Monochrome Monday… Berwick-upon-Tweed on Ilford HP5 Plus

Under the stairs, Berwick-upon-TweedUnder the stairs, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/60s, f8 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 7 mins at 20°c.

I can’t remember who on Twitter suggested rating Ilford HP5 Plus at ISO 200 but I thought I’d give it a try during a recent trip to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Late 18th century townhouse, Berwick-upon-TweedLate 18th century townhouse, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/125s, f8 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 7 mins at 20°c.

First impressions are favourable, good tonal range and the grain looks finer too… contrast is reduced but that’s easy enough to fix in Lightroom (or a darkroom).

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Slide Film Sunday… Farm building, Swyre, Dorset

Farm building, Swyre, DorsetFarm building, Swyre, Dorset

An image from May 2001 for today’s ‘Slide Film Sunday’

Again I’ve no notes as to the camera or film used for the above pic but I’m reasonably sure it was taken using a Nikon F90X, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D and Fujichrome Sensia film.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Slide Film Sunday… Bolton Castle, May 2003

Bolton Castle, May 2003Bolton Castle, May 2003

The recent purchase of a used Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter has prompted me to dig out a few of my old slides to tinker with…

I’ve no notes as to the camera or film used for the above pic of Bolton Castle but it’s a pretty good bet it was taken using a Nikon F90X, AF NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED and Fujichrome Sensia film (a combination I used a lot at the time…)

First impressions of the ES-2 are good, it’s well made (as you’d expect from Nikon) and simple to use so expect more ‘Slide Film Sunday’ posts!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Bicycles, Trinity Street, Cambridge

Bicycles, Trinity Street, CambridgeBicycles, Trinity Street, Cambridge
Contax G1 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional

Today I’m trying out the excellent Negative Lab Pro plugin for Lightroom with on scans made with my Epson Perfection 4870 Photo flatbed scanner… So far things are looking pretty good!

Following advice on the Negative Lab Pro forum I’m scanning my black & white negatives as 48-bit colour positives (with all sharpening/correction/restoration options turned off). Next thing is to try a few colour negatives!

The above image was taken (I think) the day after a friend’s wedding in October 1999 (Hi Marie! Hi Andy!) during a brief wander around the university city of Cambridge.

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2021

Apple blossomApple blossom
Fujifilm X-T1, thingyfy 11mm Pinhole Pro S + 16mm extension tube, 3.5s, f193, ISO 200

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and all being well I’ll be out and about somewhere with my ONDU 6×6 Pocket pinhole camera.

This image was captured yesterday, using a thingyfy Pinhole Pro S ‘lens’ mounted on my Fujifilm X-T1 via a Fujifilm MCEX-16 extension tube giving (if my calculations are correct) a 27mm focal length with an aperture of f193.

It was also the first time I’ve used a Wimberley Plamp, a very useful bit of kit…

Monochrome Monday… A tree shades the goal…

A tree shades the goal…A tree shades the goal…
Nikkormat FT2, NIKKOR-S.C 50mm f/1.4, 1/125, f16 – Ansco/Gaf Hypan 320 rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

A couple of years ago, as part of the Emulsive Secret Santa, I was sent a roll of 35mm film labelled ‘Hypan 320’ and I finally decided to shoot it on Expired Film Day last week.

I haven’t been able to find much out about this film other than it was likely to have been from a bulk roll of 1960s vintage, with the only exposure and developing advice I found suggesting exposing at ISO 200 and developing as per Ilford FP4 Plus and this is exactly what I did.

The development advice was spot on but the roll could’ve done with at least another stop of exposure… I’m pleased to get any image at all out of a roll of film so old though!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Sarah Ann

SARAH ANNSARAH ANN
Nikkormat FT2, NIKKOR-S.C 50mm f/1.4, 1/125, f5.6 – Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

Another image from a roll that’s been sitting in a camera for months!

As an afterthought the last thing I packed for my trip to the Isle of Whithorn in October 2019 was an untested Nikkormat FT2 loaded with a roll of Kodak Tri-X (rated at ISO 200 by mistake).

When it came to (finally) developing the film I thought ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ and decided to use Adox Rodinal, a developer I’d never used before (a couple of people have expressed surprise at that fact!)

I’ve not shot much Tri-X so making comparisons is difficult but at first look I’m rather pleased with how this roll has turned out, with just the right amount of contrast and pleasant grain. It’ll be interesting to see how the roll of Tri-X (rated at ISO 400 this time) I’ve just finished compares…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Experimenting with bellows…

BobbinBobbin
Yashica FX-D Quartz, Yashica ML 50mm f/1.9, f16; – Kentmere Pan 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

I’ve recently been experimenting macro photography using a set of bellows between a Yashica FX-D Quartz and a standard 50mm lens… it’s not the easiest setup to use, if getting the camera in the right place is difficult then keeping it still is nigh on impossible!

This cotton bobbin is roughly 25mm in diameter and only a slight crop has been applied to the image. The bellows were set to give 40mm of extension which gives (according to my calculations) a magnification of 1.1x, slightly larger than life-size.

More experimentation and practice is definitely needed…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Woodland Track, February 2020

Woodland Track, February 2020Woodland Track, February 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, f11 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I’m still experimenting with Hamish Gill’s pixl-latr and the excellent Negative Lab Pro Lightroom plugin for digitising my negatives and the more I use this combination, the more I like it!

I’ve never done much tweaking of my film images in Lightroom before posting them… it just doesn’t seem ‘right’ to do so somehow, but at the moment I’m hardly doing anything at all! Negative Lab Pro handles the negative/positive conversion beautifully and I find myself just making slight adjustments to contrast before I’m happy with the image… Maybe I’m just easy to please?

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Woodland Staircase, February 2020

Woodland Staircase, February 2020Woodland Staircase, February 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f8 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I spent part of yesterday experimenting with a new way (to me) of digitising 35mm film… My first impressions of Hamish Gill’s pixl-latr device are very favourable indeed, I’m definitely getting sharper images than from my Epson Perfection 4870 Photo scanner and I’m getting them much faster too!

I’ll post some pics of the setup I’ve been using just as soon as I’ve made my office presentable! 😁

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.