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ArcTanGent Festival – The best fun you can have in a field!

Been a little while since my last proper post, been a rather hectic summer with work and photos and school holidays and everything. I know, no excuse at all! Still…

So…

Last weekend it was the first incarnation of a wonderful little festival called ArcTanGent, run by the same people that do the 2000 Trees Festival. Myself and a group of randoms went down to listen to many bands that I like, and many that I’d heard good things about (often through the Echoes and Dust blog), but for me, mainly to celebrate a good friend’s 40th year on this planet 🙂

Particularly due to the last mentioned point, I fully expected to get somewhat messy during some points of the weekend, and so I decided to leave the beloved DSLR at home (mainly for the fear of losing it in a field somewhere near Bristol…) and take a couple of film cameras with me instead. My reasoning being that if I broke them/lost them/submerged them/gave them away while drunk I’d only have to pay about £50 to get some fairly decent replacements.

So, I boldly strode into the breach armed only with my trusty Olympus OM 10 and Pentax P30, one roll of Fuji Velvia 50, one roll of Pan F 50, one roll of XP2 Super 400 and a random roll of Boots Gold ISO 200. So a rather mixed bag, just the way I like it!

Suffice to say that the Festival was a storming success! I think that during the whole weekend there was only one or two bands that didn’t catch my imagination. The vast and overwhelming majority were absolutely stunning! The stand out acts for me personally were And So I Watch You From Afar who blew both my brain and my eardrums to bits, Future of the Left, who were incredibly noisily brilliant, Manchester’s own Cleft and Charlie Barnes, Bristol’s awesome ANTA, and the rather unexpected and leftfield brilliance of SJ Esau.

If you want to hear more about the music, I’ll leave most of that wordy goodness to those folks at Echoes and Dust who are far more competent wordsmiths than I, so click this link if you want to hear all about it…

What I will do though, is leave you with the best of the photos from those four films that I want through from Thursday to Saturday. Do go listen to some of that music if you’re interested in noisy guitars and intricately played excellence. You might even like it so much you want to buy some!

P.S. The  people wrestling were doing it for fun, not fight… just to be clear…

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Looks like it was the 1960s

One of the things that I do really like about film photography, and have consistently found, no matter what type of camera I seem to be using, is the way that you can make it look like photos have been taken in a different decade, or different century even!

This seems to happen in a more pronounced way in black and white photography, and for some reason, especially so in the last film I shot. There’s pictures of the Archimedes statue at The University of Manchester (the bit that used to be UMIST, for those old enough to remember…), bits of Victoria Baths, the destruction of the BBC building on Oxford Road in Manchester and some of Levenshulme and Longsight. All of them, pretty much without exclusion look like they were taken several decades ago.

Take a look, see what you think…

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All were shot with a Pentax P30

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Lou and the Llamas and the Levy Jamboree!


Levy Jamboree Flyer
Been a little while since I last posted, very remiss of me I know…

So I thought I’d catch you up with a little something that’s going on as part of the Levenshulme Festival this year, The Levy Jamboree.

It’s a little gig on Friday the 9th of November at the Klondyke club in Levenshulme , organised by Lou Armer who organises the Levy Uke Up that I’ve mentioned previously on here, and featuring all local artists. Weirdly enough, I’ll actually be playing the banjolele as part of the Levy Uke Up (as will my better half on her uke) so do feel free to come and heckle, it would be lovely to see you!

Conveniently enough, Lou’s band, Lou and the Llamas (although you could have guessed that, right?) played their first gig a week and a bit ago and I shot a few frames of film while I was there. I’ve just got them back and well, now seems like the perfect time to share. All of the Black and white shots were taken with an Olympus OM10 on 35mm Ilford XP2 Super 400 and the lone colour shot was taken on a 1920s (I think) Voightlander 6×9 folding camera on Portra Pro 160 VC.

If you do come down on Friday, do come early as all of the acts are good, and if you enjoy live stuff with real instruments of the more gently acoustic persuasion, you’ll be in for a right treat. It may only be the Llamas’ second gig, but they play beautifully together and create a wonderful sound. So, I’ll stop wittering on now and let the photos speak for themselves.

