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Australia: Birds n Frogs

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A couple of shots from the garden. A Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) that is a seasonal visitor, and a small Motorbike Frog (Litoria moorei) hanging out in a vegetable bed.

These were from a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 that was over a year out of date. It’s possible the colours have shifted slightly as a result.

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It’s worth having a listen to the Motorbike Frog’s call if you’ve not heard it before: http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/frogwatch/frogs/motorbike-frog

Australia: Perth CBD (Kodak Tri-X and Canon A1)

A few shots from a film exposed before i went on holiday, just back from the lab.

Kodak Tri-X 400 (pushed to 800) ::: Canon A1 ::: 135mm

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This homeless gentleman is always here.  I sometimes give him a couple of dollars. Sometimes a little food. He refuses pork because he is Jewish. Sometimes, more often than not, he looks in a bad way. Once he’d been beaten up.

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Connected.

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Gucci and mist.

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Jumping by the basketball court.

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Hidden Love.

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Aircon.

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Chairs.

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Walking by the aircon units.

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Pigeon.

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Walking through the grid.

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Busy, real busy.

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Has it stopped?

Australia: Perth Morning and Lunchtime Photography [Kodak Ektar 100]

I’ve been playing a little with various black and white films, but Kodak Ektar 100 has been my first and only choice for colour.  It’s cheap to develop (C41) and has beautiful tones.  I also like fine grain when it comes to colour images.

These photographs were taken on my morning walk between the bus stop and office, or during my lunch break, in the Perth CBD.  It’s generally been a bit too dark for photography on the commute home, but the days are getting longer now and it won’t be long before i can post some shots from the early evening.

Sorry if i’m posting a few too many images at the moment; it’s just that i’m enjoying using film so much, and it costs money, so i have to do something with them 😉

[Canon 1n ::: 85mm ::: Kodak Ektar 100]

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Man follows pigeon

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Man contemplates apple

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Australia: Perth CBD [Kodak Tri-X]

I often have a camera with me when i go to work. I tend to use it more when it’s been raining, which doesn’t happen that much over here.  I wish it rained more sometimes.

These were shot with the Canon 1n and Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed 1 stop.  I had no reason to shoot at 800 other than to see what the images looked like afterwards.  A little more grainy perhaps? Slightly more contrast? I don’t see a huge difference between these and the ‘film burn challenge’ photographs shot at 400 (see previous post).

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Australia: Perth CBD Film Burn Challenge [Kodak Tri-X]

One of the lads from work (Sean Breadsell) issued a film burn challenge.  The idea was to run through 36 exposures in a one hour lunch-break .  I got through mine in 45 minutes.  I was a good learning experience:  I rushed some shots, meaning i had to retake the scene.  And a few are a bit wonky (although this is sometimes the scanning as i can see that the negatives are better – the first one in particular, as it does not cut off the top of the sign).  I am thinking of buying a scanner to do my own negs so i don’t have this problem again.

Having to produce results under time pressure really tests you. I even asked a few people if i could take their photograph (6 said yes, 1 said no). All the people i asked seemed a little perplexed as to why i would want to photograph them, so i told them it was part of a project taking pics of strangers in the city.  It is much harder to photograph strangers in Perth compared with my recent time in Jakarta, where i had people asking me to photograph them.

Here are 34 of my 36 photos.  The other 2 were blurred mush; the shutter button is so sensitive on my ‘new’ Canon 1n that i sometimes fire off frames by accident.

Shot using a Canon 1n with Kodak Tri-X 400

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Nikon FM2 with Nikon and Tamron lenses

I’ve just received photos of a camera that has been purchased for me by the oldies over on the east coast.  They tell me that they avidly read my posts, even though Byron Bay rarely shows up in my stats report.  There must be a fault somewhere 😉

Anyhoo, for the bargain price of $5 (yup!) i am soon to be the proud owner of my first Nikon, complete with Nikon 50mm prime and Tamron 70-200mm zoom.  The photos suggest the camera and lenses have seen better days; it will be fun getting this one working again.

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Perth CBD on a Rainy Day [Canon A1 with Kodak Ektar 100]

I tend to have a camera or two on my person these days.  Occasionally, i find something that catches my eye in the Perth CBD, as i make my way from the bus stop on St Georges Terrace to the office. Rain always creates a few opportunities.

Canon A1 with Kodak Ektar 100

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Indonesia: Various shots around Jakarta (Canon A1 and Kodak Ektar 100)

I am getting such a kick going back to film. It’s tempting to edit the scans in Photoshop when i see something that can be improved, but if you’re going to do that you may as well shoot digital. One of the things i am really enjoying with emulsion is the challenge to get it right in-camera and not ‘rescue’ images with editing software.

First is a shot out of my hotel window on the 28th floor, looking down at the evening traffic.

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The following images were taken over the two days I spent in Jakarta.  I was primarily shooting digital (see preceding posts) so i only got through two films.  But as my confidence grows with the Canon A1 i think i’ll be using it more when i visit again in October and will need to start packing more Ektar. The shots immediately below were taken as i walked the streets of North Jakarta on the Saturday morning.

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The shots below were taken on the Sunday morning as i traipsed the streets. I was trying to find a market that i had read about, which sold unusual produce (to western eyes) such as snakes and birds.  I didn’t find the market i was looking for, but had a good time trying.

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Eventually I did find a market, although not the one i was looking for.  I was invited to drink coffee with some locals, and had a bit of a laugh with them. They thought it was very funny to have a bule sitting with with them as they took a break from their stalls.  I was given some unusual food to try; I’m not sure what any of it was but it was very nice.

Take a look at the last photograph, the one of the biggest pile of fireworks i have ever seen.  Can you spot the hazard? 😉

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Indonesia: Jakarta Bikes [Canon A1 and Kodak Ektar 100]

I’ve just got my films developed and this is my favourite shot from the ones taken in Jakarta. Shot on a Canon A1 at 50mm. Gotta love Kodak Ektar 100.

Jakarta is an amazing place to take your camera to; some really interesting sights, and people that don’t mind – or even encourage – being photographed.

I’ll be adding some more later today.

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