Bolsover castle

This was taken with my Lubitel 166 U medium format camera. Despite its limitations, it’s capable of some very sharp images. It’s a pain in the backside to focus and compose when compared to my Yashica Mat 124 G, but it still gives a very nice picture if you treat it right.

FILM - At Bolsover Castle

Lubitel 166 Universal & Rollei Superpan 200.

Taken on 4 March 2017


Old phone

I might not get the chance to post anything tomorrow, so here’s a quickie post to make up for it in advance.

This was taken in Gainsborough Old Hall (although I’m relatively sure it’s not a relic of the Tudor times in which the building was constructed 🙂 ).

FILM - The old phone

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Rollei Superpan 200.

Taken on 31 July 2017.

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7

This was taken at the Classics on The Moor classic car rally in Sheffield a few weeks ago. It’s another of the underexposed Rollei Superpan 200 shots, but another that I think works despite the dark tones.

FILM - Classics on the Moor 2017-2

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Rollei Superpan 200

Taken on 6 August 2017

Something low key

After seeing some lovely low-key film shots on a forum I’m a member of, I decided to go ahead and produce one myself. I’ve done low-key before, but mostly digital, and I tend to chicken out from crushing the blacks too much and end up bringing the detail back up. In the shot below, I went all-in, and a large chunk of the image is pure black.

It was an underexposed shot to begin with – the entire roll, despite being shot at box speed on a camera with a correctly working meter, came out thin, and with lots of speckles of dust-like marks. In fact, this is the second roll of Rollei film that I’ve had this issue with (the first being Rollei Retro 400s), although a roll of Superpan 200 in 120 roll format came out just fine). I don’t have any more at present, but think I will shoot it at half-box speed in future.

Anyway, back to the picture. Despite the flecks of white scattered across the image (I cleaned most of them up, honestly!) I think it works quite well.

FILM - Low-key vases

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Rollei Superpan 200.

Taken on 8 August 2017.

Something strange

On a visit to Gainsborough Old Hall recently, I came across a small art exhibition running through some of the rooms. One of the objects was a vintage pocket watch with a small plastic doll squashed up inside it and entitled “Watch Case Infant”. Sadly, I can’t remember the meaning of the piece (and I’ve thoughtfully missed of the bit of the white card containing the text), but it makes for a pretty nice picture, I think.

FILM - Flexible

Olympus OM-1,  F. Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Rollei Superpan 200.

Taken on 8 August 2017.

Underneath a bridge

Two shots today, both of the same subject, taken on the same day, but with different cameras and film. I’d gone for a day out to visit Gainsborough Old Hall, but stopped off at Retford for a ‘comfort break’ at a Morrison’s supermarket. The store sits beside the River Idle and the riverside foot path is accessible from the car-park (which is also adjacent to the road that is carried by the bridge in the photographs).

FILM - Under the bridge in black and white

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Rollei Superpan 200

FILM - Beneath

Olympus Trip 35, Kodak Portra 160

(I’ve taken to adding ‘arty-farty’ white borders around my colour shots lately).

Both shots taken on Monday 31 July 2017.