Taking a little break from work and finally got around to processing my rolls of black and white film… I’m embarrassed to say that most of them are from two years ago. I’ve been busy, but really, this only took me an hour or so, and its hard too believe I haven’t had an hour of free time over the last two years… It was exciting to see the negatives come out, but a bit bittersweet when I came across the roll where my Xpan died half way through. I have resolved to spend the next bit of woodworking earnings on having it repaired so I can once again enjoy it!
Been thinking a lot about woodworking lately, add that to my reading of Terrence Conran’s “sort of autobiography” and I couldn’t help myself but use the above picture for photo Friday. Taken a month ago at the Design Museum in London at the Terrence Conran exhibit celebrating his 80 years of inspiring design. This tool cabinet was a gift from the workers at his own Benchmark furniture business. I’m not sure if I am more jealous of him having his own in house furniture company (it resides in an old barn on his property) or this wonderful cabinet stocked with all the hand tool essentials…
Took this shot this morning outside a Paris Cafe. I’ve been waiting since last June to buy a new camera but all the ones I want seem to be back ordered. Anyways, all to say that I haven’t taken as many pics lately as I’m frustrated with my current setup (thought I could handle no viewfinder but I can’t). Anyways, went out this morning and threw on a 75mm voigtlander onto my Nex 3. I bought the lens cause it was a good deal but I don’t use it much. But on the Nex it really seems to shine, and my hit rate is far better than with my Bessa film camera.
Back to the picture, I like the people in the background that you can’t quite make out, makes you linger and think about the picture a bit. Might have preferred if they weren’t quite so out of focus, but overall I’m pretty happy with the shot. Now if my new camera could just show up…
Hot off the scanner…. Still working my way through last year’s European adventure, developed another two rolls the other day and just scanned them in this evening. This shot is from Amsterdam, a biker flying over one of the many bridges. A nice slow shutter speed gave me a little motion blur in the biker while still enabling a sharp foreground. The brick pattern really makes this image (in contrast with the blurred biker).
Taken with my Voigtlander Bessa R, and I think my 15mm Heliar due to the great depth of field, but I could be wrong. Film used was Fuji Neopan 400, I took a lot of Tri-X near the end of our adventure, and looking back at the two films, I still prefer Neopan, will have to stock up before our next trip.
Put up a collection of photos on Etsy as well, will be updating my store more frequently in the coming weeks.
52 Create, my attempt to do one creative project/week for the entire year. So far all my projects have been out of wood (and most will be too), but for this one I thought I’d run with an idea I’d had for a long time. While in Paris last year I was thinking that a fun way to display photos would be to print them onto a strip of paper and attach them to the spool in an empty film can. You could then roll them up into the can and sell them as a set of photos.
I ended up printing the photos on a sheet of 8.5×11 photo paper and then cut into 35mm strips. I fit 9 photos on a strip with a 2:3 ratio, and 7 with a 1:1 (square) ratio. Made the background of the strip black and typed the name of the set on the end of the roll. I then cut the paper to look like a film leader. I decided not to add sprocket holes as I thought this was a bit tacky.
I like the effect, and I think it could be a really great seller on my Etsy site, but I’ll need to redo these. The dpi got screwed up in photoshop so the resolution is really bad. I’d also like to put a little more work into the photos used on each strip. Right now they are sorted by camera and by colour/BW, but I’d like to give each “roll” a theme in the future. I think this would add strength of the photos.