Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Sunrise with Fujicolor Superia 100 (expired 2006)


I hate getting caught out with a camera that has about 3 - 4 exposures left on a roll when I could still carry on shooting!  About half way through the roll of Kodak Ektar 100 I spoke of in my last post, I figured I should get another roll out of the fridge and throw it in my camera bag as a precautionary measure.

The roll I chose was the closest one I could get my hands on.  As it turns out, it was an expired (2006)  Fujicolor Superia 100 with 24 exposures.  Now although this roll was in the fridge, it had been in the freezer for years and as with previous rolls, I shot it as box speed because freezing film keeps it fresh!

The one thing I really wanted to do with this roll was to capture the early morning light along the coast of Newcastle; it had been so long since I had been up and about at Sunrise!  Taking photos at Sunrise is one thing;  getting out of bed early in the morning early enough for a coffee and a half hour trip into the beach is another.  So I compromised.

I waited until I had finished a nightshift!

Usually after night work, I am so totally ready to get home and dive into bed but, on this particular beautiful morning the Sun was shining, the sea breeze was so refreshing and as I walked out of the building I felt invigorated!  I drove about 5 minutes down to the ANZAC Memorial Walk where I managed to get a couple of photos.  This Memorial Walk is a 160 metre cliff top walking bridge that has great views of the coastline.  It is adorned with steel silhouettes of Soldiers and engraved with almost 11,000 names of Newcastle and Hunter Valley men and women who enlisted in World War 1.

From there I went down the hill to the Merewether Ocean Baths and, although the Sun had been up about 30-40 minutes already, there was still that early morning light feel; low on the horizon, long shadows and good reflections off the still water.

That whole area along there, Bar Beach, Merewether Beach, was so busy with early morning risers going through their rituals of walking or running or just sitting at the coffee shop near the beach having an early morning cuppa.

After I finished there and was making my way back to the car, I had to get one shot of the fit people running up and down the 'stairs of death' at Merewether.  It's a good workout but, as I walked up them to get to the car park and they were passing me up and down, I was feeling totally inadequate!

Other photos I got out of this roll were of our dog Rocky making himself comfortable on our bed, a few shipping photos of Port Hunter and some more Sunrise photos taken whilst I was walking down the hill of Watt Street on the way to work one morning.

These were shot on my Minolta Dynax 40 with a Minolta AF 28-100mm f3.5 zoom lens.

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Above and Below.  Taken using f5.6 with a shutter speed of about 1/30sec.  I was a bit concerned that at that speed there may have been some movement but, very 
happy when I saw how sharp they turned out!



I am so happy with the colour I am getting from this expired film as these 
Sunrise photos (above & below) as I walked to work one morning, attest to!















Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Kodak Ektar 100 - Konica-Minolta Dynax 40


The Konica-Minolta Dynax 40 is a landmark camera in my collection.  It was my first eBay purchase.

I bought it before the 're-surgence' of film photography started to push up the price of vintage cameras for a massive AU$30 plus postage!  It was in perfect condition and seriously; what a bargain!

A 35mm SLR, it was introduced in 2004 as a consumer level camera.  In some other countries it was sold as the Dynax 30, Maxxum 50 or a-50.  It boasts pre-programmed settings for portrait, landscape, night portrait, macro and sports modes.  It also comes with aperture and shutter priority, and full manual mode.  It has a pop-up flash but also a hotshoe for external flash units.  Flash is synched at 1/90 sec and shutter speeds from 30 seconds to 1/2000 sec.

It came with the standard auto focus kit lens 28-100mm f3.5-5.6.  It offers 4 focus points, spot, left hand side, right hand side and the combination of all those three to give a good focus spread.

Apart from a Pentax point and shoot, it is the lightest camera in my collection and is a great size that can fit into my man bag easily.

I have been shooting with a lot of expired film recently and wanted to get back into something that was not past its use by date!  I had 2 rolls of Kodak Ektar tucked away in the fridge door!

I am usually never without a camera!  When I go for a walk during a work break; my camera is in my hand.  If there is something happening like the town show, a street festival, car show, I always have a camera handy.

I don't really need to talk about the lovely Kodak Ektar 100; so much has been written about that film that, if you haven't heard of it then you can't be a really serious film lover!

Some of these are taken at my favourite lunch time hangout, Newcastle Beach.  Others are taken further north at Nobbys Beach.  Kim & I visited the quaint village of Broke in the Hunter Valley for the Broke Village Fair in late September where there was lots of yummy food stalls, live music, some Cosplay artists and, some very nice vintage motorcycles and cars.  There was also a ton of dry dirt just hanging in the air thanks to a current drought the country is experiencing; really fine dirt that puffed up into the air with every footstep.  The night photos are from a work break safari around Newcastle at a very late nightshift hour.

