On Saturday I did some fmp preparation by using two toy cameras in the winter sunlight around the peak district. Much underexposure in the shadows, even with pushing the film two stops. Have to look into long exposures with the holga, maybe rig up a shutter release.
Yet another ebay find. It is essentially a fixed lens toy camera (think fuji holga). The electronics are dead but they did nothing more than move a aperture disc inside, a very narrow f stop at that. The shutter is similar to a holga, and disassembly is similar too.
Anyway here is my test roll from around Nottingham today between coffee, beer and ‘States of America’ exhibition at the contemporary.
Olympus Mju ii // Kodak trix at 1600, hc110 1:47 dilution for 16mins at 20c. Grain, grain, grain – “Photographers seem to need periodically to resist their own knowingness and to remystify what they do” Sontag, on photography pg 126.
Between camping trips I got a beat up old Olympus 35 SP with non-working meter (who needs it) as a substitute for the Leica m2 on camping trips and the like. I cleaned the rangefinder patch and viewfinder of gunk and dust. I am also thinking about adjusting the rangefinder (if possible) as it back focuses a little. Overall, its a chunky Olympus Trip or RC with a hefty piece of f 1.7 glass, but I think that line of topic is for another future blog post.
So for the weekend I took the oly sp and a roll of kodak double x which I shot at box speed el 250 for plenty of opportunity to shoot at f1.7 if I needed to. I don’t normally go for shallow depth of field, its an over done cliché. Its bad practise unless done right, but I really wanted to push the lens to see what it could do wide open. Spoiler to any future blog post on the camera- when wide open it has a nice vignette, arching swirly bokeh, and softening of the corners.
Camping involved trying out my new alpkit gas stove, taking hammock naps in the hot sun, and drinking coffee late into the night. Its a good way to spend the weekend.
The film was developed using this hc110 recipe. You can also see Connors blog post about the camp here.
For me, camping involves a philosophy of doing little as possible, enjoying the outdoors, sleeping in hammocks, having breakfast from the hammock, talking about how warm or cold you slept in the night, drinking coffee hourly through the day, looking for the ‘tumblr photos’ with the camera ready, and more importantly enjoying the company of friends. This camp hit all the marks with extras like watching a meteor shower and having Hayley enjoy hammock camping for the first time.
Images taken with xpro1, with a 14mm fuji lens and a Jupiter 8. I prefer the j8 images, they have charm. Its easy to tell the lenses apart, the j8 has classic sonnar bokeh and a narrow focal length.