Just do it

You can’t fail to be struck by the advertising hoardings in Times Square, whether it be the high-tech animated electronic boards, or the more traditional versions like in today’s photo.

I’m a little disappointed with the roll of Ektar I shot in NYC – not due to the film itself (the colours are glorious), but because of my results. Apart from a couple, all the shots (including the one here) show at least some minor signs of softness. I know the camera is capable of sharp images, so this is down to camera shake or DOF blurring when using wider apertures. Although it wasn’t badly lit on the day I shot the roll, the light meter app on my phone was giving somewhat long exposure times when I metered the shots, so I was shooting with longer shutter speeds and / or wider apertures than I’d have liked. As this was a family trip, not a photography expedition, I was also taking less time than I would have liked to compose and take many shots, which probably exacerbated things too.

I wish I’d have taken my Sekonic L-208 meter with me instead of relying on the phone app. The phone app is normally ok, but on this occasion seemed to be giving me somewhat variable results even when readings were taken in similar conditions. I think the L-208 would have been a more reliable companion.

FILM - Just do it

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 27 May 2019

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Chubby’s

This takeaway restaurant has been a feature in Sheffield city centre for a few decades now, and it made for a nice subject for a nighttime shot. I like the glowing colours of the lights and the way they illuminate the street outside. I think it might have been improved had someone been sitting at the window seats, but I still like it empty nontheless – it adds a sense of mystery I suppose.

FILM - Chubbys

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 25 April 2019

All Saints Chapel, Steetley

I came upon this small chapel by accident. I’d seen a cluster of farmhouses on the map that I though might make a good photo (they didn’t, as they were behind high hedges), and this 11th century church was across the road. I wasn’t able to look inside as it was locked up, but it made for a nice photograph.

Unfortunately, as with several other shots on this roll, I’d incorrectly exposed the film due to not having the lumisphere in pace on my light meter. I though I was taking an incident reading but was actually spot metering the sky. Doh!

While I’d have preferred correctly exposed shots, I don’t think this has turned out too badly after some tinkering in Lightroom. It has a bit of a faded vintage feel to it.

FILM - All Saints Chapel

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 22 April 2019

Grovsenor House

This is a side entrance to the HSBC building in Sheffield. It’s a new structure that hasn’t yet been occupied which stands on the site of the old Grovsenor House hotel which was demolished a couple of years ago.

FILM - Grosvenor House

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 25 April 2019

Sorrento mixer

Here’s a splash of colour to break up the black and white stuff. I’m currently in the process of re-scanning last year’s holiday photos with my newly acquired Plustek 35mm scanner. I was really disappointed with the original scans that I made on the V550 – no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get the colours in the Ektar negatives to look right. They all has strange colour casts that I could never fix to my satisfaction.

I’m not sure if the Plustek and Silverfast are giving me accurate Ektar colours (I don’t have any lab scans to compare to), but they’re a quantum leap ahead of my earlier efforts and I’m really happy with them now.

FILM - Mixer

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 22 August 2018

Magazine stand

I really wish I’d waited a split second for the lady to step into the light. I think it would have improved the shot a lot. Alas, there were so many people walking back and forth in front of me, this was the only chance I got without a blurry person in the foreground.

 

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Olympus OM-1,  F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 21 August 2018