Fuji Superia X-TRA 400

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Today I want to quickly share some photos taken with Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 film and Yashica Electro 35 GSN rangefinder.I decided to try shooting on colour again, however this film slightly disappointed because of colour tones. I reckon that other films such like Kodak Ektar or Kodak Portra could be able to produce better results. I will test these in a couple of weeks 😉

Enjoy!

P.S. I am currently preparing an interesting review about Yashica Electro 35 GSN camera with photo examples! Don’t miss it!! 🙂

Yashica Electro 35 GSN

Yashica Electro 35 GSN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fred Herzog

Another Saturday came and I am dedicating this lovely afternoon to a very interesting photographer about which I have never heard before. His name is Fred Herzog (1930 September 21). In De Montfort University library, I came up with this monograph and tried to look and get deeper with his works. This photo album with artist essay and interview can be easily bought from Amazon.

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Fred Herzog had a hard childhood because during his early childhood he lost his both parents, abandoned school and moved to Canada from Germany. Eventually, he established in Vancouver and straight away started taking photographs in the streets because he felt particular interest in taking photographs with people..

While spreading pages through the book, only then I realised that he is one of the first 35 mm colour photography pioneers. During the 50s, 60s serious organisations such like Magnum and many other photographers were shooting entirely on Black and White films because it seemed to be more appropriate at that era, not that distracting and much cheaper. Colour Photography during those times were related with special occasions or travel snapshots. To make prints from color slides were not only difficult to produce around 60s but also they were very expensive and often chemically unstable.

Fred Herzog wanted to intimate journalism in a city environment and felt that someone has to do it, because people in the future would only be able to see how people looked at those time in Life or Time magazines…

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granville and robson 1959 by fred herzogPersonally, while looking at the pictures I couldn’t believe of such great quality colour images taken with the film camera around 1960s. Most of them looks like photographed with Digital camera. Another quite interesting thing which I have noticed looking at Fred’s images is that he also tended to photograph and capture neon lights at night, shop display windows, cars, various companies signs, all the suburbs and back yards with interesting stuff.  (There are some similarities to another very famous still living street and fashion photographer William Klein works.)This year while taking photographs in the streets I became interesting in familiar subjects and, perhaps, for the next year, I will dedicate one module for Urban Landscape theme.

To sum up, Fred Herzog is very interesting and talented photographer who is still living and I reckon, that every photographer should take a look to his works. It is uncommon chance to see early 50s and 60s America in colour!

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5 Roll of Films

As I mentioned yesterday, today I have been working with my films almost more than 6 hours. Developing went quite smoothly, but scaning used the majority of time. I had 3 35 mm B&W films (Kodak Tri-X 400, Fuji Neopan CN 400, Ilford Delta 400) and two 120 films (Same Kodak Tri-X 400 and Kodak T-Max 400). During the holidays I wanted to see and make an experiment with different kind of films, however I wasn’t able to see big differences between tonality and contrast. I would guess, that for reall differences you should be processing with exact chemicals dedicated either for kodak films or ilford and enlarge photographs to see the details. Ilford Delta 400 showed weakest results in tonalities and contrast in comparing with others, but perhaps that is because I used this film with Yashica Electro 35 GSN. Old camera with an old lens, perhaps a slightly wrong exposure, no lens hood made some influence for such results.

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Some test prints with crappy library printers

This week I will be posting some images and comenting about each film. I am going to mention, that’s possible that I have found a theme for my next year studies. For a quick example, I am adding bellow some of my taken and scaned photos from the Easter Holidays. Enjoy!

Similarity to street photographer Bruce Gilden

Last year autumn I was taking some images on 35 mm film around the city and when I developed that film I have noticed something worth looking.

All street photographers should know famous still living photographer Bruce Gilden and perhaps some of them are familliar with this photo taken years ago.bruce

After doing some research for my studies, I somehow remembered this photograph from Bruce Gilden and when developed and looked closer to my picture I became astonished. If you look closer, you will find so many similarities. Let’s start from composing the pictures – They are vertical images and persons are placed closer to the right side of image.  Both man wear hats and are looking downwards. Both man are smoking and they are in precise body position (Hands and legs gestures).  Isn’t that nice coincidence? img042

My Nikon D7000

Yesterday I showed you couple of images taken on my first film roll from Yashica Electro 35 GSN and after posting that message here I went to my neighbourhood to take some more images! Currently, I have a holidays, so I have been slowly taking photos almost 3 weeks now because my assessments for university are getting closer. This Monday I will have to develop at least 4 b&w films and I know that there are really great shots.. Today, I want to show you some of my images taken previously on DSLR, because I am taking photogaphs on digital as well, however 35 mm and 120 film is more interesting for me.

I started taking photographs in the streets with my Nikon D7000 and 35mm 1.8f  prime lens, but straight away I noticed that my subjects were too far from me, so I decided to buy probably cheapest from nikon but very very good 50mm 1.8 lens. Henry Cartier – Bresson always worked with 50 mm lens, so I thought that it should really be a great choice 😉  I am not sure why images quality is so low, but tomorrow I wil try to fix it 🙂 If you want to see larger photos – just click on them.









Yashica Electro 35 GSN

One month ago I became very interested in Rangefinders. To those who don’t know what it is, check this link. I tried to read as much as possible about them, watched many videos on youtube and finally came up with Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder camera series. I fall in love straight away because of design and some other cool features. At that time I was bored with my normal 35mm SLR, so I tought this is going to be something different. On the ebay I found quite many of them at price for a good condition one about 70 – 80 pounds.  I made the decision quickly and after approximatelly one week I received  this camera in mint condition. I am including some examples from my first film roll shot on this camera. I used Fuji Superia X-Tra 400 film. While shooting I noticed that it is not that easy to focus while looking throuhg viewfinder, so I thought that if you are doing street photography, maybe the easiest way of shooting is using prefocus system. I will try that in my next roll of film. However, for more static situations it is very usefull toy to learn focus manualy. My next film on this camera is going to be B&W Ilford Delta 400.

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Made this inside the local market building and I was really surprised of how camera sucessfully managed to work under low light situation.

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