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films

I finally got around to developing some film – its been sat in my cameras for ages, a few from the Trip 35 and three from the Hassleblad.

I’m going to try to take a few more photos this week as I’m up in the city every day – I just need to take an hour after work to point and shoot at a few people 🙂

My pet project is to use up all the films I’ve bought before the end of the year – that means shooting at least a roll every week or two.  Perhaps I can get around to my project theme too, but it does require asking strangers to pose (not rude) for me.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the first of the shots from the Olympus Trip 35

The films, they are back!

I’ve been waiting eagerly for these ever since I got the call on Thursday to say they were ready and being posted back to me.

Well, they arrived yesterday and I’ve been scanning a few of the shots already and I’m pretty happy with them.

It was a bit of a camera combo this time

1 roll of 35mm from the (now dead) Supersampler
2 rolls of 35mm from the Olympus Trip 35
1 roll of 120 from the Holga
3 rolls of 120 from the Hasselblad

So, here’s a selection in the same order..

The Lomo Supersampler

The Supersampler has 4 lenses and no viewfinder – it simply takes one shot through each lens over the course of a second or so, making very interesting images.  Sadly, our one has broken and the films get scratched and broken trying to get them out.  These were taken in Melbourne and are relatively unscathed.

The Trip 35 – slide film cross processed like transparency film

Trip 35 – black and white

The Trip 35 ones were a little disappointing – there’s something a bit bland about the way the shots seem to come out and I’m pretty sure it’s not the lab or the scanning.  The cross processed shots have very vivid colours –  lomo-esque, but without the charm of the Holga’s lens distortions or the delicacy of the medium format film. I wonder what these would have been like if I’d got them processed correctly?  Ah well.

The black and whites were very grey on the prints – I think the Trip tends to meter a little on the light side of the middle of a scene, which is okay I guess, but it can leave the pics a bit washed out.  A quick push through photoshop for a little tweak of the curves and levels soon brought a little punch back, although not as much as I’d like.  You live and learn I guess.

The Holga and Hasselblad shots I’ll save for another post.

style

I was determined to be a cool street photographer.

I had designs on my camera collection down to a simple Leica M6 or M7 35mm rangefinder and a few tasty lenses, shooting exclusively in black and white and generally taking cool shots a-la Cartier Bresson and his ilk.


Well, the nearest I’ve got is my Trip 35 (which, despite being very cool and unflappable is still woefully underused)


and a couple of second hand autos from the 80’s

You might think I’m a bit gutted, and in some ways I am, but it transpires that I’m actually starting to like landscapes and also, rather incongruously, sports photography. Neither of which lend themselves to the Leica in any way shape or form.

I’m on the save up for an ultra wide angle lens for the D300 plus some very tasty filters that would enable me to take the shots that just can’t quite get with my current setup. Handily, I’d like to use said ultra-wide angle for sports photography too.

Here’s some recent landscapes that I’m rather fond of..






Okay, true, they are all sunsets, but I haven’t invested any time into daylight shots yet (plus I need better filters, mine are fine for sunsets, but tint clouds purple during the day). I have a few location ideas in mind which I think I’ll start to work upto in the next few months, especially as the cooler weather is coming.

So we’ll see how it goes, I might be getting up at the crack of dawn to catch that sunrise yet.

more holga goodness

so, some of the other half – temptingly tasty shots with the Holga and Trip 35.

These were taken in yee olde towne of York, WA. We only took film shots whilst we were there – so its good that a few came out well then 🙂 I’m going to have to either calibrate the scanner or buy a decent negative scanner – I’m not so convinced after all about the colours from the the Trip 35 set. Maybe I should use more black and white :))

Jay in York

Jay in York 2

I think this one was taken at the train station on the way up to the Perth Art gallery and to see Kevin Ballantine’s awesome Holga exhibition at the Spectrum Project space.

Jay Rockingham Station

glossy

The only trouble with the latest batch of films is they are printed on glossy paper. It makes them look beautiful, so sleek, rich and deep, but they pick up fingerprints like a brand new black iPod.

Anyway – I’ve scanned them all in now, Holga and Trip and I have to say, I’m really happy with them. No post processing on them, only on a couple just to correct some slight washing out from the scanner, not to enhance the final result.

The Olympus Trip 35 shots that I was disappointed with initially have scanned from the print really well and come out with a definite vintage feel that I didn’t pick up from the print itself. Maybe its something in the scan process, they look very close to the prints to me, but somehow have picked up a little magic on the way.

canola
perth wheel
spaces

The Holga shots were wicked, and I’m finally digging black and white – I might have to buy some more Tri-X and shoot off a load more

bike
porsche

mixed bag

The films were an interesting bunch.

The Olympus Trip 35 shots were almost too good. Sharp, clear, well exposed, consistent. So we have a load of pictures that look like good but general snapshots. This was the most arty of them. I’ll scan more this weekend.

beach

The Holga shots were a mixed bag, well, mine were – Jay’s black and whites were brilliant this time. Mine were variable, some were awesome and you’ll get to see them soon I promise. Some were also a bit crap – dark and under exposed due to the film I was using. Velvia 100 really only works in the bright mid-day sun – I have Portra 400VC in it now, which will be perfect for more general conditions.

Dance

Cups

I also had an old black and white film in the now broken Olympus OM10 and there were a couple of cracking shots in that lot.

cross

Ella

more to come this week