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Oh my god I'm having so much fun!

Now that I have looked more deeply into my film archives I realised that I actually want to save some of this stuff. Most of what I'm finding dates back to when I was a photography student, some goes back even further than that.

So... welcome to my new collection. I hope you enjoy my trip down memory lane and as I start to #ShootMoreFilm I hope you'll enjoy the results of that too.

No fancy scanners, no retouching. No Photoshop.

This was originally shot on a Pentax ME Super (I think). It was the first night of a residential trip in my first year at Bradford College. We'd decamped to Filey for the week and I had gone ahead of the minibus on my motorbike. Unfortunately my bag of cameras (OM 1 & 2) along with all my lenses got stolen from the luggage van and I never saw them again so this was taken on a borrowed (college) camera. Taken in 1985 i think and shot on Kodachrome 64.

Don't ask me why the fishermen were burning their boats; I have no idea. I may have been drinking.

#BelieveinFilm
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#FrankenCam
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First prints for many years.

I took a few canisters of 35mm colour print film to be processed last week; a test roll from my newly acquired Olympus OM1 a roll from my EOS1n and a roll that had been lying around in my desk drawer for goodness knows how long.

The wonderful surprise of finding that roll contained some holiday snaps from many years ago brought a tear to my eye.

She goes to University this year...
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The satisfying kerrrlunk of a manual shutter.

I was very excited when my OM1 fleabay special arrived last week but just after I'd loaded her with a roll of film I realised that the iris on the Hoya 28mm 2.8 lens that came with this beautiful little jewel of a camera just wasn't working. After shipping the lens back for a refund I've ended up with this Sigma "mini-wide" 28mm 2.8 macro and so far all seems to be going well.

I'm trying to rush a roll of C41 through her today which hopefully I'll get processed this evening.
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Hoping that this impulse purchase turns out ok.
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Further modifications to the #FrankenCam.

I spent the afternoon messing about with Franky, I did try the 150mm lens +Luigi Sanna but as I suspected, my slide holder needed to be about a meter long.

I swapped the shutter too as I discovered that my Copal shutter had a very sticky Iris that wouldn't stop down beyond f11. So now I'm using the Compur shutter instead and as a result of having a functioning aperture I'm now getting some surprisingly good results. Fine focus still has to be checked from slide to slide but I'll try to solve that by making a filmstrip holder.

So here's a shot of the Giant's Causeway from May 1989 when the OH and I visited Ireland on our Honeymoon.

Olympus OM1
Kodachrome 64


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Frankenstein's monster.

So after a week of using my crappy Panagor "zoom slide copier" I decided I needed a little more control over the fine focus on the shots I'm sharing in this collection. I wasn't about to unbox the scanner that's been in the shed for a decade or so; it's a fine thing but it's no fun to use and I wanted to continue with the deliberately LoFi feel.

So, without any expense taken, I dug the old Cambo 5x4 out of said shed, reversed a 90mm Super Angulon in the front standard and then set about dis-assembling the Zoom Slide Copier.

After applying some glue & Gaffer tape I ended up with this. Possibly the most extreme slide copier in existence.

Early results are (very) promising.

More tomorrow.

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Kodak Elite Chrome Extra Color.

Otherwise known as EBX100 this was a stunning film. Just look at those colours. (This is SOOC from my slide copier mounted on a Lumix GF1).

From my first trip to the the USA back in October 2001 this was taken somewhere near the pretty fishing town of Rockport Massachusetts.

Nikon F90x
Nikon 17-35 f2.8
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hidden treasures unearthed

Just found these in the filing cabinet.

2001 from NYC and Rockport Massachusetts. Also a few from Keswick & Whitby but that doesn't sound so cosmopolitan.

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I nearly broke my own rules.

When I started copying my old transparencies I said "No filters, no processing, just basic levels adjustments."

But this transparancy, originally shot on a Mamiya 645 really got to me because it has the most awkward white balance. The original has a strong magenta cast and wether that's to do with it's ageing or what, I just don't know. What I do know is that it's a difficult one to get right.

So, you nearly got this in Black & White.

Taken in the early 90s on RDP II (Fuji Provia 100)

Somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales, south of Malham if I remember right.

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