(A Very Belated) Monday Monthly Mentions – May 2022: Algarve in April, African Photography Showcase, Where are the Good Scanners? and Best Cameras for Travel

Advanced apologies for missing Monday Monthly Mentions from a couple weeks ago. I came back from my holiday a few days prior, I was still in ‘holiday mode’ and I didn’t have time to draft up an entry. Also there were a few technical difficulties, which now have been resolved.

Before I start today’s post, I wanted to share some sad news of Sharon Harris’ passing. Although she died in October, I only found out about this last month through my Facebook feed. I managed to get in contact with her family member, which did confirm the news. I hadn’t been on social media much, pretty much dipping in and out every once in a while.

I originally met Sharon in Zurich 2020. Weirdly enough we were on the same flight, only seats apart and stayed at the same hostel – even in the same room, opposite bunk beds.

Sharon was a journalist for the Glamorgan Star and lived in Cardiff. Like me, she was an avid traveller, except she travelled around the world many times, visiting many countries and continents. We spoke about places we had visited and experiences, even Eastenders at one point. We did keep in touch afterwards, although we would never see each other again in person.

As mentioned, I hadn’t been on social media much and finding out about Sharon’s death was an absolute shock.

May Sharon Harris Rest In Peace. My thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues

  • April Algarve: A few weeks after my trip to Malta, I went away to the Algarve in the south of Portugal. I began my journey from Faro and ending in Lagos (in Portugal), then flying out from Faro. I went away for over a week, exploring different towns and places each day. The weather was mostly nice, hot and warm despite it raining heavily probably twice.
Written in the sand: I wrote my name in the sand at the beach in Sagres

As usual, I took my film cameras with me. However a huge faux pas, I didn’t even realise until I went back to my hostel that there was no film loaded in the Olympus XA2. I spent the whole day in Sagres shooting without any film, but not all was lost. I took some photos on both my Olympus Mju 1 and phone. A sigh of relief, although I was initially devastated.

  • Analogue in Algarve: On the subject of film, I went to a small photography museum in Tavira, Casa Fotografia Andrade. A photographic studio run by the Andrade family for generations to the present day. Worth a visit, learning the early stages and history of photography in Portugal. Only a five Euro fee to enter and stay as long as you like. I did buy a photobook from the museum shop as a souvenir, with photographs that were seen on display.
A Photographic Souvenir from the museum
  • Wonderful Winehouse: I went to the ‘Amy: Beyond the Stage’ exhibition at the Design Museum at last!! It was closing the same week, and thankfully I did manage to buy a ticket right in time.  A lovely and moving tribute to Amy Winehouse, who was gone too soon. The exhibition was an eye opener; from a young talented girl from North London to a global superstar, who battled her demons in the public eye. It was great to see Amy’s legacy still living on through the exhibition, as well as a foundation set up in her name, supporting and helping young people from addictions and providing programmes.
  • Showcasing, Emerging and Growing: Doyle Wham is an art gallery in Shoreditch that displays and celebrates works by African photographers. Founded by a Royal College of Art graduate and a museums/heritage scholar, their aim was to showcase the African artistic scene and narrative. There’s an upcoming exhibition at the gallery from South African photographer Trevor Shuurman, ‘Life Through The Lens’, opens from 13th May to 2nd July
  • Food Photography for Thought: Karen Thomas is a London based food photographer, who has worked with a variety of well known brands such as McDonald’s, Costa and Marks & Spencers. She began learning photography from her father, also a photographer. Then experimented in the darkroom while at secondary school. After graduating from university, Thomas would be freelancing and photographing cars. Let’s say food was her passion and the rest is history…
  • Dude, where’s my film scanner? Or at least the good ones? An interesting question that is asked in Amateur Photographer. I want to know the answer too. I have an Epson V550, originally bought from Argos in 2017. I am yet to set it up on my new laptop, which will be a mission to do as I am uncertain it’ll be compatible with Windows 11 (originally installed on my Macbook Pro). The scanner is very good and reliable, still working and looks near enough in mint condition
  • Camera Can Travel: Lastly, going digital? Check. Travelling? Check. Digital Camera World has listed cameras perfect to pack for holidays, brands ranging from Olympus to Nikon

Take care and stay safe

Monday Monthly Mentions – April 2021: New Cameras, Discontinued Film, New Disposable Camera Coming Out, Charlie Phillips and Things to do Post-Lockdown

Note: Advanced apologies for no Film Friday, Story Time Sunday or Tried and Tested Thursday from last week. I have been extremely busy with work recently. I will be pumping out a few of the missed posts by this week the latest...

