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Spiderman lurking in the bushes ready to pounce…

Spiderman lurking in the bushes ready to pounce

Was out to dinner at the pub with the family, had brought this spidey toy along for the little fella. Had some fun with it while waiting for our meals. 🙂

This was shot on a roll of Ilford hp5 through my Canon ae-1 as I had originally put this roll in one of my Minolta a7’s. However I thought it had not loaded properly. In my haste to check, I broke the clasp that holds the door closed. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Anyway, I rewound the roll, put it in my darkbag and loaded it into a re-usable canister I use for bulk rolling and then proceeded to shoot the roll in my canon ae-1.

I dev’d this roll in rodinal, using the stand dev method and scanned the negative on my Epson 4990.

Canon ex-auto first test with fuji superia xtra 400iso

This Canon Ex-Auto is Lisa’s parents camera that they bought back in 1972 for their trip through Europe and the Middle east. Just before Christmas they brought it down out of the closet after many years of just living hidden away on a shelve. So I cleaned it off and had it serviced by my good friend Max, and Lisa and I threw a fresh roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso through it, with outstanding results.

These first 2 shots were taken at home.

I believe this is what is known as a “wind” on, at the start of a roll of film.

The next few are from in and around Joondalup.

After leaving Joondalup we noticed a great sunset, so we raced to the coast to get some shots.

This is my best mate ‘Dengis’.

These are some crazy sculptures in a suburb up north of us.



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Canon Ex-1 Auto: First test roll

Some of you may remember my post a few weeks ago talking about my re-found love of shooting film again and how I looked forward to shooting the Canon Ex-auto as one of those cameras. Well Lisa and I finally finished the roll of film last Saturday and I finally have the first test roll of Fuji Superior back. I was just hoping the shots worked at first and was not expecting anything special. But having a quick peruse now I am pleasantly surprised. The colour rendition seems quite good for a 1972 camera and it still shoots and focus’ great. It does seem to have a little trouble with anything a significant distance away and also things that are reasonably close. I would not say this camera is exceedingly sharp, but I would not say it is soft either. However it does seem a tad slow for a 50mm 1.8 lens, which it has mounted. The battery I also believe was dead, which is no big deal except that all these shots then were taken wide open. I look forward to shooting another test roll in the future with the battery replaced and compare the outcome when I can stop it down a little.

These shots were taken around Joondalup and the last few from up past Butler. I think this camera would be excellent for portraits.


Inspirational Moments #2: Tammy Parr

Welcome to the second installment of our ‘Inspirational Moments’ section. I am showcasing the amazing photographic talents of the people who visit PROTAS. If you would like to contribute, have your photos shown here (you get a permanent link back to your photo page) just hit me up on: protas@metalforfishes.com

Up today is Tammie Parr, she has been helping out local bands in Perth with live photos for a while now and is just starting to try her hand at booking shows now too. Enjoy!


This photo was taken at ‘Murder in the Basement’ using my f1.8 50mm on my Canon 550d.
I like this photo cause of the way the light is on the subject and also think the lines give it a certain flow.


Using the same lens and camera this was taken at ‘Mind Kandy’
I finally learnt that you dont need to take a full photo of the subject but rather what it is that they are doing and I love the way the light sets up this shot.

Same lens and camera.
I love this shot cause the girl is making her own fun by simple means of a colander and some water I caught her pure and genuine enjoyment. What fun on a hot summers day.

You can check out more of Tammie’s work here on her Photography page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Molotov-Photography/100459726726801

Inspirational Moments #1 – Alvin Ganny

This is the first installment of our ‘Inspirational Moments’ section. I plan to showcase the amazing photographic talents of the people who visit PROTAS. If you would like to contribute, have your photos shown here (you get a permanent link back to your photo page) just hit me up on: protas@metalforfishes.com

First up is Alvin Ganny, he has been helping out local bands in Perth with photos for a while now and really does great work. Enjoy!


Hey Josh,

Here are some more shots, of ‘Morphica’ these are from ‘The Den’.

I shot these at ‘The Den’ located at ‘The Civic Hotel’ in December 2011. We know the den is dark with those crazy lighting, but that’s when my flash came in handy!! haha

I used my Canon 5Dmk1 body with Canon 16-35mm F2.8L with canon speedlite 430EXII for all these shots

I like these photos with the B/W effect, it really shows the simplicity of the photo.

Haha i’ve got nothing more to say man, mental blank!! too tired to think :p lol


You can check out more of Alvin Ganny’s work on his page:

Film: A return to a long lost love!

