We’re always trying out new spaces to shoot in. A few weeks ago, the brilliant Bernadette Lemon came round toÂ help us try out a few locations in the office, which has these lovely skylight windows in the ceiling.
We’d love to tell you the results were amazing and it’s revolutionised the wayÂ photography will now be done in the studio, but sadly that’s not the case.Â Dull days mean 1/15 sec and difficult focusing and the room really isn’t big enough to work easily without knocking over your tripod (three times). And people come traipsing through every now and againâ€¦ moan, moan, moan!
Anyway, it wasn’t all a completely disaster: Hasselblad managed to get a few nice, cleanÂ simple portraits of Bernadette, this one being our favourite.
â€˘ Ilford FP4 processed in Kodak D76 and scanned on an Epson V750
The lovely town of Appleby in the Lake District is a wonderful place,Â so we’ve been upset to see reports of the flooding happening there at the moment. This is a portrait from happier times in Appleby and shows one of the travellers that make a pilgrimage to the area every August for the annual horse fair. It was grabbed with a Holga that leaks like a sieve, hence the rather spectacular psychedelic fogging.
â€˘ Holga GF with Kodak Portra 400 (out of date)
For quite some time Leica was carted around in a bag as an everyday camera. Back and forth. Back and forth. The same journey from home to work. Back and forth.Â ForÂ years this car lay half covered by a tarpaulin, until one day Leica could contain herself no longer. She leapt out of the bag, marched up the drive and snapped a picture. Then legged it before anyone could come after her shouting “Oi! What are you doing?”
Rollei has been enjoying some bag time recently, being carried around Cambridge as an every day camera. This is the old Wests Renault garage on Newmarket road, which is abandoned now, earmarked for redevelopment as student digs.
One of the young digital whippersnappers had stopped off to photograph the place a few weeks ago, but there is something about the square format that suited this viewÂ better.
â€˘ Rolleiflex T with 80mm /f3.5 lens. Ilford FP4, processed in Kodak D76
This is Neil. He’s our muse. While chatting about this picture we realised thatÂ he’sÂ two years younger than Rollei. We think they both look pretty stylish, despite their years.
â€˘ Rolleiflex T with 80mm f.3.5 lens. Ilford FP4 (out of date!) developed in Kodak D76.
GoodÂ news! Rollei is back from rehab in Liverpool. Heâ€™s now clean. And lubed and adjusted. Heâ€™s just had a roll of Ilford FP4Â through him and is tip-top shape. Expect more square pics in the future.
â€˘ Rolleiflex T with 80mm f.3.5 lens. Ilford FP4 (out of date!) developed in Kodak D76
Throwback Thursday: When Leica went to The Gambia back in 2011 sheÂ enjoyed flexing her photojournalist bones. This picture shows the fishing fleet in Banjul coming in to shore with the day’s catch.Â Fishermen ranÂ up the beach from their boats carrying trays of fish above their heads. On the pier locals bargained with sellers for the best deals, and Leica got shouted at a couple of times for being too sneaky when taking pictures.
Nikon is a friend of ours. Heâ€™s been a bit full of himself since he was described favourably as â€śthe very best cameras ever made by Nikon, or anyone.â€ť Itâ€™s given him a lot of confidence that â€“Â to be honest â€“Â some people find annoying.
For example, while out for a drink with a friend one evening he spied this spivy-looking chap sitting on the other side of the pub. As bold as brass he gets up and marches over to the poor guy, whoâ€™s enjoying a drink with his girlfriend. He buts into the conversation and says â€śAlright!? Can I take yer picture, mate?â€ť
â€śUm, yeahâ€ť the guy says. â€śIf you like.â€ť
â€śClick, whir. Click, whir. Click, whir,â€ť says Nikon. â€śCan you just look over here for a minute?â€ť
â€śErr, actually no. I think thatâ€™s enough now.â€ť
â€śOh. Right. Fair enough.â€ť
Everyone likes to see a smart arse put back in their box, donâ€™t they.
â€˘Â Nikon FM3a with 35mm f/1.4 lens. Kodak Tri-XÂ developed in D76
These days, every good film camera needs a good scanner. But not every good scanner comes with good filmÂ carriers. Take for example the marvellous Epson Perfection 750 Pro â€“ it’s brilliant! Which makes it even more surprising that it comes with film holders that look like they’ve been made by Fisher Price.
So we were very pleased recently (during a late-night eBay session) to find a replacement 120-sizeÂ negative carrier from Doug Fisher at BetterScanning.com. Doug’s carriers feel like they’re made by Rolls Royce, and this one came with a sheet of anti-Newton ring glass that holds our negs and trannies as flat as a pancake for extra image-quality goodness.
Let the re-scanning of old photos begin! Here’s one from a l-o-n-g time ago taken at High Rocks in Kent. I think it was on a Bronica SQAi that stayed for a while – nice, but not as nice as the ‘blad.
â€˘ Bronica SQAi with 80mm lens. Kodak Portra 160 developed at Multiprint.
You’re not always allowed into Cambridge Colleges, and evenÂ thenÂ you’reÂ not allowed to just wander anywhere. But Leica is a discreet little thing â€“ she sneaks in when no one is looking and works quietly without making a fuss.
This was taken on the day Leica sneaked into Queen’s College, Cambridge for a look around. Low sunshine streaming in through the archways of the cloister. What’s not to like about a day like that?
â€˘ Leica M6 TTL and 35mm f/2 Summicron. Kodak CN400, developed by Snappy Snaps.