Enjoy your week and maybe see you on Friday? I’ll be frantically practising till then!

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A Voightlander visits the Gower

My late 1920's Voightlander Bessa

My late 1920’s Voightlander Bessa folding camera.

Just a quick post this time, just to say hello after being away for a week or so in South Wales. It’s the first time that any of us had been to the Gower peninsula, and you know what, it’s an absolutely gorgeous part of the world. Stunning scenery, just a shame we couldn’t say the same for the weather. It was, at least, warm all of the time. It was, however, windy and windless and scorching sunshine and cloudy and foggy and light rain and torrential rain and thunder and lightning… So, a typical summer in the good old British Isles…

Anyhow, I took a couple of film cameras with me, the first being a 1920’s Voightlander Bessa folding medium format camera. It takes 6x9cm negatives on medium format 120 roll film and I can honestly say that it’s the most difficult camera that I’ve used so far.

You see the little square bit to the top right of the lens in the picture? That’s the (tiny!) viewfinder… It’s also distance scale focusing (I love distance scale focusing…). Still it is medium format, it’s got a nice 11cm f4.5 Anastigmat Voigtar lens and should in theory be capable of taking 8 very lovely 6×9 pictures per roll. Yes. Eight.

Not much chance to get things wrong then…

Although to be fair, I did get seven well exposed negatives out of eight from the roll of Ilford XP5 (B&W) that I loaded it with, and from the couple that were in focus, you can certainly get some stunning quality from it. It was, however, incredibly difficult to get accurate focus with. The lens takes a full (very stiff) turn to go from 3 feet to infinity focus and at around £2 per picture for develop and scan, when compared with the success rate, it could get rather expensive…

Still here are the 7 shots from it taken over the course of a very lovely week in the Gower. It was wonderful to get away from it all for a little while 🙂

Wood turningThe Gower Heritage CentreThe Mumbles beachThe mumblesPort EynonThe MumblesThe view from the campsite.

 

My Olympus OM10 SLR

My Olympus OM10 SLR

The second camera I took with me was an Olympus OM 10 with a Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f1.8 lens.

The OM10 is a complete contrast to the Voightlander. It’s very simple to use and even has in built metering and manual focus that you can check through the viewfinder. All the mod cons!

This has got to be the easiest film camera I’ve used so far (apart from the no control point and shoots) and is an absolute joy to use. Manual focus is generally quite easy as well due to the large viewfinder and focus confirmation point. So here are a few of the shots from that as well. B&W shots are on Ilford XP2 Super 400 and the colour ones are Kodak Ultramax 400.

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Zorki 4 and the unfocused ukelele invasion

Another brick of a russian rangefinder, the Zorki 4, complete with a Jupiter 8, 50mm F2 lens.

Another brick of a russian rangefinder, the Zorki 4, complete with a Jupiter 8, 50mm F2 lens.

I may well have mentioned that ebay is a very dangerous place to be in a previous post. Especially when you’ve just got into film cameras and you’re all excited and fresh faced and everthing on there is just SO DAMNED CHEAP!

Ahem.

Aaaaaanyhow… One of my recent purchases (for less than a tenner I hasten to add…) was a Zorki 4. The name itself sounds like something from a different planet, but in reality, it’s a slightly (but only slightly) more polished version of the Fed cameras of the same era and is essentially a Leica copy. Which, knowing the reputation of Leica, is a very good thing indeed!

So, this lovely shiny brick came to the door beatifully packaged in the customary cardboard box and as much bubble wrap as humanly possible. I unwrapped it and it was such a thing of beauty that I had to find an instruction manual on the internet, figure out how to load a film and then shoot some test shots…

This camera handles beautifully. It’s heavy, yes, but the Jupiter 8 has a wonderfully smooth continuous aperture adjustment and the focus is wonderful on it. Again, smooth as… as a very smooth thing at any rate, metaphors seem to have escaped me tonight. The rangefinder, like the Fed 2 was a little off vertically, but after the results from the Fed 2, I wasn’t deterred at all.

