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Down Duke Street

Maybe the last of the Samsung Fino 60S photos (for now, at least, unless we get housebound for a reeeaaaallly long time!), but I also shot a Canon Sure Shot Supreme on the same outing, so there may be a few more Park Hill photos to come yet.

My local lab tweeted today that they have closed their walk-in reception for the time being due to coronavirus guidance, so I’m going to have to post any rolls to them (and wait for the negs to be posted back) for any stuff I manage to shoot in the meantime. It’s a shame because it will cost more in postage (effectively adding over £5 to the cost of developing for postage both ways) and will take longer than usual, but we all have to get on board with the measures to reduce the spread of the infection, so I don’t mind too much – I’ll probably wait until I have a few rolls before sending them in though to save on the cost.

I’ve also made some semi-serious investigations into home-developing kit. That’ll involve some upfront cost (and the very real risk of me destroying my own photos through incompetence!) if I go ahead with it, but will help with my impatience and wallet-health longer termif I manage to make a sucess of it. I think I’ll sleep on it awhile first…

Down Duke Street

Samsung Fino 60S & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 1 March 2020

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Graffiti on the flats

This is the top / southern end of the Park Hill flats – the entire complex was built according to the topography of the city (which, like Rome, is built on seven hills according to local folklore) so that every floor of the multi-storey building was accessible from ground level without the need for stairs or lifts (although there are plenty of those too).

This end of the complex has not yet been reached by the Urban Splash re-generation project that is renovating and re-purposing the flats and other spaces for modern accomodation and businesses and some of the metal panels protecting the ground-floor flats has been used to host colourful graffiti art.

In other news, I’m expecting that the UK is likely to be placed under a much more stringent lock-down soon because of the COVID-19 pandemic, so it could be that my photography is limited somewhat (although some house-bound projects can be found I’m sure). I’ve enough photos to keep this blog going each day for months and months, so I have no plans to stop posting, but the supply of recently taken photos might be limited.

Maybe this will be a good time to learn how to develop my own film…

Maisonette graffiti

Samsung Fino 60S & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 1 March 2020

35mm · Film photography · Photography

S1 Artspace

S1 Artspace is a gallery nestled within the Park Hill housing complex. The organisation has been in place since 1995, but the gallery at Park Hill is a more recent venue.

Unfortunately, as museums and galleries have now closed in the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now closed for the time being.

S1 Artspace

Samsung Fino 60S & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 1 March 2020

35mm · Film photography · Photography

A couple of photos of Park Hill flats

I’ve posted images from Sheffield’s Park Hill complex a number of times before (see Life among the ruins, Work continues, Colourful buildings, Scooter) and the location always tends to provide something worth photographing.

These two are from the test roll I shot through the Samsung Fino 60S – in fact the bulk of the roll features the complex.

The little camera and cheap film have, again, done quite a nice job on my pictures I think.

Park Hill reflected

Colourful brutalism

Samsung Fino 60S & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 1 March 2020

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Unexpected change

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the British government’s decision on Wednesday to close schools in England today for the foreseeable future, my youngest sons have effectively left school today. They would have been taking their GCSE exams in a few weeks and then leaving anyway, but those exams have now been cancelled with the results likely to be decided based on existing performance.

I made an effort this morning to take a few photos of them in their school uniforms for what is probably the last time, and it was quite moving. While neither of the boys seem overly concerned at the events – they now, effectively, have six-months off before they start sixth-form or college, which I think had it been granted to me when I was their age would have held similar appeal!) – for my wife and I it’s a sad day, and we feel that current events have robbed them of the final months of their comprehensive school time

The events are also likely to have an impact on any photography I carry out in the coming period. Although there are no rules preventing me from going out at present, I do wonder if things will change if the situation worsens.

At the end of the day, it’s the health and wellbeing of people that counts, and I have more than enough photographs to keep posting here on a daily basis, so I will deal with the situation as it develops, but I do wonder how things might have changed when we move out of it all.

Anyway, as the reversed sign in today’s photo says, “Do more of what makes you happy” – just as long as it doesn’t put you in jeopardy of course! Stay healthy and virus free! 🙂

Do more of what makes you happy

Samsung Fino 60S & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 1 March 2020

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Tyres

My dad recently gave me a bag of cameras and film that someone he knows had given to him. Most of the cameras were unbranded digital cameras probably 15-20 years old with very low resolutions and built-in batteries that I had no way to charge, so they went in the bin. The only film camera in the bag was a Samsung Fino 60s. There were also three rolls of expired film dating from 2005.

The Samsung had a roll of film still in the camera, which I assumed to be of similar age as the rolls in the bag. After fitting a battery I used up the remaining shots on the roll and got them processed. Sadly, all the shots I took were unuseable due to the film’s deterioration, but the frames that had already been shot by the original owner had some recoverable photographs. They were still pretty poor quality, but featured images of a baby and (I assume) their grandmother and a picture of a dog, so I burned copies to a DVD and gave them to my dad to pass back to the person who’d given him the cameras.

While the specs of the camera are not great, I’m not one to waste things, so loaded it up with a fresh roll of Kodak Colorplus and took it out for a walk. The resulting images I got are a bit of a mixed bag – some are tack sharp and look great, but many more are somewhat soft. I’m unsure as to why this should be the case – the photos were all shot in similar lighting and, mostly, at the same focal length. A lot of the shots also had a distinctive defect on the images – a metallic looking arc in the same place on each shot – very noticeable on some shots, but feinter and smudgier on others. After asking around, I was informed that it was most likely the result of a light leak on the telephoto lens barrel assembly. Luckily, the placement of the defect was such that it could be cropped (or removed in Photoshop) in most of the photos.

As a result of this defect it’s unlikely I’ll use the camera again. It’s not worth putting on eBay, I don’t think, and I don’t want to donate it to a charity shop given the fault, but I dislike the idea of throwing away something that mostly still works. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

Todays photo is one of the sharp results, and I really like the vivid colours that the Colorplus has delivered. Give this cheap consumer-grade film the right conditions and it shines!

Tyres

Samsung Fino 60S & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 1 March 2020