Monochrome Monday… Experimenting with bellows…

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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.

Square Saturday… Motor Rail diesel locomotives, October 2019

Motor Rail diesel locomotives, October 2019Motor Rail diesel locomotives, October 2019
Yashica Mat 124G – 1/125s, f11 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100

Another shot from my first roll of film through the Yashica Mat 124G that I had repaired by Miles Whitehead of MW Camera Repairs last year.

These two Motor Rail diesel locomotives at the Midland Railway-Butterley have definitely seen better days since finishing work at ICI’s Smalldale Quarry in the Peak District.

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

Single frame… ‘Eyecatching’

'Eyecatching'‘Eyecatching’
Yashica FX-D Quartz, Yashica ML 35mm f/2.8 – Agfa Vista Plus 200

Another sheet of forgotten negatives turned up this week, funnily enough at the same time I decided to give the camera they were shot on another outing.

The Yashica FX-D Quartz is a close relative of the Contax 139 and shares its lens mount, enabling the use of Contax’s superb Carl Zeiss optics but this entire roll of film was shot with the excellent Yashica ML 35mm f/2.8 lens.

This piece of street art (and the building it adorned) are no more, another disused factory knocked down… ‘Eyecatching’ was collaboration between Sheffield artists Rocket 01 and Faunagraphic and other examples of their work are still visible around the city.

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

Square Saturday… Hudswell Clarke & Co Ltd 0-6-0DM ALBERT

Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0DM ALBERTHudswell Clarke & Co Ltd 0-6-0DM ALBERT
Yashica Mat 124G – 1/250s, f8 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100

This is from a test roll of Ilford FP4 Plus shot in a recently repaired Yashica Mat 124G. The scans seem a bit ‘flat’ but I’ve not yet looked at the negatives as they’re still in the post.

It’s a beautiful camera and thanks to Miles Whitehead of MW Camera Repairs I can start using it again!

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