Showing posts with label film photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label film photography. Show all posts
Sunday, 11 October 2015

Colour Film: Floriade (Canberra)

During the Labour Day long weekend, I headed to Canberra for the day to visit Floriade. The last time I went to Floriade was when I was 6 or so (17 years ago...) and the last time I visited Canberra was when I was 11 (12 years ago...). In short, it has been a while.

For the past month or two, I have been spending most of my weekends eating out and doing typical weekend activities. Although they have been fun, heading to Canberra triggered a different feeling; I guess I really do miss heading out of Sydney and seeing "new" things. I miss travelling.

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I was in Canberra for around 4.5 hours and got a little bored very quickly. I guess it might be the planned nature of the city, but it reminded me a little of the US. It must have been the wide roads which were largely deserted. 

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Naturally, I chose to shoot in colour rather than black and white. I shot with Fuijifilm Superia X-Tra 400 as it was the only film sold at the camera store near my work. I am actually a little disappointed with this film. I still have two rolls to go, but from this roll the shots are all overexposed (I have adjusted it after scanning which is something I have never done before). In addition, the place where I have gotten my colour film developed for the past 5 years has been sold and I'm not too impressed with the new staff. Firstly, I really dislike the fact that places don't sleeve negatives anymore. Secondly, not only were the negatives uncut, but they had rolled 3 of my negatives together into one film canister. No. No. No. That's just asking for my negatives to be scratched (which they were) and to have dust on it (which they did). Not impressed. I will take my money elsewhere.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Colour Film: London

I feel like colour film captures the true colours and mood of the situation more than digital does without postprocessing. I didn't realise until I got to London that I had accidentally brought one roll of colour film (the other 5 were black and white). As I was scanning in this roll, my heart ached a little. Although there is something quite special about black and white, colour just looks and feels amazing.

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Reminds me of EVE from Walle.

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I have stayed at this hostel twice now.
Friday, 2 October 2015

BW Film: Paris

Paris looks amazing in black and white. That is all.

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That is one crazy swingset.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

BW Film: Edinburgh & Dublin

After a few years, I have finally invested in a decent 35mm negative scanner. It is actually amazing, although it did cost me over $300. Yikes. When I went for my 2 month Grad trip in 2014/2015, I took my Canon Rebel Ti (300V) and a few rolls of film. When I was in Berlin, I got 3/6 rolls developed and nearly 10 months later I have scanned those ones in!

These are all shot with my Canon Rebel Ti with Kodak Tri-X 400.

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One of the many reasons why I love this camera, it allows me to easily take multiple exposures.

From this first batch, it is quite evident to me that there will be a learning curve for me. Firstly, I need to figure out my ideal settings for the scanner (what resolution do I really need). Secondly, I need to think about my shots a little more carefully with special emphasis on what it will look like in black and white. A few of my shots are quite flat (not pictured), a consequence of being black and white, but I am super eager to have more of a play with my camera.

I was a little hesitant to take my film overseas as I had to go through a lot of bag scanners and it was a little nerve wrecking knowing that each pass could/would subject my film to damage. Luckily, I don't see any damage to the rolls developed (although I still have 3 yet to be developed which was subjected to even more X-rays) however it does appear my negatives are quite scratched. I'm not sure if it happened in the manner it is currently stored or during development.

I really do love film.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Film Photography

At any given point in time, I will always have at least 3 rolls of undeveloped film. Right now I have 3 rolls and two unfinished rolls in two cameras. The upside is that when I do receive the shots back, it's almost like a time capsule because they can be anywhere from 3 weeks to over a year old. I recently developed two of my disposable cameras. Oh my. These were cameras I had purchased at the Reject Shop for $5 each and perhaps it was just the ones I bought (although I did buy them at different times), but they are horrible. Super grainy (past the point of being even remotely nice) and a crazy amount of light leaks. Crazy amount. Nonetheless, it is still quite cool and I am still in love with film photography. That being said, I think I will go back to purchasing decent film for my cameras (maybe after I finish my 8 rolls of BW film though....).

These are the best 6 shots that I had developed.

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This makes me a little sad as I think it would have been so much nicer without that horribly obnoxious light leak.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Film

A break from my New Zealand posts (actually, I never even finished my Hong Kong entries) but I finally developed 3 rolls of my film and I really should invest in a a film scanner as it would halve my costs. I spent almost $40 but the feeling is completely worth it. These were all taken by my gifted Canon Rebel Ti.

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The back accidentally opened and my film got exposed hence some of my shots have these incredibly light leaks.

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I still have another 3 rolls to process, not including my disposable film camera.
Saturday, 11 February 2012

35mm Film

For the past few months, I have had two rolls of 35mm film sitting on top of my bookshelf. Finally I brought myself down to the local store to develop them. I had used two different cameras, my trusty and yet bulky Minolta Dynax 300si (or ╬▒-101si as I have the Japanese version) and trialing the compact Olympus Trip 35mm.

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Minolta Dynax 300si









Evident from the batch that I developed, the quality from my Minolta is far superior (as to be expected) however it is simply too bulky to bring out with me. The film that I used was relatively cheap; rather than purchasing on higher quality film from Ebay, I settled for the only brand sold at the supermarket. As I do not develop the photos myself, film photography is an expensive hobby. Yet in those first moments after receiving the package from the photo lab, the anticipation and excitement of 'discovering' those captures is an experience unlike any other.