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Seasonal Reflections of an Analogue Photographer

“It’s Christmas Theo, it’s the time of miracles”Hans Gruber, Beloved Christmas Terrorist Christmas is a piece of family-orientated theatre, rich with idiosyncratic traditions that only exist within our own eccentric little bubbles, along with the shared, large scale infectious hysteria of a nation psyching itself up for some overly indulgent festive respite. The glittery extravagances […]

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5 Frames… From the Peter Pan Cup Christmas Day 2019, on ILFORD Delta 3200 Professional and HP5 PLUS

The Peter Pan Cup is a yearly 100m race, a swim across the icy-cold Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park. Swimmers have met in the park every Christmas morning since 1864, and the titular “Peter Pan Cup” was first donated in 1904 by author J.M. Barrie himself. Participants must acclimatise themselves to the cold across the year, […]

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5 Frames… Of the Saskatchewan prairies on Kodak AEROCHROME III Infrared Film 1443 (120 Format / EI 400 / Mamiya C330 Professional S)

What an amazing way to visualise the world. I have pursued the joys and wonders of film photography and darkroom work for some decades now and within this journey find it not only therapeutic but fascinating when I can try new film emulsions, chemistry or papers (really liking ILFORD’S new RC MG V). Thanks to […]

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I bought a Leica M3: Everything I need and nothing more

The Leica M3 is a camera I have lustered over since the beginning of my photography career almost eleven years ago now. Obviously, it looks absolutely beautiful as far as mechanical design and engineering go, and although you hear a lot of people saying the camera you use doesn’t matter, I actually believe it does. […]

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5 Frames of Kodak VISION3 500T 5219 developed in RA-4 chemistry (35mm Format / EI 500 / Lomography Sprocket Rocket)

5 Frames of Kodak VISION3 500T 5219 developed in RA-4 chemistry (35mm Format / EI 500 / Lomography Sprocket Rocket) – by Steve Jones Like many analogue fans the Coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions, which started here in the UK in March, have both created time to fill and the means of filling it. I have […]

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5 Frames… Of 20-year expired Paterson Acupan 800 (35mm Format / EI 100 / Pentax P30n + Pentax-a 50mm f/1.7)

I’ve been wary of expired film in the past. The possibility of spending time and money buying, shooting and developing film with no guarantee of any results put me off. Buying expired film does offer one exclusive advantage, however: access to discontinued stocks. While browsing online auctions recently, I came across Paterson Acupan 800. An […]

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5 Frames… Of double exposures on Kodak Portra 160 (35mm Format / EI 160 / Minolta SRT 101 + MC W.Rokkor 35mm f/2.8)

When it comes to double exposure photography, I’ve never really seemed to get it quite right. Whether that is by not underexposing enough or just a lack of composition, the exposures never quite came out right. I’ve been shooting with my inherited camera (like many who got started in 35mm film photography), a Minolta SRT101, […]

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5 Frames… Of textures at the boatyard on Fuji Pro 400H (120 Format / EI 400 / Mamiya C330 Professional F + Mamiya Sekor 80mm f/2.8)

My Father was a forensic photographer and I first took a picture in about 1968 using his Pentax Spotmatic. When I was a teenager my Father bought a Mamiya C330 Professional F, which I thought terribly old-fashioned, being a TLR and having no exposure meter. I bought a Mamiya 645 Pro and three lenses which […]

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Camera review: The Contax G2… So close…

I’ve waited long enough to speak. We’ve broken up, it’s over. The romance was hot and quick. A flash in the pan. It’s time to do a review on the Contax G2. If I could anthropomorphize the G2, it’s an unapologetically awkward, runway-gorgeous genius. The Contax excels conquers in every way that matters, and falls criminally short in a few […]

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5 Frames… Of 120 format Kodak Gold 200 (EI 100 / Pentax 67 + SMC- Pentax 105mm f/2.4 + SMC- Pentax 55mm f/4)

Since the 1980’s Kodak Gold has survived the test of time and is still a staple film for many film photographers worldwide. Gold 200 has been (sorry for the terrible pun) the Gold standard for consumer film photography, offering beautiful warm tones, which only get better with overexposure. When I met with my friend at […]

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A deeper dive into CineStill Simplified Cs2 chemistry: ECN-2 + CINESTILL = ?

We are the Brothers Wright, the photographers and creators behind CineStill. Ever since the beta tests of CineStill 800T processed in C-41 chemistry, and especially once we began designing simplified chemical processes, we have been asked many technical questions about motion picture processing and still photography. Over the years, we have done our best to […]