Scanning Negatives


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


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


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. …



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.



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


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


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. …

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. …

© David Runacres 2014