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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 February 2021 at 09:50
There is some lovely stuff being posted here - love the stereo pairs - they work very well even without any stereo effect - processing looks immaculate.

Wonderful stuff from Antwerp set as well.
 



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Back to mediocre now, I fear. I made the mistake of choosing a very-outdated film and that coupled with a loss of inspiration in winter lockdown lead to this one-third least-bad selection ...

Dynax 9, Tamron 28-300 zoom, Kodak Gold or Ultra 24 exp film

3.1

Cherwell flooding
The men only bathing spot known as Parson's Pleasure (closed many years ago) under winter floods

3.2

Old Observatory
Now the home of the University Security Services ... Orwellian or what?

3.3

Earth Sciences
Do I hear the sound of a barrel being scraped?

3.4

Mount Place / Canal Street
One of my favourite spots in Jericho, stepping back a bit to put the corner house into context; washed-out old film seems to work better for this subject.
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Continuing this bleak film ...

3.5

Blue canal boat reflected
Not great

3.6

Canal reflections
The usual trick of inverting the reflection helps a little.

3.7

Blavatnik Building
The film is giving up the ghost here; more to come on the next roll of film, which was fresher and monochrome.

3.8

Frevds / St Paul's
The Blavatniks neighbour, the former church St Paul's, now a café/bar known as FREVDS.

At least I don't have to share the other two-thirds of the film! The black and white roll will come tomorrow; at least it was fun shooting with the Dynax 9.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2021 at 12:35
3.1 is interesting.
One would think they choose the observatory intentionally, 1984 indeed

How much expired was it?
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Sadly I didn't keep the film box - I think it was 2007 (if UltraMax) or 2010 (if Gold). When I get the negatives I might get a fix on the film stock used.
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You are too hard on yourself Howard.

I've got an outdated C41 film in one of the cameras, but I'm intending to process B&W - everything is worth an experiment!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 March 2021 at 15:04
Thanks, Bob: perhaps I spent too long looking at them on a 27-inch screen; on my smartphone on Dyxum they're more tolerable.

I tried developing C41 in black and white once; I found the negatives difficult until I got them scanned and in to Lightroom. The orange mask was overwhelming, IIRC. I concluded it was easier/better to do it in post (why throw away the colour information?) ... but I'll be interested in your results. Certainly reasonable quality is possible.
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Mine might be easier as it is XP2.. can't remember what the base colour is..
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Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

You are too hard on yourself Howard.

I agree. I think they are great. Different in lots of ways to what we are "used" to seeing on our screens, but enjoyable nonetheless.

My favourites are 3.5 and 3.6
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Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

Mine might be easier as it is XP2.. can't remember what the base colour is..

Ah, I see. Here's an example from my go at it -

The shark
Minolta XE-1 with MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 | Expired (Oct 1997!) Kodak Gold Ultra 400; exposed 19-6-2013 as 200 ASA, developed in Microphen stock as per HP5, scanned.

Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

I agree. I think they are great. Different in lots of ways to what we are "used" to seeing on our screens, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Thankls, Brian!

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And now onto my next film. Agfaphoto APX 400 shortdated to 2020, I think. 36 exp, shot with a Dynax 9 and Tamron 28-300 zoom, with lab development and scanning again. First of the One Third set follows.

4.1

Blavatnik building /detail
That single window, bottom centre is said to be the largest such window in Europe, if not the world.

4.2

Blavatnik building /detail
Trees from a neighbouring site reflected

4.3

Blavatnik building /detail and moon
I tried focusing on the moon and leaving the building out of focus, but that wasn't usable.

4.4

Blavatnik building /detail
A last view of this building dropped in an otherwise historic working neighbourhood of Oxford.
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I love your takes on this building - esp 4.2 and 4.3.

Agfa APX is one of my favourite films - I did see something that suggested it was manufactured by Harman and was much the same as Kentmere Pan 400, but this may be false as the developing times seem quite different. I find they both dry quite nice and flat without much curl across the negative though...
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Next up, a set from the area I live in, an old village now swallowed into Oxford

4.5

The Croft view through to St Andrew's
In winter the lack of foliage reveals a view through to the church tower

4.6

St Andrew's churchyard /1

4.7

St Andrew's churchyard /2
With the village pub beyond; won't it be great when we can have a drink in a pub again?

4.8

Ceramic stock take
Not my work, alas.
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Finally, a visit to the CS Lewis nature reserve on the very edge of Oxford. Named for the great writer who lived nearby.

4.9


4.10


4.11
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4.12


Thanks for looking!
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