mandag 11. september 2017

The Darkroom Cookbook

I've heard words spoken and written about it for years, the Darkroom Cookbook. Written by Stephen G. Anchell, published 1994 it seems. It's more or less full of weird recipies for more or less anything photography related. Developers, fixers, toners and stuff nice to have inside the darkroom. In other words there seems to be some interesting reading in there, as I'm now the owner of an example of this book. There's a few general darkroom chapters in there as well, as far as I can see without starting searching for my glasses and such.
You see my cousin once used to be a quite promising(ish) darkroom scientist, but at some point he just gave it all up. The pixelating age, a bunch of kids, a house and a million things to do... you know the story.
He got rid of most of his equipment, but somehow managed to find a bunch of darkroom paper (Agfa RC) in addition to The Darkroom Cookbook hidden way down in between the layers of things having added up down in his basement over the years.

A half-frame snap from the Olympus PEN. Nothing too interesting, perhaps, but there might be something for the right kind of person. Not sure about the film, but it could be Kentmere 400 or maybe something else. Ilford PAN 400 or something, maybe.

Long story a bit shorter he decided to donate the Cookbook and the paper, and will continue to dig for more interesting stuff down in that basement. I was trying to give him a hand during the searching for the Cookbook, and to be honest I think he'll be better off bringing in a (rather large) team of archeologists to go through that basement.
It's going to take some time. Let's just simply put it that way...

Half-frame snap from sludge delivery and provision carrying in Peterhead harbor last trip at work. I was working with the sludge while a bunch of the rest carried the provision. I snapped them with the Olympus PEN. It's a small and great camera to carry on deck inside a pocket.

There's going to be chemicals needed to get anywhere with the recipes, of course. Luckily the same cousin is very different to most of us, and would (don't ask me how and why) be able to supply whatever you may need in that respect. I might try one or two of the toners or something like that, but don't think I'm going to be making my own developer and such. Maybe...?!
I will read the book though! I'm putting it inside my bag right here and now, as I just got the message I'll be leaving for work tomorrow. That's two days early even though I got home one day late, which means three weeks and a few days at home. Too short a time off, just saying!

One of the piers on The Clyde, Glasgow. Half-frame again.

tirsdag 5. september 2017

Offshore stuff, again

Another rather quick post, I'm afraid. 
I'm just out of the darkroom after a rather frustrating session in there. You see there's four or five pieces the wife has picked out for one of the walls, and I thought I'd just get them done. This night seemed to be as good as any other to get it done, so I went for it. The medium format neg was a tricky one, so I might have to alter the settings a bit I think. I'll let it dry and have a good look at it in the daylight, but I suppose it's not up to standard. 
But OK, it was a print, at least. 

Brent A. The only steel legged platform on this field consisting of Brent A, B, C and D (the latter now partly removed, see next picture). The Brent field has been producing oil and gas since late 1976. The oil is fed through a pipeline to Sullom Voe oil terminal in northern Shetland, while the gas goes to St. Fergus in northern Scotland. The field is very close to the norwegian border, and you can easily see what's going on over the border at the Statfjord field.

Then there were a series of four 135 negs on the to do list. Had to switch to the other enlarger as the bigger one is not very well suited to do 30x40 enlargements from small negs. Ping... and the damn bulb went dark as in really dark and no hope for any further work for either today or tomorrow. And before you ask, nope I did not have a spare one in stock. 
I'll put in an order for a new one, or three. 

Brent D, or at least what's left of it these days. 
I got no particular clue what exactly our mission this close to them old legs were, but I'm sure we had important stuff to do. We always seem to have, if you ask the right person. See that thing up there on that left leg? Every second day or so a helicopter will land on top of the leg, and some dude will come out of it and walk over to have it checked sort of carefully. I suppose they would soon find out if anything's wrong from hundreds of miles away, since it's some sort of navigation beacon or similar, but they still have to check it of course. It's probably written in some sort of procedure somewhere. At least they know how to spend a fair amount of money in places like these... 

The snaps for today is from a film I wasted about a month ago when at work. Leica M3 camera with Summicron glass 50 and/or 35mm lenses attached, Ilford FP4+ film developed in Paranol S. 

Ah... the little steel drum with yellow cable spooled on. We picked it up right here, on the bank of the River Clyde up in Glasgow, you know. Put the whole thing on the back deck, and off we went to drop all the yellow stuff into the sea west of Ireland somewhere. We were careful not to drop the drum as well, so no harm done. I got no idea what the yellow cable will do once they decide to power everything up, but they told us it was rather expensive and important. 
Nothing new, in other words.

lørdag 2. september 2017

365 - ongoing series

Three more from The Project this year. The 365@50 thing, you know. 
I have posted the notes from my book on the snaps lately, but since we were out there on the tiny little island of Ona and had to leave in a hurry about a week ago, the little black book is still out there.  Just had to leave both the book and a bunch of cameras, but I'll get out there to pick them up some day soon I hope. 
Anyway, I know what they are, the snaps. So I'm able to tell you what I think was most likely noted.

