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Images, reviews and general ramblings about film and digital photography

What is it about Leicas?

I am both drawn and repulsed by the whole Leica thing. For the most part I dismiss them as overpriced tools that people get just because they are Leicas and then I see one and I think ooooooo… shiny… and have to stop myself.
I am not in that price range for any of my cameras (apart from the Olympus Pen-F perhaps) and so thinking about them is pointless anyway.

I can’t believe though that it is all hype, there must be something special about them. I know they are well built and reliable and quiet; is that what it’s about though or is there something else?

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Cameras: Agfa Isolette

I’ve been meaning to do this one for a long time. I’ve had this Agfa Isolette for ages and ages: so long in fact I can’t even remember whether I’ve ever shot film through it before. I bought it in younger days because it was cool looking.

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I have come to understand over the years that these are fairly well regarded cameras and can fetch reasonable prices (depending on condition,lens etc).  Continue reading “Cameras: Agfa Isolette”

Decisions decisions….

I am about to leave on a trip to Europe including a week in Germany and another home with friends and family in the UK.

Of course I want to take photos whilst I am there and of course I want to take a film camera; but which one (or two, or three)?

I was thinking about this yesterday and here is my kit list;

  • My Olympus Pen-F digital  and two lenses
  • Voigtläner Vitomatic II
  • A medium format; either Mamiya C330 or Voigtländer Bessa RF
  • plus the little pocket Sony DSC-QX10

Really?  Four cameras?  Do I really need to take them all?  I can justify each and every one of them to myself and feel I really do. But then I think maybe I am deluding myself. Continue reading “Decisions decisions….”

12 colours of 2018 – Orange January

I uploaded some pictures to a competition a little while ago.  I didn’t win anything but it got me thinking.  The competition called for Yellow pictures; pictures that featured the colour Yellow.

So I thought it might be fun throughout 2018 to pick a colour for each month and throughout the month look out for that colour and try to shoot as many things as I can.  Then showcase what I have got at the end of each month.

Here we go then with January and deciding to go with the colour of carrots
(at least post Victorian carrots anyway)

I liked the way the shadows dropped across this orange wall
More shadows; this time palm leaves

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Tujunga Wash – blackened from the fires

The Tajunga Wash is an area close to where I live.  It’s combined with Oro Vista Park and Ebey Canyon with housing bordering.

I shared a picture of this area recently here.

I took a longer walk around this area last week and explored a little too.  Of course I had a camera with me; this time my Olympus Pen-F Digital.  We’ve been living here for six months and this was the first time I had really explored the wash and the park other than a couple of shorter dog walks.

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January photo walk in DTLA with Fomapan

The other Saturday I completed my chores in good time and as ‘S’ was away for a few days I decided I had earned a few hours to take myself to Downtown LA for a photo walk.

I do like shooting DTLA as there is plenty of interesting buildings and people about to keep me occupied.  Typically I would always take my Pen-F digital as well as a film camera (just in case) but for this day I decided to go 100% film.  I did still take two cameras the Voigtländer Vitomatic II and the Bessa RF, the latter as it only had a couple of frames remaining which I wanted to finish off.

The Vitomatic was loaded with Fomapan Classic 100; I have a few rolls of this and trying to see if I like it.

It was a lovely sunny say and I centered myself in the area around the Bradbury building; famous for many films including Bladerunner.

Interior of the Bradbury building

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Photo on Friday

I just got a couple of films developed and thought I would share this one with you88800004 (Large)

I took this with my Voigtländer Bessa folding rangefinder on Kodak TMax.

This is the Tajunga Wash or rather the upper end of it just as it leaves the Angeles National Forest.  You might notice that on the hillside to the right is a darker patch; this was where the recent “Creek Fire” came through and was pretty much its far South-Eastern extremity – this is where it stopped about half a mile from my home.  The wash is a major feed into the Los Angeles river.

I am still impressed with the images this camera puts out, I have to get into a habit that I know when I have wound on/shot a frame if I am putting down for any length of time.

