images I have seen in the book that I recently purchased seem strangely familiar.  Maybe I have seen them in other books or in a gallery or perhaps online and not registered the artist.

Last month I responded to a post by Blake Andrews at B  about Erata photography books on offer and went to look on Powell’s site; indeed there were discounted books so took the plunge and bought ‘Keld Helmer Petersen 122 Colour Photographs‘  for under $20.

Until then I had never heard of Errata Books on Books; Continue reading “I love Keld Helmer-Petersen”

Investigating and diagnosing light leaks

After my recent experience with a light leak on a TLR and another leak on a compact 35mm, I realized that there was very little information online about how to go about diagnosing these kinds of issues and thus fixing them. Most of the tutorials online that mention “light leaks” seem just to talk about replacing the foam seals around the door; which is fine for a certain age of camera and if that is where the light is coming in.

With both of my issues this was unhelpful and so I thought perhaps I would share my thought process in tackling these leaks; apologies if this is a case of ‘teaching your grandmother to suck eggs’ and maybe a lot of this is obvious for some of you – please chime in if you have techniques I don’t mention.

So first off, if the foam seals are deteriorating then of course replacing them is a fairly simple and cheap exercise that is worth doing anyway and may well resolve the issue. In my case this was not required for either camera.

let’s begin Continue reading “Investigating and diagnosing light leaks”

The Thirty-six: Films 1-3

I decided to spend much of 2019 shooting the stock of 36 various films I have in stock and hope to shoot all of them before the end of the year.

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The first film was already loaded in my Voigtländer Prominent (currently fitted with the Ultron 50mm 2.0 lens) and was the Fuji Pro 400 film.
I decided that as I was heading to the West of LA anyway for an evening get-together with Cameras and Beer, I would spend an hour or two at the Getty Center. They were running an exhibition of Sally Mann that I was keen to visit and also I love the architecture around the Getty.

Empty tables Continue reading “The Thirty-six: Films 1-3”

Whats in store for 2019?

I’m a little late in getting this out as it’s already mid-January but hey I’m busy OK?!

Last year kinda petered out for me; photography (and blog)-wise hopefully 2019 will fair a little better; with a baby on the way though I am not making any promises 🙂

So, for the purposes of this blog, this is my 2019 right here…

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That is my stock of film, half of which is old expired stuff and my plan is to shoot all of this this year with a limited a set of cameras, no more than 5.  I may still do some digital shots but those will probably be more limited.

The plan is simple;  There are 36  films (in three formats) so shoot 3 films a month… post images here.

3 films a month will be a challenge but as many of them are medium format I am hoping those will help me catch up if I get too far behind.

I have some things I wanted to do more of last year but didn’t get around to which I will try to do this year like developing my own film; mostly as a cost saving exercise.

Camera-wise I am reducing my collection; I’m at around 45 right now and have 5 or so ready to go over the next few weeks – aiming to get down to the lower 30s.  I am trying not to accumulate any more and will only buy those that I am specifically looking for that fit into my collection – those are mostly unlikely anyway as they are not common and will likely be out of my price range; I have way more than I need anyway and costs this year will be tight.

Last year I switched the blog to be wholly photography and debating whether that worked, sometimes I have other things which I think might be post worthy and haven’t posted them.  I am aware a blog needs material and perhaps I have limited myself unnecessarily here.  Life moves fast and is changing for me all the time and maybe that is of interest to people.  Having said that I have always kept this blog fairly anonymous and non-personal so that in itself is a limitation but one I still struggle to get around.  I will ponder that more…

As this is a photography blog it would seem remiss of me not to post an image so here is one I took recently in cotton fields near Phoenix.

Summertime and the living is easy...

Union Station, Los Angeles

I’ve visited this station just off of downtown LA a few times and I love it features.  It was built in the 1930s and is a mix of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles.

Art Deco clock by the East entrance
Great typology

For this visit I happened to be meeting a friend coming into town and decided it would do no harm to arrive a little early and see what shots i could find; as it was her train was delayed and I had a couple hours to wander around. Continue reading “Union Station, Los Angeles”

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