#068 - The Crane repair man traveled down the coast in a boat. They stopped in my home town, so I went for a chat and a snap.
#069 - The Cat, as it usually looks when I get home. Time for food, she seems to think.
#070 - Chain Saw Day. A lot of work done, but things look better in that area now. 

#068

#069

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torsdag 31. august 2017

Another Nikon EM arrived

Just done the way to boring scanning job of the last batch of films I developed when I came back from work. I just wish I were able to do more printing and less scanning, just like Michael of the North Liberties. Well, it's out of the question at the moment, so I just have to keep on doing it the way I do for now. Things might change some day though.

It's been the very worst of weeks this last one, so I have not been able to do anything involving using the brain at all to tell you the truth. I know I have been trying to get the daily snap done, but I'm quite sure there are holes or doubles somewhere. But OK... there are more important things in life than having the daily photo done, after all.
Everything works way much better now, and the world can slowly start turning again. I even managed to find energy to haul the hoover around the house for a short while, and to clear away some tools and stuff I had left in the hallway a couple of weeks back. Not bad at all, actually...

Probably an old shipyard or something. They used to build ships and stuff along the river Clyde back in the days, as you might know very well. Seems like there's not too much of that sorts going on anymore, which is a real shame I think. The good thing is that it's probably a lot healthier environment for the river itself these days, but then again the world has changed a bit in the last 50 years as we know. 

The second Nikon EM I just bought arrived yesterday. The one with the 50mm E-series lens attached which I got for next to nothing. It sort of pleased me to find out that I had to change batteries on this one, and to find this body to be in a lot more used state than the other one arriving with the 35mm lens. Also it didn't work properly. The light meter, which is absolutely essential on this type of camera being a fully automatic exposure sort of thing, didn't show any reading at all when I first fired it up. After some fiddling and thinking and doing, I finally found the problem. The ring on the camera front following the aperture ring on the lens didn't make good contact with the inner parts of the camera, so we were talking about a mechanical/electrical issue. That's the kind of stuff I know a couple of bits about, so now it works like a dream. A very tiny spray of contact cleaner and some excessive movements of said ring, and it seems to have done the trick. At least it works for now, so we'll see how the test roll comes out some time in the future.
As a matter of fact I'm sort of shooting the first test roll as we speak, because in addition to a 50mm lens with the original UV filter attached, and the original (and very good, mind you) carrying strap, the camera also came with a partly shot film sitting inside. The ASA wheel was set to 200, so I guess there might be a Kodak Gold 200 or something similar in there somewhere. We will see when I remove it some day soon. If it's a negative color film, which I'm about 99% sure it is, it will still take some time yet before I get it developed. It might be a good idea to buy a set of C-41 chemicals soon anyway, as I got a few of my own rolls to develop as well. Stuff that has been waiting a long time now, for sure.
The lens, which was the reason I bought it in the first place, looks absolutely great and was just what I was after. Small and light weight, and hopefully a great performer.

Old slipways and signs of times long gone. The buildings in the background seems to be in use though, so the area is still good for something obviously. I would think the rest of the area will turn out useful as well, some day.

I'm sort of trying to put together this series of snaps from the banks of the River Clyde. I've been posting a few on Instagram lately, and there's also a few in my last post here on the blog, to hopefully get some sort of feedback and feel for it. I'm not too confident about this thing, but it might grow on me a bit. Or maybe not.
All three snaps posted today is part of the same series, and there might be a few more to come. All taken from the same roll, but I might take away a few and maybe even add a few taken from another couple of rolls snapped in the same area. The plan is to get a few of them printed as well.
I really liked this place to be honest, and sort of hoping to be able to go back some day and have a walk on the river bank itself instead of steaming down the river on a ship. There's quite a few opportunities lost that way, just saying. 

Seems to be some sort of abandoned old industrial building, but I'm not too sure about what it is to tell the truth. Looks like it's sitting in the middle of an old and obsolete shipyard or ship base area with quays and warehouses. 

onsdag 30. august 2017

Kentmere 400

I bought a ten-pack of Kentmere 400 a while ago. Got it from over in the UK somewhere, I think. I also bought a tenner of Kentmere 100 as well, but I'll leave that one for another day. I never liked the K400 too much, and think I've mentioned it before as well around this place somewhere.
Anyway, by the time of leaving Glasgow heading for west of Ireland a few weeks ago I grabbed a roll of K400 as I thought I would give it another go, and threw it inside the Nikon FM2 as it was a rather typical scottish day. Gray and grainy, if you like.