A Film Camera Family Portrait

Now let’s get to this month’s mentions…

  • March was a month of camera collecting. Three cameras in one month, all from eBay and all in one month (yes, I said it again!)
  • The Camera Collection Lowdown: a Kodak Brownie No. 2 (Model D), a hundred year old box camera, which was initially aimed for children and possibly novices alike. The camera is in 6×9 format and takes 120 film. So far at the time of writing, I have shot three rolls so far with two already processed.
  • Olympus Trip 35 was a camera I wanted for a long while, but the price was often too high for my liking. Thankfully I was able to make an offer with the seller and got the camera for less than £70. For that price, it came with a leather case and a flash. I’m yet to shoot with it.

  • Last camera is the Lubitel 166b, a Soviet era TLR. Probably the cheapest TLR out there in the film camera market. I only bought it a couple weeks ago from eBay for under £50, then used it a couple days after. The setup is similar to the Yashica 635, or any standard TLR, in terms of the settings and functions.
  • While one film has been discontinued, Ilford has launched its first colour disposable camera, Ilfocolor Rapid Retro Edition. There’s a twist: the camera is produced by Ilford Imaging and not Ilford Photo (famous for HP5 and FP4), despite saying otherwise on another website. Anyway, it is expected to be released next in Australia. No information on worldwide dates.
  • Camera Watch: Youtuber Drew Gooden ‘filming’ with what it appears to be a Canon Z135 – at the 1:53 mark. The overall video topic is quite interesting, worth watching it in full.

I hope everyone had a great Easter break and are keeping well!!

Take care and stay safe

Tried and Tested Thursday: Canon EOS 500n – Rollei Superpan 200 (Red Filter) – Brick Lane

Second part of Tried and Tested Thursday of today!! Yay!! For today’s post I will be talking about shooting a roll of Rollei Superpan 200 on a Canon EOS 500n with a red filter.

Rollei Superpan is one of the very few and very rare films with a speed of 200. There is Fomapan Creative 200, however that brand is easy to find in the film photography market whereas Rollei Superpan isn’t. It took me almost two years to get hold of Superpan and I was lucky enough to have recently purchased five rolls of it from Analogue Wonderland. I know there are options of pushing film from 100 to 200, but I am the type of photographer who would only shoot at box speed. On the rare occasion, I would push film a couple stops although I have been trying that out on Ilford HP5 from 400 to 800.

Last summer, I went to Brick Lane in London’s East End to do some shooting and it had been a long while since I was in the area. Whenever I am around Brick Lane, I make sure I have my camera with me and I often do my street photography; focusing on capturing street shots, shop fronts, restaurants, boutiques and a few candids. I did that on the day with the Canon EOS 500n and Superpan film – red filter attached onto the lens, mainly street corners and shops. I managed to capture a few ‘accidental’ motion shots of people walking. Normally I would reject shots like them during production or in the process of being scanned, however I kept them as I found them quite interesting.

The filter used was a Jessops brand bought from eBay a couple years ago. I had wanted to start using colour filters with my black and white film photography, as recommended by a few photographers. I had shot Rollei Superpan on an orange filter before, not red or yellow filters until last summer. It was great to test out the film and the red filter, not on a fancy brand nevertheless it was great to experiment with. I would definitely use this film and the same filter again in the near future, possibly on a nice summer’s day on the beach or a lovely walk around the park. If there is a red filter size 52mm for my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens floating around eBay or a selling site, I would most likely buy it and use it for nature or portrait photography!

