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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”

The Thirty Six: Film #18

Half way through this project now and I am pretty much on track for the year.  I am struggling a little with motivation  as I am shooting the same films a lot ( particularly in 35mm) and I’d like to shoot something else (guess I should have bought a more varied stock).  A few of these films I just don’t like as they seem to not really fit well with my subject matter and as a result I am reluctant to shoot them – ideally I’d like to swap the Kosmo Foto and/or the Fomapan for some Ilford or Portra – any takers on a 2 for 1?

I realized this week that somehow my blog settings had got changed so that it prevented any comments on recent posts; it’s fixed now. Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #18”

The Thirty Six: Film #17

As (sort of) mentioned here, my Mamiya developed a fault and has been away for repair.  The bad news is that the part it needs is no longer available but the good news is they managed to get it working anyway; who knows for how long, it could be one roll or twenty so while I hunt down a replacement I will get as much out of it as I can.

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As such here is a roll of very expired Kodak Ektar (EPP) 400 Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #17”

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”

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”

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: 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...

Cameras: Voigtländer Superb

This is the second of my recent acquisitions which together make me feel I can stop looking as I have exactly the core camera set I want to use (well almost).  I already posted about the Prominent this is another from Voigtländer (of course) and it is a Twin Lens Reflex.

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This has everything you could ever want from a TLR in a well designed package.

  • Good viewfinder?  Yep
  • Great lens? You got it
  • Lever based winder? Indeed
  • Spirit level? Of course
  • Parallax correction? Oh yes
  • Frame counter? Certainly

See what I mean?

 

This model was first released in 1933 and I think this actual example was a little later in the run so probably around 1936.  Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Superb”

Walking DTLA with a Mamiya C330

It was my birthday last week and my fiancee asked me what would I like to do.  I didn’t really have anything that I could really think of other than photography time.  So, she agreed to accompany me on a photography walk downtown in LA and as she was looking for a few things we started in the ‘fashion district’.

My fiancee is someone who likes to have a plan and ideally an itinerary, by the very least a goal to aim for.  By contrast I am happy to wander aimlessly just looking about and seeing what I see.

Continue reading “Walking DTLA with a Mamiya C330”

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”

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.

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I recently had time for a few shots around Burbank city centre and as it was dark I took my tripod to stand my Mamiya C330 on.

This shot was taken outside the Police and Fire department building and is of a large bronze statue which is a tribute to the Fire and Police officers of Burbank.  It is by noted artist Shiela Cavalluzzi and was erected around 1998.

I’ve taken a low angle focussing on the firefighter with the Police officer hidden behind.

 

Cameras: Mamiya C330

A Mamiya TLR from the ‘C’ series has been on my list of desires for a long time and I never really thought I would own one.  These were the professional cameras used by wedding photographers all over the place throughout the 70s and 80s and have always been at a price point well beyond what I could justify.  They’re not especially attractive cameras (though all TLRs have a classic look in my opinion) but they are solid work horses and can take a lot of use (or abuse).

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Continue reading “Cameras: Mamiya C330”

Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant

I have mentioned this camera before but wanted to add more detail (and add better pictures). The Brillant was first sold in around 1932; early models used a simple zone style focussing method (as opposed to actual distance) with the operator selecting portrait, landscape etc.

This is a later version from around 1937 as it is made from bakelite rather than metal Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant”

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