Square Saturday… Apple blossom, WWPPD 2020

Apple blossom, WWPPDApple blossom, WWPPD 2020
Diana+ – Two 10s exposures at f150 – Ilford Pan F Plus
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

An image from this year’s Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day taken with a charity shop find Diana+ camera.

The Diana+ has two pinhole modes… setting the aperture to ‘P’ and removing the lens gives a ‘true’ pinhole image, leaving the lens on gives what Lomography call a ‘Magnum’ image that is sharper and less wideangle than a ‘true’ image.

The above image is what happens when you forget to wind on between shots and accidentally record both types on one frame!

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

Slide Film Sunday… Heleniums, Nymans

Heleniums, NymansHeleniums, Nymans
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, 1/60s, f5.6, Kodak Ektachrome E100

An image from Nymans in West Sussex, taken around this time last year…

I really should make notes when photographing gardens, most of them label their plants after all but I believe that these beautiful flowers are some variety of Hellenium, also known as ‘Sneezeweed’.

I’ve splashed out on a few more rolls of Ektachrome but haven’t yet had chance to shoot any of it this summer…

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Apple blossom and the Olympus OM40 Program

Apple tree (Malus domestica)Apple tree (Malus domestica)
Olympus OM40 Program, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 + Close-Up Lens f=40cm – 1/500s, f5.6, – O.O.D. Fujicolor C200 rated at ISO 100

Last year my ‘Photography Friday’ partner (and camera finder extraordinaire) Rachel found an Olympus OM40 Program (and Tokina 28mm lens) in a charity shop in Chester… above is the final frame from the test roll of film.

I paired the camera with an Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens for most of the roll and also used an Olympus 49mm Close-Up Lens for a number of shots (including this one.)

I’m quite taken with the OM40… I won’t be parting with it!

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Square Saturday… Belper River Gardens on the Kodak Duaflex II

Bandstand, Belper River GardensBandstand, Belper River Gardens
Kodak Duaflex II – Kodak Gold 200

With a lot of time to spare at the moment I’ve been rummaging through folders of negatives, looking for nothing in particular but finding all sorts!

This shot was taken in the summer of 1998 on a Kodak Duaflex II, a simple box camera designed to look like a twin-lens reflex camera (TLR).

Kodak Duaflex IIKodak Duaflex II
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 43mm, 1/105s, f11, ISO 200

There were a number of Duaflex models with some having a focusing 72mm f/8 Kodar lens but this version has the fixed 75mm Kodet f/15 and was produced in the UK at some point between 1949 and 1955.

All versions took 620 roll film and although Kodak Gold 200 was certainly produced in 620 format I’ve a feeling that I re-spooled a roll of 120 (which is quite simple to do in a film changing bag) before taking the camera for an outing to Belper River Gardens.

I notice that Analogue Wonderland are stocking the Film Photography Project‘s range of 620 film… perhaps I should order a roll and give the Duaflex another outing?

Single frame… Roses

Roses, June 2019Roses, June 2019
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f4, – Kodak Portra 160 rated at ISO 100

A few frames left on a very out of date roll of Portra 160 that’s been in the camera for a year… Finish it off in the garden of course!

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… Snowdrops

Snowdrops, February 2012Snowdrops, February 2012
Panasonic Lumix GF1, Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8, 1/50s, f4, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Seven years ago it was this clump of Snowdrops (Galanthus) in our garden.

To get the camera level with the flowers I reversed the centre column of my tripod, composing the image on the GF1’s LCD screen (a spinal injury means that I can’t get down to ground level anymore…)

The Micro Four Thirds fitting Leica Macro-Elmarit 45mm lens is a beautiful piece of kit… I miss it.