A real old fashion scrapyard with a lovely looking old crane to really make the scene worth snapping. I think I got a hundred or so of this scene snapped during the days in Glasgow not too long ago, but what the heck... you need to explore the surrounding area, don't you? At least that's what you have to do when you got no chance of going anywhere further than just around the ship. Nikon FM2 with the absolutely fantastic Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 lens I've had for something like 25 years or so. And Kentmere 400 film, developed in Paranol S 1:25

Previous attempts have been giving me all sorts of not so good results, but this time I really feel I somehow got the looks I've been aiming for all the time with this film. It was snapped with the Nikon FM2, and I had a battery inside and used the light meter quite a lot through the roll just to try having things a bit under control for once. The whole thing was set up to box speed, as I usually tend to do with most films if I'm not pushing it a step or two. This time it was definitely not pushed as I usually would go for a HP5+, Tri-X  or even PAN400 for those sort of things.

Same scene, same camera and film. Damn seagull had to fly just a couple of meters too low, but I was not going to wait for it to take another round to position itself exactly where I wanted it...

Anyway, as we went away down the river Clyde out from Glasgow I snapped into more or less any direction and forgot about the whole film until just a few days ago when I finally got my stuff together and started developing my rolls.
As I've been out of decent developers for a while I just recently had some stuff bought over in England. A bottle of Kodak HC-110 just because I like it and because it's way too expensive over here in Norway, and then I also brought with me a couple of small bottles of Paranol S by Tetenal, just because AG Photographic was out of Rodinal (or Adonal, as it's not actually called Rodinal anymore... as we know) when I payed them a visit.

Old warehouses or whatever, at the bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow. This made me want to play a bit with lines and stuff, but I had to work way too quickly as the ship moved rather fast down the river. Crazy folks on the bridge and things, as usual. 

So, back home and ready to start developing a bunch of rolls, I went for the Paranol S just to see what it looked like. I've never tried this mierda before, so I was a bit excited about it to tell the truth. Not because I thought I would notice too much of a difference compared to Rodinal and similar developers, but more because of the fact that I've never tried this particular developer before. I found it to be a rather nice one, truth be told, so I might try it with a few other films as well. But then again I just have to, since I got a couple of bottles of the stuff. 
I've tested it with both FP4+ and now also Kenmore 400, and I must say I'm very pleased with the results this far. The Kentmere roll seems to have come out better than any earlier attempt, I must say. Makes me wonder about how HP5+ will look when washed in this stuff. We will find out soon. Maybe even tomorrow by the looks of the weather right now.
Anyway... more to come a bit later. 

Same warehouses from the other side. As I said, I had to work very quick to hopefully get what I wanted. Luckily I didn't have to run inside and down to the engine room during the trip down the river. 



tirsdag 29. august 2017

Still scanning

I'm still scanning film, and I also still got a few rolls yet to develop. I'll get there though, so just keep cool and wait for it. Not that I'm sure it's anything there to really wait for, but then again your guess is just as good as mine in that respect. 

I suddenly found myself well away inside the fences dividing a bunch of these beasts from direct contact with the tourists venturing the paths on top of The White Cliffs. By the time I discovered the fence was there for a reason it was way to late to get away from it all, and I just had to trust they were used to people and not of the wildest type of things. They were not luckily, and I even managed to get a few snaps from too close a distance even for my 35mm lens attached to the old M3 rangefinder which I carried at the time. The one without a light meter, and with no frame lines for the wider lens, you know. Ilford FP4+ by the way... dunked in Paranol S 1+25 mix. 

Here's a couple more anyway, from the last batch of rolls going through the developing tanks. This time washed in a to me new developer, the "Paranol S" from Tetenal. Just because they were out of Rodinal in my shop over in England, and also a bit out of curiosity. 
They had a lot of stuff over there in England, but I could not find any lith developer anywhere. Well, I guess I just have to wait a bit more and get it ordered to be sent by mail over here. 
Lith developer, and some bleach. I want to check that out as well on a few of my prints, and I can't find anything like that over here in Norway. Guess I have to start import and selling dark room chemicals, film and other things nice to have. On the other hand it might turn out to be a very quiet business over here. 
Would have been nice to be your own supplier though...

He, or was this a she maybe? was watching the higher grounds of the fields around The White Cliffs of Dover this day. Turned out he was not too afraid of either the rangefinder or the norwegian carrier of the old thing. Made all sorts of strange movements as well it did, the beast. I'm not too fond of this type of animal to tell the truth, but this one was a nice enough chap... or chapette(?!)

