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Graffiti Alley

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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

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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

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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

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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. …


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