I need to use it some more and get a feel for where is excels and what film brings out it’s best.

Thoughts following recent visit to photo exhibition: Cuba Is

I had been meaning to visit a photo exhibition in LA which has been open for a few months at the Annenberg Space for Photography.  The exhibition showcases work done by photographers in Cuba.
At the beginning of this month I finally made it down there and I wasn’t disappointed.   It’s a very interesting exhibition and if you go, I recommend you take the time to catch the documentary which introduces the photographers and what they work on.  The space itself is not huge, just large enough for events such as this and it’s free too.
I use exhibitions like this and also books to take inspiration and help me think about my own photography; and hopefully grow.  This one struck a cord with me probably because of where I am now in my journey.

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Macro: Pen and ink

This is a macro shot of one of my fountain pens – well the tip of one.
Now I have to admit and you may have already guessed from a number of previous posts that I am a natural collector.  This is part of a small collection of fountain pens I accumulated many years back and this particular one was my Grandfather’s pen.  I have not used this pen until recently when the urge took me to start writing with real ink again; having put it aside for a number of years. This is a Parker 61 which was a development of probably the best selling fountain pen the Parker 51 (of which I also have an example that was my regular writing instrument for a while). This pen, rather than having some sort of squeezable reservoir, has a capillary-based self-filling system.  I didn’t understand this when I got it and could not work out how to fill it and so kept it in a box.

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Help please

Hi there, quick question for you folks out there.  On the first of January I updated my blog changing the name and removing references to Gin and dips etc.  But I have had reports that my old banner is still there.

If my blog page doesn’t look like the below to you please comment.

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Thanks

Cameras: Kodak Jiffy-Six 16

I got this camera last year after finding it in an antique shop.  I realize this isn’t a rare piece but (maybe because it was more a US product) I had not seen one before and fell in love with it’s design.
The price was high (too high I think having seen a few more for sale since) and I wasn’t going to buy it, but my fiancé decided to buy it for me as a present for which I am very grateful.
It s in great condition and came with the original leather case; even the little Kodak film advertising inside is untouched.

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Time to go Macro

Last year I picked up this little beasty and haven’t yet made time to really do anything with it.  2018 is my year for going Macro (among other things of course).

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This is a Russian Macro bellows that I found for under $20.  I did test it once using my Olympus Pen-F (for which I have a M39 adapter) and was pretty amazed at the magnification possible. It currently has a Russian 28mm 2.8 lens attached which is all I have right now whilst my other M39 lens is on loan. Continue reading “Time to go Macro”

Yep it was me, I was one of those ‘suckers’

I have a guilty secret…

In the middle of last year the mostly dormant camera brand Yashica started making noises about a comeback quoting an “Unprecedented Camera“.  This caused a bit of a stir and it was months of teasing from the company before they announced what they had in mind.

The camera they are putting to the market is a digital camera with the process of film.  What this means is that rather than having a digital sensor that it set up and customised by a multitude of menu settings etc, this digital camera will mimic film by having the image settings set via the insertion of a film like canister (known as digifilm). Continue reading “Yep it was me, I was one of those ‘suckers’”

Cedarburg

On our recent trip to Wisconsin we stopped for a while in Cedarburg which is as quaint little historic city not far from just north of Milwaukee.  Originally a mill town it has a nice river running through it and some interesting stores.  Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Here are a few pictures I took whilst wandering around.

The river coming down from the mill upstream.

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5 golden rules for photography

I have been (over) thinking my photography lately and been reading a lot from (and about) other photographers.

As a result, based on my own experiences I have I have put together these 5 things to think about when taking and sharing photographs.

As I said this list comes from me sometimes overthinking things especially when I am at a popular location; here’s how it goes…

So here you are at that classic landmark or location and you have your camera in your hand.  You lift your hand, compose and snap!  There you go, you now have an image of say, the Golden Gate Bridge, for example.  Before you press that button though maybe you should ask yourself a question;

  Why am I taking this picture? Continue reading “5 golden rules for photography”

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