The weather have been absolutely fantastic since I returned back home from work. Nearly two weeks now, for those who count days and things like that. Very nice indeed, until about an hour ago. Now the old wind is howling around the corners again and the rain is hammering onto the roof and windows like crazy. It was great as long as it lasted though, the nice weather. Now we can't do anything but wish for a nice winter and a very happy return of the sunny days some time around May 2018, I'm afraid. 
OK, with some luck we might get a nice day or two before that, but you never know. At least we've learned by experience not to hold our breath...

mandag 28. august 2017

A couple of new Nikons

I was looking around for a couple of lightweight lenses a couple of weeks ago as you might remember. The old Nikon E series glass are known to be good performers, light weight and used to be Nikons cheaper series of lenses.
I got a couple of E-series lenses from earlier, but the focal lengths is a bit on the odd side to my liking, and zooms are not exactly my cup of tea even though I have a few in boxes around the house. I don't use them much, as a lot of you know by now, but I've been thinking about wiping the dust off a couple of them some time this week. Just to give them a tiny chance, you know. If I can even find them, that is. It's a bit cluttered in the lens department, to be honest. In addition there are quite a few of them out on loan as well... but I have to collect them soon, I think. 

A nice find just outside the Dartmoor area a few weeks back, during our summer drive around the southern parts of England. A beautiful classic Rolls Royce is not exactly a common sight on this side of the North Sea these days. This one was strategically parked in the center of Tavistock, where we went for a nice walk since it seemed to be a fitting place for a stop. Leica M3 on Ilford FP4 film. 

So I managed to get a 35mm and a 50mm E-series lens, of which I wrote about a few days ago, from two different norwegian guys. Both lenses also contained a camera, meaning I'm also getting two Nikon EM cameras.
One of them is already here, and the other one should be in the house monday if the mailman still can be trusted these days.
The 35mm lens and the first Nikon EM has already been tested and seems to work perfectly. Seems like neither the lens nor the camera have been used a lot up through the years to be honest. Looks brand new to me, and there's even a strap on the camera and a UV filter on the lens... I mean how much luck can one man have when buying a camera for next to nothing?
On the back side, I should hasten to tell, everything smells a lot of old tobacco smoke. I mean to an extent that it's been hanging outdoors since they arrived. Oh, and there was also this old Tamron zoom lens following the same deal as well. All in all a good deal, as the prices for these E-series lenses seems to be a bit on the unrealistic side these days.
Nice to see then, that a good camera deal can still be done... on a good day.

England again. This time far south and west, in the St. Ives Bay area. Not too busy here on this side of the bay, meaning it was possible to get a snap containing only two tourists out running on the beach. It was a too hot day for any running if you ask me, but you don't. Leica M3, Ilford FP4+

I think I'll just give the two cameras away to someone eager to test film photography for the first time. After all I can't see them getting into much use in my hands anyway, and I can't say I feel too connected to them either. I mean it's always a bit different with things having been handed down to you from somebody, because that happens at times as well when people have decided you're a camera collector. If you didn't consider yourself one in the beginning, you soon will no matter what the original plan was.
There's one of them old and rather worthless cameras out on loan right now, to a girl with a set of very good eyes. I still think that's an OK thing to do, as long as there are people interested in taking them out for a short while to waste a roll of film or two just for fun, or in a bit more serious way. Usually there will be a couple of really nice frames in between a couple of rubbish ones... as with most of us.
Hopefully, some day, I'll get another person interested enough to be able to use this pile of equipment a lot better than myself. Both on the developing and printing side of things, and not at least when it comes to the snapping bit of things. Seeing the right moment, choosing the right angles and framing stuff in the right way.
At least in their own eyes.

An ever so slightly overexposed street scene from St. Ives itself. Busy old place, as you might know, but nice nonetheless. The old man to the left standing outside his front door having his morning smoke without even noticing a single tourist sort of said a lot about the locals and what they have to go through during a few months in the summer. Leica M3, Ilford FP4+. All three frames are from the same film, by the way...

lørdag 26. august 2017

The Fun and a Few Failures of the Half Format


The Sludge-tanker dude meeting a couple of pals on the quayside while taking on board stuff from our tanks into his own tank. He'll get it disposed off in the best way possible.

