Zenza Bronica SQ-A

London in Shanghai GP3

Bronica SQ-A camera. Zenzanon PS 150mm f/4 lens. Shanghai GP3 medium format film. Home developed in Ilford LC29 1:29.

It wouldn’t be the same without the road worker sweeping on the bottom right hand corner.  He spotted me just after this and quickly moved away, so I didn’t get the chance of another.  Taken in London on a recent day trip.  I like this, there is so much detail.  I took it on that cheap Chinese Shanghai GP3 film.  I really like that stuff, despite the curliness.  I’ve just had another batch of ten of them arrive from China via Ebay.  I’m also trialing another developer – one shot Ilford LC29.  Pleased with the first roll, diluted to a fairly mean 1:29 ratio with water.

That’s still the Post Office tower to me in the background.  Not too sure what they call it now.  Is it the “BT Tower”?

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Film, 35mm, and scans, Olympus XA-2 - 50p camera project II

The 50P compact Camera keeps producing…

The O2 Arena captured with 50p film camera. Olympus XA2. Ilford HP5 Plus film, developed in ID11.

The above photo taken with my awesome little Olympus XA2 that I bought at a car boot sale for 50p (circa USD 70 cents).  Seems to produce well on Ilford HP5 Plus.  Other news?  I’ve now home developed over thirty films.  This evening I cross processed two 35mm C41 films with Ilford b&w chemicals – in the same tank together, another first.  I’ve really got a hang of simple straight forward b&w film developing by now, although reeling 120 film can still be a curse.  Anyway, another new photo from the XA2 below:

Child’s Play. Olympus XA2 camera. Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm film, home developed in ID11.

 

I think that the Olympus XA2 has proven itself by now.  What do you think?  I know, I know, it’s not a Canon or Nikon full frame DSLR, but I think it’s a cooler camera.Other news?  I bought a 135 film of AgfaPhoto from Poundland today.  The box had been opened, and it was reduced to 75p HA HA ha hah hah….

Cheapest Cheapskate Film. Sony A200 DSLR. Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens.

 

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Monochrome, Olympus XA-2 - 50p camera project II, Zenza Bronica SQ-A

A Day Out in London

On Westminster Bridge, London. Zenza Bronica SQ-A. Zenzanon 80mm f/2.8. Ilford HP5 Plus film. Developed in ID-11. Post scan crop.

Funny really, you get a day out, and then don’t take many photos!  Still, took a few, with my default pair of cameras these days – both film cameras loaded with Ilford HP5 Plus – the Bronica SQ-A medium format SLR, and the nimble Olympus XA2 pocket 35mm camera.  What a pair of beauties.  I mean the cameras.  Above, a photo of Naomi and Ricky, excellent company for the day’s adventure.   Below, a classic steal of a photo courtesy of the ickle XA2 – I stole it from the official tog on Millennium Bridge as I piggy backed him with the little camera.  No idea what the photo shoot was about, but it’s a great XA2 capture.

On the Millennium Bridge, with St Paul’s in the background. No idea what these dudes were doing, I opportunistically piggy backed some tog’s photoshoot quickly with my little pocket wonder: Olympus XA2 compact 35mm camera. Ilford HP5 Plus film Developed in ID11

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Models and themed photoshoots, Sony DSLR A200 and Sony DT 50mm F/1.8mm SAM prime lens

Cosplayers at MCM London Comic Con – 5 and final digital (film to follow)

MCM London Comic Con. Homestruck Troll. Sony DSLR-A200 camera. Sony AF DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens.

Clicking on the images will take you to the Flickr set for my photos from the MCM London Comic Con Expo event.  IDs are welcome, both of characters and cosplayers should they wish.  I can tag them on FB.   I hope that someone enjoys this collection.  All shot on the digital SLR Sony A200.  I do have many frames to develop on both 35mm and Ilford medium format films, to be added to the gallery later.

MCM London Comic Con. Deadpool. As above.

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Models and themed photoshoots, Sony DSLR A200 and Sony DT 50mm F/1.8mm SAM prime lens

Cosplayers at MCM London Comic Con – 4

MCM London Comic Con Expo. Cosplayer. Sony DSLR-A200. Sony AF DT 50mm F/1.8 SAM lens.

