With changed living and working arrangements I have found myself walking the streets of my neighbourhood a lot more regularly than I usually would. All of a sudden, the streets of Holland Park, Greenslopes, Tarragindi and Mt, Gravatt on the suburban Southside of Brisbane, Australia are seeing a lot more of me.

I always try to take one of my (many) cameras with me because I find photography an effective way for me to de-stress, particularly when I combine the picture-taking with the process of development and scanning. I doubt that any of the photos I’ve produced will be of lasting artistic value –- but, for me, that’s not really the point –- I’m out of the house doing something I enjoy which sounds like a win to me.

Over the last few weeks I’ve managed to get out the door and capture images with a bunch of my cameras including: a Pentax LX, a Leica M6, a Kowa SW, a Fujipet “Thunderbird” (1950s toy camera), a 4×5 Chamonix 45N2 and my Fuji digitals (X100V and X-Pro2).

But, most of all, I have really enjoyed re-acquainting myself with my Nikon S3 rangefinder and asking myself why I don’t use it more often. For something that is coming up to 60 years of age it really is a remarkable machine. For these photos it was paired with the standard 5cm f2 Nikkor-H (which is a marvellous lens).

And the film, for these wanderings I have been using Kentmere 400 film. For me, it fits neatly in the “good and cheap” category. It provides consistent, scannable and printable results and seems to be pretty forgiving of my dodgy guessed exposure settings. All for a price that is more than reasonable.

I’ve been developing the film (in the laundry on top of the washing machine) in Kodak HC-110 Dilution B for between 4 and 5 minutes depending on the temperature. The Kentmere film fits neatly with my objectives for these photos – random photos taken for my personal enjoyment rather than for any enduring archival reason.

It is definitely more about the process than the product (as you can see from the water stains and dust marks!).

~ Allan

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Allan Uhlmann

As a child, Dad would only let me touch his Pentax on rare occasions. I was allowed to use Mum's Olympus Pen EES-2 though and I've continued to enjoy photography throughout my life. Having almost passed through the "embarrassing Dad" stage I am currently preparing...


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