Better just face it. It's a lot more fun than actually a photographic tool, the half format cameras. 
My only experience with half formats up to this date is the more or less totally useless Diana Mini, but then I found this rather nice looking and not too badly priced Olympus PEN EE-3 when over in England this summer. For the few pounds they wanted for the thing I just had to give it a go. 
OK, it's not like the Diana Mini is useless as such, as it's still a thing to go for to capture that right sorts of moments and blurred scenes, but the Olympus is different. If nothing else it looks as a real camera made out of the right type of materials, and it's a tad more sophisticated than the Diana will ever be. 
I mean you can even adjust stuff on it, and how great is that to find when the going gets tough... well, it's great since you ask. 
Don't you get head over heels to get one though, as it's still a simple camera by all standards we're used to look for these days. You basically adjust the ASA on the film, and that's more or less it. Fully automatic with a rather distinct selenium cell light meter situated around the nice little 28mm lens on the front. 


Sea-fastening of heavy things on deck, West of Ireland, summer of 2017. Olympus PEN-EE3

I didn't plan to make any full review of the thing right here and now, as I've hardly used it long enough to do so. It's just that I've been fireing three or four rolls of film through the thing to find the answer of a couple of simple questions like if the tiny camera was even close to light tight, and if the light meter seems to work well enough for any practical use. 
Both initial questions now ticked off with a positive, meaning the camera has been put into the pile of useable stuff to bring along inside the bag of cameras I usually seem to carry. 
Luckily this camera is a tiny an lightweight sort of thing, making it possible to fit inside the cramped area of that old greenish web bag. 


Another couple of West of Ireland snaps, even though they could have been anywhere in the world obviously.

Since we're talking about a rather old and fully automatic, fixed focus type of camera, the negs might look a bit on the strange side at times. Add to this also the fact we're dealing with a half format machine, the negs are... well, grainy! Or Grainy, with a capital G to be more precise. 
If you can live with that in certain situations, it seems to be a rather decent camera. 
Still, if you have been living long enough to have grown up with one of these cameras in the house, you might think the negs are not at all that kind of small and grainy anyway. 50% of a 135 neg is still a bit bigger than the odd, and for some reason once quite popular 110 format. And hey, you'll easily get 72 exposures on one film. Since this camera seems to have a quite nice film transport and wind on mechanism I seem to manage to get close to 80 frames on one film. 
Still quantity does not always trump quality, but used for what it is and for wasting some film in the hope of getting a few fun series on a film it's as good as it gets. 
Because that's what I think I'll use it for. Having some good old fun. 
Which works for me... 


Playing with the half format... a bit tricky to do this thing, but looks decent enough for a first time test. Olympus PEN-EE3.

lørdag 19. august 2017

Back home, again :)

Back home again, which is a very good feeling indeed. A long trip it was as my new tickets meant I had to change planes three times, and a bit of waiting in between as well of course. 
Well, I was inside the house an hour or so past midnight which was good enough in the end. 

Another one from the Rolleiflex a bit earlier this summer. Late night shot on either 1/2s or 1s shutter time. No tripod, but I think I might supported the old thing in my lap or something. 

Just thought it was about time to check my undeveloped films. Find them from all the places I've put them and get ready to get them all done. 16 rolls 135 film and 7 rolls 120 film is going to take me some time to come through I'm afraid. 
I'll try my best folks, so keep coming back to this place and I hopefully will have something new some day soon. 

torsdag 17. august 2017

The Things that Happens

I just learned that "Fotografiska" of Stockholm, Sweden, is going to open another one of their "museums" some time during 2018. This time in London. Nothing much wrong with that as it seems to be a company of both knowledge and nice exhibitions, but I must say I have always had a bad feeling about them calling themselves a museum. It's a privatly owned company, after all, and probably not actually a museum.
I've never payed them any visit though, as for yet anyway. It's quite far away from my parts of Norway over to Stockholm, so even though we have been talking about going there some time it has yet to happen.
If I ever go there I will probably pay the ticket to get inside and have a look anyway. People seems to like the place, after all.
Anyway, now it seems I can just as easy go to London to have a look at what they have to offer. It's a bit easier than going to Stockholm after all.
I would really like to see the snaps of Anders Petersen some day, if I could. I know there's been an exhibition in Fotografiska, Stockholm with his pictures. They may come to London some day as well for all we know.

A square from the stairs inside the old house where my local photo club having their meetings and such. It's a nice building over there, at the other side of the road. A nice place to go to see a play or whatever. It's another one of them Rolleiflex snaps by the look of it.

Oh well. Last day at work for now, it seems. It's been an interesting trip in many ways, but usually that also means a few hickups here and there. A couple of days ago we had an issue with lub oil entering a very, very hot surface... Luckily no fire, but the potential was at a scary level. Managed to stop the engine and repair the broken stuff, so no particular harm done to anyone or anything. Which is good!

