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Which would you save?

This post is aimed mostly at the those of you who have collected a number of cameras and switch between them.

Here’s the question;

If you could only keep one camera/lens combination which would it be?

Let’s put a little detail behind that; say that for some reason (for example a cataclysmic event happens)  you have to pack you bags and leave your home taking only one camera with you with no expectation of ever coming back.  What would you choose and why?  I’m assuming you already have loved ones and important things covered and in reality picking a camera might be the last thing on your mind, but anyway…

I have already narrowed down what I think is my favourite; 35mm rangefinder, 35mm SLR, Medium format, TLR and also my favourite digital but if I had to leave almost all my cameras behind I would be left with a difficult choice. Continue reading “Which would you save?”

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World on Film post – Joshua Tree

Firstly apologies for not posting for a few weeks, I had to fly urgently to the UK as my daughter had a medical emergency and so blogging was low on my priorities.

Just getting back into things again and thought I would post a link to an article that Stephen Dowling has just published for me on his World on Film site about shooting in and around Joshua Tree and Palm Springs with my Voigtlander bessamatic;  HERE.

I wrote this last year after a visit to Joshua Tree which I also wrote  about separately here and here using digital shots I had taken.  Stephen’s site focuses on places shot using film cameras so the shots taken with my Bessamatic were exclusive for him and my article.

Apothecary

Haven’t been able to post much in the last week due to an emergency;  thought I would just post this image which I took in Germany with the Vitomatic

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The Grimm walk

Grimm here is as in Grimm’s fairy tales.  The Grimm brother studied in the same city in Germany that my daughter is in Marburg and to celebrate this fact (about the brothers Grimm not my daughter) the city has a self guided walk around the city where you can ‘collect’ themes from their many collected stories.  Each site has some kind of recreation of some theme from one of the stories.
I had along with me my Voigtländer Vitomatic II and it was loaded with Ilford Delta 3200 which I have had kicking around for a long long time.  I had decided this cold dull winter’s day was as good a time to use it as any; a dull grey day it was indeed and the light (or lack of) was a struggle for my little camera.

Continue reading “The Grimm walk”

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?

Continue reading “What is it about Leicas?”

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….”

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

Continue reading “January photo walk in DTLA with Fomapan”

WPC: Favourite

The Weekly Photo Challenge calls for “most meaningful photo from 2017. This isn’t necessarily the ‘best’ photo you’ve taken this year… ”

I’m not the best at looking back (through a year’s worth of pictures), so decided to use the opportunity to lay the groundwork for the next 12 months and reflect on where I am now.

I literally posted this photo only yesterday and it represents a few things for me.

Firstly, this is an unsettling time for me as a blogger as I have been struggling with what I think I am doing. This photo is in this post which I feel might be the start of better content from me and will (hopefully) be more representative of my work here.

Second, I took this with a camera I had allowed to get forgotten on my shelf and was reminded of what a great little camera it is (more images from that camera are due).

Thirdly, the figure captured seems to me to be someone contemplating and letting his mind wander.  He may be contemplating the fish he’s hoping to catch or much bigger things but I think this contemplation matches the state I myself have been in the last few weeks.

Lastly, this was shot on film and although I love love love my digital camera, I can’t help but like the tactile and physical process of using film to make images.

Chicago with film

I took three cameras with me when I went to Chicago recently; My Olympus Pen-F digital, my Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder and my Voigtländer Vitomatic II.  I have already posted some shots from the Olympus and I didn’t really get to use the Bessa but I did manage a walk with my Vitomatic and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely.

It has been some time since I have used this little rangefinder and I had forgotten what a nice thing it is to use. Continue reading “Chicago with film”

Change

It’s time for a change.

(apologies if this is another potentially self-centered rant).

For a while now I have felt like change is coming.  I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what this ‘change’ was but it has felt like it had to happen.  I have reached a plateau with my photography (and this blog) and that I need to do something different.

I am two years into this blog now and so perhaps now is a good time anyway to review and think about what I want this to be in the future.  I’ve not become the internet sensation that I wasn’t expecting to be, so what do I want?  How much effort do I want to devote to this site?

I am reading more and more about photography; as it is now and in the past, also art in general and I can feel something brewing inside me.  It’s okay I don’t think any alien species is about to erupt from my (slightly large) belly or anything noxious is going to be expelled from my digestive system.  I am thinking about all sorts of things right now and it’s all bunched up in front of me, blocking me until I’ve got through it all.  I need some sort of Zen moment to get past it or an epiphany or something.  Right now though I can barely pick up a camera, let alone shoot a roll of film creatively. Continue reading “Change”

 

Voigtlander Bessamatic with Ilford Delta 400

 

Beneath the bleachers

I know that most of this image is out of focus but I kinda like it’s abstractness

Vitessa 500 SE – Kodak Gold

Excitement, fear and relief

I have been pondering the Weekly Photo Challenge of last week which is Ooh, Shiny! and I think it’s fairly obvious to anyone who follows me that, what is guaranteed to distract me? What my “Ooh, shiny!” is, is…

CAMERAS!

and I had another distraction this week which had me a little on edge.

I was browsing that auction site (again) and spotted a fairly modern Voigtländer in the form of a Bessa-R.  I know that technically this is a Cosina and they just happen to own the name but it’s still a good camera.  I don’t need one of these and until then I hadn’t even thought about buying a ‘new’ camera (just the old one’s) so….  SHINY!! Continue reading “Excitement, fear and relief”

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”

Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens

Getting this camera was a little painful, I’ve written about that already here

This Voigtlander bessamatic is an early SLR with interchangeable lenses which of course is now the norm.  Back then I guess things were still being worked out and there is a noticeable difference between the functionality of this camera to how more modern SLRs work.

Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens”

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