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Kentmere 400 pushed to 1600

The Winter Solstice

Every year on the 22nd of December Druids and Pagans gather at Stonehenge to celebrate the passing of the shortest day of the year. Under normal circumstances the stones are not allowed to be touched or have visitors in close proximity but the Winter Solstice is one of four gatherings (Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, Winter Solstice) where visitors are able to touch and sit with the stones for symbolic purposes.

At the Summer Solstice there can be up to 10,000 people visiting and because of the warmer temperatures it attracts visitors who celebrate the solstice but also who want to party. This is not the case at the Winter Solstice which attracts far less visitors and is seen as a more meaningful event with deep ancestral routes.

People wear traditional clothing to pay homage to their ancestors and percussion instruments are played at the early hours as the sun is rising with chanting and singing in groups or as individuals too. In ancient times midwinter feasts were part of the solstice as archeological digs have unearthed large amounts of cattle bones. The passing of winter was recognised and celebrated more than the passing of summer due to the hardships that were faced in the winter with short, colder days and less food to eat with crops unable to grow.

The photograph below is one from 2 rolls of 24 exposure film. Continue reading to see more.

Man standing in the fields surrounding the stones. Kentmere 1600.

Plan your journey

It was 0ºc, frosty and a clear sky with amazing moonlight coverage when my partner and I left our Travel Lodge at 06:20. We walked to a small nearby town then along Stonehenge Road to the main bypass. Note: There is no walking allowed (signposted) from the main roundabout and police monitor it … however there is walking allowed from Stonehenge Road to the Bypass, once you’re on the bypass there is a path and eventually a road crossing (lots of traffic so be careful!) to a gate. The gate will take you straight up the field to the Stones. Every road nearby is coned off and there are police in trucks continuously driving around – this is to stop people parking cars.

Route from Travel Lodge to the Stones. Image Source: Google Maps
Path from the bypass to the stones. Photograph Credit: James Wakelin

When we arrived at the stones the mist was starting to lift the sky was a deep red, violet and oranges.

Photograph Credit: James Wakelin

Moonlight filled the centre of the stones where everyone gathered to listen to the Druids

Photograph Credit: James Wakelin

The sunrise was rich and colourful, when the sun burst over the horizon there was an eruption of cheering and drums banging.

Photograph Credit: James Wakelin

Set up

Canon EOS 1 and Sigma 50mm f1.4 Prime Lens with 2 rolls of Kentmere 400. Due to the low light I pushed the ISO to 1600 for both rolls of film. I shot mostly between f1.4 to f5.6

Develop

  1. The developer I used was R09 Spezial at 1+30 for 25 minutes (test strip of spare Kentmere film done first at 1600 to see if the soup mix was correct as I usually use Fomadon to develop. Test come out perfectly). Agitate the soup every 30s and tap the base to release any bubbles.
  2. Fomacitro 1+19 stop bath for 1 minute with constant agitation
  3. Fomafix 1+5 with agitation every 30s to fix the film for 10 minutes (you can not over fix and I tend to go over the recommended box numbers to be on the safe side).
  4. Finally I rinsed with cold water for 10 minutes. I haven’t got any wetting agent or deionised (or distilled) water at the moment so where any mineral marks remain on the film after drying were wiped away using a very fine microfibre cleaning cloth and a cleaning agent called Fotospeed FC50.

The Photographs

Two men watching the sunrise.

I’m really happy with the results of this film push. The tone is very even and the grain not too intrusive. In a previous post I pushed Kentmere 100 to 1600 and the images looked far too flat and lifeless. I think this was due to the slower development (120mins still develop with 1+100).

This film was very clean without many dust/scratches. Its handled very well with the push processing and I don’t see why this couldn’t be pushed to 3200 or even 6400.

The photograph below is of a scene I found particularly interesting because the man laying on the floor is completely motionless and along with everyone else is facing in the same direction towards the stones. The young girl is the only person looking in the opposite direction. I watched her after I took this photograph and she ran towards a Hula-Hoop and started to play with it.

A child looks left, everyone else looks right, a man laying down.

I love the fur that the woman below is wearing. The texture of her hat and clothing is soft and warm compared with the rugged and moss covered cold stone that she is leaning on. When I approached the woman for a photograph she agreed and kept her focus completely locked on the light that was being cast on her from the sun.

A woman stands against the stones wearing furs.

I was walking along the outskirts of the stones and turned to the right to see a father and his two sons. I love how they positioned themselves on different levels.

Father and his sons positioned on the rocks

The photograph below is one of my favourites. I took it just as the sun was bursting over the horizon and everyone was facing the same direction, I turned around and saw people mesmerised by the red sky and trying to take photos. The older boy was trying to tackle the younger boy to the floor. He looked straight at the camera and I took the photograph.

To see the full gallery please click on the photos below

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KODAK ULTRAMAX 400 PUSHED TO 1600

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Here is a collection of photographs from a visit to London Zoo, Devon and Trafalgar Square. To see the development recipe please check out my blog post Lomography 100 Color which uses the same Tetenal C-41 Developer

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Found Archive: Fuji Super G 200

The photographs in this collection are from the first day we bought a puppy in 1996. In these photographs we have my mother, two sisters and our puppy Bonnie.

