A Trip to the Dew Pond

I also wanted to try out my Linhof Technika large format camera with some Ilford HP5 B&W 5×4 film

It was really foggy up at the Beacon and cold! Wrapped up well I scouted around the pond to look for a good composition.

Now shooting with large format really slows you down. The sheer size of the camera on the tripod, framing (upside down, back-to-front) and the need to view under a dark cloth (or coat!) against a dim screen.

camera set up, I took a reading with my Sekonic L308s of 1/60 at f4.5 ISO400. Now the Lihof has slightly different settings so I set it up as close as I could:

1/50 at f4.7

I only took two shots per composition. No spray-and-pray with analogue.

For the second set up I made a few adjustments to exposure in aperture settings but the shutter was sticking and I ended up with my hand in front of the lens whilst trying to trigger it!

And that was it! Just a test and no point in wasting expensive film if the camera had some issues. Plus I shot off some behind the scenes images on the Fuji XE-1 and iPhone 5s that satisfied me for the day.

Next time I’ll wrap up better, bring wells and maybe a model!!Dew Pond Large Format Test BTS

Scanning Negatives via iPhone

I found this great tip for checking your film negatives guerrilla-style via the iPhone.

1. First hold your negative up to a light source to illuminate from behind.

2. Take a photo of the negative (get the focus right! I use Camera Awesome app).

3. Using Photogene2 app crop the negative and then slide the Level controls from left to right and right to left. This changes negative to positive.

4. Check out the scanned image!

This is good for proofing your negatives before proper scanning and works well with medium and large format negatives, I haven’t tried it with 35mm yet.

Brolly Test

Marta helped test out the Pagoda/Witches umbrella tonight with a speedlight gaffer-taped to the underside. Tomorrow I’ll be shooting Sylvia at the windmill in Rottingdean around sunset and am hoping the brolly performs well!

A few issues with the amount of light that leaks out of the top of the brolly. May need to put some foil inside to mask it.

Apart from that I’m very pleased with the results. This has been an idea of mine from earlier in the year but that concept involved a unicycle! Unfortunately my model went away to Sweden for the Summer so was unable to pose.


Brighton Mod Weekender 2012

Great weekend shooting all the scooters that hit the town this August Bank Holiday weekend!

Shot some great customised scooters but the best part was as they left to ride up to Beachy Head (wish I’d been there to capture that!)

Used both the Canon and the iPhone, the latter because I couldn’t wait to edit the photos.

Most of the edits are up on my Facebook page, I’ll put the best up here soon.


The Best Camera…

Out in town and couldn’t resist taking an iPhone photo of this old 2CV. Shot using the Camera Awesome app and edited in-phone with Snapseed.