Archive for September, 2007

Scenes from an office…

September 26, 2007

I was the only person in our office a couple of times last week and releived the boredom by bringing in toys. No, not Hungry Hungry Hippo that requires 2 – 4 players, I brought my bronica s2a instead.

In Tray

Come in number 4, your time is up

September 18, 2007

Some more from my Bronica s2a which seems to have reasserted itself as my favorite camera….what will I do when I run out of the cheap Velvia slide film I bought though???

In search of the Sea

September 14, 2007

I took both of these on a camping trip this summer. This is my friend Josh looking for an early morning swim in the sea which had gone out. Way out.

Long distance swimmer...

Josh in the distance …

Both of these were taken with my Rolleiflex Automat (a 1940s TLR).

Harvest

September 12, 2007

All taken with my Bronica s2a with Velvia slidefilm.

United Colours of Velvia

September 6, 2007

These are a couple of examples of the super saturated colours that you can get from Velvia slide film. With digital I am am much more likely to desaturate the colours a bit because I think it looks garish otherwise. I have no idea why I feel differently about Velvia but I just do! I think its because the colours just look a bit more organic.

These were all taken on my Yashica Electro GSN down at Cockenzie harbor. Its a lovely wee camera that seems to do much better with colour than black and white for some reason although maybe I have just been unlucky with the 2 b&w rolls I have put through it though because I have seen loads of good black and white stuff done with them on flickr. I have the original 1966 ‘Proffesional’ version…as far as I can tell the only difference between the ordinary GSN and this one is that is is black enamel instead of brushed satin chrome. The lens on it is really great but it is a fairly limited camera in some ways – I wish it would go up further than iso 400 and also that the rangefinder patch was a bit more contrasty.

Boats

September 2, 2007

More playing with my Holga – I am quite pleased with this one because it came out pretty much exactly as I imagined.

Meant to be viewed like this…

I cant wait to get into the darkroom to try contact prints of these but the last couple of times I have been all the enlargers have been busted so I didn’t get round to doing any printing. I also wish I knew how to enlarge these but because the negs will be so strangely shaped I don’t think its possible. Unless anyone more knowledgeable out there cares to point me in the direction of how to do this? All I can think of is to do it digitally but they just dont look as good as proper silver gelatin prints imo.

Love at the Parliament

September 2, 2007

I took this on my way to the Harry Benson photojournalism talk at the Scottish parliament. Its yet another from my Miranda Solo Panoramic camera.

Its the first time I have ever been in. I have never been a fan of the building. Lets ignore the corrupt mess that surrounded the building of it, its just not a looker of a building from the outside and it is in no way iconic which I think we could expect for the amount of money that was spent on it. However I have to say that from the inside I got quite a different impression of it. The debating chamber especially seems practical and attractive (albeit in a slightly Ikea way). The main thing I liked is how much natural light there is in the chamber…