Don't know when I snapped this one, to be honest... Could have been a year ago, or something like that. Another square, so I know where it comes from, but that's about it. I don't even know if it's any cool or not.

Now I just can't wait to getting home, get my films developed, take a few walks in whatever weather we get, go visiting my parents and stuff like that. It's going to be great, I'm sure.
The grandson will come for a visit to our place, and the daughter want to have a short but good lection on pinhole cameras... so I will get a few things to do, it seems. Which is good, of course.
But first we need to get ashore and away from Peterhead heading for Aberdeen and from there find our flight over the North Sea and things like that.
Looks like the ship will return over to Norway in a couple of weeks, so I might sign on somewhere closer to home the next time I go on board. We will see!

tirsdag 15. august 2017

"New" lenses on their way!

It's Tuesday. The last one on board for the next four weeks or so, hopefully...
We were supposed to start the steaming for Peterhead tomorrow morning, but now they suddenly decided to push it 24 hrs. ahead. Ah... brilliant! That means changing flights again, and going home on a friday also means I will not be home until Saturday morning. Less flights from Oslo going north in Norway on a Friday evening. I know, because I've tried doing that more than enough lately. So not exactly what I needed... but what can I do about it?
Well... nothing at all, since you ask.

Some time this spring it was, I think. We got beaches up around my place as well, as you might knew already. Not that we got a lot of them, not at all, but there's still a few facing the North Sea. This is Flø, a place I really like. Open landscapes... I love them! There's even an island out there called Runde. It's famous for all the sea birds hatching out there, and also a bit famous for it's treacherous waters and loads of ship wrecks spread around the island. Back in 1972 a couple of divers found a quite huge pile of gold dukats from a Dutch ship called "Akerendam" that went down outside the island on it's maiden voyage back in 1725. Around 57000 coins were brought up from the sea bed, and around 6500 of them were gold coins.

At least this time I'll bring stuff home. Loads of film, actually. Exposed film obviously, since bringing unexposed film back home would not be worth mentioning here on the blog. At least as long as I'm not talking about unexposed film, which I never seem to do anyway. Unexposed film is of very little interrest, to tell the truth. It's just stuff you need, like food and things like that.
Well, I bring a bunch of exposed film back home and there's hopefully something good hiding inside the frames of one or two of them rolls.
I was just checking. There's all sorts of kinds there; HP5+, FP4+, Kentmere 100, Fomapan 100, PAN 400... OK, not all sorts maybe but still quite a few. There's a couple of rolls having gone through the "new" Olympus Pen EE-3 half frame thing as well, which I really look forward to see the result of. I hope to find grain and wrongly exposed stuff in there, between other things. I guess I have a fair chance. I know I got a bunch of rolls at home as well, waiting for me. It's going to be developing bonanza, or something like that.
Don't know exactly when I'll get some scanning done though, but I'll get it done somehow. I might even get a print or five done as well with a bit of luck, so keep watching this space.

Same beach, same place. It's not a long beach at all, but it's absolutely a nice one. Nice weather this day, as you quite clearly can see. No sea weed and stuff this day, but bring on a few gales and it will be here for sure.
Both snaps done inside the Rolleiflex on some sort of film. Looks like it might have been loaded with some old stuff, to be honest...

I was looking around the web for a couple of cheap lenses for the Nikon system yesterday. Found a bunch of overpriced ones, totally out of the question they were, as there's no bank to break or anything out here at sea. But shame on the one who gives up that easily, so I switched over to a bit less usual place to look. Found the lenses I was looking for rather quickly, but there was a camera attached to both of them. Got both the lenses and their big back covers more or less for free, so it looks like I got a couple of Nikon EM bodies to give away some day. Need to have them tested, of course, but I don't think they're quite my thing to be honest. But OK... I guess I'll keep at least one of them anyway. You never know, you know...
It's the old Nikon E series of lenses we're talking about here. Small and light things they are, and not that bad really. I think I got two longish E-series' back home, the 135mm and the old 70-210 zoom, but I don't think I ever use them too much. I seem to never do any serious "tele" snapping at all. But, as any lens they might come in handy some day, but then again they will probably sit at home in a shelf or under a chair or wherever else but inside my bag should I suddenly need them. See? I know myself quite well by now I would say. 
This time I was primarily looking for the light weighted, short and tiny 50mm. Ended up with both a 50 and a 35 in the end, and some sort of Tamron half long zooming kind of thing as well by the look of the snaps inside the ad. I didn't even care to ask what it was, since it was the Nikon lenses I was after. The little lot bought for around £10 is not bad at all these days when you're looking at the asking price for certain types of glass around the interweb. I mean there were even straps on the cameras, which will cost you a lot these days after all! A very good deal I think it was indeed.
Oh well... if they work and things like that, of course.
I'll soon have it all checked and maybe even tested, so I'll let you all know how they look and feel and perform and things like that a bit later.

