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.

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.

A NEW TOY….

28/11/2009

I make sure to always save a part of any money I make from commissions for new gear, and last week I saw a chance to spend some of that on a camera that has always fascinated me but tends to be very hard to find in good condition/for a reasonable price. I got the above for both – it might as well be brand new.

The Plaubel Makina 67 is a 6×7 Medium Format folding Rangefinder with a F2.8 80mm Nikkor Lens. Although its sturdily made out of a big hunk of metal the lens retracts via a bellows into the body making it extremely compact for a 6×7 camera. It also has a leaf shutter (sync at all speeds), built in spot meter and a really nice bright viewfinder.

I love the idea of a really compact well made 6×7 rangefinder but one with fast (for medium format) lens. So excited to finally own one especially one in such good nick.

I shot a test roll today of my girlfriend Ella as we walked around London in the winter sun whilst checking out the Taylor Wessing Photographic portrait prize and the Norman Parkinson exhibition at Somerset house. Both recommended if you are in London. Anywho I’ll be dev’ing and scanning the film this week so I will probably post a short review of the camera alongside as information on these rare beasts is somewhat scare on the internet!

J.