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Fuji Velvia 50

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I am continuing putting up some pages shot in various film stock to show the differences between each. Today it is Fujicolor Velvia 50. I find this to be one of the most difficult of all positive film stocks to use - it is very saturated and also very marked in contrast. It really is not suited to bright sunlight and deep shadows. …

Fuji PRO160C Film

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I started out getting back into film using mostly positive films. It wasn’t until I got hands on a Hasselblad that I thought I would give colour negatives a try. The first film I tried was Fuji PRO160C - and what a good first choice it was. I managed to get some really quite acceptable results from it - especially when muted colour was what I was looking for. …

Fuji Provia 100F

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I thought I would gather some photos made using a film I will spend an awful lot more time with. For some time, my favourite positive film was Fuji Astia 100 - but the economics of film being what it is - it was recently discontinued by Fuji and I shot probably my last roll of 120 a few weeks ago and have exactly 8 rolls of 135 left. …

Nara - Kasuga Taisha

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About 2 years ago, I took my Mamiya 645 rig to Nara and Kyoto. I was busy re-scanning the rolls of film from that trip over the past few weeks and remembered just what good results I managed to get. The Mamiya is a very clever modular 6x4.5 format system. Like Hasselblad, you can change backs, bodies, finders and lenses to create a camera that works for you. …

Some of my Favourite Hasselblad Shots

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I bought an old Hasselblad 500CM a few years ago, found in a secondhand camera shop in Hong Kong. I thought it would be a good way to learn a completely manual camera and really have a good try at Medium Format (6x6 in this case) photography. I have managed to work out the intricacies of light meters and focusing through a finder that is essentially backwards. …

Tokyo International Forum

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Tokyo is about modern as much as it is about history. In fact the city contains some of the most stunning modern architecture. For some time, Tokyo led the world in commissioning avant garde buildings. One of the most stunning is the Tokyo International Forum, a venue for meetings, shows and art near to Tokyo Station right in the heart of the city. …

Nezu Analog

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During my recent trip to the Nezu shrine, I took along both a Fujifilm X-E1 and some lenses and my Hasselblad 500CM with the standard lens. Here are some of the photos from the Hasselbld. I usually carry two film back, one with colour film (in this case Kodak Porta 160VC) and one with B&W film (in this case Kodak TMAX 400). …

Nezu Digital

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I really like the shrine in Nezu - to the north of the city of Tokyo. The Inari shrine there has a very small version of the Fushimi shrine in Kyoto. It is quite popular and does make a great location for photos. For some reason I prefer it in dimmer light, as it adds to the mood of the place. This time I took a Fujifilm X-E1 camera with the fabulous 35mm F1.4 lens from Fuji on the front. …

Mornington

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During December I had to make a number of trips to Australia to see my Mother who was very ill. My parents had retired to Mornington in Victoria. It is a lovely small town that used to be a mixture of a holiday resort and small fishing port. Now it is home to many retirees. It was a typical Melbourne summer, being actually colder than the winter in Tokyo for much of the time. …

A January Photowalk

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Having spent some time with Dave Powell a couple of weeks earlier, I attended one of his Photowalks that are held on a intermittent schedule in Tokyo. This one one was inspired by the Coming of Age Day tradition of 20 years girls getting getting spectacularly dressed up in traditional Kimonos to go to events fro the special day. …

Shooting with Dave

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Dave, a good friend of mine in Tokyo, and the creator of the ShootTokyo blog, often comes up with good ideas for where to go around Tokyo to run off some rolls of film. His recent acquisition of a Hasselblad means he was keen to get some practice in with his “beast”. The suggestion was to take the ShootTokyoMobile over to Odaiba and see what we could find. …

Autumn in Karuizawa

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Karuizawa is a very famous mountain resort in Nagano prefecture - about 2 hours away from Tokyo (on a good day) and famous for once being the preferred mountain retreat for the foreign population of Tokyo. It is consistently cooler than Tokyo, with beautiful mountains and forests around. We decided it would be a good place to take our dog for her to experience forests - having only been in Hong Kong and Singapore before. …


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