Disrespect. Walking over laid down grave headstones in Wisbech. Pentax SP500 Spotmatic. Super Takumar 55mm f/2 lens. Rollei Retro 400S b/w film. Developed in R09.
I’ve not posted much recently, because besides recuperating from my injury, and trying to learn to play a musical instrument (for the first time in my life), I’ve been reading.
Recent reads include a few on photography: The Street Photographers Manual, by David Gibson; The Minds Eye, by Henri Cartier Bresson; and presently, Henri Cartier Bresson, by Clement Cheroux.
What can I say? I’m in awe of some of these works. Inspired? Sure. Cartier Bresson photography, it doesn’t get much better. A range finder, 35mm film, no colour, no set ups, no flash or artificial light – not even a reflector, no darkroom post process edits. Yet brilliance in un-posed b/w 35mm film photography.
Other news on the photography front? I’m presently trying out some Foma Fomapan Action 400 film in 120 roll. It’s cheap, but reports by others suggest that it isn’t the best, and suffers from stains that appear to originate in the backing paper. I did recently have this problem myself, while using the slower Fomapan Creative 200 in an Isolette. I developed it in R09, so with this 400 stuff, I’m trying to develop it in dilutions of ID11. The first trial is presently drying.
On the subject of cheap medium format film, I’ve ordered some even cheaper and perhaps nasty b/w film from China to try out. It’s called Shanghai GP3, and even with delivery works out at a mere two quid per roll. Apparently it is rated at ASA 100, but can be a little slower. I’m also told that I’ll need to keep a roll of sticky tape with me, as there isn’t any at the exposed end! But two quid per roll!
I’m also using a different fixer chemical – FirstCall / Agfa AG Plus Fix. I made up a litre last night, but I’m sure that’ll be fine.
I recently found my first car boot sale Olympus XA with an A11 flash unit at a booty – the range finder, as opposed to the much more common XA2. I’m suspicious that it’s not a worker though, and haven’t yet had the interest to fit it with a battery.
Now I’d better get back to making awful noise with that mandolin.