welcombe to our little group, hope to see some of your work at some point, Im shooting ERA at the moment, have finally got my Exposure Dev down near to where I want it. am currently trying some shanghai in my 645. havent processed any yet. hope you enjoy the group
pictures open in the link OK for me, you will be driving past my road on your way to Tolmie, Sawpit Gully Rd about 14 - 15 k's out of Mansfield on the Tolmie Rd. we might catch up while your up.
How far up Sawpit gully road are you? Or do you want to PM me a 'phone number so I can warn you I'm dropping in for a cuppa?
I've now joined the ranks of LFers, so I'm new to this little group. I've equipped my Wista with a 150mm Schneider lens, and my first test shot on FP4 devved in FX39 looks pretty good. Next time I'll try to actually load the film properly in the film holder, but one step at a time.
What don't you like about the Fomapan 100 Dan? Oh and welcome.
G'day Dan, Kevin. The more the merrier!
Whereabouts north of Byron are you Dan?
G'day guys and welcome! What Wista are you using Kevin? My LF workhorse is a sturdy old Wista, miss the front swing sometimes, but love the robustness!
Thanks Ian and Steve. Steve, apparently it's the 45DXIII, the same as Marc's one. Chris took good care of it.
Ahhh very nice, I'd be very interested to know how one of these handles, the result of extreme robustness in the metal fields is, well, they weigh a ton!
I'll give the Fomapan 100 another go since i got a whole box of 50 of it.. it's unsatisfactory for me... I love Shanghai in 120.. along with FP4+.. thats the kind of film I like
I';m in Brunswick Heads.
SteveR said: "G'day guys and welcome! What Wista are you using Kevin? My LF workhorse is a sturdy old Wista, miss the front swing sometimes, but love the robustness!"Hey, my Wista is a metal field as well - I think the DX - the rear swing is NOT geared.Welcome Dan. Have you got a big, flat back yard I can park my caravan on for a few days - the caravan parks in that area charge an arm and a leg!Peter.
"Hey, my Wista is a metal field as well - I think the DX - the rear swing is NOT geared"
I had a bit of trouble working out exactly where each of the models fits in their timeline, in the end, I worked out mine was just a plain Jane "45", before any of the "DX" etc designations. All the panels (an knobs) are covered in lovely faux wood veneer The rear swing isn't geared in mine either, there's a thin cam that pushes either side out. There's not a whole lot of movement there, but enough to keep my happy most of the time (that, and having a Nikkor M that goes down to f128 ).
No its closed in kinda backyard. Try being young and wanting to rent your own place any where around here... family's that advertise a single room for rent on the student board want $150-$200 per week for the room. Everybody is a bastard profiteer, something I just hate about Australia - the price gouging, especially for film and cameras/lenses! Chems arent too bad though.
I had a friend that used to live in a van next to the old boat harbour for a couple months while studying - there are definately places you can park a van for free for a couple of days
just joined the group ... I'm still in Finland, but with all things going equally will be back on the fair shores of Oz in a month.
I use a Toho 4x5 (for those who don't know it, here it is) and work mainly in colour neg or black and white. Dabble with a 6x12 roll back but kind of think that 5x7 is the sweet spot which everyone seems to ignore. Naturally film availability keeps me away too..
Greetings and welcome!
Just been looking at your blog - interesting...
What part of Oz will you be returning to? Qld needs more film photographers!
Is that so Ian? Well, I'll be up there in a few weeks for my a family wedding... still deciding which kit to take, quick and easy 645, or cumbersome and delicious 45? Any suggestions :P
Definitely Steve - almost nobody seems to shoot film up here anymore... Judging by APUG, they are almost all in Victoria.
Which kit to take... Where's your wedding? If I am traveling with other people, I generally take my MF or even 35mm. I find that using the 4x5 is a pretty solitary activity for me (unless I am with someone who is very understanding of the slower process!)
"I find that using the 4x5 is a pretty solitary activity for me (unless I am with someone who is very understanding of the slower process!)"
Absolutely agree. In trying to inspire me, and show support, my partner will sometimes offer to come with me. If we've had a flat-out coupe of weeks and not had much quality time, but she can see I'm edgy from not getting enough creativity out, she'll suggest coming along and we can go wherever I want... I'm yet to take her up on the offer, even though she might say she wants to be there, I will always be conscious of another person 'waiting' for me... even if they're perfectly happy.
The wedding, it's at their home in Doonan, just inland from Coolum/Noosa. I recently picked up a neat shoulder bag for my MF kit, which would make it easier to take (otherwise, it lives and travels in my hiking back pack), but I'm almost tempted to take the 45, just because I've never really travelled with it (other than road trips, of course. I mean travel where you have to pack in a restrictive, carry-on fashion). That way, even if I just get one portrait of the happy couple, and maybe one morning shot at the heads I'll be happy, and can at least say "Yep, flew with a 45 once, will never do it again", or, preferably "What a hoot! Had no troubles packing my kit to fit in carry-on, and managed to be selective in my locations and shots (which I wouldn't have been so much with MF, 35mm or especially a digital P&S) and came home with some killer images."
I guess it'll come down to, do I want to take a portable, quick and easy kit, which I know I probably won't have time to use anyway, or tick something off of my "gotta try that one day" list by taking the 45, and probably still get the very limited time to actually photograph... but, probably (read: hopefully!) be more selective knowing that in that time, I will only get one or two shots, and so commit to the best composition I see at the time, rather than running around, being more nimble, but missing a great shot because I'm trying to 'capture it all' in that short space...
Ahhh, glad to get that off my chest! It's always good to vent to a group of like-minded people who understand ones irrational dilemmas and obsessions!
Sunny (getting crowded) South East Queensland.
and so commit to the best composition I see at the time, rather than running around
actually I learned years ago that mostly what you see first will be what attracted you to the scene. So that's the best angle to explore.
If you have time, move around with a digital and sit down and review those.
however there is movement to take into account, so a digital can not reveal that ... your vision can only be had in the minds eye (or looking at the ground glass).
It can be however that the minds eye is faster, so train it up and see before you photograph
While I was hanging around in -10 or so I saw this and knew it would look like this before I took the image
it was with a 6x12 120 roll back which I use from time to time when I'm thinking of exploring and need / desire more shots. My camera lacks a graflock back (universal back) so the holder needs to be pulled out for winding on the film (counting the numbers).
it is of course only 6 shots per roll of 120 .... but its a given that you need to pull through lots of film to make it worth while using this over sheets
Bet you can't wait for an Australian winter??