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  1. 5 more rolls

    May 2, 2018 by Daniel


    I posted more rolls off on Sunday and yesterday got the email, they’d received them, two hours later they were already processed and scanned! That’s some quick work. It’d probably take me all day to do that. I guess they have some big machine that does it all, which would be fascinating to see.

    So what did I send? I’m trying to get better at taking notes as I go as inevitably I’ve completely forgotten what’s on what roll with which camera by the time it all comes back. Let alone what settings were used for a shot! Oh EXIF data….

    These were the the first rolls through the Centon DF-300 which came from a box given to my Dad at one of his sales of antique toys and a Canon EOS 5000 which I bought from Ebay (along with an EOS 100 which unfortunately only works on full auto as the mode dial doesn’t function – but hey, it came with a decent lens).

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    The Centon is actually very nice, it had three lenses along with it, a 35mm, a 50mm and a 28-70mm of which I’ve pretty much just used the 50mm, a little of the 28-70mm but I didn’t like it as much. Features wise, it’s got more than the Canon 5000 – apetrure control is on the lens, but no autofocus. The metering for exposure length works quite well. The Canon has a fancy winding motor though which I didn’t expect to enjoy as much. It’s pretty cool putting the film into the Canon as it winds through the whole roll and displays on a LCD panel the number of shots remaining. The Canon also reads the DX encoding on the 35mm cassette to set the ISO which as far as I know cannot then be adjusted, whereas the Centon you can set yourself which is good if you plan to push the film (use it at a higher ISO than rated, I’ve not tried it yet but plan to).

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    The rest of the rolls were with the Holga, a camera which I think is actually reallly good. The shots are so characterful but I definitely feel more anguish and jeopardy using it. It’s not an SLR so you have no idea if the focus is right, the exposure and aperture settings are basic – but it all adds to the results I think.


  2. Dev + Scan

    May 1, 2018 by Daniel

    I was thinking about how things have changed in film photography since the last time I was doing it (when really it was the only choice, digital cameras were expensive and far-lower resolution…)

    Used to be that you could get film absolutely anywhere, or at least it seemed like it.

    But how often would you be buying film anyways? You’d send off your exposed film to Truprint or whoever and they’d sent you a new one back, for free.

    I wish I could do a price comparison from those mail order forms, I bet my Mum still has one or two lying around.So anyways, here’s the change, at the end of the halcyon days of film they started to offer the ability to put your pictures on a CD. Which was great, best of both worlds. You’d get the CD, store it somewhere and probably never actually put it into a computer, as you already had the prints or do that once. Save them somewhere and forget all about them when it comes to changing to a new computer. Some of the CD’s had software hiding the images in some program that won’t run on modern OS’s – which is really annoying!

    Compare that to these days – I send off my film (I have to pay the postage and provide an envelope…) They email me when they’ve received it (I do quite like this innovation). They develop them and scan them – I usually don’t ask for prints – and instead of posting a CD with the negatives they just post the negatives and e-mail a link to download the photos with. The magic of the internet! I then save them in my various places and upload to my usual cloud service storage and sharing spaces. From which I can edit, order prints if I like.

    I miss the SAE’s and ‘free film every time!’ but I know that the economics of it all have changed.

    So next up in my plans. I’ve ordered some developing kit. I’m still to order another couple of bits and chemicals and then I can start to process the B&W films myself.Then I will need to buy or get access to some kind of scanner. I think I’ve narrowed it down to two models, both have advantages and disadvantages. The Canoscan 9000F Mark II is able to do medium format as well as 35mm negatives, is a flatbed so it can be used for documents also but is a bit lower resolution than the PlusTek OpticFilm 8100 (or the 8200i SE with built in IR pass for dust removal) which only handles 35mm. The PlusTek also comes with better software, but that can be gotten separately I suppose. All assumes that my aging laptop will be up to the job (I expect so, but may get frustrated – basically it just needs to handle ingesting pictures, I can worry about actual editing later).

     

    Will doing it myself be cheaper? Well…. I guess eventually yes….? I think it will take about 30 odd rolls of film to pay for itself for the kit anyways, the chemicals per roll is a bit trickier to work out.


  3. 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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  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. Starting Lomography

    February 28, 2018 by Daniel

    I’ve been trying out taking pictures on Film again. It’s not something I’ve done since I was using my mums old camera when I was a child I think (something similar to this Kodak one I think!) .

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    As a tech kind of person I’ve just always used digital it seemed native to me.
    So why go back to film? To analogue? We’ve clearly rejected it for most uses and on the whole that’s the right thing I think.
    And hey, I’ve not got the roll back yet so who knows if it was worth it, but I think that’s kind of the appeal of it.

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    You click the shutter and you’ve no idea how the image is going to come out, no doubt that comes with experience but really you won’t know until it’s been developed.
    The whole thing of learning to be patient is perhaps the point of it. The camera I bought has a viewfinder, but it’s not like a SLR or a cameraphone that I’m used to where what you see is what the lens sees too. It just has fixed focus, I’m not sure if the apeture I’ve selected for most of the shots is correct. I had to make a choice about what ISO to put in. These are all decisions on digital that you can change your mind about in a second, or take it with the wrong setting and just take another after correcting it!
    So my hope from it is merely that it produces some interesting images that I wouldn’t get from digital, happy accidents (to start with anyways). To teach me patience and imagination of what the image will be when it comes back to me.

    The camera I bought takes 120 film, which I’ve never used before. I sent off a roll this morning for developing which is pretty exciting! I may decide in future to get the 35mm back for my Diana camera, which is a little more flexible then if I do end up getting other 35mm cameras.

    I do intend to eventually buy a new digital camera (I’d like to try a¬†mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, it’d be cool to try some of the lomography lenses on it too). But for now, this feels like a good avenue for experimentation.