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These next two pictures are really not what I would call my style, (do I have  a style?) I really think the same pictures will have been taken a billion times before. But I really do not want to be pretentious (all the time) these were taken on our recent holiday. I just got round to developing a couple more rolls of film last night. (1+25 for 8 minutes in rodinal hp5 @800asa)

These are at the lovely Gromont station, part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, now I would not consider myself a steam buff or even enthusiast (although I have fired and driven steam engines in my past) but  I don’t think there are many out there that wont stop and admire one as it stops at the station. This is why I know these shots have been taken many times before! In my opinion though the secret to a good picture with of steam is to try and take it without anyone dressed in modern clothes in the frame. A difficult task! but it can be done!

There were people all around (a fairly busy day) but you can’t waste film taken a million shots. Just wait and your time will come.

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I have a feeling that my photography has lacked direction for a while, I felt very inspired today, I was looking through my Francesca Woodman book, her images are so beautiful. I decided to debark on my own set of self portraits, I shot a roll of fp4+and pushed it to 200.(processed in Rodinal 1+50 for 20 minutes) Despite this because I was shooting in my very dark house long exposures were needed. Ideas have been flowing through my head for a couple of nights now. Anyway these ideas will develop and I will shoot more self portraits.

I used a Yashica Mat 124G basically because it is my only camera with a self timer, and I did use some lighting from an old cheapo modeling tungsten light.

Here they are the first one I envisioned with candles all around so will perhaps work on this more

The second I will explore more perhaps with a series of pictures that deal with fire and the body. I watched a program last night that showed colour film footage from the 1930’s in Mexico, it was a really interesting show. There was one scene where a woman basically cooked/burned a lizard alive. This picture I believe is partly inspired by that image, it was quite disturbing to me.

There is no camera trickery digital or otherwise going on here, its real fire on my face. (BUT DON’T WORRY I AM FINE!)

I have also been inspired by the work of Leanne Surfleet 

She makes the most beautiful self portraits, I basically spent today looking through her images. Imo she is up there with some of the best!

It was really nice to be working with lovely big square format on the negatives, when they were hanging up in my high tech drying area(my shower) It brought a smile to my face and I couldn’t wait to scan them!

Anyway more to come I think.

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So when I talk about my little rangefinder I am talking about the wonderful Olympus 35rc. Now I do like this camera but it is not without faults! the rangfinder viewfinder is not the clearest, it quite often gets the film stuck and tears the film. And the closest focusing is painfully far away! It is also in shutter priority mode. However I still love its size and the lens is smashing.

Note the self timer leaver is missing on mine(this is the camera I tend to just shove in my bag so it gets tossed about)

Anyway these next pictures are from this camera taken in Jesmond dene(anniversary). They are shot on ilford hp5+ that I shot at 800 iso so a one stop push. Developed in rodinal at 1+50 for 16 minutes. Scanned with minor tweaks in lightroom.

first up actually isn’t in Jesmond but is us waiting for the bus.

Next up is Emma playing with her food( a babybell if you need to know) at her age really tut tut!

Next up is the happy accidents. Basically the film got stuck on the last few frames and created this awesome double(quadruple)  exposure! So happy about this. I do love double exposures and this is a feature not normally available on the 35rc…unless it malfunctions 🙂

Anyway I have a few more I would like to upload from this roll but that will come another day!

 

 

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I really like flowers, but being the colourless heathen I am, I like to see how the basic structure of the flower can make the picture beautiful without relying on gaudy colours.

Anyway here are a couple from the same roll as the last one of some of the flowers in my house (Mrs Sayer loves buying flowers so I always have something to photograph)

 

 

Can anyone give me an give me an argument for not having a shallow depth of field? no? didn’t think so.

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When we were at the Baltic the other week, Emma bought this stupid little doll thing. So I thought it would be something to bring alive with photography!

 

Cute eh? I wonder what other adventures doll face gets into?

 

These are of the same roll as before so same tech info.

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So on my favorite guitar site(yes I am a guitar nerd too) Shortscale.org  member riotshield asked me what I did with my scanned film images after I scanned them. So I thought I would do a video showing my exact process. This video isn’t very good it was a bit distracting talking about what I was doing but it should give a general idea of the process I go through for my images.

The images I scan as high quality tiffs in epson scan with no adjustments, so the images I put in lightroom are unaltered from the negatives. So I do all my editing in lightroom.

Here is the video (with sneak peaks at the next set of images I have to choose from to upload)

 

I am no lightroom wiz kid, but I just want to have as little to do with my images on the computer( A big reason for not shooting digital)

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I do occasionally take picture of other things apart from Emma. So here we go!

These were all shot on Ilford fp4+ @200 and developed in rodinal for I think 13 minutes at 1+25. I used my wide angle lens on the bronica and on the leaf picture i used a close up filter.(+4 I think)
All at you guest it, f2.8! HOOORAH!

More to come from this roll over the next few days.

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