The Muse


This is Neil. He’s our muse. While chatting about this picture we realised that he’s two years younger than Rollei. We think they both look pretty stylish, despite their years.

• Rolleiflex T with 80mm f.3.5 lens. Ilford FP4 (out of date!) developed in Kodak D76.


Return of the Rollei

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Good news! Rollei is back from rehab in Liverpool. He’s now clean. And lubed and adjusted. He’s just had a roll of Ilford FP4 through him and is tip-top shape. Expect more square pics in the future.

• Rolleiflex T with 80mm f.3.5 lens. Ilford FP4 (out of date!) developed in Kodak D76

The fishing fleet


Throwback Thursday: When Leica went to The Gambia back in 2011 she enjoyed flexing her photojournalist bones. This picture shows the fishing fleet in Banjul coming in to shore with the day’s catch. Fishermen ran 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.

The pub portrait

1015_022Nikon is a friend of ours. He’s been a bit full of himself since he was described favourably as “the very best cameras ever made by Nikon, or anyone.” It’s given him a lot of confidence that – to be honest –  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, who’s enjoying a drink with his girlfriend. He buts into the conversation and says “Alright!? Can I take yer picture, mate?”

“Um, yeah” the guy says. “If you like.”

“Click, whir. Click, whir. Click, whir,” says Nikon. “Can you just look over here for a minute?”

“Err, actually no. I think that’s enough now.”

“Oh. Right. Fair enough.”

Everyone likes to see a smart arse put back in their box, don’t they.

• Nikon FM3a with 35mm f/1.4 lens. Kodak Tri-X developed in D76

High Rocks

High rocksThese days, every good film camera needs a good scanner. But not every good scanner comes with good film carriers. Take for example the marvellous Epson Perfection 750 Pro – 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-size negative carrier from Doug Fisher at 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.

• Bronica SQAi with 80mm lens. Kodak Portra 160 developed at Multiprint.

The Queen’s Cloisters

Queens cloistersYou’re not always allowed into Cambridge Colleges, and even then you’re not allowed to just wander anywhere. But Leica is a discreet little thing – 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?

• Leica M6 TTL and 35mm f/2 Summicron. Kodak CN400, developed by Snappy Snaps.

Forgotten portrait from the studio

scanA009Poor Hasselblad. He gets the opportunity to shoot some portraits alongside his digital counterparts, and then the nasty old photographer completely forgets about it and leaves the roll of film in the bottom of his bag for two years. That’s gratitude for you.

Anyway, this is Ambyr, who came to the studio ages ago as part of a portrait project on people with freckles. The digital pictures in the series have more freckly-oomph (because they were shot in colour and post processed with a blue bias), but we like this one for being a bit more honest.

• Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm lens. Shot on Ilford HP5 Plus, developed in Kodak D76.