50p camera

Strange things

Darth Vader eats Wisbech citizen. Olympus XA2, Adox CHS 100 II film, developed in Rodinal.

Caught during a heritage day in Wisbech.  I have no idea what Star Wars has to do with local heritage.  Lucky though, I had my 50p camera in my pocket.  You never know what you might bump into.  I quite like the lady in the background.


Black and white photography

Kings Lynn Harbour buildings. Agfa Isolette I. Shanghai GP3 film. Developed in Rodinal.

Shooting in home developed b/w film for the past three years, I’ve grown incredibly attached to the grey tones.  There is something addictive about black and white photography.  It grabs you.  Suddenly, colour photography looks rude and vulgar.  What would I do, if I could no longer shoot in monochrome film?  I’d have to shoot in digital, and convert all of my images to b/w.  I don’t have to worry bout that yet though.  Still plenty of 120 and 35mm monochrome negative in production.  Long may it continue.

street photography

Time does not stand still

Time does not stand still.

I made this photograph last week in Cambridge.  I caught the kiss just right, I didn’t know that until I developed and scanned.  Some have suggested that I should have cropped tighter, but I actually like it with the 1679 clock.  To me, that suggests that time moves on for us – from the age of lovers, to the age of fiddling around with a smart phone.  As has been noted – even the bicycles are up to it.

Captured onto Ilford Delta Professional 400 film, in my Bronica SQ-A, fitted with a rather wide PS 80mm f/2.8 lens.  Developed in LC29.

Cameras and equipment

A Ross Ensign Ful-Vue II

Rain Ghoul

The Ross Ensign Ful-Vue II camera.

We found this camera last week at a local car boot sale.  I’ve seen several Ful-Vues before, so I imagine that they must have been quite mass produced in their day.  However, this one was in unusually very good condition, an Ensign Ful-Vue II, with the original box, canvas carry case, user manual, and even an empty photo wallet.  So I parted with GBP £5, and took it home.

This model was manufactured in England around 1952.  The Ful-Vue range were simple, but oddly styled, snapshot cameras.  They were sort of box cameras, that were trying to evolve into TLR cameras.  Designed to take Brownie film (120 medium format – some later models used 620 spindles), their days were numbered with the increasing popularity of 35mm film.  A cheap simple lens, a simple one speed (or bulb) spring shutter, but with an odd looking viewfinder somewhere between a box camera and a toy TLR.  It has a three point focus.

My car boot Ful-Vue on inspection, despite it’s otherwise lovely condition, had a sticky shutter.  Three small screws, and the shutter mechanism came off.  A little light oil, and it was back in service.  The photo wallet, and a photo lab pamphlet provenanced to Glasgow in 1960.  I imagine that this may well have been when the camera was last used.

I loaded with one of my remaining 120 rolls of Shanghai GP3 film.  We took it out for a quick fun trial.  What do you think?

Hedge Rider

The Pumpkin Field

Halloween mask courtesy of Poundland, in the tight fisted tradition.

medium format

Vikings, the return

Craig-Allen Rayner at the Godmanchester Viking Festival. A very hot day’s battle. The Viking Festival, Godmanchester. Bronica SQ-A camera. Zenzanon PS 150mm f/4 lens. Kodak Ektar 100 medium format film. Lab processed. Scanned on Epson V500.

I did promise to blog another image or two of colour medium format, from my trip to the Viking Festival in the summer.  A very hot day for the poor Vikings to battle in.  Mead was very welcome.  I know that I love my b/w film, but doesn’t the Kodak Ektar look magnificent out of the Bronica?  That’s a great beard Craig-Allen.

medium format

My Girl from the Fens

My Girl from the Fens. Bronica SQ-A, PS 150mm f/4, Ilford HP5+ film, developed in Ilford LC29. Scanned on Epson V500.

Taken a few months ago, with the wheat still green.  Emneth church tower in the background.  It was on a film in a spare film back for a while.  I had no idea of where I had used it.  I prefer LC29 to develop any ISO 400 films at the moment.  The field made a pretty cool back drop to Anita’s new electro bass guitar.