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  • National Trust

    Tattershall castle in Lincolnshire

    A couple of days ago we went to the National Trust’s Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire while they had a battle re-enactment and I used it as an opportunity to take pictures with both my Fuji X-T1 mirror-less and Pentax MZ-3 35mm slr loaded with colour slide film.  Although it will be  few days before I can get the colour slides developed from the MZ-3, one of the best of the Fuji X-T1 pictures is included below. Tattershall Castle This picture...
  • National Trust

    Gunby hall National Trust property

    Today we visited the Gunby Hall national trust property in Lincolnshire and below is one of the better pictures I took during our visit. This picture was taken using my Fuji X-T1 mirror-less camera and a Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5 super wide angle lens. The lens, which is pentax K mount, was fitted to the camera body with a simple adapter which allowed me to adjust the aperture, although I couldn’t tell the actual aperture used. Fortunately because it was a...
  • Nature
  • Film Photography

    Experiments with black & white transparencies

    Many years ago, in a book on photography which I had when I was a teenager, I read about the process of developing black & white film as transparencies instead of as negatives. I was fascinated to read that it’s only the process which changes – the film used is the same. This contrasted with colour slides and colour prints which were bought as a different type of film as well as being developed using a different process. Fast forward...
  • Film Photography
  • Film Photography

    Found film

    This is another batch of film I’ve developed after finding it in a vintage camera I bought from eBay. Although this was a colour film, I developed it with a black & white developer (Rodinal at 1:100 dilution) using stand development, because I knew that the back of the camera had been opened and the film subject to light. I’d received the camera and checked as I always do that there was no film in it by winding the rewind...
  • Vintage

    Recovering negatives from found film

    Occasionally, when I buy a film camera for my collection, I discover that a previous owner has left a partially exposed film in it. Because of that I now always make sure I check if a camera has a film in before I open the back because it seems such a shame to fog a film without trying to recover some pictures from it. In the past, I’ve sent these ‘discovered again’ lost films off to a lab for development,...
  • Family

    A trip to the Ideal Home Exhibition

    This is a family history post with some pictures I took during a trip to the Ideal Home exhibition in London on Saturday. As well as the gallery below the pictures can be viewed in full size using this link. I had originally planned to take some pictures with a 35mm film camera, and took along a recently acquired Pentax Z-20 autofocus camera loaded with some Fuji 800 ISO film. It turned out the venue was too dark for ‘only’...
  • Cornerstone, Photography
  • Film Photography

    Developing colour film using the digibase C41 kit – second attempt

    Last week I had my first attempt at developing a colour film using a C41 home processing kit, and it was somewhat less than successful. Although I wasn’t certain of the cause I thought it was probably because I’d inadvertently used an old film, so I decided to have another go with a brand new Kodak ColourPlus 200 film to try to make sure everything went right. I also spent the week reflecting on what could have gone wrong on...
  • Film Photography

    Disappointing results using the digibase C41 kit – part 3

    This is third and final part of my series on home developing of colour negative film using the digibase C41 kit. In this part I’m going to describe the scanning, final results and look at possible ways I can improve the process for next time. Digibase C41 Kit Results First, here are the results I obtained from the Digibase C41 kit. Scanning & Post Processing In the cold light of day I took another look at the negatives to assess...
  • Film Photography

    Successful C41 development using the digibase kit – part 2

    In the last post I described a bit of background to the decision to use the digibase kit for my first venture into C41 development. In this post I’m getting down to the nitty-gritty and describing the actual film development. C41 Development Preparation I said in the last post that I’d bought a quantity of 5, 500ml plastic bottles which I intended to use to warm up the chemistry prior the use. It turned out that I didn’t need bottles...
  • Film Photography

    Developing colour film using a C41 digibase kit – part 1

    This is the first in a series of articles which describes my experiences developing colour film using a set of pre-diluted C41 chemicals which I purchased from eBay. Background Although I’ve developed black & white film many times, in the past I’ve always steered clear of colour film development believing it to be too complex and too sensitive to temperature to be easy to do. Although I think that may have been true when I first started developing film over 40...
  • Family

    Experiments in early morning photography

    There is something magical about photographs taken in low light which makes even mundane and boring scenes look interesting. Well, living as I do in a fairly mundane and boring part of Hertfordshire I decided I’d try and liven up some pictures by taking them in the very early morning dawn light. Taking Pictures at Dawn I set out at about 7:15 am when it was still quite dark, and took my Pentax K5 fitted with my Tamron 10-24mm wide...
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  • Photography

    Decision made – I’m sticking with wordpress (at the moment)

    Last week I wrote a short post about the thoughts I’d had about my blog hosting arrangements. Briefly to recap, I’ve been thinking about moving my site away from the umbrella of  wordpress.com and moving to a self-hosted wordpress.org site on a Digital Ocean virtual server where I would have more control. Well, after a few days thought I’ve decided to stick with wordpress.com, at least for the next year and these are my reasons. It’s mainly to do with the...
  • Vintage
  • Film Photography

    Developing medium format film

    Last week I wrote a post about my Ensign Selfix 1620 folding camera and mentioned in that post how I’d loaded it with some FP4+ to take some sample pictures. Well, this week I developed the film, having finished taking the test pictures last weekend. Although it’s not the first film I’ve developed, it is the first time I’ve developed medium format film, so I thought I’d write this post to contrast the experience to 35mm. Obviously the first part...
  • Family

    Pictures from Stratford-on-Avon

    When we went to Gloucestershire in the summer we visited Stratford-on-Avon where I took some pictures with both my Pentax K5 DSLR and my Minolta 505 si super 35mm SLR. On that day we took a trip on a river boat, had a walk round the town, had a nice meal in a restaurant and took a tourist bus tour around the historic sights. That obviously gave me lots of opportunities to take some pictures and these are the ones...
  • National Trust

    Snowshill Manor National Trust pictures

    When we stayed in Gloucestershire recently one of the places we visited was Snowshill Manor house which is a national trust property and this post has a collection of photos which I took whilst we were there. Snowshill Manor Pictures I actually took two cameras with me on the visit to snowshill – my Pentax K5 DSLR, and a Minolta 505si super 35mm film camera fitted with a standard minolta 28 – 80 kit zoom. Each of the pictures shown...

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