I’ve been enjoying using my vintage camera collection for my Retro 365 project this year. They have all taken fresh black and white film of one format or another, but recently I have been wanting to try some expired colour film to experiment with. I’ve had quite a few rolls of colour print and slide film kicking around in my fridge for over a decade! I also wanted to try some Sprocket Hole Photography – where the whole of the width of the 35mm film frame is exposed, including the sprocket holes at each side.
I found an excellent step-by-step guide on Flickr from Hans Marvell, which detailed a non-permanent method of converting a Yashica 44 to take a standard 35mm cassette to expose all the sprockets. So I thought I would give it a try. The conversion itself wasn’t too difficult (careful not to lose those tiny screws!) and I got the film loaded in time to take the Yashica to London with me for a wander around Brick Lane for a couple of hours before meeting up with friends for dinner. There is loads of colourful graffiti around the streets there, perfect for sprocket-type images:
Expired film can be tricky to use, it loses sensitivity (film speed) after passing its sell-by date. But my Royal Gold had been stored in the fridge, which arrests this process a little, so I decided to shoot at box speed to see what happened. Once I’d finished it I took it to my local Snappy Snaps for conventional 1-hour C41 development. The negs didn’t look too bad when I got them back. I digitised them by photographing each frame with my Canon EOS 5DMkIII with the Canon 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM macro lens, mounted on a copystand and illuminated the negatives from underneath with my Yongnuo YN 560 Speedlite (I don’t have a scanner at the moment). A bit of fiddling with Photoshop got the positive image out of the orange-cast negs, and I am generally very pleased with the results. I’ll be using more of that old film very soon!
Title: BAD Paint Job Location: Shoreditch, London Camera: Canon EOS 5D MkIII / 50mm EF f/1.4 USM Notes: A bit of graffiti I spotted today in Shoreditch, during a street photography walk with some friends from GNPC.
I’m a big fan of spiral staircases – and this fine example at my hotel was just begging to be photographed before I headed out for a day of exploring Granada:
During the morning I looked for some geocaches and gradually worked my way up the huge hill towards La Alhambra. There was some impressive graffiti along the way:
Here is a collection of images from my walk around Granada:
My afternoon was spent looking around the incredible Alhambra Palace, built between the 11th-13th Centuries by the Moorish rulers of Spain, and later added to by the Christian King Carlos V in the 1500’s.
There is incredible and very beautiful ornamentation everywhere you look. It’s hard not to see hundreds of images around every corner!
I picked up my hire car this morning for the drive to our villa in Órgiva. Instead of going directly via the motorway, I decided to potter through some of the smaller towns, finding a few geocaches along the way. My first stop was in La Maláha where I found a ruined villa near the old Roman baths:
Next I made a detour into the pretty village of Padúl, where the overlook gave me a fantastic view:
On arrival at La Estrellita, I was shown to my lovely room to get settled in:
The late afternoon was a time for a stroll around the garden which has an azure-green swimming pool at its foot. I’m sure we’re going to have a great week here, can’t wait to get started!
My mono image for the day just goes to prove that There’s Always A Lamp. Here are some of the other shots from today:
Today was the first day of my trip to Granada and the Alpujarras in Spain. The flight was quick and efficient, taking off from London City Airport which meant I saw the sights of the Capital from above. There were also some lovely clouds along the way:
Once I had checked into my hotel I took a walk around the streets of Granada looking for some geocaches. I also found some interesting graffiti:
The sun was shining and the architecture was always worth a look, especially these attractive railings in front of an old church:
I found another intriguing church thanks to looking for one cache – the Basílica de San Juan de Dios – decorated with gold from top to toe. Quite incredible!