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
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This blog is a continuation of my previous post Kodak Ektar 100
Please take the time to read back so you fully appreciate published film. This film is the second of four film’s that i shot at London Pride 2013.
By this point the evening was starting to get quite intoxicated with the streets crawling in cans, bottles, plastic cups and people racing to the nearest Wok to Walk or Opuz. My friends and I however decided to grab an Ed’s Burger, which is one of the nicest 50’s themed diner’s around Soho.
The atmosphere around Soho was filled with happiness and people coming together which made this was one of the easiest events i have ever photographed, other than London Fashion Week, however people go out just to get their photo taken at LFW and very often need some help to ‘look alive’. It may have been because i was drinking too.
I digress, people where ecstatic to see the camera, coming together, making faces and just a little bit of tom foolery to give a warmer more playful feel to the photos i captured.
I opted to stay within a 100iso film type as the evening was very bright, this also let me save the 2 higher iso film’s i have left over for use later on in the evening.
The results from the Agfa are exceptional, the contrasts are very appealing, the grain isn’t as fine as i would of expected from 100ISO however it doesn’t hinder the quality of the image, nor is it intrusive giving even and beautiful coverage of the photos. I used my Sigma 50mm Prime throughout the entire film alternating my f/stop from 2.5 to 5.6.