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5 Frames… At the races on Fomapan 400 Action with a Pentax P30 (P3) + Tamron 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 (Adaptall-2 171A)

We decided a fine brisk November morning called for a day trip to a nearby annual charity horse race meeting at Exeter Racecourse, one of England’s oldest racetracks. It’s also the highest, which can mean it’s swept by bitingly cold winds. On that day these were happily tempered by late autumn sunshine, which prompted the […]

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5 Frames… Of Redeye Redscale 200 on an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic SP 1000 + Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5~f/4.5

Glorious colour shifts of red, orange, yellow and green all from one film? Totally achievable with Redeye Redscale film! I visited RSPB Fairburn Ings, an ex-industrial site rich in heritage and now an important site for breeding and wintering ducks, geese, and swans. Situated in the North of England between Leeds, York, and Wakefield, it’s […]

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The wild bear in my neighborhood: Documenting Halloween 2021’s Bangkok lèse-majesté protests on 35mm film

Let’s say there’s this wild bear in your neighborhood. He terrorizes the children and snaps his teeth at the elderly. He breaks into people’s homes, stomps on their plants, destroys their lawn furniture, and eats their food. Although the bear is being his bear-self, people are frustrated and they have concerns. The wild bear in […]

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Same format, different story: Making the switch from a Pentax 67 to a Mamiya 7ii

I had been meaning to get into the medium format 6×7 game for a while and I finally bought the Pentax 67 (the “middle” version before the 67II) at an auction. For a long time, it was my go-to medium format camera. We had a real love-hate relationship. I loved the 105mm lens and hated, […]

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5 Frames… Of Adox KB 17 during ‘Der Fasching’ at the heart of the Black Forest in 1960s Germany (35mm / EI 100 / Asahi Pentax SV + 28mm f/3.5 Super-Takumar)

Way back in 1963, in the early years of my photojournalism career, a German friend of mine who was about to emigrate to the US persuaded me to join him on a visit to his homeland in early February. ‘It’s the season of Der Fasching,’ he explained excitedly. ‘Everyone dresses up, there are big street […]

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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 […]