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Random roll… Kodak Gold 100

I love those random rolls you acquire as a film photographer. Old expired ones as part of lots or at the bottom of old camera bags you got with old camera purchases. You know the ones, we have all had them. You throw them into new cameras as test rolls, just shoot them when bored to see. I think most of us have done it.

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…Melbourne trip 2013… an eerie recollection

How can you not love the street art of Melbourne?
How can you not love the street art of Melbourne?

Having posted the photos from our recent Melbourne trip yesterday, it reminded me that I had never actually posted my snaps from the last time I went to Melbourne in 2013 as part of a work trip. It’s quite trippy how reminiscent both sets of images are I think. I only got a couple of hours to walk the streets on my own with my cam to make the most of it. I do not remember all the stories that go with these now, so instead will allow the images to speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

All images were taken on little sony Nex5n with my voigtlander 35mm 1.4, Jupiter 8 50mm f2 or Spiratone 20mm f2.8 manual focus lenses.
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My first newborn shoot, for two close friends.

This Saturday just passed, I had arranged a rare opportunity for myself. Two close friends of Lisa and I, two sisters in fact, had both given birth recently. I took it upon myself after they were home and settled to offer my services to provide them with a newborn shoot, so as to give them some images they could remember their little fellas at this stage for the rest of their lives.

We met at one of the girls places and I quickly went about setting up my two Yongnuo 560II’s and triggers, and my two Yongnuo 380 LED video lights. Once we had decided on the place to shoot and setup a table the two mums got their young fellas and I went about snapping. I shot on my Nex5n with my Minolta 85 f2, asahi super multicoated 50 f1.4 takumar and my asahi 105 f2.8 takumar. I am very happy with the results, and was very happy with how my portable lighting setup performed as I had to do very little post processing.

Here are just a few of my favorite shots from the day. There are many more, but I just thought I would share a few. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

(I should have taken better notes as I have lost track of which lenses I used on which shots, I apologize)
As per usual please click on images to view larger and sharper.

I know this shot was taken with my Minolta 85 f2, ISO 100, shutter 1/200

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1 Day in 1 Roll : Event #1 ….and #2

So as some of you may remember from my last update post, I had created a facebook group called 1 Day in 1 Roll where we go out once a month and each member shoots a whole roll in one day then has it developed the subsequent week. Our first outing was Saturday October 27th, and I was pretty amazed that we got the 12 participants that we did, as I had only started the group a week and a half earlier. haha

As the rolls came back from dev. and people showed there shots, I was simply amazed at some of the work. We had everything from b&w to lomo, from 35mm to medium format. It was quite inspiring looking through some of the work.

I will not show others work here, as I have not asked their permission and I know how some are about sharing their images on the net, so I will share with you my roll/s.

It was relatively early for us, when Lisa and I went out to shoot our rolls, for a Saturday that is. We had decided to head into Northbridge as we had not been there as a shooting destination yet. It turned out to be quite fantastic actually. There is some great sculpture work on display at the moment.
After heading out of Northbridge, we crossed the tracks and did a round through Peth too.

This album was taken for the first of hopefully many 1 day in 1 roll events. I would like to share with you all my roll that I shot for our 1 Day in 1 Roll – Event #1 All shots were taken on my Minolta X700 using my Minolta 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens on Peruts Primera 200iso film Expired 2008 but cold stored. I think the film performed quite well, however I fear my trusty X700 is developing a light leak. May have to be off to Max. I was mainly out for a street shoot, however you will notice I started having a play with Depth and Depth of Field. All in all I think it was a great day, had a few set-backs but still turned out to be another positive experience. I hope you all enjoy having a look.

Anyway, I loaded up a camera for Lisa too, my Contax 137MD with super lucky 100iso film, however in the end she decided she did not want to shoot it… So I shot it as well. haha
Here it is:

It has now taken me that long to finally get all the pics up to photobucket, that we have since had our Second event on Saturday the 17th of November. The group decided on this date as many wanted to shoot the Beaufort street festival. I had to record with my drummer on this day say was doubtful I’d get out to shoot a roll. I got just enough time at the end of the day to go finish a roll of kodak pro image 100 I had previously loaded into my trusty Minolta X700. I shot these with the 35-70mm manual zoom lens, the last image is a 12 image stitch I took of Lake Joondalup from Neil Hawkins park:

If you think you might like to be a part of our little group, please do join us here: 1 Day, 1 Roll group
I hope you enjoyed my little play with film for the first two events of our fun little film shooting group.

An Original Collaboration… A new adventure into video production!

I recently had a mate approach me to help him with a performance project for a Western Australian Performing Arts Academy assessment.
He was to produce the audio and he was to collaborate with a local visual artist of some kind to create the visuals to go with it.
He asked me if I would help him out.
He gave me some basic criteria of what he desired and off I went.

It is a layering of a couple of pieces of video I shot on my Sony Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens and my Pentax KX with my Pentax SMC F 35-135 macro zoom lens. As well as stills shot on my Minolta X700 with my Minolta 50mm F1.4 manual lens and 50mm F2 lens on both Fuji pro 160s and Ilford XP2 400 B&W film along with B&W stills from the Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4. I also incorporated some simple effects I made in after effects and some transitions from my basic director compiling program.

