On Friday’s we have been having great black and white printing masterclasses. We learnt a really awesome method of split grading your filter contrasts and exposures to help reach a pleasing final print. I scanned in below my workings from the workshop – from the original split test, through the test strips to the final print. Scanning them in has probably impacted slightly on the tones and no doubt added some dust but it still might be interesting to see. Next week we move on to fibre paper. Exciting times.

This post is in a way a test. I was thinking how best to use this blog aside from snaps taken here and there. In the coming projects of my BA Photography at Brighton University I’m going to scan in all my briefs/contacts/work prints/shots etc to try and give more of an insight into how I’m going about my work at the moment. Hopefully it will be interesting and I think at the very least it will encourage me to be productive.

Till next time,
J.

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So I about a week ago I got back around 30 rolls of b&w, e6 and c41 negs back from the lab, and my aim was to crack on with scanning them all in over the christmas holidays (what better holiday to be inside scanning than when its cold, wet and dark outside eh?). With that in mind heres some from the first roll – shot on a Konica Hexar AF (great camera) and Trix 400.

J.

I have to say I’m absolutely loving this new camera. It’s really late and I have a lecture tomorrow so I’ll have to be brief for now:

  • Because the lens folds into the body the camera is very very compact and portable. Love that I can have something in a bag or a big coat pocket that can take such high quality images
  • The lens itself – a 80mm Nikkor is amazing – and so great to shoot at F2.8 if I need to, both for low light and depth of field purposes. The one drawback of my Mamiya 7.
  • Build in spot meter seems to be totally accurate and once you get the hang of a spot meter its very useful
  • The camera is built like a tank – obviously one must be careful of the bellows but otherwise its one big hunk of metal – feels like my leica on steroids.
  • Rangefinder focusing – quiet, accurate and of course no mirror slap so I can shoot at about 1/10 and still get sharpish images.

I must sleep now! More shots and thoughts on this camera soon!
J.