Sunday, July 30, 2006

OTBW lens

On The Band Wagon lens is made from a med format lens fixed via gaffer tape and makeshift bellows. Using v old kodak 5302 fine grained film [asa3] and developed in Ilford Warmtone !
All snaps taken within 4 feet of front door!

And here is OTBW next to my Cuban Bucannero 'camera' for size :-) .

Thursday, July 27, 2006

A stroll with Marshall

Every now and again, my friend Marshall and I, who, like myself is a cycle racing coach, take off to a local cafe for a chatette about photography and associated areas. An interesting if rambling conversation ensues [Marshall is 100% didgital, I am moving rapidly backwards now using glass plates from time to time] and we drink coffee and nibble, delicately in my case, cakes.
This weeks jaunt was no exception with a short drive to a village that has always intrigued me since it still has a Socialist Workers club.
Coffee duly supped, we took off for a short stroll along the river to a place where we decided to sit a while and I took the opportunity to snap Marshall with my Agfa record/Tmax400. nice sharp lens it has too.
Not long after we took off along the adjacent canal where some boatmen were doing things interesting with an old barge. Here is the boat rope man - again on the Agfa. Both Marshall and myself coming away somewhat encvious at the boatmans semingly idyllic life. We went home.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Record of the Agfa

Day two using this lovely camera. I'm beginning to like this beast despite fouling up the loading of the film onto the developing reel resulting in awful development.
this is out over Marsden way.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


Not sure about this camera - kindly sent to me from Sweden. It keeps coming up with light-leaks despite being covered with gaffer tape. Still, loaded with APX400s the lens seems ok. Here, some kids on a school day out cool down in the river at Uppermill.
This image of my chum Mondo has lovely tones.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Boat on the Record

Agfa Record

A very good chum of mine in the USofA kindly sent this little gem to me but I really have not had the time or energy to get to know it. Today, I was out for a light stroll on the local canal with Mondo, my long-time friend and I took the camera with me. Apparently, I had already loaded it with some Delta 400 that was sent my way on a recent trip to the Ilford factory.
Since I don't have a metric rangefinder, it was a bit of guessimating on the focussing. Still, wide open at f4 this wasn't too bad - even if I have not quite got used to the parrallex issues yet.
Sloshed in Aculux2. Scanned in RGB.

This other snap was on the same roll. Probably a bit smaller on the aperture front - the steps down to my abode. I shall be getting to know this gem a bit better soon with results like these.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Rubber bands and gaffer tape

Since I have an old FKD plate camera, I have to have lots of rubber bands to keep the film holder in place - just. Gaffer tape is to help sort the light leaks. Anyway, I stuck this old 4in Ross enlarger lens on the front yesterday and took a snap of this little fella using a 9x12 back and 100asa film.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Agfa - again

since Agfa went down the pan, plenty of the old film has been making it's way onto the market. I bought a roll of 400s from Silverprint at a knock-down price and gave it a whirl in the Minolta 7000 before it got dropped and the lens broke !
Anyway, sloshed around in fx39 this stuff is well ok - especially for the price.
Here's Ellen, a tandem racer after a hot and sweaty race.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Contact Printing

For a while now I have been playing with contact printing and POP [printing out paper]. I love this paper but, since I was given a bunch of old paper, I thought it would be fun to give that a try too. This is an image taken on the Kowa 6mm onChristmas morning in Somerset, scanned then tweaked and re-neg'd on OHP stuff. Then contact printed on Gevaert paper [Gevatone k28 grade 2] I used PQ universal developer. A nice result I think !

Thursday, July 13, 2006


A little bit of colour from the recent championships. Minolta 7000 and cheap 400asa film.

Plus a snap from a house we went to look at with a view to buying - it looked great outside !

Monday, July 10, 2006


Sometimes you have to go to Welwyn. We went because the National Masters track cycling champs were there. And my partner Eve won two medals. Here seen starting her pursuit in which she won a silver medal;
Taken with the old Voigtlander folding RF - Bessa 1. Acros FX39

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Monday, July 03, 2006


I took some snaps with some very cheap generic 35mm roll film in the Spotmatic while were on holiday. I like this one.
Bus stop on Scalpay.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Holiday Home

This was where we stayed on the Isle of Harris.
Voigtlander Perkeo 1 FP4 r09 Stand development

After the Hols

The bit that can get a little tiresome for me is developing the negs after a great holiday. On the other hand, it is exciting to see wha one has got. Trouble is for me that i can get a bit careless when I develop a few rolls in a day and then I get bad results. So, I finshed the day of developing with a spot of stand development for some FP4 which seems to like this treatment. Did it is R09 1:180 for about 1hr 45 mins with a little agitation to begin with and one iversion when I remembered at 1 hour - ish!
meanwhile, here is a snap taken with the KOWA 6MM on Delta 100 in FX39. Sharp!
And another from the Voigtlander Bessa1 folder. Dela100/FX39.

The last one is FP4 with the stand development taken with the Voigtlander Perkeo 1