Just kicking down the cobblestones…

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A few weeks back I had been reading up on some photographers and ended up going through loads of photographs taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin. In one interview I read that he said something along the lines of shoot everything with a wide angle, so I decided to take only one lens. An old rabbit eared 28mm slapped on the Nikon, at the last minute I chucked in a zoom lens too for any hard to reach architecture but mainly shot with the 28.

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Ponte Vecchio
Florence Streets
Via del Trebbio

The shot above because I love Italian signage as I was taking the shot I could hear a Vespa coming up from the right so carried on firing and hoped I could get it bang smack in the middle. Close!

Fotoautomatica machines are all over Florence and I assumed they were all over Italy but no they are just for the good people and tourists of Florence.
I thought they were a pretty cool relic of bygone days so fired of a shot of this one. By the time I lifted the camera everyone was in the photo, I think it works well though. Should have used the booth. Aaaaaagh!

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Via Santa Monica
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Chiesa di San Cristoforo

A wee breather in the Siena while a guide takes a group through the streets. Looking at the Exif this was shot with the zoom lens.

Bologna Or Bust
Bologna Or Bust

Bussing our way to Pisa and quickly snapped off these two chaps hitching back home, sure they made it eventually. Below a street performer outside the Uffizi nowhere near in focus but looks good in the black darkness, I’ll get it sharp when I go back.

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Macro Testing

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I was reading about a new Kickstarter lens today and remembered that I had a set of lenses that I’ve never actually used from K&F Concept.
They’re magnification addons these ones are 52mm so they screw into your kit lens with no problems. I just rammed all four together to give it X17 magnification and they worked pretty well on some slowly dying flowers.

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I’ve tried reverse rings and extension tubes for macro stuff but these do just as good a job so I’ll keep them in the bag for when I’m out and about.

Old Film

Mobile and Phones

Finally got around to developing this 35mm film a couple of days ago, I think it’s been around for a year or more waiting. The film was actually out the can when I last attempted to develop then I realised that my developer was off! The film was then put back in the wee plastic case thing and it’s been sitting in a box ever since then.

Corner

Both above photographs are from a wee Edinburgh trip a couple of days at the Old Waverley Hotel. I had originally thought that the camera used was the Canonet QL17 but on developing it revealed a forgotten selfie and it’s definitely came from the Ricoh 500G, which I no longer have.

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Above Edinburgh again. If you view these full screen you’ll notice all the dust and fluff a bit more that’s from my cheap wee scanner and not the actual negatives.

So all shot with the Ricoh 500G and the film in the back was the famous Poundland Agfa Vista Plus. I might need to put some pennies aside for a more dedicated scanner.

Zenza Bronica ETRSi

Zenza Bronica ETRSi

The previous few posts have been film shots from the above camera, at the moment there’s about half a roll to be shot so more film to follow.
Bought this in an attempt to get down to one medium format and one 35mm camera. I’ve managed to say goodbye to the Zenit 12XP so far and struggling to choose which other 35mm cameras to go next and what format to sell on ebay or etsy?

The Bronica does take a nice sharp image, so far the only film camera I’ve shot and every frame is exposed nicely. Probably make a nice portrait camera but my efforts to talk daughter into being a model for the day have fallen of deaf ears and funny sneers.

My version of this camera came with the viewing prism as opposed to the waist-level finder. Having used the Lubitel I find it a pain to get the photographs lined up straight with the mirror image in the screen so prefer the viewfinder prism.

The camera shoots a maximum 1/500 which is the only speed it’ll shoot without a battery, although they are cheap to buy(6v 4SR44). Also it has the ability to shoot multiple exposures, which I’ve not tried but might be something to give a go in the future. I did try it a couple of years back with the Lubitel 166 below.

Lubitel Double Exposure

This is in my opinion a great camera to shoot although on the heavier side, its fighting weight an impressive 2.9 pounds!
Shutter speeds from 8 seconds to 1/500 also has bulb setting.
Removable film backs for shooting different film types if you wish.

I do like medium format film and will more than likely shoot a lot this year with the Bronica. Wouldn’t mind shooting some rare Aerochrome but it’s price matches its rarity.
Maybe finish the roll in the body tomorrow so perhaps something to share on Monday.

Architecture In The Development Tank

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More from the development tank. Some of these I’ll print off when I set up the darkroom again. Above shot has a previously posted digital version taken from the same spot but with a 50mm lens you can see it here.

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As you can see there’s a fair bit of spotting on these. I haven’t cleaned up the negatives just quickly scanned them this morning to see how they actually looked. I’ll give the ones I plan to print a wee clean up when I get around to the printing stage.

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Some of these have been sitting in the camera wee while now, got to be a bit more choosy when firing off the film shots. Although sometimes I’ll shoot the same shot in digital just for the comparison.

Blood moon tonight if I manage to see it I’ll shoot it, if I don’t you’ll see a load of them from everyone else.

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All shot with Nikkormat FTN, Kentmere 400 film and 28mm lens. Developed with FD10 developer for around 12 minutes.

First Patron Of Scottish Photography

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The bust of Lord Kinnaird sitting under the spiral staircase in the McManus Galleries formerly the Albert Institute, which I think sounds much better. Lord Kinnaird was the first patron of Scottish photography and I had a bit more info on that from the galleries but I’ve formatted the card it was on so I’ll need to make a trip back.
The McManus Galleries will be 150 years old in 2017 so I’m sure they’ll be making plans for that soon. Some more info on early Scottish photography here

These shots are scans from the negatives I developed last night, they’ve not been cleaned up or edited. Taken on Nikkormat FTN with Kentmere 400 film.

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