Back with more analogue. All images shot with my Nikon F3, 50mm f2 ai-s on SuperiaXtra 400 asa expired 2-2011. I used the DW-3 waist level finder. Nice slow down photography using this kind off focusing and i am happy with the results. It was difficult to get accurate focus but almost every shot was a hit, maybe because i really took the time for the composition end the focusing. Shots are all taken at The Gardens of Life in Teuge, The Netherlands. Enjoy!
As promised in my last post, here is the second roll of film. Started at Teufelsberg and finished at Hohenschönhausen. Teufelsberg is an old NATO station used by the americans to listen to the east. Hohenschönhausen is the reason why perhaps? An old Stasi prison which is now a memorial place. The only portrait in the serie is our guide who has been imprisoned there.
This may we went on holiday to Berlin. We started of with Film Hotel Lily Marleen in Potsdam on the 18th. Potsdam we wanted to see because the trip before we just saw Sans Souci. Potsdam was ok but not great. But…..Before we came to Potsdam we stopped at Beelitz-Heilstätten for a nice urbex adventure, wich it became! I brought my just bought Olympus E-M10 but also being the the only Nikon gear my F100+50mm 1.4g AF-S. The film was expired unfortunately very expired. I had a lot of work in Photoshop adjusting the scans, but here is the whole series of that filmroll. Hope you can enjoy anyway! I filled 2 more rolls wich i will post soon.
Techstuff; Nikon F100, Nikkor 50mm 1.4 g AF-S, Kodak Portra 400 nc Expired(no clue but not great film no more), Coolscan LS-40, Photoshop.
Nikomat FT2 + Nikkor 50mm 1:2. This gear is a gift, a great gift. What a fun machine to work with. Also i am pleasantly surprised with the lens. If you have read my previous post about the F3, for the pictures and the feeling about these counts as the same. This is what i see around me and for me it’s fun to do, maybe it’s not that interesting for you as a reader, but as some info and performance of gear and film it might be usefull.
Techstuff: Nikomat FT2, Nikkor 50mm 1:2, Fuji Superia Xtra 400 asa expired 2-2012, Coolscan LS-40, Nikon San 4.03 12 bit default ice fine, Photoshop CC for color correction and some little tweaks like sharpening. Bordermaker was used for the white border and sig.
Yes, shooting with the F3 is fun. The pictures in this post will not qualify as great pictures but the fun i had making them is what is important to me. All are shot with an ai-s lens i have owned for a longer time, a Kiron made Vivitar 28mm 1:2.5. Ah well it’s not super sharp wide open and for some good corners i need to go to f8 i guess but what the hell, it’s solid as a rock and looks great on the F3. Focusses so easy and gives me fun. Do still need a 50mm that will work with the normal metering function, i have a 50mm f2 pre ai wich can only do ‘stop down metering’. The used film was expired, no clue how long. The Hema is strange, some negatives are badly damaged with scratches and some are almost not, makes me wonder what the hell they do in their lab. In practical terms this means some negatives are in PS for 1 minute and some for 10 to 15 before dust and scratches are gone. Maybe, i should or maybe i would be a wiser man if i developed the black and white film myself.
All the pictures are taken on my walks with the dog in a circle roughly 2km around my home. For me the shots , well some at least, make sense. Normally i view it walking by. Now the environment has become a still. For me great to look at and makes my world look different.
For the technical part, Nikon F3 – Vivitar 28mm 1:2.8 ai-s(serial 22…) – Kodak TMax 100 asa expired(date unknown) shot at iso 100 – Nikon Scan 4.03 at default negative/mono setting – Tiff to Photoshop CC for dust and scratch removal and some tweaks in levels and a little sharpening.
Well for one i am not a compact camera shooter. I have played with a Pentax compact, even a Leica c1 but somehow i cannot become friends. Same story for the L35AF, though it seems like a good camera, with according to some background checking, a nice 35mm 2.8 lens. So i filled it with Hema 100 iso film, expired but no clue on it’s age. Did the normal kind off stuff, around the place where i live. But 24 shots through the scanner showed me at least 10 with user error. Must be because about 14 did look fine. It are not the most interesting shots, sorry for that. See it as a test, wich in the end it was.
Will i shoot with it again? Well maybe fresh film will show the promised sharpness a bit better but i think it will be sold or just keeps laying in a locker for ages. Also have an Olympus compact filled with film laying here somewhere, should finish the roll of film on that one to.
Filled a roll of Kodak Tmax 400 asa, expired 5-2013, so almost fresh. Used my Nikon F100 and my 50mm 1.4g and Series E 100mm 1:2.8. Scanned using my LS-40 and little bit of tweaking in CS6 on levels. I don’t use the 100mm a lot, but i should, great lens on film and digital. No fancy shots here, just some random stuff around me.
I was talking on FB with a friend about analogue shooting and the positives and drawbacks about this hobby next to digital shooting. During this talk i realized that i really like b&w analogue photography, even if it’s snapshots. Decisions…..
In this post some b&w. It’s Ilford HP5 Plus 400 asa, expired 7-2012. Random shots as you can see. I used my Nikon F100 with my 50mm 1.4g attached. Hema developed the negatives and my Coolscan LS-40 made the scans. Photoshop CS6 was used to remove spots, no further post processing done here. Just added a border. I like the sharpness and the grain.
Currently there is a roll of Kodak 400 tri-x in the F100. Though doubts about continuing using analogue is in my mind again……
I got a Canon AV-1 with 50mm 1.8 on loan/to keep to play with. Filled her with expired Tmax 400 asa Pro. Shot with it her around the house and walking the dog. The Tmax was just over 12 years old but i exposed as 400 asa, better to compensate with the next roll(have more of this Tmax, expose as asa 200 is the idea). All photo’s were under exposed. I made the best out of these using PS CS6. No sharpening of noise reduction just levels and brightness processed. I love this little camera, it works easy and is comfortable to take with me. Gonna try another roll of film, maybe flip on the 28mm 2.8 Tokina that came along with it to.
Been a while since i posted stuff here. But gonna be here more and share with you. Got myself a few rolls of Kodak Elitechrome 400 asa expired in 2001. Filled my Nikon F100 with it and mounted my Nikkor 28mm 1:2.8 AF. Time to shoot! Loads of snow and grey days, but what the heck. I scanned the positives with my LS-40 and only adjusted the colors in PS5.1. I am kinda satisfied with the results, clearly the film wasn’t that good any more but still…..!