expired film

Webber with his cape

Perhaps the finest T-shirt with a cape already attached you will ever see, this is my house-mate proudly displaying his footballing superhero prowess to the world. This is also the first roll of Fujicolor NPS 160 I’ve shot, which also happens to be the first roll of professional film I’ve used, the results have been pretty good despite it being expired by nine years (2006).

Webber Cape 50mm Fujicolor NPS 160 f4 8th sec

Surveying the scene, is that a crime taking place down there? Or just an old lady with her shopping? Olympus Om-1n, 50mm lens, Fujicolor NPS 160, f4 1/8th sec. (more…)

Grain and long gone expiration dates

Some of you may remember from a previous post that I took a trip to the UK Photography Show in the NEC in Birmingham not too long ago. If you don’t, well you can find it here. While I was there I stumbled a cross a very small stand, manned by two people selling expired film, boxes upon boxes of the stuff, what an utter joy to behold that was amongst all the techno-finery and new fangled digital doo da’s. I took a card for their online shop, which if you’d like to look at well I might as well give them some free advertising here, the link to their ebay store has lots of tantalising looking expired film. (more…)

The B-Side

It’s Monday, and on Monday’s I co-present (read that as offer light comic relief/arseing around) a radio show on Radio Cardiff 98.7fm called “The B-Side” (8pm GMT on a Monday) Been doing this for a number of years now, started out when I was unemployed for a few months and needing something to make me get up in the morning’s I agreed to help my friend Aled present the breakfast show on that radio station, it was a time of exhaustion, crabbiness, frustration and a terrible playlist but was also damn fun. So when it came to helping out on his actual show I jumped at the chance and have been doing it ever since. I will say first of all I merely sit next to Aled and spout nonsense into the mike, he’s the one who writes, presents, selects the music etc, I am merely a sidekick. And as a sidekick I am not allowed to press buttons or operate any kind of thing that i could break, for good reason, so I thought I’d combine this with my photography and document life in the studio. Below are a selection of shots taken with my Olympus OM-1n and 50mm Zuiko lens on Kodak Colorplus 200 ISO film (see I said I’d be posting more of these this week) of The B-Side.

Oh and if anyone does want to give us a listen you can do online here and clicking on the “listen now” part.

Radio 50mm Kodak Colorplus 200 f5

This is the sign that hangs on the wall behind the mixing desk, this was taken at f5.6 1/4 sec. (more…)

Olympus Om1n: First shots

So you may be aware I purchased myself a lovely Olympus Om1n with a 50mm 1.8 Zuiko Auto-s not too long ago, a camera I have wanted to own for some time, and talked about here. These are some photographs from the first roll of film developed, I only ran one through in case of any issues (no point wasting money/film if the damn thing doesn’t work properly) and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how these have come out. These are all shot on Kodak Colorplus 200 ISO colour film that expired in January 2014, a film I’ve used previously and gives nice results so probably my main surprise came from how nice the images looked considering the lens cost me around £20.

So below are a few examples taken during a late afternoon/early spring evening in Roath Park, Cardiff. First up is this shot of an older lady and her dog and a stand-off between a pair of geese, I say that as the geese were pretty unimpressed that the poor old lady dared to sit on a bench in their patch. This was taken at f11 125/sec.

Standoff 50mm Kodak Colorplus f11 125th secFirst thing you’ll notice is the brownish/red lighting to the left of the image, I don’t think this is a light leak as I have no other photographs on the roll showing anything like this, the sun was just out of shot in that direction and low in the sky so I think this is purely the way the light is reflecting on the lake. I like how the tree branch in the top right corner and overhanging leaves at the top of the image frame this shot, I think the heavily exposed sky would be a bit too overpowering without them. I also like the level of details that’s been captured, the cracks in the path, some of the individual leaves standing out against the bright sky and the grass. I also like how the leading lines of the path and fencing lead from one subject to the other, from the seated lady at the bench to the geese. (more…)

Desk Lamp

Oh the perversion, using an analogue film camera to photograph it’s zombified brethren, gutted and re-purposed as a hipster-tastic piece of furniture. This, dear readers, is a photograph of the desk lamp I received for Christmas, and it’s pretty cool I think you’ll agree. A broken and gutted Konica FS-1, customer made into a desk lamp.

Lamp Kodak Colorplus 200, f2 (more…)

Kodak Colorplus 200 Expired 2014

A selection of shots taken with the Canon AE-1 Program and 50mm lens on a roll of expired Kodak Colorplus ISO 200 film, bought 3 rolls of this from ebay and they all expired in January 2014, I’m pretty pleased how this first roll has turned out, once again expired colour film gives the images a hazy view making them look decades rather than a few weeks old.

The two shots below really show off the yellowish, and in some parts green, tinge that’s evident in some of the images on the roll. Both of these shots of my girlfriend Jo were taken at f2, 1/15 sec, I especially like the bokeh in the second one of the out of focus chest of drawers in the background.

Jo Kodak Colorplus 200, f1, 15 sec (more…)