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Ilford Pan 100 pushed to 200

It has been a long time since I uploaded to this blog, my first post in over 3 years is Ilford Pan 100 pushed to 200. Developed myself. Details are below….

  • Rodinol developer 1+25 for 13 minutes at 20º. Agitate for 30 seconds then agitate every 30s for 30s
  • Ilford Stop Bath 1+19 for 1 minute at 20º Agitate for 30 seconds then agitate every 30s for 10s
  • Ilford Fixer 1+4 for 9 minutes at 20º Agitate for 30 seconds then agitate every 30s for 10s
  • Wash with cold water for 10 minutes
  • Tetanol wetting agent 1+400 (deionised water) for 1 min at 20º Agitate continuously
  • Leave to dry for 2 hours
  • Scan at 300dpi using Plustek 8200i
  • Crop in Lightroom
  • Remove dust marks in post
  • Curves
  • Upload

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Ilford XP2 Super 400

No pushing or pulling, shot straight out of the box. With a little bit of love.

Ilford XP2 Super 400 is the second film I shot at London Pride 2014. The streets were once again alive and buzzing, by this time of the day i’d had a fair bit to drink and was definitely enjoying the evening!

I have said this a lot over the past year but Ilford always performs well. This film has an excellent tonal range and really bites in the shadows whilst holding on to details. The highlights are given a glow by the grain softening them.

The 400 speed SP2 has a much larger and higher grain value compared to other 400 speed films such as Kodak TMAX or BW400CN that boast a super fine grain at high speed. That being said, the ‘rugged’, grainy look is something that I love about Ilford.

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Agfa Vista APX Plus 200

After the success of last years London Pride, I decided this year I would walk the streets in the Parade/March. Of course bringing my camera along as it’s also around the ‘anniversary’ of me starting this blog.

For most of the march I stayed alongside some of the members of my boxing club that also walked this year. Braving the rain throughout the day we started at Baker Street and finished at Whitehall.

It looks like my negative scanner is on the fritz as it’s starting to develop some lines across the images (upon closer inspection) and colour casts, nothing overly drastic, but a little frustrating and adds processing time to the photographs. Quite possibly this may also be a result of the developer used, so is something I must look into.

The Agfa Vista has quite a lot of grain for a lower iso film. Out of the box delivers average results from an average class film. Personally I don’t rate it very highly, there are other colour films out there that give much more interesting results.

That being said I haven’t pushed or pulled this film yet so I can only pass comment on the selection of images that i’ve produced and not for the entire production line of Agfa Vista.

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Rollei Infrared 400s pushed to 800

Over the last week i have made it my mission to get some film shot, it had been a while as i had started to use digital again for events, interiors and project work.

So the weather is improving and the summer may finally be upon us! (As i write this it’s getting darker and colder….hmmm) I have finished my dissertation and now full steam ahead into my Final Major Project. I’ve developed a project based on domestic violence with men. I had a radio interview this afternoon promoting the campaign and awareness. Please take a look at www.invisiblecampaign.com 

There was initially some problems with the developing of this film. The developer used with this film (Neotinol) isn’t listed with Rollei on Digital Truth so there was a bit of confusion with the dev times. Neotinol is similar to TMAX and DT rate it a 2ASA and 25ASA (mine is massively underexposed from those) which would relate to 12 min and 7 1/2 mins dev times respectively.

After a bit of umming and arring a clip test of 18 minutes was carried out to see the results and the images turned out fantastic, the rest of the film was then developed with an extra couple of minutes on top.

The results are great! The only thing i am getting a bit frustrated about is the lack of profiles with the negative scanner software SilverFast. I wish that it was possible to create complex customisable profiles. I am considering printing the photographs from the negatives to light sensitive paper and then scanning them on a flat bed scanner to see if the results are different. Of course scanning onto light sensitive paper will (in my opinion) always create a much better result than scanning digitally, i am more interested in how the properties of the paper will be read by the scanner rather than of the negative.

For this roll i used a mixture of Kodak BW+ 400 and Kodak TMAX and TRI-X for the profiles to use. Each profile gave varied results but i decided on the profile which gave the best range from lows to lights.

An interesting mix of highlights and shadows in this roll of film, as i didn’t use an IR filter or any special treatments the film remains relatively normal to look at. The highlights are smooth and have a soft glow to them which improves overall image quality. The shadows are deep and retain good detail, there is a fairly good contrast which is no doubt because of the push and post production work.

Whilst shooting the film i had a bit of an obsession with walls and people around them. The entire film consists of people interacting around walls however these where the images that made it to the final edit.

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Rollei Retro 80s

This is the second roll of film that i shot in New York City. The first roll is in my previous post Fuji Provia 100F

I was eager to load a black and white film into my camera as i typically favour shooting b/w over colour. I believe this is because of my admiration over the years of photographers such as Vivian Maier, William Eggleston, Henri-Cartier Bresson and others.

