The Manly Films

After a week in Manly, lots of film to develop. Starting with Hp5. Using LC29 which is not my “go to” developer, I have always preferred ID11 but you use what you have. Understanding that LC29 is a bit flat I have used the following dev combination-

21 degrees for 9 minutes

This gives a nice punch to the film without over developing, we are talking Holga here so exposures are random.


As you can see the negs are pretty punchy but the rebate numbers are nice, contrasty but with no edge bleed- just the way I like it. First roll done and the first strip of three onto the Ls9000 scanner for a look see.

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There it is, Holgaesque, a few more rolls to go but will post them as they come out. The 35mm should be interesting, shot on my new EOS 3.

Goodbye Mr Holga And Thankyou Mr Lee

In 1981 Mr T M Lee gave us the Holga, originally designed to give his fellow Chinese a cheap way of taking family portraits. By the mid 90’s it had found a new home with the new wave of hipster photographers looking for “lo-fi” cameras.

We like to take it to the beach! Holgas Plastic Beach is a collection of our favourite Holga beach shots, bring a taste of summer to any wall with bold colours and the characteristic flare of the Holga. The good thing is, we still have a few to shoot on so its not over yet.


Zeiss 85mm f1.4 & F90x

So I headed out to King st to give the combination a whirl. The F90x was my go-to camera back in the paparazzi days and even though the EOS system was killing it in the pro world, the bullet proof F90x and the Speedlight system never let me down.

The camera works flawlessly with the Zeiss 85mm, the lens itself has a lot of focus travel so you can see why it would double as a cine lens. Zeiss typically relies on optics for sharpness not contrast so you usually get both tonal range and sharpness. Cheaper lenses will typically deliver sharpens via contrast, Sigma Art series is the exception to this.

Film was HP5 processed in LC29. Prefer ID11 myself out beggars can’t be choosers, use what you have.

Its great to be able to put the latest lenses on some relatively old film cameras and have them work perfectly.

The 85mm is a great portrait lens, probably wouldn’t carry it around the street but definitely need one in the bag for the Portrait Project.

This lens has been updated in the new Milvus range, which they are saying will deliver a higher degree of sharpness- bring it on.


What Are We Printing Today?

Here are some of the newly minted prints, they represent the three major formats for my work and are coming up very nicely. For the technical-

Colour Management- Xrite Color Munki Photo

Monitor- NEC PA271W

Paper- Ilford Gold Fibre Silk

Operating System- Windows 10 and Lightroom CC

These images were scanned from film using the LS9000 scanner as 120mb Adobe 1998 TIFF files

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