Take care and stay safe!!

Tried and Tested Thursday: Canon Z135 – Kodak Tmax 3200 (expired) – A Little Night Photography

For today’s first part of Tried and Thursday, I will be talking about shooting a roll of expired Kodak Tmax 3200 on a Canon Z135.

I began the new year testing out the Kodak Tmax 3200, which expired back in November 2019. I had initially purchased six or five rolls from Analogue Wonderland at a discounted price, and then a month later I would buy another one that would expire the following month of January. I would eventually use this January roll for the next part of my Petrol Station Series.

I decided to try out the Tmax 3200 on a Point and Shoot Canon camera. Like most P&S cameras, there are no manual settings, such as controlling the ISO, shutter or aperture, so I chanced it. I decided to take a few night shots after my shift from work enroute to home, beginning from the zebra crossing, roundabout and street lights, all the way through to the two petrol stations I would pass by and a couple of trees. It may not be as ‘interesting’ however it gave me the chance to find out if high speed film and artificial light go hand-in-hand together. It did prove that once scanning the negatives (and I’m yet to produce  darkroom prints), although the grain was a little fuzzy yet subtle. I didn’t seem to mind; the higher the speed, the more grain you’ll get.

These shots are only tests for now, however I have plans to use the remaining Tmax 3200 rolls on my other cameras in the near future, especially on my Canon EOS 500n SLR with different colour filters: orange, yellow and red. I may consider shooting the film during the day or late afternoon to see if the grain will differ in certain light conditions. Also I would like to do the same with portrait photography on my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens with a couple rolls of the film, just to see a comparison as well in variety genres or styles.

The possibilities are endless with high ISO films!!

Take care and stay safe

Tried and Tested Thursday: Canon EOS 500n (50mm 1.8 lens/Orange Filter) – Ilford FP4 #FP4Party

For today’s Tried and Tested Thursday, I will be talking about shooting a roll of Ilford FP4 on a Canon EOS 500n camera on a 50mm 1.8 lens with an orange filter.

This month was the return of the #FP4Party that any film photography is invited to. There are a few rules such as what dates to shoot, when to develop and when to post results on Twitter (where this challenge is hugely based).

From the week of Sunday 1st March, I had shot four rolls of Ilford FP4; two 35mm and two 120 on four different cameras, ranging from a Point and Shoot to a toy camera. 

I was satisfied with most of the results after  scanning them, apart from the Holga – they were completely blank!! Although it was not all bad in 120 as the Yashica 635 results came out better than expected and I shared my results on last week’s Film Friday. Now back to business with the Canon SLR!!

It was the first time in a long while since I shot FP4 on a film SLR. The first time shooting that film on a Canon prime lens with an orange filter (second hand Jessops brand from eBay). The lens itself I had for years when I had a DSLR, but due to its overuse the autofocus is broken so I have to try my best with manual focusing. Nevertheless the results, especially the close ups, aren’t too bad. I had to focus on the main subject closely, stepping towards it slowly at times. Prime lenses are versatile, although I often reserve them for portraiture, close ups or street photography.

125 ISO is a rarity in speed. The slower the better, when the weather is bright or when there is available light take advantage of the slow speed and fine grain.

Take care and stay safe!!

Tried and Tested Thursday: Canon EOS 500n (50mm 1.8 lens) – Fuji Industrial 100

For today’s Tried and Thursday, I will be discussing shooting a roll of Fuji Industrial 100 on my Canon EOS 500n camera. The lens used was a Canon EF 50mm 1.8, a prime lens is famous for its large aperture and bokeh effects.

It was the first time shooting Fuji Industrial 100 which I bought it online from Analogue Wonderland; possibly the only place you can buy it (36 and 24 exposures) for the time being. Recently Fuji announced they would be discontinuing this film this year (only packs of three), and it was no surprise as they have been discontinuing many films over the years such as Superia 200 and Acros. Although Acros did re-emerge last year much to everyone’s shock and surprise. I may elaborate more on another post, but in the meanwhile there is an interesting forum thread talking about the ‘state’ of Fuji.

