Party like it’s 19FP4

Those who developed their own black and white films in the last century are bound to be familiar with Ilford’s signature products.

So much so that some of them barely get noticed. Maybe this is the motive for the FP4 parties recurring among the twitter analogue photography community.
It works for me. For really fine grain, there are slower films, for maximal versatility, there’s HP5 and then there are high speed T-grain offerings …
I didn’t get round to much in April, but at least the FP4 party got me shooting again. I post some shots from this year, and an earlier occasion in 2018.

Locked Down

The last year offered few opportunities for photography, but it offered some. These opportunities were eerie, sometimes depressing but at least they were there, interrupting the monotony centrally planned withdrawal from public space.
Over this period, I shot a roll of Tmax P3200 at ISO1600 in an old Canon FTb. Roaming the streets like Omega man at least came with the unusual attraction of seeing the inner city like a still life, unusually quiet in daylight.
There are some shots in near empty shops when the lock down was relaxed somewhat and some from a sparsely populated gallery.
All in all, the lock-downs left a strange impression. An unusual, strangely tempting photographic backdrop on the one hand coupled with an unsettling sense of foreboding with what the aftermath will bring.
Birkenhead park had more squirrels than joggers while the lock-down was first eased. In time, it will fill again but the empty pubs and shops may not.

I don’t think anybody knows what will happen next, but something tells me this will not end well. At least my Ilfotech-DDX didn’t go off -things could always be worse …

Going Through old Digital Shots …

Currently sifting through old digital shots and, compared to my film archives, there surprisingly little of interest.
West Kriby 2015

No obvious reason why this should be, maybe it’s just to fleeting …. This one was taken with an entry level body (Canon EOS 1200D) and a cheap 70-300 mm zoom.

A Pre-Pandemic Street Scene

I normally share photos on flickr and Twitter, and normally, this works. Twitter has recently become reluctant to show flickr images though. So I will try and see what happens if the image is embedded in a blog post first:

Chester Before the Lockdown

Which  is why I leave this street scene from Chester here. I took this about two years ago on an old Graflex on 4×5 Portra. Unfortunately, the shot had to be framed to keep some unsightly construction works out of the frame.

Miranda Solo Panorama Doubleplusungood

A fair number of shitty cameras have graced the pages of this blog. They will all be under-performed by today’s example: the Miranda Solo Panorama.

The Miranda Solo Panorama is one of these very basic reusable cameras with all the technological sophistication of a disposable one. It sports a 28mm wide angle lens, fixed focus, a single exposure time (probably 1/60-1/125 or thereabouts) and an aperture like f11 or Continue reading “Miranda Solo Panorama Doubleplusungood”

Remember, remember the 9th of November ….

During this year’s #filmfeb I professed that my projects for the year were to shoot more 4×5 and revisit some old negatives. Shooting 4×5 in a lockdown is a bit of a challenge, but it seems to be the ideal time for digging into old negatives. I shall start by going some 30 years back.

In front of Schöneberg Townhall, 10 November 1989. Schöneberg is a district of Berlin; during the cold war, West-Berlin’s regional parliament met in this district’s townhall.

One of the side effects of growing up in Berlin during the cold war, was being there when the whole affair ended. Continue reading “Remember, remember the 9th of November ….”

Berlin and its Holocaust Memorials

On my most recent visit to Berlin I decided to do something I had so far avoided: take some shots of the usual Tourist motives. I had done this elsewhere of course, but never in Berlin. The obvious starting point for such a mission is the Brandenburg Gate, where I got the standard shot towards the end of the golden hour. The film was 120 format Kodak Portra 160 in a Zenza Bronica SQ-Ai, I brought a 50mm and a 150mm lens.

Brandenburg Gate

From this first location, Continue reading “Berlin and its Holocaust Memorials”