This film travels over the Highline, Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan, Parks and Sidewalks. Unfortunately this is the last roll of film i shot in New York City as i was shooting digital too. The digital work can be seen on my website www.bradleychippington.co.uk

I opted for 80ISO as the weather was astonishing. 30c all week and clear blue skies. Even at 80ISO i had to raise the shutter higher than i expected because of the strength of the sun. The low ISO creates a gorgeous soft fine grain coupled with the contrasts and sharpness of the film produces some strong images.

Once again, not so much with this film as the last but there are a few typical ‘touristy’ shots. I included them in this post as everyone likes to view different types of photography. I however prefer my street work over my architecture work.

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Fuji Provia 100F

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Over the past month i have been to New York, Notting Hill Carnival, working, getting ready for my final year of University, weddings, parties and all sorts of things!

A member of The Camera Club which i am holding an exhibition at in January prompted me to shoot a roll of Provia 100F next as it was one of his favourite colour films. So i did just that! To my surprise the negatives are positives which upon opening my parcel from the lab i use to process colour film i had a moment of nostalgia of KodaChrome slides.

Notting Hill Carnival was the beginning of my Provia journey, the sun was beating down on London creating a gorgeous deep blue sky and it was hot. I hadn’t realised how big the carnival was as i had never been before, setting off around mid day i covered a massive area eventually walking through to Paddington Station.

Unfortunately the carnival was not what i expected, it was interesting to see various crowds of people and performances however it seems bare and instead of stalls of things to see and do it just contained a lot of food stalls and huge crowds of drunk people. I was wondering where the colour was, where the entertainment was! There were the odd crowds of people dressed in flamboyant outfits with feathers and displays however it got a bit tiresome after seeing one area like this and moving onto the next with exactly the same costumes.

I decided to leave the rest of the film for my trip to New York City, albeit panicking they may x-ray my luggage. There was no fogging on the film so *phew*

New York City is amazing, it is by far the best holiday i’ve had to date, my friend and i did everything you can think of. Helicopter rides, Brooklyn, Uptown, Downtown, Midtown, Greenwich VIllage, Chelsea, Hells Kitchen, Central Park. You name it we did it, we also managed to get into some private rooftop parties for celebrities, check out the local bars, clubs and restaurants and also make some new friends along the way.

Due to this being my first time in NYC i think i went a bit touristy with the photos initially. The film i shot after this in my opinion is better, however it’s black and white and typically i favour the tones, contrasts and nuances of black and white over colour.

The film itself is covered in dust, wether this is an error in processing or a bad cover of emulsion i am unsure but considerable cleaning was required during retouching. Also scanning positives on my scanner seemed a little strange, the colours of the positive when looking directly at the film look saturated and sharp however my scanner seems to have lost some of that saturation, i tinkered with various settings for a considerable amount of time however didn’t come up with anything satisfactory until i imported the files into photoshop for a general retouch and clean up, there was also a green colourcast over the photos which had to be removed.

I have also found that the photographs are a stop or so lower than i originally anticipated when shooting. I haven’t had this sort of problem before so i’m concerned feel that the chemicals during processing where a little strong and the develop has carried on too far. If this continues i will have to change the company i use to develop my colour film.

The Provia has handled well in America and although my shots are somewhat touristy for this roll it demonstrates some of the qualities on Provia 100F. It has a beautiful fine grain and deep blues. The original positives look fantastic. If i was printing from an enlarger i’m sure the results would be stunning. I will shoot with Provia again but use a different Lab to develop the film to get a satisfactory result.

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Kodak Portra 800 Pushed to 1600

This is the final roll of a series of four types of film shot over London Pride 2013, please take a moment to look back at the other type’s previously posted: Kodak BW400CN, AgfaPhoto APX 100 & Kodak Ektar 100

By the time i had loaded the Portra into my camera it was getting well into the evening and as the sun was going down the alcohol content in my body was going up so its no surprise that even though i remember shooting this film there are a couple of shots that i looked at when scanning and thought “I don’t remember shooting that” and felt excited to see them appear on the screen.

I decided to push the Portra at the very last second and i’m glad i did! Albeit only a 1 stop push from the original 800iso i didn’t want to go too crazy as i hadn’t seen Portra pushed before so felt it best to take it 1 stop at a time. I’m glad i did.

I like Portra, i think its a great film to shoot with, it has some great neutral tones to work with and the slightly desaturated results seem to work well in evening light adding to the authenticity of being shot in the evening. The push in my opinion has improved this film considerably.

The results from this push are a high grain that is very appealing to the eye, especially of the young woman outside Wok to Walk with a folk in her mouth. The push has given a similar look to some old 70’s colour film which had a tendency to look more grainy (depending on film type). I had to remove quite a bit of green colour cast from the photos during cleaning – i have mixed opinions as to why this happened. It could be an error in processing where they’re using too much of a colour which will leave more green in the photo or it could be an error in scanning and the CCR (colour correction removal) process.

Also dust and scratches was a little extreme with this roll of film. Typically i have noticed that colour films require a lot more work than black and white, especially Kodak compared to Agfa or Ilford.

Due to the high grain and desaturated images the landscapes that i shot of the wind turbines and power lines aren’t really suited to this film type.

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