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Ektar on a Sunny Day | Pentax 67ii | Chatsworth House

When the sun is out and there are editorial/travel-style photos to be taken, it can only mean one thing….Kodak Ektar. Every time I shoot this film in these conditions it astounds me; the colours are incredible. This is the first time I’ve shot Ektar through my Pentax 67ii and in my view it’s a match made in heaven – the quality of this film in this format is amazing. I also had a roll of expired Kodak Portra 400VC with me, so I shot that too for an interesting comparison. I really like it but I think it’s out-shined by the Ektar in these conditions. Anyway, here are the shots I took at Chatsworth House – one of my favourite places to visit not least because there’s always something different to photograph each time I go. Dev/scan UK Film Lab.

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April 18, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Sonia Jansson - It’s OH! so pretty!

Peak District on Neopan 400 | Leica M6

Now that the leaves are returning, the grass is looking greener, and buds are appearing around us, the cold bite of winter seems like a distant memory. I’ve mentioned my love of winter before and today I was browsing through some b&w film I shot a few months ago but never had chance to look at properly. At the time I was going through a Neopan phase before I would later return to my usual favourite – Kodak TRI-X – usually shot at 800 or 1600 and then pushed in the lab, but seeing these photos here now reminds me of what I love about Neopan. For me it’s really helped me to capture the atmosphere of that chilly, slightly foggy winter’s day. These are all shot through my Leica M6 with my usual Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/1.5 lens. Developed and scanned at UK Film lab.

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When Two Loves Meet | Part Two | Portra 400 pushed

A few days ago I came up with the idea of photographing my guitar collection. I used Ilford Delta 3200 for the first guitar and had originally intended on using the same film stock for everything, but I decided that for this particular model I just had to use colour. I wanted to keep the same style though, so in order to use the same kind of lighting as before, I decided to shoot Portra 400 at 1600 and push it 2 stops in development. So without further delay, may I introduce my Gibson ES335 in cherry red…I love the grain in the maple used for the body. Details: One LED light, Portra 400 at 1600/+2, Pentax 67ii with 105mm f/2.4 lens, dev/scan UK Film Lab.

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When One Love Meets Another | Ilford Delta 3200 | Pentax 67ii

Music is extremely important to me, and for years now I have enjoyed listening to it, writing it, and playing it. I have my dad to thank for this really. He was a successful professional musician  in the late 60s and early 70s and it’s because of him that I first ever picked up a guitar. There aren’t many days when I don’t at least pick up my Gibson acoustic guitar for 5 or 10 minutes, although I have quite a collection of amazing guitars that don’t see nearly as much use now as I would like. Thinking about all this gave me the idea of starting a small project simply based on photographing my collection of guitars, so the other night I grabbed my acoustic guitar, a roll of Ilford Delta 3200, my Pentax 67ii (and some extension tubes), and an LED light. I wanted to keep a very simple approach, so I’m considering whether to shoot this whole project in the same way – one light, same film stock, same camera. So here’s the first guitar in my collection; custom made by Gibson in Montana, my black Standard acoustic….Dev/scan UK Film Lab

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April 5, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Alyssa Wallace - I’ve never seen a guitar … so sexy. Beautiful guitar boudoir. She looks like a real beauty. I hope to see more! Soon.

April 8, 2014 - 9:44 pm

When Two Loves Meet | Part Two | Pentax 67ii and Portra 400 at 1600 | Mainly About Me - […] ago I came up with the idea of photographing my guitar collection. I used Ilford Delta 3200 for the first guitar and had originally intended on using the same film stock for everything, but I decided that for […]

Family Photographs on Film | Kodak Portra 400 at 1600 | Pentax 67ii

This weekend we headed to my mum and dad’s house. They have recently moved, and aside from me feeling quite jealous over their new pad, it’s great to see them happy in their new space. To mark the occasion I wanted to take a few photographs of them around their house, and of course it was a great excuse to put my Pentax 67ii to good use! All these shots were taken with Kodak Portra 400, rated at 1600 and pushed 2 stops in development back at UK Film Lab. These shots were a continuation of my experimentation with Kodak Portra 400 over my usual Fuji 400H; I’m still liking what I’m seeing and I’m pleased with how this film held up to a 2 stop push. I am also LOVING my Pentax 67ii. Many thanks to Erica for taking the photo of me with my parents.

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March 23, 2014 - 5:15 pm

siegrid - What a lovely house! Still loving 67 and the bokeh is unreal!

March 23, 2014 - 5:48 pm

H - Beautiful photos and lovely house!

March 23, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Isabelle - Oh my, you look so much like your dad Christian!! Love the photos & the color! Really impressive to see P400 looking like this. Great job!

March 23, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Sergio - Wonderful!
Lovely house and family.

March 24, 2014 - 10:50 am

Nicholas - Beautiful photos, you’re really selling the 67 and Portra 400! Lovely family!

March 24, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Jared - Super airy, lovely tones, beautiful souls :) Love it !!

March 27, 2014 - 11:03 am

Theresa - Another gorgeous example of Portra and Pentax! I really love the sharpness and trueness of colour. I hope your parents are enjoying their lovely new home and you are enjoying the new Pentax. Boy you are very much your Father’s son ;) great work again!

Chatsworth March 2014 | Pentax 67ii | Portra 400

Portra 400 was the very first roll of film I shot back when I got my first medium format film camera. It’s fair to say that my results with that one roll were hit and miss and I wasn’t in love with the colour palette, which drove me down the road of Fuji 400H – the road I have mostly stayed on since, with regular side roads to Portra 800. I see Portra 400 that I really love and I also see some that I don’t like as much as 400H, yet I haven’t quite worked out what the secret ingredient is…I suspect that like other film stocks, it just looks better in some light than in others. Anyway, for some time now I have been thinking about trying my hand with Portra 400 once more…the availability of Portra 400 in 220 format is part of that, so today we headed to Chatsworth House to take some photos. We’re lucky enough to have Chatsworth House very close to where we live and so for years now it’s been a frequent haunt of ours. Hours can be spent wandering the Estate as well as the gardens of the House itself, and they offer so many looks and moods depending on the season. Today was the first day the gardens were open in 2014, so we headed there first thing. I was armed with my new Pentax 67ii and some Portra 400. I feel like my relationship with this film is in too early a stage to say how it’s going to go, but I think it’s safe to say that at this stage I am happy with what I’m seeing. One thing is for sure though – I love the Pentax 67ii! All photos below shot on Pentax 67ii with a 105mm f/2.4 lens, using Portra 400. Developed and scanned at UK Film Lab.

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March 17, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Theresa Furey - Gorgeous set Christian. I’m really loving the Portra 400, Pentax 67II combo.

Were they rated at box speed?

March 17, 2014 - 10:30 pm

christian - Thanks Theresa! These were mostly around 1 to 2 stops over.