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The Thirty Six: Film #15

Just got my Prominent back from a full CLA and slapped a roll of Kosmofoto in there as soon as I got it home.

Decided to underexpose this roll slightly as previously I have struggled with the extreme contrast of this film with blown out highlights – I think it prefers the northern Europe weather. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #15”

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Garden wildlife

while I was working in the garden this weekend, I was excited by this little fella who decided to visit and hunt for a while.

Flame Skimmer

I quickly ran in to get a camera; my Pen-F Digital in this case, which had the kit zoom lens attached.  It’s an auto-focus lens which allowed me to get close enough but I really struggled to get it to focus on the insect rather than the background.  Luckily, he hung around for a while and I was able to make several attempts.   Continue reading “Garden wildlife”

Normal service will be resumed shortly…

There may have been a slight lull in posts in the last two weeks this is because I am the proud father (again) of a little girl born just over two weeks ago.

I a break from tradition I will post a picture if a close family member; either this will be one of a few rare occurrences or this blog could turn into a baby photography blog… we’ll see.

Here she is…. Continue reading “Normal service will be resumed shortly…”

The Thirty Six: Film #14

I shot this roll of FujiPro 400 over a few weeks as I didn’t manage a full photo walk and shoot it in one go.  I used the Vitomatic II for this as my Prominent and Sensorex are both away for a service at the moment and it’s been a while since I used this one anyway (I was also inspired by a few recent posts and comments on 35mmc).

Still like this camera and it remains a favourite especially for travel as it is compact and self contained.

As a result there is a range of subject matter… Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #14”

The Thirty Six: Film #13

Roll 13 was another outing for the little Vito C which is now light-leak free.  Actually I loaded this roll of FujiFilm Fuji Pro 400 a few weeks ago and took a shot here and there which is how I am likely to use this camera going forward; just a camera to keep handy.

Mid-century house in my neighbourhood

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The Thirty Six: Film #12

My Bessa got another outing, this time on a weekend trip to Monterey, CA.  I decided to shoot Ilford Delta 100 and both the camera and film performed well.

The Lone Cyprus

Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #12”

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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”

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)”

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