Is There Anybody Out There?


Tried a little astrophotography on Sunday past with my almost ten year old Nikon. A bit noisy but pretty happy with them for a first attempt.


Something I’ve wanted to try for years but lacked the dedication. A clear night was predicted so fired up the 125 and zipped off into the darkness for an attempt at catching the Milky Way. Struggled to get the phone app to get going but we got there in the end, fired off a few shots and back on the old scoot for home. By the time I got back I had what polar explorers of the nineteenth century called “mild frostbite of the fingers” thankfully they thawed out after an hour or two.

Bianco e Nero


More from Venice and there will probably be more from Venice to come. A while back I was looking at the photographs of Josef Koudelka which led to me stumbling across the works of an Italian photographer, his name I can no longer remember. Anyway he had shot a lot of work in Venice may even have been from Venice himself, it was all in black and white and I think it’s the kind of city with it’s little alleyways and courtyards that look fantastic in black and white.


Impossible not to take a photo of a water when you’re on a city surrounded by the stuff.


St Mark’s Square shot for around 10 seconds. I was tripodless on the trip so I made do with whatever was flat and sturdy.
Below I found flat and sturdy but messed up the focusing and with being on one of the busiest bridges in Venice you don’t get a lot of time to be messing around to get the perfect shot.


Just kicking down the cobblestones…

DSC_0180-EditPiazza del Duomo

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.

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!

Via Santa Monica
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.


Macro Testing


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.


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.


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.


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.