I am in the process of sorting out most of my collected books pamphlets mostly about film and photography that I have accumulated over the years in preparation for a move to better things. In the process I have found numerous publications that date from the fifties and sixties that may be of interest to people who are starting to use film.
I still use film and enjoy the qualities that it produces, I really don’t have a preference for analogue or digital photography its the finished result that counts the fact is I recently bought another film camera to try some things that I always wanted to do but never got the opportunity try earlier in life. I really don’t think I want to return to photographic printing but do I have a serious lust for an 8×10 or even a 11×14 to then make alternate contact prints from. I found some negs that I did on a 4×5 Sinar and the prints I made from those excited me enough to consider and even larger format but this will come later.
In the meantime if you are curious about how film is made have a read of this from Kodak. I picked it up from The Camera Store in Hamilton Bermuda in approximately 1967….How film is made
Posted in Film
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/9 1/800s ISO400 Lumix 14-42mm G zoom
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/9 1/640s ISO400
Just another drive by shooting…
Sometimes being stuck in traffic one can grab the odd image that appeals I like the geometry of this. However I have often wondered who is responsible for patterns and the colourings of our under passes and bridges. This form of imposed public patterns has been around since the seventies. – I wouldn’t venture to use the word art to describe it because the majority of these random acts naive pattering in concrete are the ugly daubings of a deranged misfit. I realize that the Main Roads Department of Western Australia who is responsible for the construction would not dare use a plain colour or heaven forbid concrete au naturale for fear of attracting the taggers or graffiti artist. But the fact is some of the W.A. graffiti artists are very good and much better that this multicoloured mush. I have no winge with the civil engineering, it certainly was not designed by a Nervi but it is serviceable and causes no offense to my eyes. But the colourings and patterns in concrete I really feel we can do better as public art to inspire or alleviate the pain for people who happen to be stuck in traffic.
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/9 1/1000s ISO 400 LUMIX G VARIO PZ 14-42/F3.5-5.6
Olympus EM-5 OMD f/5.8 1/1250s ISO400 Olympus 75-300mm
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/9 1/400s ISO 400 Olympus 75-300mm
There are times when I really like using a telephoto lens. I like the way one can compress and capture a narrow field of view. This is another of Olympus’s mini masterpieces razor sharp and beautifully rendered colour and as to be expected zero distortion. I’m just praying for a bit of spare time to take a trip to the coast to photograph some sea birds and some waves with this lens for a day or so…
As many may know Perth is the most isolated city on the planet. With the mineral resources boom that the state of Western Australia has undergone over the last seven or eight years there have been lots of corresponding imports imports of goods. The commodities leave the state in bulk carriers as a result these containers are for the most part one way shipments and they are piling up. There are at least three huge sites scattered around Perth and Fremantle where all these containers are stacked up at least six high. Its crossed my mind on the many occasions when I have driven past these piles that here is a resource. The world is accommodation poor and there are numerous architects and designers who have designed beautiful modern low cost dwellings but nothing ever comes of these small one off projects. The Shire that I live in even has bylaws limiting the use of sea containers on land that people own. Something to do with tunnel vision and limited taste I suspect. We are at the point where very little is manufactured in Oz anymore here is a resource where the young unemployed could learn the many skills involved with turning thousands of containers into something of lasting use. As I see it, its a triple bottom line and that is the way that any venture has to be considered henceforth.
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/9 1/400s ISO 400 Lumix G 14-42
Posted in Flora, Landscape
Rollei Giro 70 Agfa Ultra ISO 100.
It was almost dark when I stopped by another part of the darling scarp forest just to watch the last light of the day fade into night. Looking towards the light the greens and purple greys were quite visible but I wasn’t expecting this.
Agfa Ultra has the facility to produce often quite wildly saturated colour at times but this was after the sun had set behind the hectares of forest to the west. It was corrected mostly in RAW as a tiff file straight out of the scanner. Then a bit of posterizing through simplify and much to my surprize an image more like an illustration…
Rollei Giro 70 Agfa Ultra ISO100
I paid a few dollars for a little Rollei Giro 70 a few years ago at a Cash Converters and have only run a few films through it, this image is quite nice. Another shot of Jarrah dieback in the back garden.
The big problem with film these days is that some of the places that still process C41 do such a poor job of it I feel really quite mad about paying $7 for process only just to get poorly processed film. This film was badly scratched (it wasn’t the camera) and had so many dust spots that it took an hour to retouch. So now its a question of saving all the exposed rolls until I drive into the city and leave them with one of the two remaining dedicated processors. I quite like processing B&W and could do C41 colour with some effort but it is a tedious process in summer when the temperature hasn’t dropped below thirty odd for what seems like a eternity…
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ5.6 1/160 ISO 320 60mm Macro