Indie Film Lab & Kodak teamed up and created this awesome short film about various film shooters and why they have stuck to shooting almost exclusively film despite the large amount of digital shooters in the industry. Definitely worth a watch!
Posted by PeopleMakePictures on November 3, 2013
26th October 2013
I bought a brand new Nikon FM2n black body this weekend. It’s never had a single roll of film through it !
It was released in 1989 as the upgrade for the original FM model from 1977, and was on sale until 2001 . It has an aluminum leaf shutter with a maximum shutter speed of 1/4000 and flash sync of 1/250. With ISO up to 6400, and apart from a penny battery for the LED exposure meter, it’s fully manual. Brilliant.
I shot a roll of Ilford Delta 100 and tried a new way of processing the film. Instead of the usual 12 minutes at 20 C degrees, I poured the dev away after 6 minutes and poured in warm water and left it to sit for 6 minutes. Apparently most of the blacks are done after a few minutes and the dev spends the rest of the time working in the mid/high lights.
I got a very low contrast film with details in the shadows and high lights.
I also tried a new way to me of printing using a split grade technique by testing one strip at 1 second intervals on grade 00 yellow filter. Then another strip at 4 second intervals on grade 5 magenta filter. I was looking for the moment the high lights appear and the blacks appear.
I then printed for the yellow time, turned the filter to the grade 5 magenta and exposed for that. If it needed more blacks, I increased the time of the grade 5, for example.
All these images were taken purely manual. No auto focus, not matrix metering, no auto wind-on, nothing except your eyes and fingers and your sense of capture.
It’s great fun.
Posted by PeopleMakePictures on October 26, 2013
12th October 2013
The heavens opened on Saturday for a bride just about to get hitched.
The famous White Church in Lytham St Anne’s, England.
Taken on my Nikon F5 with Delta 100, hand processed and printed on Kentmere VC Lustre.
Click on the image for full size.
Posted by PeopleMakePictures on October 12, 2013
28th September 2013
These first two shots were taken with Ilford XP2 (400) and processed at a local lab and printed on 7×5 glossy. Taken around Lytham St Anne’s in England.
I like the shots, but the quality is not great.
The next three were taken using Delta (100) and hand processed and printed on Kentmere VC Lustre.
The XP2 saves me time by giving me 36 prints that I can check and see which are good to enlarge. I don’t have to spend time printing off contact sheets. But I’m not satisfied with the quality. I could send the Delta film off to a high quality lab and ask them for 36 prints, but that costs a lot more. Maybe I will, when I’ve quit my day job and I’m working as a Pro. That will be a long time off . So for now I’ll stick to Delta and do it myself.
All shots taken on my phone camera and tweaked in PSE10. They don’t look as good as the real thing.
Posted by PeopleMakePictures on September 28, 2013
21st September 2013
The third weekend on the farm and the tree den is officially open for fun.
Rue and Matt relaxing in their new crib.
Thanks to Dad and David from the boys.
Posted by PeopleMakePictures on September 21, 2013