Arron/Basketball/Totally the wrong camera

Thursday morning I dropped the kid at school and passed through the park on my way into town to shoot a few rolls through the RB67. That plan changed when I saw this dude practising his ball skills in the park court. I asked if he’d mind me shooting a bit and he agreed.

It’s probably no surprise the RB67 is not an action camera but sometimes the wrong gear is all part of the fun. Remember when I tried to shoot climbers with a TLR?

I’m not disappointed with the results but the Fomapan 400 I used was a let down; lots of little marks where it seem backing paper ink had soaked through took a lot of cloning to fix.

I also learned if I’m not wearing my glasses I definitely need the magnifier to focus.

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Stevenston Beach

I don’t shoot much colour film but when I do it sits around for a while until I have enough worth developing. It’s quite nice to have that wee surprise. I had forgotten most of these images in the month between shooting and developing.

A nice day lazing on the beach and a swim in the sea – until the thunder storm came and chased us away.

Portra 160 shot on the Leica M2

Mini landscapes through a long lens

I was recently gifted a Spotmatic II with a trio of lenses 35mm 55mm and 135mm. Until now the longest I have shot with is 85mm and even then it was very limited – I just found the focal length too suffocating so I was curious to try shooting with the 135mm and some years have passed since I tried shooting beyond 55mm.

The quality of Super Takumar lenses is already well covered elsewhere. Asahi Pentax really did know their proverbial. Having already shot a roll on the street with the 135mm I know I have to keep my shutter speed 1/250 to ensure a sharp image.

On a sunny day I found myself on the Inverclyde coast by Wemyss Bay. The beach was mostly pebble with lots of sandstone slab poking through. I started viewing these slabs as miniature landscapes to be arranged. This turned into quite a fun exercise and something I’ll definitely try again in future.

Let me kow any thoughts you have on this shooting process or if you have any similar experience yourself, either picking out landscape details or shooting focal lengths outside your comfort zone.

Adios amigos

Stirling Castle, handheld challenges & a couple of clowns.

Stirling Castle is one of the largest and historically most important castles in Scottish history. Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was also one of the most used of the many Scottish royal residences, very much a palace as well as a fortress. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there.

Edinburgh Castle may be the one people think to visit first but Stirling probably offers more to do. We arrived at 1pm and before we know it five hours had passed and it was time to go home.

I shot three rolls of Ilford RB67 through the Mamiya RB67 and once again it justified its weight and inconvenience. I continue to be more and more impressed with this camera.

The royal apartments are beautifully restored but shooting HP5 at box speed of ISO 400 I was worried about light levels. These were shot wide open at f/5.6 and at 1/15 so I was worried about blurry, shaky images but the excellent mirror dampening, combined with a leaf shutter and heavy camera make for surprisingly easy handheld performance.

And of course it wouldn’t be a family day out without these two posers getting in on the act.

A couple of shots from the cemetery and gardens next to the castle.

Summerlee Industrial Museum

Located near Coatbridge Central train station this place is great on a nice day. Lots of old chunky pieces of heavy metal machinery and plenty of fresh air. Also some nice interactive stuff indoors if the weather turns on you.

I took the Big Boy RB67 with me and a couple of posers for something to point at 😀

As is often the case these were shot on HP5 and cooked in Rodinal for 11 minutes at 1+50

New toys

Nikon FM/FE, Fuji X, Leica M, Minolta TLR… all my cameras have had something in common; they’re relatively small within their corner of the photography world. Then this happened…

It was just sitting there in the shop window – giving me that sexy little smile. I entered the shop expecting to find this old beast a little unwieldy to handle but no, it felt good but I summoned the strength to leave it there. Then I spend the next three days browsing the web and youtube vids trying to find something that would put me off but I failed. Now it’s mine. All mine.

I only took the one lens, a 90mm f/3.8. I went straight from the camera store to the Botanic Gardens in the west end of Glasgow and shot a roll of Ilford Delta 400. I expected a quality jump from the Minolta Autocord but the improvement surprised me.

Mugdock Country Park

I think it was March when I caught the train to Milngavie and followed the West Highland Way to Mugdock Country Park. I didn’t know I’d stumble across a crumbling castle. If I did I may have taken more than one roll of film.

For the photo nerds out there it was Portra 160 (yes, I converted to black and white because once again I realised I don’t care about colour film) shot on the VM 35mm f/1.4 MC and Leica M2

Off to the lab/Leica M2 in hand

A nice sunny day and I had some rolls of colour negative film to be developed. I do all my own black and white but I don’t enjoy the colour process so that gets sent out to the lovely folks at Gulabi. A nice six mile round trip walk to the southside was in order to get the job done. Of course, I did have a little coffee and cake pit stop. Grind & Grain in Victoria Road do a fine coffee and that lump you see is a vegan biscoff sandwich. It’s been a long time since my body had such a lump of sugar in one serving. This treat was delicious but it left me jingling and jangling.