As you will have seen in my previous post, I recently bought myself a second hand Nikon FM2n and Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 camera and lens of eBay. It has taken me about a week but I have got through my first roll of film and have developed it now I used Neopan ACROS 100 film for my first roll because of the slow speed. This meant there would be minimal grain and I would be able to shoot as much as possible at f/1.4, even during the day (just). I was keen to see what the depth of field would be like. I know it’s the classic thing to do – just give a photograph a shallow depth of field but whatever, I wanted to do it!
New Camera! Nikon FM2n28/02/2014
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Hello everybody – quick bit of news today! I have bought a new camera. It is a Nikon FM2n film SLR, and it is one that I have wanted for quite some time now. I am very happy to have finally been able to get my hands on one. It was half an impulse purchase, and half a plan ned one. I have been meaning to send my Leica M6 off to Germany to get CLA’d and have the viewfinder upgraded, and this presented me with an opportunity to get a new camera for cheap if possible to use in the mean time. Luckily I got this one for only £70 off eBay! Most go for a bit more so I was quite fortunate here. It has some cosmetic wear, but I think it looks all the better for it.
Cheltenham Folk Festival in Pictures24/02/2014
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Cheltenham is rather famous for its festivals. There are four main ones: Literature (I have photographed this and written a blog post about it before), Music, Jazz, and Science, but surrounding those big festivals there are a myriad of smaller ones. One of these smaller festivals is the Folk Festival, which was on a couple of weeks ago and I went along and photographed it. My uncle, an excellent guitarist and maker of guitars (he made me one!!), flew over from Northern Ireland, and my parents’ friends who are also very musical came over for the festival as well. The household was very musical that weekend, with a total of four guitarists staying! This was a great opportunity for me photograph both the festival at home and the festival in town.
Protest About Badgers22/02/2014
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I wanted to share with you some photographs I took today on my iPhone 5S when walking around town. I was taking my Leica M6 to the post office to send it in to Leica for a service, and just up the street a bit a protest was brewing, so I went up there to have a look at what the protest was about. Typical that it is the time I don’t have any of my cameras with me, but oh well – at least I had my iPhone! It was a good opportunity to test it out as a documentary camera, and I don’t think it did too badly. I was only there for about 10 minutes or so having a look around, but it was good nonetheless.
I have been meaning to write this blog post for ages now, but it just kept getting pushed back. But I am going to do it now – it is about time too. As readers of this website will be well aware, I have switched to shooting using only film. The first part to this was to start developing it myself, because it was just too expensive to keep getting it done at photo labs. But in order to really be self sufficient with film photography I had to get a film scanner and scan myself too. In this article I will go through how to scan photographs, and what things to look out for when scanning. I will be doing this from the point of view of the Epson V500 film scanner, but the theory should be the same with any flatbed film scanner.