søndag 13. august 2017

A tiny bunch of 365's

Time to post a tiny stack of four scans from the 365@50 project again. 
Nothing with any high wow factor this time either... which really indicates the level of boring life I live. We also have to keep in mind that these snaps are from early March, and the winter is still keeping a tight grip on more or less everything at that time of year. 
There's not too much snow, as you can perfectly well see, but the temperature can still get pretty low in this time of year. Not low, as in really low, as we're still located close to the coast. Still it's best to keep in mind that minus 10 degrees C at the coast of Norway can easily feel at least just as cold as minus 40 a bit inland from here. Not that this was the case any day last winter, but we have had our moments...!

From my notebook:
#064: Looking for a new place to live. This will not be the one!
#065: High Power road. Solnørdalen, a back road rarely used.
#066: Less Power road. Sø om Sula, Nøringset.
#067: The Landy, between a rock and a hard place.

#064

#065

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#067


fredag 11. august 2017

What about his mental health, you may think by now...?

It's a fact, sadly enough, that some people suffer from some degree of mental illness while others seems to keep themselves with a rather fit upstairs throughout their whole life no matter how old they grow. That's just the way it is, even though I don't like the thought of it. 
I would, and probably most people share my view on this, prefere if we could all be well and up to speed through all our lives. All of us.
I'm not going to dive and dig very deeply into this, because I know nothing much about it at all to tell the truth, but there was this little thing I found lurking around the big social media site this morning that caught my eye. I had a decent attempt to try reading through it a few minutes ago as I finally found the time for it. I found it to be a tiny bit interesting, but nothing much more than that actually.

It's right here, if you would prefere to have a look at it yourselves as well. Not only taking my words as gospel, as that would not be a very wise thing to do in the longer term of things. 

Looks like these steps has been used a bit up through the years. It's from the IOGT house in my home town. It's where the local photo club has their monthly meetings, as it happens. I've been there once, but will walk them steps soon again. There's even a darkroom up there, at the very top of the stairs.
Don't remember too well, but might have been snapped with one of the leicas, or maybe it was a Nikon. Wide angle lens, for sure.

It's about the posts out there on instagram, as you might know by now, and what them snaps might look like compared to our inner selves.
All it says is basically that I must be a mental wreck... at least if instagram posts and blog posts and stuff you post on the said other big social media place can be compared, which we have to assume they can. And I post on all three platforms, mind you. You'll find more or less the same snaps all over them places, or at least different versions of the same things. And they are dark... most of them, I know. Mainly because my medium of choice completely lacks pigments of any sorts. Secondary because I personally find them pigments (whenever I find them and use them) to be a bit in the way inside a nice snap. Not all the time, mind you, but often. In addition, I seem to like the darkish mood of things at times, as it's also a bit fitting to the place I live concerning the lack of light most of the year.

Closed door!

That's why I got what I think would be a few "good reasons" to post my grainy, darkish and gloomy snaps. 
Still I consider myself as being of very good mental health, or even mentally strong believe it or not, even though my pictures may suggest otherwise. I'm even checked every now and again, because of the nature of the work I do of course, but that's a totally different story.
Don't know what I really wanted to say with this one, other than maybe suggest that I will still treat a B&W photo, and their belonging B&W photographers, for what I still think they really are. Great artists with focus on the feelings inside a picture and lots to say, and a bunch of fantastic people that I really love and respect.
Nah! I don't this article hits every nail right on the spot, even though there's probably some truth in there as well. 
After all, it's been researched by this Harvard doctor and everything.
That's it, really :)

Oh... and happy days and good health to all of you out there!!


onsdag 9. august 2017

A few quick thoughts at the end of a long day

Been a long day at work this one. 
Stuff someone just have to do, you know, at least when the engineers are busy doing other things. Blocked shower drains, I try not to say too much about that... and also doing the yearly filter change on the crane involving 15 filters and a serious amount of hydraulic oil flowing freely all over where you don't want it to flow.
You can easily bring two extra guys with two buckets each, and the oil will still flow where you seriously don't want it. Murphys law... just good old Murphys law!
I'll leave the rest to your own imagination.

The weather is nice though! And we're seeing the end of the trip coming closer each minute now. Just one more week and I'll be home, or at least bag packed and ready to fly the next morning. 
Still... let's just hope for a Wednesday crew change. I think we deserve that now, thinking about the blocked drains and things like that. 

