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Images, reviews and general ramblings about film and digital photography …oh and 3D printing

3D Printing: My first ‘Benchy’

I have moved forward a little with the 3D printing.  My laptop was returned from repair, still with the same issue but I can’t be bothered to send it away again.

That meant that I was able to install some software, namely MatterControl from MatterHackers.  I chose this for a couple of reasons; firstly, it was recommended to me as a better slicer than the popular CURA from the point of view of the UI, secondly it is free and lastly as well as being a good slicer it is also a full design application too.

So “what is this Slicer thing anyway?” I hear you say… well I don’t actually hear you say but imagine it is worth describing just in case. Continue reading “3D Printing: My first ‘Benchy’”

My nineteen favourite images of 2019

Here are my favourite shots from this year in no particular order

Empty tables
Voigtländer Prominent with Ultron 2.0 lens using Fujifilm Pro 400 at the Getty Center
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Voigtländer Prominent with Ultron 2.0 lens using Ilford Delta at Union Station

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Venturing into the world of 3D printing

This is a diversion from the usual photography posts but thought worth sharing my experiences.

This year I have been long thinking about getting a 3D printer.  I don’t really have any specific projects in mind for this and perhaps that is why I procrastinated for such a long time.  A friend of mine who has one and uses it for fabricating parts for a race car project had said to me that outside of that specific use the printer has become extremely helpful and payed for itself by making replacement parts for household items and other things like that.

That kind of statement got me thinking about whether it was something that was worth owning.  They can be a lot of money and so such an expense needed proper consideration.

3D printing has come a long way and I, like many others, see a time when most household items will just be made at home and in the same way much of the small batch printing industry has gone (and to some extent the music industry) the future of small plastic objects will move into the design and file download services rather than manufacture and distribution.  I felt like it was time to start understanding this new business. Continue reading “Venturing into the world of 3D printing”

Cameras: Kodak 35 ‘special’

I bought this camera a few months ago from Goodwill and it has sat on my shelf since then; mostly due to the fact that the focusing ring appeared to be seized.  I kept picking it up and considering whether to try to take it apart and see what was wrong but each time ended up just putting it back on the shelf.

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Then one day whilst pondering this camera I was thinking of ways to try to get the lens to move by applying the right pressure – I considered pliers (with rubber over the tips) and other means of gripping the front of the lens. I picked up a small rubber disk that was somehow conveniently on my desk at the time and with it in the palm of my hand pushed the front of the lens into it and tried to twist – it moved!  I tried again and moved it more; after a couple of minutes I had managed to release it enough to be able to focus fairly easily.  Now I had no excuses, it was time to try it out. Continue reading “Cameras: Kodak 35 ‘special’”

Moonlight Forest at the LA Arboretum

This weekend we went out on a surprisingly cold evening to see the lantern display at the LA Arboretum.  I took my Olympus Pen-f digital fitted with the 7artisans 25mm lens.  (These images are resized for web JPEGs straight out of the camera as I am without photo editing capability this week)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Continue reading “Moonlight Forest at the LA Arboretum”

Out in the country with the Petri

I took these a while ago and hadn’t posted them until now.  They were shot with the Petri 2.8 Color Super on Fuji Pro 400 and came out a little on the hazy side for some reason and I hesitated to share.

I suspect that the lens has some issues which weren’t fully apparent previously which I guess a good clean might resolve. Continue reading “Out in the country with the Petri”

Honolulu architecture

A few more pictures from the trip to Oahu earlier this year; this time  some slightly abstract snaps of a few buildings in Honolulu.

I liked this with the misaligned layers; like some sort of child’s toy

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Expired film in Mamiya C330

As I have mentioned before my Mamiya C330 is living on borrowed time due to a small gear wearing out in the winding mechanism; a gear that is no longer available for replacement.

I recently bought a replacement an here are a few shots from the first roll (#25).  I used an expired roll of Ektachrome and used the +1 stop for each decade rule to compensate the exposure. Continue reading “Expired film in Mamiya C330”

Mamiya 35 Executive

As well as being roll 22 and 24 of my 36, this is also a review on another new to me camera; the Mamiya 35 Executive.

I am not really sure why I bought this as I have several other 35mm rangefinders two of which are very good and my ‘favourite’ brand.  But Mamiya is also a trusted brand for me and when browsing recently to find a replacement for my soon-to-be-dead Mamiya C330, I stumbled across this.  It wasn’t cheap so I can’t use that to justify my purchase.

I didn’t actually know that Mamiya made 35mm rangefinders and so seeing this, I was intrigued.  Continue reading “Mamiya 35 Executive”

Pearl Harbor

I recently went on a trip to Oahu, Hawaii and we visited the memorial at Pearl Harbor.  Not being an American I wasn’t really sure what to expect; other than a few general facts here and there I didn’t really know very much about it; I am guessing if I had been raised here, much more of that history would have been ingrained in me.

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A change in direction…

At the beginning of this year I started a project to shoot all the film I had in stock which amounted to about 36 rolls.  I am three quarters through the year and pretty much on target for what I set out to do.

However, although it has been interesting and I have shot a lot of film through a small selection of my cameras, I think I am going to slow down and pretty much call an end to the project.

I have come to realize that I am trying to shoot rolls just for the purpose of keeping up with the project and as a result I am somewhat wasting rolls (as well as time and money) achieving a goal which is not about creating quality images.  Some of the images I have posted recently have been great but I think many were posted just to show that I shot a roll and they are below the standard of quality and interest that I would like to present.  I also don’t think I have giving anyone interesting in terms of my experience or learning through the process.

I will keep shooting but it will be in my own time and not trying to achieve an unnecessary goal set by myself.

With a baby under 4 months getting quality photography time is hard and so the opportunity for taking good pictures is limited; this just makes me shoot things for shooting’s sake and that’s not my goal.  I could go out and spend time taking the sorts of pictures I like but I would rather spend time with my family.  Also, many of the pictures I want to take right now are of my family and I rarely share those images here.

So, I will keep posting images and sharing (hopefully) interesting things but not in the same way or rate and if I happen to shoot 36 rolls, great – if not, I don’t care.

In the meantime, here is am image I shot recently using Ilford Pan F Plus in my 1937 Voigtländer Bessa folding camera (roll 23). Continue reading “A change in direction…”

My Top Five (film cameras)

So this year I got close to owning 50 cameras.  I know there are those that own way more than that (or have) but for me it’s just a little too many.  To settle this, I have been trying to whittle the numbers down and pass some cameras on to new owners; I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be and for some of them its a painful experience to let go.

It’s also not helped by me continuing to acquire more 😀

In the process though I am identifying the few cameras that I really like, use regularly and expect to do so more going forward.  Those few will get (or already have had) a CLA so I can be sure they are in good shape to provide me with years of enjoyment and reliability.

So what are those few favourites and why do I like them?

In no particular order…. Continue reading “My Top Five (film cameras)”

The Thirty Six: Film #21

I shot a roll of Fuji Pro 400 using a new camera acquisition in the form of the Mamiya 35 Executive; I’ll do a full review of the camera in a later post when I have shot another roll (or two) through it.
In the meantime this roll came out really good and I’m very happy with the results that this camera returned.

I shot some of the film on the streets around where I work just capturing scenes that I saw.

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #21”

You’ve got to like a hovercraft!

A few pictures from a recent trip to Portsmouth in the UK where there is (as I understand) the only operating passenger hovercraft service in the world.

It takes passengers prom Southsea (Portsmouth) over to the Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Shot on Voigtländer Prominent on Kodak Porta 400

Continue reading “You’ve got to like a hovercraft!”

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