Still processing the images from the Sony DSLR.  It’s all work no play this week, so no time to even look at the films yet.  No idea who the above comic character represents, not my best photo, but the most viewed of those that I uploaded to Flickr yesterday.

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Models and themed photoshoots, Portrait, Sony DSLR A200 and Sony DT 50mm F/1.8mm SAM prime lens

Cosplayers at MCM London Comic Con – 3

MCM London Comic Con Expo 2013. Lolitas. Sony A200 DSLR. Sony AF DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens.

I’m loving the colours in this one – amongst my favourites of the day at the MCM London Comic Con Expo, last Saturday.  The girl on the right was blowing her wig away from her eyes, and this adds to the fun feel of the group portrait.  I caught the light better here than on some other portraits of that day.

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Models and themed photoshoots, Portrait, Sony DSLR A200 and Sony DT 50mm F/1.8mm SAM prime lens

Cosplayers at MCM London Comic Con – 2

MCM London Comic Con 2013 Expo.  Cosplayer.  Sony A200 DSLR.  Sony AF DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens.

Continuing the upload from the visit to the ExCel Centre in London for the MCM Comic Con event.  If anyone can name the characters for me, that would be great, as I haven’t the foggiest.  I did learn from this event.  I realise that I need to be more selective about background, and to direct the subjects better, not just take their snapshots with crowds behind their heads, in any available light.  It did give me the chance to use the Lubitel 166B TLR camera – albeit with Ilford film.  Still, these events present a great opportunity for free and willing portrait models.  I hope some of them find my photos and are happy with them.

MCM London. Comic Con. Cosplayer couple. Sony A200 DSLR camera. Sony AF DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens

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Models and themed photoshoots, Portrait, Sony DSLR A200 and Sony DT 50mm F/1.8mm SAM prime lens

Cosplayers at MCM London Comic Con – 1

MCM London Comic Con Expo 2013. Sony A200 DSLR. Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens. Post process open source UFRaw and Gimp 2.8.

Back to Digital capture in full colour!  I took my daughters to the Excel centre in London yesterday, for the MCM London Comic Con Expo event.  I’ve been to a few similar cosplay events there before, but this time I was tooled up – with digital, 35mm film, and medium format film.  Probably looked a bit of a tit amongst all of those pro togs, but I had fun, photographing the young cosplayers outside of the centre.  So far, I’ve only got the digital images ready, so I’ll kick off with the above image, with more to follow over the next few days.

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Monochrome, Pentax K110D DSLR and SMC Pentax-M 50mm F/1.7 prime lens, Street and Protest

Consulting the Professor

The Vigil. London. Pentax K110D SMC Pentax-M 50mm F/1.7 lens.

Taken a few years ago in London at a vigil for Ian Tomlinson, who died after being kicked down by a police officer, during the G20 protests.  Professor Chris Knight on the right, was the anarchist spokesperson (can you have a spokesperson for anarchists?) that warned the media before the protest, that bankers might be hanged.  Chis Knights is a professor of anthropology that has a taste for dressing up in this manner.  No idea who the guy on the left was.

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Internet, Monochrome, Pentax K110D DSLR and SMC Pentax-M 50mm F/1.7 prime lens, Post process and software

Free Photoshop!

Danny Shine at St Pauls London. Pentax K110D DSLR camera. Pentax-M 50mm F1.7 lens

Now, I’m a big fan of Open Source software, rather than of supporting the big software corporations.  That means that I usually promote the Gimp 2.8 image editing package over the expensive Adobe Photoshop bloatware.  However, my credentials as a tight fisted photographer would be damaged if I didn’t pass over the following information.  Adobe have decided to close their activation servers for an old version of Photoshop – CS2.  How I understand it, this version is at the moment effectively freeware (NOT open source).  Ok, so CS2 might seem a bit out dated, but that can mean that it’s faster on older hardware.  So, if you want a legal Adobe Photoshop, to try alongside Gimp 2.8, then you can at the time of this blog, find it by following the following link:

WWW.TECHSPOT.COM FREE PHOTOSHOP CS2

Thanks to my Bro for passing it on to me.

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