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March, 2018

  1. Diana Roll 5 & Sprocket Rocket Roll 1

    March 29, 2018 by Daniel

    Roll 5 is a couple from George’s birthday party and a couple from the day of his actual 6th birthday. Again, not many have come back from this roll. I think it was ISO100 so I’m guessing they just haven’t come out at all? For indoors it seems the flash would be needed and only work quite closeup. You can see from the Sprocket Rocket shots below how the flash as not really helped the indoor party shots, creating a fuzzy haze that takes a fair bit of correction to see what’s going on properly.

    The sprocket rocket camera has such a wide-angle view that it makes you think quite differently what kind of thing you want to take pictures of. I’d seen some great examples of people but landscapes always seem to be something I like to pick up. At work there’s some great views and they are changing with the building work all of the time so I guess it’s nice to capture this moment in time. You can see lots of cranes at work but also the activity of the trains.

    First roll out of the sprocket, I quite liked using 35mm film and I may, ahem, have picked up a ‘normal’ 35mm camera (a Holga) – the film seems a lot more easily gotten hold of (not that 120 is that difficult with Amazon) but processing is half the price too.

    It’s still frustrating not getting back as many images as you think you’ve got but I guess that’s just the shift to analogue, what you have in your mind and just plain forgetting the settings are wrong sometimes. Certainly the setting of the bowling alley was no good with the 100ISO film.

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  2. Roll 4 George’s Party

    March 26, 2018 by Daniel

    I wrote and discarded a post about George’s party already. Overall I had a lovely weekend. It had some difficult parts to it, but life is a rollercoaster. Photography wise, here’s the roll from the Diana camera. I’m very glad I asked for the flash to be brought up for it from that there London, the Diana needs lots of light it seems and a wintry Bolton suffers much more from low light than the many summery pics you see online from Diana cameras. I’ve got two other rolls that I was using from that week that are being developed and I took a bunch of digital shots too. But let’s talk about this one.

    Obviously focus is a bit of an issue. I’d basically tried to just keep it on the middle settings, but it seems to me that when you’re taking pictures of kids you usually want to get in quite close and then they’ll do something silly. Kids move very quickly too so you just kind of have to press the shutter without thinking too much about composition.

    I am enjoying the ‘imperfect’ nature of the pictures out of the camera. I’ve probably said it before but it’s good to get something more impressionistic. The one of my sister is probably the closest to a ‘normal’ picture I’ve gotten out of it and I guess that’s situational possibly too – sat in my living room talking.

    The other thing I like is how the pictures look old, despite being brand new. It could easily be a party in the 1980’s I think. Modern cameras do a lot of unseen work to get the best out of situations, the Diana leaves you no room to hide.

     

    Also there’s a double exposure in there of Florence. It was unintentional. I forgot to wind it on, but I like how it came out. There’s more (intentional this time) of those coming.

     

    I’m starting to think about techniques more. Lighting, etc not just getting the basic settings right (just hoping that I can get a usable image has been a learning experience!) It’s a lot easier to test stuff out with a phone camera and then see how it goes with the film.

    Coming soon also are some black & whites from the party and George’s actual birthday bowling trip and the wide angle sprocket rocket pictures. It fits way more on a roll, 17, so it took longer to finish.


  3. Roll 2 & 3

    March 15, 2018 by Daniel

    OK, two more rolls.

    Roll 2 didn’t go well. I have no idea why, I was incredibly disappointed with it. But I just got back roll 3 and I’m hooked again. I’m wondering whether this batch of colour 400 iso I have is bad or something (or I have figured out loading/unloading the film better now?)

     

    In the end only got 2 shots from roll 2, the colour one here being the only usable one. 11 came back from the Black & White Ilford film I got. I’ve got another roll but in a lower ISO so I’ve bought a flash because George’s party is coming up and I reckon it’d be needed for indoors.

    I’ve got one more roll of the colour film, I’m not holding high hopes for it but I’ll try it out anyways. Perhaps I’ll just go for a walk and take some landscapes with it.

     

    Still, i’ll eke these ones out over on Instagram. Roll 3 was taken over a visit back to my parents last weekend. We went to the Space Centre and Sudbury Hall. There’s more detailed notes about them on my flickr feed.


  4. Roll 1

    March 8, 2018 by Daniel

    I got the roll back.

    I’m eking them out over on Instagram, but here’s the 9 together that I got back (of, I thought, 12 shots) on the 120 roll of film. I got sent the link to download these a couple of days ago and then yesterday received the prints I ordered. I think they may have tweaked the scans a little bit for me, the prints were really dark and so I think I’ve learnt that I need waaay more light, or to go and buy the Flash unit for my Diana camera.

    I really don’t know what happened with the rainbow effect. How that came to be! It does make them look atmospheric and you know what I don’t think I mind that much that the sibjects are that bit harder to make out. Makes it much more impressionistic.

    The one that came out best quality wise is the bottom right, outside the crematorium after the remembrance service for Mamgu. It was a cold day but the sun came out and was quite bright.

    I have no idea what happened to the shot I took of my friend James on his own outside Town Hall, or the one with Hannah & Nick and their friends Jamie & Mark in the Ohh Deer shop.

    I just got an email that the processing company has received my second roll. So a little bit more waiting to see that one. Lot’s more George & Florence shots on that but again I worry they will be too dark, lessons learned from roll 1 not sunk in yet as I hadn’t seen those images yet.

     

    I’ve been reading up on what my next digital camera might be. I’d like something I can share lenses with though.