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Wanchai

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Wanchai is a district on the main island in Hong Kong. It is one of the older sections of the city, and some of the older sections still survive. The old tram line effectively marks the original shoreline, so all the older stuff is south of the tram line. The oldest temple on Hong Kong Island still stands, now surrounded by developments, roads and double decker buses. …

Sakura

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Japan is famous for the annual blooming of Cherry Blossoms, called Sakura. The whole country becomes obsessed with the time the blooms will come, signalling spring. They only last for a few days and probably are at their best for around 36 hours. Tokyo normally gets the blossoms around the beginning of April, depending on the speed at which Spring has arrived. …

Gotokuji

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Almost everyone in Asia has seen the small statues of the welcoming cat, very common in shops in Hong Kong. I wanted to go and visit the shrine where these originated. It is in suburban Tokyo in a place called Gotokuji. I took along my Nikon F6 and “The Beast” - my Pentax 67II medium format camera. I packed Kodak Portra colour negative film in 160 and 400 ISO. …

Scanning Negatives

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Since the majority of my photos are taken using film, scanning has become one of the necessary evils of getting the results I want. I have a Nikon Super Coolscan 9000ED scanner (who made this product name up I wonder) and use Vuescan software on an iMac. I have tried all kinds of techniques and have been especially frustrated by colour negatives. …

Dogo Onsen

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An Onsen is a Japanese style hot spring bath - and the Onsen in Matsuyama in Shikoku is probably the most famous of all. It even has a special bath for the Emperor, which I understand is not used very often at all. It is a very traditional looking wooden building that is strangely in the middle of a lot of modern development and looked over by a lot of high rise hotels that serve the curious like myself. …

Kochi Castle

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To the South of Shikoku is the town of Kochi. It is a famous fishing town and boats some amazing restaurants for fish. I am not a usually a huge fish fan, but this place was heaven for me. It has a fabulous castle right in the middle of the city and I dragged my Mamiya 645 there at both sunset and sunrise to photograph it. …

Kurashiki

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I have been completely buried with work for a few weeks - getting my business going for the 2015 business year. I have also been on a marathon scanning and catalog building effort having shot dozens of rolls of film during my Christmas vacation to Shikoku. So I apologise for being quiet and hope that a larger than usual post makes up for it.

Nakameguro

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I live in Meguro, which is pretty nice, especially around the Meguro River during the Sakura season. Next to where I live is Nakameguro, which has some cool shops, restaurants and bars. Nice for a walk. Having recently picked up a new Nikon camera to match my lovely old Nikon lenses, I wanted to have a first walk with it. …

Kintaikyo Bridge

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Happy New Year to everyone. It seems the years are going faster. I will try and get more posts up in 2015, and I want to get some “how to” posts as well, as a number of folks have contacted me with questions around things like scanning. While I don’t ever want people to think I am an expert - I have made enough mistakes to probably count as a useful advisor.

Almost last - final rolls of Kodak E100VS

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I in an earlier post, I am running down stocks of films that can no longer be found, last was PRESTO and now I am on my final rolls of Ektachrome 100VS. This is quite the colour hooligan film - even when compared with the colour-fest of Fujifilm Velvia. It doesn’t do shadow well, it can be more grainy than ideal for a 100ISO positive stock, but it is just right for some subjects. …

Lake Chuzenji - Some Colour

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This is the second in the series from my visit to Nikko and Lake Chuzenji. It was a completely film trip for me, with a Hasselblad 500CM, a Nikon F6 and a Nikon F5 in tow. The F5 was used for B&W, the F6 was for colour and I had 2 backs for the Blad. I didn’t use much of the Blad as it was quite cold and it got cumbersome trying to juggle cameras and a light meter at the same time. …

Lake Chuzenji - Last Roll of Neopan 400 PRESTO

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I took a long weekend break with my wife and went to Nikko, North of Tokyo, to look at the autumn leaves and relax in an Onsen. Lake Chuzenji is in a volcanic bowl around 2,000 metres altitude and fed from underground water sources. Next to the lake is a miniature version of Mount Fuji, around another 300 metres higher and perfectly symmetrical. …


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