More from the Beast - Positive and Negative

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I am becoming addicted to the Pentax 67II. I seem to just work well with this camera and get around 6 out of every roll (that is 10 shots on a 120 roll) that I consider as “keepers”. That is high. The meter seems to be very accurate and I have yet to encounter an exposure problem - even with notoriously fickle positive film. …

The Beast - Pentax 67 II

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I have always enjoyed medium format photography - starting with buying a Mamiya 645 system and getting addicted to the gigantic negatives and the amazing results that film of this size can give. Next stop was a Hasselblad 500CM ad the wonders of 6x6 negatives. I have had some very satisfying results with this camera, especially in black and white. …

Hong Kong Black & White


I lived for more than 20 years in Hong Kong. I really look upon it as my home - and somewhere I will probably return after my stint in Japan is over. It is a fabulously vibrant place and always changing. It has an energy to it unlike any other place I have been to - and being able to say that after going to New York is quite an achievement. …

Random Hasselbald


Apologies for the delay in the posting. I have had some health issues recently as well as a hell of a lot to do at work - the cameras have been going nowhere for a bit. More posts coming soon I assure you.

I really enjoy my medium format photography, and I have Hasselblad, Mamiya and Pentax systems for 6x6, 645 and 6x7 formats. …

Graffiti Alley


A couple of years ago, I had the chance to spend some time in the city that I grew up in - Melbourne in Australia. It has moved on a lot from the very British outpost with great weather that I knew as a kid - and has plied it’s own course. It is not a real melting pot of almost every nationality and ethnicity you can imagine calling it home. …

Streets of Meguro

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I have been rather busy lately, as evidenced by my lack of update. Much of this has been work related, with me travelling more than 80,000 miles in a few weeks. On the photography front I have been moving my photo library of over 20,000 photos from Apple Aperture to Adobe Lightroom - more on that later - as well as learning how to use my new beast of a camera. …

Kodak Portra 400

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Just like the Portra 160, this used to be available in NC and VC versions. Now it is simply sold as a single version as Portra 400. It is a really nice film, especially for medium format work where the grain is lost in the size of the negative. Colours are gorgeous and you can shoot it at the box rating of 400 without the need to over expose at all. …

Kodak Portra 160


This is one of the great films - used by many professionals for truly accurate colour and some real character. Until recently it was available in 160VC and 160 NC variants being highly saturated and lower saturated respectively. Now the “new” Portra 160 is  single product and probably all the better for it. …

Fuji Astia 100

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Sadly this is a blog post on a  film no longer produced. Unfortunately Fuji decided to end of life my favourite of all positive films - Astia. It was designed to be a medium contrast and softer colour film than the hooligan Velvia products and also there Provia products. I loved the results I got with this film - really natural looking colours, but quite vivid. …

Kodak Ektar 100


Kodak make some great colour negative films - and the newest of those is the Ektar 100 film. It is supposedly related to the cinema films and thus has quite high saturation and very little grain. It is (I am told) designed for scanning - and certainly does show good results. I have struggled for a while to get acceptable colour balance with the film, and have spent a lot of time trying different software to drive my scanner. …

Fuji Velvia 100

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It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. I will continue with my series on various films stocks - and maybe follow it up with some on various digital cameras. This time it is Fuji Velvia 100 -  probably the most commonly used of the Fuji positive films. It is not quite the saturation and contrast hooligan that Velvia 50 can be, but it is not far off. …

Fuji Velvia 50


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. …

© David Runacres 2014