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. …

Fujifilm Provia 400X


I thought I would post some blog posts on film types - some nice people had sent me emails that they found them useful as they tried to select film. Today is another one - and a very special one - Fujifilm Provia 400X. It is a positive (slide) film and I think the only colour positive film still made at 400ASA. …

Boats and Things

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Sorry for being away for a while. This time I was luxuriating (?) in a hospital in Tokyo while having some surgery. Once I got back I did some huge scanning and editing session and now have some photos to put up here on the blog.

Tokyo, in fact Japan, is a maritime place. Fishing has often given way to cargo ships and containers, but sometimes you can still come across communities connected to the water - even in Tokyo. …

Out with my Blad

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I love my Hasselblad 500CM. It maybe is not the coolest of cameras and it does use film. Mine is a little less than pristine, looking like it has been well used. I have a 50mm, 80mm and 150mm lens for it and 3 film backs, so I can choose the type and ISO of film to suit. It is simplicity itself. I use a very complex Sekonic spot meter to ensure I measure the light just right. …


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Next to the Tokyo Tower, there is a large park called Shibakoen - with all kinds of interesting things in it. Shrines, temples, an actual park etc. I love one of the temples as it has former imperial graves and a special section devoted to young children who died. These are not sad, but joyful memorials for a life that never got to be what they could have been. …

Daienji Shrine

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I know I have been a little quiet recently. Work has been getting a lot more busy, and an awful lot more stressful. Dragging a camera out on the weekends has been one of my means of relaxation, but then I need time to get the films processed, even more importantly, scanned. I will do a blog post on how I do all of that at some point, along with some posts on the gear I use. …

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. …

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