The theme/story I was going for was nature overrunning urban decay and our retrospect from our future technological selves. I was trying to stick to the guidelines given to me…but the audio just kept giving me this alien kind of vibe. So I like to look at this as though you are viewing the decay of mankind and the reclamation of nature through some futuristic alien looking device. But that is just the feelings I got from this fun little project.

I am quite happy with the results as I am mainly a still shooter and only really dabble in playing with making video.

I like to see how other people perceive it too, so please give me your comments. Isn’t that the magic of art, perception?

I hope you enjoy. 😀

The rumors were true… the Leica M Monochrome.

So it seems all the rumors about Leica releasing an all new M9 with a dedicated B&W sensor were true. At an official announcement party yesterday they made the announcement along with the release of an all new 50mm F2 aspherical lens. While this is great news for Leica fans, it seemed a lot of the sheen was taken off the proceedings by the general shock and bewilderment of the price point on these new releases. While we all know Leica to be a superior optics company who produce a supreme mirror-less digital range finder body, which are already priced to only those with deep pockets. The announcement of this all new colourless camera body for $8000US was quite a shock to most. Then the announcement that the accompanying lens the all new 50mm f2 aspherical would be priced at $7992US had most jaws squarely locked to the floor.

Fellow photo blogger Steve Huff has exclusively had the opportunity to have a 1 hour shoot with the camera yesterday and I must confess the results do seem impressive. You can read his first impressions with test shots here:
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However, now having had a day to process the news, it did occur to me that I had seen great B&W images previously from owners of Leica M8’s and M9’s. I wondered if these were all just post processing conversions done in Photoshop. So after doing a bit of a google around I came across articles on forums from Leica M8 and M9 users raving about the vintage B&W setting in the camera and the files they got from using it. They also all reported much higher usable ISO’s.
Here are some examples of the great in camera B&W from the M8 that I found they had shared:
This is a whole folder by E.Mager
and this is another one of by him

and here is a whole folder of work done in this setting on the M9 by Alex Es:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexes/5867917565/in/photostream/

I find it interesting how similar the rendering seems…
I’m sure there are those that have a desire and need for this all new Leica M9-Monochrome, however I also wonder whether it could also be more practical for some of those who desire this look to consider investing in an M9 for $2-3K less than this model or even consider a second hand M8 for around $2-3K, you could by 2 and still have some change.
I’m not sure you would have the same resolving power, but if it is just the look you are chasing, surely one of these options are viable.

All in all you have to applaud Leica for striving to push the boundaries in extreme excellence. While many of us can only dream of using their gear with the extreme price tags, we are at least blessed to live in a world where we can enjoy the lushes IQ of others who can afford to enjoy this extraordinary gear.

Till next time, keep well and happy snapping. 🙂

Ilford XP2 400iso on Minolta X700 using Minolta 50mm f2 – 29-4-12

Since getting back into shooting film more again, and inspired by some of the phenomenal works that some guys have shot around the net. I had the desire to shoot some B&W film for a while now. I have already shot a roll of Kentmere 400, however being traditional B&W I have not been able to get it developed down the local C41 lab. So while that roll chills in the fridge till I can justify driving the 100 odd km’s to the nearest professional processing place, I loaded a roll of XP2 into my Minolta X700 and enjoyed shooting it over the last 2 w/e’s, using my Minolta 50mm F2 lens.

I am quite happy with the results, if not a little bright, but I think this may be down to the store processing. They did manage to scan them the wrong way so I had to go and flip the images in Photoshop, I hope I didn’t miss any. I wanted to present them more as I got them. I will have a go at correcting them a little in Photoshop at a later date.

Here are a few of my shots. I hope you enjoy. Very Happy

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In my haste, I accidentally shot these first few at 200iso, so some are a little over exposed.

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Minolta X700 using Minolta 50mm F2 test shot first roll of Agfa Vista Plus 400iso

My Minolta X700 had arrived a couple of months back while I was at work. I raced home to throw on one of my Minolta 50mm F2 manual lenses and bang in a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 400iso. I ran out and shot whatever I could around my neighboring streets before the sun went down, then rushed the film off for processing. Both camera and film outperformed my expectations. I did however in my haste, over expose these shots by 2 stops. This could account for the extra vibrant colours.

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Minolta X700: Unexpected great old performer.

Last Monday my Minolta X700 film slr/rangefinder arrived in the mail along with the 10 rolls of Agfa Vista film. To say I was excited upon getting home from work was an understatement. Firstly I was eager to try the Agfa film in comparison to the Fuji and Kodak I had shot and secondly as I was excited to see how my X700 would perform, as I wanted this camera to be my film camera that would take all my Minolta lenses.

 

Keen to get testing, I threw in a roll, mounted one of my Minolta 50mm f2 lenses and went about shooting anything and everything around the house and the street that I could find. I then took the roll in for developing when I picked up the four rolls from Kings park I had dropped off three days prior (that is another post that is coming). Upon collecting my developed photos, scanned to disc I was very impressed. Not only had the camera performed amazingly well with my Minolta 50mm the Agfa to me, appears to have the lowest grain register  out of all the films I have tried so far. I have since acquired some Ilford Xp2 black and white film and intend to use this camera for portraiture in the future, I was that impressed with the results.

This post is just a quick look at this camera and the results, which I am very happy with.