Chooks…

Thinking about buying some chooks to help keep pests down in our small orchard, slugs, coddling moth larvae and the like, hopefully we will also be able to collect a few eggs! So what better than to visit a chook show in the lovely town of Longford and competition just to talk to people and learn what breeds are best for our purpose. Ther were on show some very fine and well cared for fowl on display…

A shack in the forest…

As I’m at the point where I can start making some wet darkroom prints I have started sorting out a few negs, I think this is a good contender. Its an image of Darling Range Ghostgums, Canon AE1 ƒ1.8 Ilford HP5 developed in LC29… I’m going to start with postcard size prints then see how large they can be stretched! Its a full twenty four years since I last did any printing other than ink jets. I have thousands of films to go at including slides some of which I feel would make good monochrome enlargements. I’m wondering what copy film is still available or whether I just go with digital negs at least that way I will have lots of control over the conversion process.

Jarrah Flowers

A Jarrah tree flower, Eucalyptus marginata, Exposed some yrs ago when Ektar reappeared! Jarrah honey is reputed to be an antibiotic substance. In W.A Jarrah forests are still being felled More than half the Jarrah forests are now gone. Will we ever learn? In the first view of the flower, Its easy to see how bees get into a pollen collecting frenzy when the Jarrah flowers. Each one of these tiny stamen are dripping with pollen ready to be dragged onto the next flower for fertilisation

An architects mildly eccentric garden shed

An architects garden shed… Mamiya 6 folder 1957 film plane focus camera HP5 ISO800 ƒ16 This Mamiya was produced from the 1940’s to 1959 in many different versions. Different range finders, many different lenses by several optical lens companies. Personally I really like the Mamiya glass the render and contrast are as good as it gets As RF MF cameras go this in spite of its age is close to perfection in consideration that this camera is now sixty years old.
This was the second film I processed in the Lab Box and the first frame on the roll, the top and bottom left show a bit of edge light-leak from loading LabBox. Its easy to fix load it in subdued light! Many folders have issues and are dismissed but I like them because they are small and ideal for travel. I have come very close to buying the last folder the Fuji / Voigtlander GF670 on several occasions but have all been warned that they can be a tad delicate which is something that cannot be levelled at the Mamiya 6 folder.