Primal Scream at the Coogee Bay Hotel

In late January I was given a fantastic opportunity by my friend Robert Gjessing from Harlequin Photography. Not only was it the opportunity to shoot my first live band gig.. it was at Coogee Bay Hotel and of an International Act. Now Primal Scream does not need any introduction to many people.. well perhaps not the current generation of Lady GaGa loving pop lovers but to the older crowd these guys still rate high on the radar.

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Fuji Superia 400 & Roll One

Well much the same as with my Fuji Neopan 400 post this is the Fuji Superia 400 post. A nicely grained c41 35mm film with some great colours and useability. I found it pretty interesting to shoot with but have had some mix results post development. A few where it seems to have really pushed the film too far and has unusable light/colours and grain. But for the rest of the shots.. I really do like it.

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Fuji Neopan 400 & Roll One

Welcome to Fuji Neopan 400.. a nice B&W film with a great grain.. and wow it has exceeded all the stories ive been told! I actually have around 5 rolls of this stuff at home.. waiting to be shot. I love the way it handles the grain and the contrast and it doesnt mind being shot at ISO800. A lot of people go to Neopan as their daily B&W film and I can definitely see why. I have also shot a roll of Neopan 1600 but I have yet to see the results (am hanging out).

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Brrrrrrraaaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnnnsssss!!!

Just a quick one to scare you this Monday morning. This was taken at the Sydney Zombie Lurch a couple of weekends ago. Just so happens I was assisting for Daniel K Cheung in Hyde Park in Sydney at the same time and this lovely brain eater stopped to pose.

This is my first roll of Neopan 400 that I have gotten processed and what can I say… I think I am in love :) It’s a great film with a nice grain.. this shot was a little underexposed so I pulled the levels up a bit but I retained the original grain from the scan (looks much more suitable than the mess Noise Reduction makes).

A few more blog posts to come this week. Looking forward to sharing them with everyone. I also now have the chemicals to setup my development at my new place.. so a couple of guides are in order! Taking a donation of a roll of 120 for a Guide to Loading film and a few other things.

Till next time..

Introducing the Yashicamat 124g

The whattamat what? No I am not spraying jibberish.. it is the name of my new Medium Format Film Camera. The next big step in my photography journey is to a 6×6 Twin Lens Reflex Film camera.. where you focus by looking into the top and you crank your film on by winding a handle. Too much you say? Well after spending years gawking at my dad’s beautiful Rolleiflex he has at home I decided that I must follow in his foot steps. So how does it work? Well perhaps this should be saved for a time when it isnt loaded with film and I can take some shots for you. Ill also spare you the intricate details of Medium Format and how a TLR works for then but for now.. why did i grab one of these?

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Ivo Rowe Pool Sunrise

A couple of weeks ago I decided to get down to a spot I have been meaning to check out before work. The beauty of living so close to the beach is my new ability to make it out for sunrises… just need the extra motivation. This morning I decided to head out besides the cloud sitting on the horizon. The main reason for my expedition was knowing a big swell was rolling through, and this place would mostly be safe/accessible and hopefully rather exciting. What a morning it was.. with my first 10+ minute extreme long exposure and my first mixing of digital and film sunrise photography.

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Lucky Film & The Nikon F3

An important roll for me.. through an iconic camera I have been very lucky to borrow from my good friend Daniel K Cheung. Paired with the Nikon 50mm 1.4D this special camera for me symbolizes great technological feats. Its pretty.. well constructed.. full of dials but most importantly it has character. It is built like a tank and goes like a tank. This one has had an easy life, but I can imagine some of the journo F3′s floating around would tell a different story (as would the rolls produced from it). So how does it stack up? I would have to say that I am very impressed indeed.. impressed so much that I now say I MUST have one.. it WILL be mine… oh yes…

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Film.. rolls rolls and more rolls

You know it will be a good blog post when it starts with a moustache. Well in all honesty I never know what shot to use as the opener.. so why not one of me? So I have been a busy beaver this weekend.. in total I went out for 4 shoots… and got a variety of shots.. some of which I am very happy with and I think I have some new media that definitely needs printing. But this is about film.. rolls rolls and more rolls. So since my last film update about the cricket, I have developed my second roll at home (with the third being done tomorrow) and also had some c41 processed locally which is the crux of this post.

Film as I have touched on has a special feel.. something different too it and something very inspiring.

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DOF Vader

A quick blog post today.. after a busy night last night I was able to develop another roll of film! And build my new Lego Tie Fighter… all with a sore back. The film was my second roll I have developed at home and ill soon post up the results, but I am quite happy. Here is a shot from my office.. these paper models I have featured before in a competition entry which involved paper models. I have a few more plans for the, I found a great place for the designs and they have a great collection from a variety of pop culture sources.

Time to get folding :)

Till next time..

A Day at the Cricket

A day at the cricket was on the agenda for the start of the year. The Ashes, unfortunately lost by this point but never the less hopes of a great game of cricket. Day 4 at the SCG is usually a cracker… where games are won/lost and players step up to the occasion. Unfortunately at the moment it is generally the opposition standing up or the Australians falling over.. but ill leave the topic of cricket there. It was with this trip to the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground that I saw an opportunity to capture something I have enjoyed since I was little.

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