Back in December I went to the Barbican Conservatory in London, an indoor greenhouse that is open on Sundays and free of charge to go inside! I had a day off from work, so I went along with my Fuji film and SLR. I had just finished shooting the last few exposures on the new Ilford Ortho 80 (the results were meh), and I was eager to try out the colour film.

I didn’t know what to expect initially, however I know from experience with shooting Fuji colour films before that the greens often come out bold, not extremely saturated but vivid and subtle. When it comes to nature photography, I have to select film carefully based on what would be best for capturing flowers, trees or even skies – in both colour or black and white as contrast and tone may vary depending on ISO, and even the camera(s) used. I found using my Canon SLR on this occasion had its advantages as I could use another lens, such as my prime lens. The autofocus no longer works, I had to focus manually the best I could.

The results weren’t bad after scanning. I very rarely edit my scans apart from adding the watermark, and I didn’t think anything needed to be adjusted or tweaked at all on Photoshop. I am overall satisfied with the Fuji Industrial 100, I would use it again for nature shoots as well as try it out for various genres such as travel, architecture and portrait photography. The colour was smooth with the low ISO playing a part.

Focusing was a challenge with this Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. I had it for years prior to having my film cameras. The autofocus was so overused when I had my first Canon DSLR that was probably the reason why the motor had given up. Regardless, the slightly out of focus close up shots did make up for lost time in a creative way; focusing on detail and pattern with the leaves and plants. Not to mention the depth of field is soft and light: with the main subjects being sharp and the background is blurred.

I will be shooting the Fuji Industrial 100 again in the near future before it is gone from the market for good. There aren’t many Fuji films left to buy apart from the expired ones on eBay and some can be quite pricey. Might be a good idea to stock up while I can…

Take care

Tried and Tested Thursday: Yashica 635 – Fomapan 400

Let me introduce a new weekly blog feature called Tried and Tested Thursday, where I will be talking about a variety of topics from film, photography to cameras. I will be discussing other things such as planning projects, organising trips, lifestyle and also the occasional non-photography content. This feature is mainly reviews and reflections based around my photographic work and projects; I can talk about what should be improved on or what would I do next time, for example.

For 2020, I would to make Photographic Jannine consistent by updating regularly, or whenever possible. I have a few planned blog features in the pipeline that will be coming very soon, and I am happy to confirm from tomorrow I will be starting a Film Friday post.

Today’s first T&T, I am going to discuss a camera that I am currently borrowing, the Yashica 635 from the Brighton based photographer Anil Mistry. Make sure to check him out! Although I had this camera since October of last year, I only started using it on Christmas Day a few months ago. I shot it with a roll of Fomapan 400 (aka Fomapan Action).

Initially the Yashica 635 had a roll of film, Fuji Pro 400h – most likely to have expired, who knows? I did open the back of the camera by ‘accident’, so the said film is probably exposed but not to a great extent. I took shots with the film to finish it and load the next one in.

This was the first time I used a TLR camera (twin-lens reflex). I didn’t know what to expect, apart from a viewfinder and two lenses, which are both the same focal length. The camera is manual and there’s no autofocus or ‘P’ mode (aka Program mode on most modern cameras), so I had to set everything manually such as the aperture and the shutter speed. I believe I had the shutter set at 1/125 and the aperture at either f4 or possibly f3.5. Many old school photographers would use a light meter, I don’t have one and I took a chance with me hoping the results after processing would come out decent…

They did! They weren’t that bad considering that was my first time using a TLR. The room for improvement is to keep on practising, and possibly get hold of a light meter.

Since December, I have used this camera a few times in January and February. I have shot colour and black and white in a range of ISO’s and brands, even an expired roll of Kodak Ektar. I would like to shoot slide film on the camera; I have my eye on the new Kodak Ektachrome, maybe when the weather improves in the next few months and we get enough light in the sky. I have a spare roll of expired Fuji Velvia 50 I would like to shoot as well on the Yashica.

For now, I will keep on shooting and improve my TLR skills!!

Take care