We hear new rumors each day now, about new stuff we seem to might get to do in the months to come. All sorts of stuff has been mentioned, but we have to wait and see what's coming down as real work in the end. Looks like we're heading over to old Norway soon, though. Still a couple of weeks ahead, but we're getting there. 

From the old dry dock at Rubbestadneset, Bømlo, Norway around Christmas time 2016. Rolleiflex squary box TLR with some Zeiss Planar lens on board. Got no idea about the film used, but might find out if someone should show the tiniest bit of interest... 

I went around the area shown in the snap above a bit last year. Around Christmas time it was, or just a couple of weeks before Christmas, to tell the truth. 
It was a nice place taking into consideration we're talking about a yard. A shipyard, to be specific. 
Nice old boat inside of that dry dock and everything. It was built back in the days when they really knew how to design a ship. 
These days they only build square stuff... or so it seems, at least. 
Anyway, I'm actually happy if they build more ships at all to tell you the truth. To keep me busy and stuff like that, of course. 
And what would this place be without one or two stories from the huge, blue ocean anyway?

mandag 7. august 2017

Four more of them 365's

Another small batch from the 365 series of 2017.
Same old stuff, as you see. 
The notes from my little black book gives us the following few key words:

#060: Breakers, a speaker and the door. 
#061: Arriving Peterhead for crew change.
#062: Crew change day. LN-BAA at Aberdeen, Dyce.
#063: At home. Boats downtown, Ålesund. 

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torsdag 3. august 2017

Off we go, over to the usual side

So, we have finished throwing that semi-long thing called an umbilical down to the seabed. Everything's been duly checked and all seem to be happy with the job done, so we found it best to get out of here soon as.
Not that it's not a nice enough place to stay, but we're not exactly here on vacation either and seem to have other business to do over at the other side of Scotland, or thereabouts. 
So off we go, heading north and a bit east for the moment. 

Nope, it's not exactly new this one either. Snapped it one day before summer kicked in a couple of years ago as I was taking the M3 camera out for a walk around the area we had the ship moored up for a week or two while trying to sort stuff out after the disaster after hitting the wave west of Shetland somewhere. This was a much brighter and better day though, and it was in Norway. I can tell, because there's trees around the place. 

It's August, as it happens, and when I get home in a few weeks from now it's already starting to get a bit darker in the evenings, even up there at my place just north of the 62nd parallel. That will usually mean I'll soon get things to do inside the house in the evenings, which in turn will lead to a few films seeing the inside of the developing tank, and hopefully a few nice prints to be printed in the darkroom. 
It's been way too long since I've been printing now, and I'm really looking forward to a session or three in there among a few enlargers, some trays and bottles of chemicals and what have we all in there. 
But first it's the films, of course. The raw material, so to say. 
I got a bunch of them ready for developing, and that number might just as well increase a bit until I'm back home again by the look of it. I don't know if I will be able to get ashore to do a lot of snapping during the rest of this working period, but I still have a few exposed films around.

Anyway, by experience I know I'm probably better off with as few plans as possible...

onsdag 2. august 2017

A smoking "room" with a view

It's not that easy these days, being a smoker. Not that I'm affected by it in any way, I should add. 
Back in the days when I grew up it was very much different, but we don't want to think about that nowadays. There's a few trips on the bus and inside cars I could very much do without though...

This smoking area in the somewhat closed part of the harbour in the northern area of Lerwick is of the more ventilated type. Most days there will be enough fresh air around to make it quite safe even for non-smokers to attend the laughs and talk going on in places like this.

Leica M of some sort, and film. That's about all I remember from snapping this. 

mandag 31. juli 2017

365 moving on

Another tiny bunch from the slowly growing 365 series of snaps I'm doing this year. 

The following notes was written about the snaps at the time:
#056: The rack of a few of the many spare el.motors on board.
#057: Quaranteened (again...) pallet jack
#058: Tools in workshop
#059: Jàkup, the faroe man inside the lifeboat

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lørdag 29. juli 2017

Geometrical stuff, time and time again

If I'm out walking in my own company with a camera in hand I often find things like this, or a pylon with a cable or two going into different directions, or whatever else catching my attention for a minute or three. 
I do some walking around to try figure out from where it may make the most out of itself and at the same time suit the geometric part of my brains, and then I usually snap a few frames. 
Then I most likely forget about it all until the film has been developed, and sometimes I forget about them for a long time after that has even happened. I don't think these have been posted before, actually. 
I'm not even sure about where I found this mast, but it might have been in Lerwick, Shetland. 




Both snaps done on either a Leica M6 or the M3, but I'm sure it was with the 21mm Elmarit lens. No clue about the film here and now, but might have been FP4+ or something like that. 

Oh well, it's just the way my head works at times... it seems.
You go figure.