So I’d taken a few shots around Levenshulme taking in the local delights such as the bit underneath the tracks at the Levy train station, bits of the Antiques Village, the fence keeping you out of the derelict shop sites on the A6 and some others, when I realised that we were all going to the Levy Uke Up at POD, so I thought that I take a few shots there as well and see what happened.

If you’re wondering what the Uke up is all about, it’s a bunch of very lovely people with very small guitars getting together to play some tunes, sing some songs, drink some beer and eat some food. It makes for a rather lovely way to finish of a Sunday evening and ready you for the week. This was the first one I’d attended, and it would seem that I now need to get my wife (and myself) a ukelele. So it goes…

Finally got the film back from processing and it seems that the rangefinder might be somewhat in need of adjustment. Either that, or I was consistently missing focus by quite some distance, though that isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility by any means. I will be taking the Zorki (and the Fed…) to get properly calibrated at some point soon. I’m still quite chuffed with the photos even if I was a little surprised at the point of focus in some of them… As usual, there’s a few shots below from this roll, with a few more on my Facebook page for good measure, feel free to let me know what you think 🙂

 

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A Russian (Rangefinder) in Canada

Built like a lead brick, my FED 2 rangefinder

Built like a lead brick, my FED 2 rangefinder

So, while we seem to be on the subject of film cameras, one of the cameras I’ve recently acquired (through a very nice gentleman at work, thanks!), is a FED 2 russian rangefinder. It’s a type PE0385, manufactured between 1956 and 1958 with a 50mm f3.5 lens for any of you that might be interested. It’s also built like a brick. Possibly a brick of lead considering how much it weighs. Suffice to say, it’s quite a sturdy little beast…

Out of the several film cameras of various formats that I seem to have gathered together in the past few months, the FED was sturdy enough that I wasn’t afraid of breaking it, easy enough to use that I wouldn’t completely waste the film due to my lack of experience, and simultaneously the first one that came to hand. So I thought that I’d load a roll of black and white (Ilford XP2 Super 400 negative film) and see what I could get around Vancouver.

Bearing in mind that I’d never looked through the viewfinder of a rangefinder camera before, I was in for an interesting time. In case you’ve never used one, basically what you get on looking through the tiny circular viewfinder on the FED 2 is the frame that you’ll shoot, more-or-less, with a small patch of yellowish-green double image in the middle. That’s that rangefinder. Basically, the theory goes that you focus using the lens and you line up the double image so that the images overlap perfectly when that object is in focus.

That’s certainly the theory anyway.

In this case, the horizontal alignment was OK, but there was a good couple of mm mismatch in the vertical alignment, so the images could never perfectly match, they were always a bit out and if what you were trying to focus on was small, that could get somewhat interesting!

Having said all that, I managed to brave the 8°C  rainy weather in the hours that I had when I wasn’t working and shot about 25 frames and then, a couple of exposures before the end of the roll, I somehow managed to snap the film inside the camera… Still, I managed to get it back to the UK, get the people that do my processing to take the film out for me in a dark box, and I’m well chuffed with some of the shots.

They seems to have a good grain to them, but it’s a very sharp lens indeed, the definition and contrast is excellent and the scrape marks where the film has clearly rubbed on something, lend a wonderful vintage analog feel to them. There are a few examples of the shots taken with the FED 2 in the gallery below if you fancied a look through.

Of course, the one thing I probably shouldn’t have done, was located a set of instructions for service and cleaning of the FED 2 on the internet (which I did). Followed by stripping it down to clean it (which I did). Including the rangefinder assembly. Stupid. Me.

I now have a camera which has a beautifully clear rangefinder and is wonderful to look through if, and it’s a big IF, you don’t mind that you can no longer line the double images up either at infinity or elsewhere. So kids, when you need to adjust your rangefinder, take it to someone that knows what they’re doing… So, not me… The Fed will be going in for re-alignment at some point in the future…

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