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My Photographs Of Nothing In Particular.

Route 66 - Los Angeles

A selection of photos taken in and around Los Angeles at the end of our Route 66 odyssey last October.

Munich

Last week, my wife and I had a short break in Munich. These are a few snaps I made with my Bessa R4M and 21mm/f4 Color-Skopar and 35mm/f1.2 Nokton using Ilford XP2 Super. I’m really pleased with the sharpness and overall look of the photos. I metered off walls and floors to get a mid-grey and set EV manually as the sky was too bright and would have under-exposed everything. 

As for Munich; I’d imagined it being a lot more quaint than it turned out to be. It’s a nice enough place and there’s lots of interesting places to visit but, next time, I think we’ll head for a small town or village to get more of the authentic Bavarian vibe. 

Munich

My wife and I visited Munich recently.  Here’s a few snaps taken with my Fuji XPro-1, 18mm/f2 and 35mm/f1.4 lenses. Processed (lightly) in LR4.  The bottom two are mono because they just look better that way.

Split Tone

I’m not usually a fan of heavy post processing of photos but I’ve been having a play with Lightroom 4 and some split tone presets. Photos taken on Ilford XP2 Super, Voigtlander Bessa R4M and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 lens. 

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK

An interesting and, occasionally, pretty fishing town on the Suffolk coast of East Anglia. Photos taken 23 Feb 2014. Fuji Superia 400 via Hasselblad XPan (+ 30mm, 45mm and 90mm lenses).  Hand-held and processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.

London (Old Street, Shoreditch) February 2014

I used to work just around the corner from where I took these shots. That was in 2008. It wasn’t pretty then but, unlike other parts of the edge of the City of London, this place seems to have gone backwards, if anything. Yes, there’s some swanky new office and apartment blocks but there’s no “shabby chic” feel, in my opinion; just “shabby”. 

Day of the Dead

When we were in LA last October, we visited a market near an old Adobe house in the centre of town. They were preparing for the “Day of the Dead”.  Pretty weird to us in the UK but the locals were really getting into the swing…..

Cambridge

Went on a little walkabout a couple of Sundays ago - trying out a new acquisition; a Nikon FM3A. Lenses were 20-35mm Nikkor and 50mm f1.2 Ai Nikkor.  Film was Ilford XP2 Super, lab processed and post processed in Lightroom 4. 

The FM3A is a gem of a camera. All the best bits of the FE/FM series manual focus kit all rolled into one. It was the last great manual focus camera built by Nikon before digital arrived. 

Very little done to the photos aside from calming down some highlights (I love XP2 Super but it can be very contrasty in bright light).

Isle of Skye

Two or three years ago, my wife and I spent a great couple of weeks touring around the Isle of Skye. I’ll assume you know where it is or, if you don’t, there’s always Google.

Anyway, as it was a road trip (a bloody long one as we live in Essex) and we were operating out of the boot of the car, I’d taken my Hasselblad 500c/m as well as my Nikon F5.  

The Hasselblad is one of my all-time favourite cameras and I hope never to be parted from it or the three stellar lenses I have.  The F5, on the other hand, is an over-sized and weighty 35mm film camera with a wonderful meter that accepts one of (if not the) largest and best range of lenses of any manufacturer. But it’s 35mm and that isn’t ideal for landscape photography - certainly not in comparison to the Hasselblad.

Anyway, by the time we got home from our holiday, I’d sort of fallen out of love with the F5 for landscapes and never had the ten or so rolls of Fuji Velvia 100f I’d taken processed. They sat in a bag, in a drawer until last week. 

By that point, I’d also got a load of Ilford XP2 Super and Fuji Provia 100f ready to process as this was the fruits of my labours from our holiday driving Route 66 in October 2013.

I don’t process E6 and it’s been a while since I processed B&W. I’m told that XP2 Super (though C41 processable) can be developed in traditional B&W chemistry. However, I didn’t want to risk getting it wrong, so I sent the whole 27 films to a lab. They did a really good job.

These photos were taken with the Nikon F5 on Velvia 100f. Much as I like the slightly idiosyncratic blue / purplish hue that this film produces as standard, I’m going through a long love affair with black and white. Therefore, with the magic of Lightroom 4, these have been converted. 

They are virtually full-frame crops. They’ve had a bit of post-processing done but there’s nothing there that wasn’t on the negatives. 

I’ve started to change my mind about the F5. As most will appreciate, it’s a supreme workhorse and top professional camera - designed, primarily for photojournalism and sports photography. However, with a slow(ish) film, a tripod and a bit of judicious post-processing, it can produce some nice landscape shots. Well, I think so - and hope you do too.

HARDRAW FORCE - North Yorkshire
Hasselblad 500c/m 40mm CFT* FLE Fuji Provia 100f

HARDRAW FORCE - North Yorkshire

Hasselblad 500c/m 40mm CFT* FLE Fuji Provia 100f