Images on Film

Pictures from my revisiting of film ….

If you have been following my Camera Notes Blog you will know that I began shooting film in some of my old cameras to try them out and to take a trip back to a time where B&W film was all I shot. I expected it was to be nothing more than a side trip to enjoy some of my old equipment. It has turned out to be much more.

I am finding many of the images I am taking to be very pleasing and so I am creating this portfolio page of black and white images. I am not giving up digital; not at all. But I am enjoying the black and white and I can see a place for it in my ongoing photographic adventures.

I don’t really like giving details of how a photograph was created because I believe it detracts from the impact of the image which must speak for itself. But I will make an exception here because the cameras I am using are old and interesting in themselves. As in all of these images, I process the film myself and then scan it to create a digital file. I hope you enjoy the results.

A trail through the woods in Surrey taken with my Canon Pellix and Ilford FP4 film.

In the Backyard

I take many many pictures at home in the yard. Susan’s garden is such a wonderful spot and her flowers are always incredible. So it is a great place for photography.

These few images were taken with my Canon EF SLR using an FD 50mm f/1.8 S.C. lens. The film they are captured on is Ilford HP5 exposed and developed at ISO 400. An old camera from the 70’s and yet it takes fantastic photos!

I like the grain in these pictures. It adds a grittiness to the images that I find appealing. Not every image responds well to this treatment and it is surprising that flowers seem to.

Potted Begonia

“Potted Begonia” 

Potted Begonia

“La Madonna dei Fiori” 

My scanner is a Canon 9000F Mk II and these images were scanned at 2400 dpi. The scanner says that it can scan at much higher resolution but for the internet the 2400 setting is ample and it is much faster. More is not always better!

Once scanned I am back on digital ground where I use Photoshop and OnOne plugins in the main.

It is all a time consuming process and I am not happy with every image. I work a bit with a file and at the first suggestion it is not going to result in magic I put it aside. Many are called but few are chosen.

Potted Begonia
Potted Begonia
Potted Begonia

Three Images of Dahlias

A Walk in the Woods

I found the time to go for a walk along a forest trail through a park in Surrey near the end of September 2016. It was a sparkling day with blue sky and wonderful yellow sun. But the Canon Pellix around my neck didn’t care about the color. It was loaded with Ilford FP4, a B&W film. So what the camera was seeking was texture, lights and shadows, shapes and composition. These two and the first picture above in this section are three of the resulting images.

A man walking his dog along a forest trail.

The sun shining through the leaves is always a great subject.

January 2017

Christmas 2016 came with snow and I didn’t miss the opportunity to get out in it with my camera. In this case I was using my Canon L1 with a Serenar 50mm f/1.9 and 35mm f/3.5. I was shooting Ilford PanF Plus 500 and I’m pretty happy with the result.

Kodak Target Six-20

In March of 2017 I was out with my then recently acquired Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 camera using a roll of Ilford film. I was curious to see what this camera with its one piece lens could really do.

Sure it’s not as sharp as we are used to but that is not the issue. It is a good photograph. The increasing lack of sharpness as you come out from the center gives a pleasant effect. It focuses your attention down the street into the distance. Looking at this image, don’t ever tell me you could take great pictures if only you had a better camera. 

I took eight pictures with my Target Six – 20, which is all you get on a roll of 620 film, and this image is one of them. I could not be more impressed. This picture contains everything I love about black and white film. It has contrast, tone, detail and real depth..

Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

Several months ago I bought a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye as a bit of a trip down memory lane. This was the first camera I owned as a child. Then I bought another, and then another and before long I had a small collection. Seven at last count with cases, flashes and other bits and pieces. 

So obviously, the question came up about whether this camera could take a decent picture. I put a role of film in one and ventured out to get the answer. I developed a roll of 12 exposures and was pleasantly surprised. I wrote a post about my efforts and included three of those exposures. Below is one of them.

This is an image from the Hawkeye shown above (called a Fiesta in the South American Market) taken this past fall in a local Surrey park. It is a pleasant image and it shows that even these simple cameras can take a fine photograph.

Nikon F “Apollo” Camera

Whenever I get a new camera that is working I love to take it out for a walk. This is especially true if it is a well made precision machine like this Nikon F I acquired. It was in excellent condition and had a a very good Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens.

This is a 35mm film camera so I had it out with fresh film in it very quickly after I got it. This is truly a great camera and capable of wonderful pictures! No wonder it was the choice of professionals for two decades.

This image was taken with my Nikon F and Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens. The path is on a walk near our home that Susan and I wander frequently.