My preference for shooting is Aperture Priority.  I know how to shoot in manual mode but I like that when using Aperture Priority I can control Depth of Field and trust that the camera will work out the rest.  I also don't have to spend time mucking around with the light meter; I can get a quicker shot in. I also prefer to shoot at box speed, unless I am shooting an expired film.  It takes some of the worry out of how a film might turn out.  Film Photography is expensive enough at times to be caught experimenting and nothing to show for it!

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Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, Australia.


Ocean Baths, Newcastle, Australia.

Ocean Baths Pumphouse, Newcastle, Australia.
A much loved and very much photographed Newcastle icon!

Newcastle Beach looking over toward the Canoe Pool and the facade of the Ocean Baths
 on the left.   Newcastle, Australia

Late night Promenade, Newcastle Beach, Australia.

East End Hub - Newcastle, Australia

















Friday, 4 October 2019

Canon AE-1 Program and Fomapan Classic 100


I apologise for my lack of publishing of late.  I have a very good reason though!  Our new front garden is testament to the hard work that Kim & I put into removing very large Yucca and Dracaena plants, not to mention the huge Cycads, that were there when we moved in 10 years ago.  We now have a softer much more colourful garden that will look wonderful once the new plants have established themselves.

Anyway, here I am again!

I was contacted back in May by Cathy, an ex-RAAF colleague with who I have been able to stay in contact with thanks to the wonders of modern day social media!  Sadly, her husband Graeme had passed away and she was now going through his things.  He'd been an avid photographer and she asked me if I would be able to use a couple of his old cameras she had found in the cupboard.  A Canon AE-1 Program 35mm SLR with a Cosina MC 35-70mm f3.5-4.8 Macro lens and a Canon T50 with a Mitakon MC 80-200mm f4.5 lens.  

If you have been following me for a while, you will know that I am always more than happy to welcome a vintage camera (or two) into my collection.  Each camera I have is different in it's own way and I take it in turns to load them with film to keep them active!  Of course, I said that I would love to add them to my collection!

They arrived and I had them out of the box before you could say 'Ansel Adams'!

The lenses were clean and without any mould.  The cameras looked to be in perfect condition but, unfortunately, the batteries had not been taken out of the Canon T50 and they had corroded badly.  I eventually got them out and cleaned out the battery space and terminals but there was obviously more damage done to electrical components as a result and I couldn't get a heart beat.  On the upside though, both of these cameras are an FD lens mount so, I may have missed out on using the T50 but the lens with that camera will work with the AE-1 Program camera!

The Canon AE-1 Program on the other hand, was in perfect condition!  All it needed was a dust out and an air blast and it was ready to go.  It has the sweetest sounding shutter I have ever heard.

The AE-1 Program has Shutter and Aperture priority controls but can also be used in fully manual mode.  There are LEDs inside the viewfinder to provide information to the photographer.  Shutter speeds up to 1/1000 and a flash synch speed of 1/60 (which is still a little slow but it's the same as I have on a fav Pentax and I haven't had any problems there).

I wanted to use a black and white film for the testing of the camera and lenses and so I chose a Fomapan Classic 100 for the occasion.  This film has a wide exposure latitude, which makes it good for varied lighting conditions, a fine grain with good resolution and sharpness.  You can judge the outcome for yourself!

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In Memory of Graeme Close.


Thursday, 22 August 2019

Crescent Head, New South Wales


My son Lachlan and his wife Naomi moved to Crescent Head about a year ago.  

Naomi is a Crescent Head local and she and Lachlan were married there on the bluffs on Big Nobby 4 years ago this coming October.

We love to go up there to visit!  It is such a beautiful, quiet, relaxing place (except during the school holidays ha ha) and is really a photographers dream.

Captured these few photos about a month ago the last time we were up there.  Next time I go up I 
will endeavour to rise early for some sunrise photos and also hang around for the sunset.

I tried my hand at capturing the Milky Way while on their property which is away from the town area and has perfectly clear starry nights.  It was ok-ish, I shot for a 50 second exposure but that must have been too long because it did catch a bit of movement as the Earth turned!  Gotta do some more experimenting in that department obviously!


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Sunrise with Fujicolor Superia 100 (expired 2006)

I hate getting caught out with a camera that has about 3 - 4 exposures left on a roll when I could still carry on shooting!  About half wa...