Man I love film!!
After years of only shooting digital, I felt like giving film a whirl again as I love the grittiness of it… it is so raw and beautiful, the imperfections make it special!
Anyway, just got my first film back, had to wait 2 days! haha
…and the anticipation…. whew, I was hoping they were ok….
and then you open the first photo and you see this!!

Man, I love film!! 😀 – my facebook comment last night. (this photo is straight from the file given to me after processing. No post editing what so ever!)


I’ve been shooting digital exclusively for about 8 years now. I have been totally happy with digital, it had not even occurred to me to give film a whirl again until I received two old film camera bodies, with a lens I got on ebay. The thought crossed my mind to give them a go, however I just shelved them, more concerned with playing with the lenses on my digital.
Anyway, a few weeks later I was on Steve Huff’s blog and he posted one of his daily inspirations, it was Nepal shot on Kodak Kodachrome film. It looked awesome! The film just had so much character! I started looking back into the merits of shooting film when I came across Ken Rockwells site, another treasure trove of info, and some great general film shots from him to prove it’s validity still.
So I went straight to ebay and ordered 10 rolls of Fuji 400 Superior and 5 roll of Kent-mere B&W 400 and pulled down the old Minolta 404si I had planned to now shoot (I have a real soft spot for Minolta gear).
(Shots of cameras etc. were shot with our NEX-5 using my MIIDA 35mm manual lens)

I was lucky enough to visit with Lisa’s parents later that afternoon, after they heard about my intended venture into film, they bestowed upon me a great opportunity. They pulled out the old 1974 Canon Ex-auto rangefinder camera. This is beautiful, this is a piece of art, this is from back when real cameras were made of heavy metal!

Wanting to get them serviced before I went out shooting, I took them down to see my friend Max Dellaway camera serviceman extraordinaire. If you have any problems with any camera or lens I can recommend no-one better to take your loved camera equipment to, he is a fountain of knowledge and does fantastic work.
Back to the story at hand, Max Inspects the 404si for me, then walks over to his ‘junk box’ pulls out a perfect looking 500si and says ‘this one is clean, I’ll sell it to you for $30, I’d charge you $50 to clean that one’. I of course jumped at that deal, how could I not and went home a very happy man. With a nice clean Minolta 500si and a cleaned and serviced Canon Ex-Auto, my anticipation for the arrival of my film was building.

Funnily enough my first 10 rolls of Fuji arrived that very afternoon, so of course I had to go test shooting. I loaded up the first roll in the 500si and went out the back and snapped a couple of flowers and our 2 dogs. It was a very satisfying clunk as the shutters opened and closed, then the thought ‘I hope that is a good one’. Ahh film, how different it is, you do not know whether you wasted your time or not until you get the film back from processing.

Not wanting to waste my whole first roll at home I put it to bed till the next Monday afternoon when I decided to go to the park to test it in a few scenarios. I took my time playing with the settings, getting used to focusing through an optical viewfinder again. I snapped birds and trees and rocks, until that whirring noise that indicates you have finished your film and it is being re-wound back to the start. I quickly ran back to the car and drove straight to Joondalup Big W, where I had found out earlier in the day, still processed film and would scan the negs to disc for me for $12.95.

I walked on into the Big W and the first thing you see is this massive Fuji booth, is it just me or is film coming back? Apparently Fuji posted an increase in their film sales last year, maybe this is the reason for the investment back into processing booths. Either way I dropped off my film and was informed it would be ready in 2 days, so I bought a roll of Kodak to compare to the Fuji I had just shot and went straight out and shot some sunsets. hahaha So addicted to shooting.

Anyway 2 days passed and the day had arrived to pick up my film. I was filled with both anticipation hoping they were good and trepidation hoping they weren’t crap. I dropped off the roll of Kodak I had just finished shooting  and picked up my disc and negs. I practically ran to the car, not wanting to wait to check the pics, I threw the disc straight into my dvd player car stereo. Bang, they looked awesome, but they were small and contrasty on my crappy computer screen, so I had to race hope to check them on my monitor. I raced through the door straight to the computer and loaded them up, they are awesome! Man I love film, from the unknown of whether you made the shot, to the vibrant colours and characteristic grain that only comes from great film.

Here are the shots from that first test roll, I am very happy, I can’t wait to see the results of the Kodak and my B&W film. I will definitely be shooting some art pieces in film again, there is just something about it you cannot attain with digital. I still love digital and will shoot it a majority of the time, however my film shooting will now increase again too, there is just something so magical about it.
Here is a slideshow of that first test roll, I hope you enjoy:

(Photo-bucket is playing the photos in reverse so all the bird shots are at the front, please just click to the end if you want to see the other shots)

I intend to go out shooting with the Canon EX-auto too and test using different films in the future, I will post my results here.