Me and Bevy recently paid a visit to the newly Renovated Folkestone Harbour Arm. We were amazed by the transformation and the hard work getting it from where it was to where it is at this moment. We really enjoyed our time there and also gave me a chance to try out my newly purchased Fuji GA645Zi :) The new pier has been part of a £3.5 million refurbishment over the past year. There is live entertainment and pop up food stands, so you can enjoy the entertainment or the stunni
Recently I was very kindly given a mahogany and brass half plate camera. It came with a brass lens f/8-f64, roller blind front shutter with a top speed of 1/80th and two double plate holders. The camera is beautiful and would make a fantastic display camera, but I am not about that! :) I quickly converted the plate holders to take 4x5 film using some mount board to take up the depth of the glass plate, loaded up four sheets and went to test her out. As normal my beautiful wif
I finally gave in and purchased the sought after Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm f/2.5 lens to use on the Speed Graphic. The Aero Ektar is known for it's awesome bokeh and amazing rendering and there are lots of articles out there regarding this lens, so I wont add to them! As they say a picture is worth a thousand words... #4x5speedgraphic #4x5 #film #kodak #model #mono #monochrome #speedgraphic
In my last blog, I talked about how I converted my Polaroid 360 to full manual using a lens from an old Kodak folder. Well a little update... The lens from the kodak folder was F/11 @ 1/100th wide open and as I thought I struggled in certain light situations. So, lens hack mark II :) now I have installed a Carl Zeiss Nova Anastigmat 105mm f/3.5 with shutter speeds from B through to 1/400th. All I can say is it took me a while to get the focusing sync'd to the Polaroid rangefi
I recently bought an untested Polaroid 360 Land Camera and had it shipped from the US, taking a chance that it was working or I could repair it!
Well you guessed it! It was not working and after spending a day rewiring it I could only get the timer to work and not the shutter...
So instead of another vintage Polaroid on the scrap heap I decided to install a new lens making it fully manual.
I looked through some of my vintage folders and the closest focal length to the 114m
The Original Rolleiflex K1 612 Camera: Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 Lens: Kalee Bloomed Projection Lens f/1.9 Film: Ilford HP5+ 4x5 Sheet Dev: ID-11 (3+1) 18 mins The original Rolleiflex K1 612, this is the grand daddy of all TLR camera's. The very first Rolleiflex K1 612 only 820 pieces made worldwide! It has a 75mm Zeiss lens at f/3.8 and takes 620 film, this has speeds from T through to 1/300th, it was first produced in 1929 making this baby 85 yrs old! Some info about the Sp
Also when shooting with the lovely Zoe Kelly I took the opportunity to use the Graflex Speed Graphic for the first time and shoot some 4x5! Needless to say it was a much slower pace than I am used too and a huge thank you to Zoe for her patience holding the pose while setting up the shot! I am really happy with the result, I developed it the Taco method as at that time I did not have a dedicated developing tank. As for scanning I had to scan in two halves and stitch together
In September we were lucky enough to go to Paris for our first time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Now you may think, how romantic... well this is me we are talking about and although I am as romantic as they come, first thing on my mind was, 'What cameras shall I take?' :) Well I shot mainly film in the end on my EOS 3 with a mix of colour and black & white and we had the best weekend, romantically and photographically ! The first day we walked almost 6 miles through
So, Is Film Dead? Well the answer is most definitely not! More and more of my contacts are turning back or like me discovering film for the first time. I love the vintage feel of film, there is nothing like shooting a roll and then home processing, excited to see the results. With my collection of film cameras growing from rangefinders to medium format, I am using my DSLR less and less. So what’s next? I am on the lookout for a pro AF 35mm and planning to shoot more and more