Tagged: HP5

Week 37 – Adirondack Scenic Railroad

In early October, I had the good fortune to attend a motorcar excursion on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad out of Thendara, NY.l

The faithful UPRR #2535


An absolutely awful shot of yours truly.  I’m not sure why I was doing the “Is this thing on?” look with my Leica.



Depth of field


We don’t often have train meets on our excursions.  I wish I had been taking video, as these old Alcos positively thundered past belching black smoke.

Camera: Leica M3

Lens: Summilux 50mm

Film: Ilford HP5+

Developed at home on a JOBO CPP2 using D76 and scanned on Epson v700.

Week 36 – Plum Island(-ish)

The catching up continues, thanks to a pre-Christmas darkroom binge and the fabulous gift of a new laptop from Mrs. Mack505.

Week 36 was shot in and around the Plum Island National Wildlife refuge earlier this fall.

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Pines Bench










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Camera: Leica M3

Lens: Summilux 50mm

Film: Ilford HP5+

Developed at home in D76 & scanned on an Epson v700.

Week 22 – WOW!

I have slowed my camera collecting recently and have even de-accessioned pieces which I don’t care about. This spring I spent a few weeks watching a Craigslist ad for a Mamiyaflex C2, and when it didn’t move I gave the owner a call. I have heard great things about Mamiya TLRs.

At first blush I was nonplussed. The Mamiyaflex is bigger and heavier than either of my Yashica TLRs. Its primary distinguishing feature is the ability to change lenses. I only have the stock 80mm portrait lens, so this didn’t mean much to me. I shot a roll then set both the camera and the film aside for later.

This week I finally got around to developing it, and wow!


I know that the camera is only partially responsible, but this is one of the best images I have made in quite a while. I need to find time to print this. The rest of the roll was also very good.



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Authorized personnel only201506_Mamiyaflex_002Bark mulch

Camera: Mamiyaflex C2 with 80mm lens

Film: HP5+ developed in D76 1+1 12:00 20C

Week 18a – More NYC

Lately I find myself attracted to early automatic SLRs. My Canon T70 was a 99 cent eBay find which uses Canon FD-mount lenses, and it arrived just before we left for NYC. If anything happened to it in the Big Apple, I would miss the 50mm/1.4 lens more than the camera body.

20150625_T70_HP5_NYC049We took it to the top of the Empire State Building near dusk.  We intended to wait for the sun to go down and the city to light up, but it was June 25. We got tired of waiting. I played with a few slow exposures, bracing the camera against the fence.



20150625_T70_HP5_NYC045I don’t do ‘selfies,’ but the mirrored windows were too good to pass up.



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Looking north.20150625_T70_HP5_NYC027From a technical standpoint, this is my favorite image of the trip thus far.  It was taken on the fly as we disembarked from the Staten Island Ferry.

Camera: Canon T70

Lens: Canon 50mm/1.4

Film: Ilford HP5+

Developed in D76, 12:00 at 20C

Week 18 – NYC

For Roll #18 we return slightly closer to the present. Last week Beth and I traveled to New York City for a brief couple of days. The first rolls back are HP5 developed at home.

Grand Central dancers

 Grand Central Terminal during the evening rush hour.  There is a couple in the center of the frame dancing.

GCT long exposure, taken by resting the camera on the balcony railing.
Whitehall Terminal, Staten Island Ferry
Freedom Tower
Shot from the hip, Whitehall Terminal
Rough Commute, Staten Island Ferry

Camera: Leica M6, Summilux 50mm 1.4

Film: Ilford HP5+

Developed in D76 1+1 for 11:00 at 20C


There is a lot more coming from NYC as I find the time to develop and scan.  Stay tuned!

52 Cameras – Week 21 results – Nikon FM2

In contrast to my Dolly experience, I am very happy with the FM2 results.

I have been shooting this camera for many years, so I find it easy to use despite its full manual control suite. Aperture is set with a standard ring on the lens and is visible in the viewfinder via a periscope/prism arrangement. Shutter speed is set with a large knob to the right of the viewfinder, which I find I can rotate with my thumb while holding the camera. The setting is visible on a small rotating disk inside the viewfinder.

The light meter features three red LEDs inside the viewfinder on the right side. These indicate under-, over-, or correct exposure.

My favorite feature is a lock built into the film advance lever. Cocking the lever slightly unlocks the shutter release and activates the meter. When done, a solid click of the lever ensures the camera will not fire accidentally nor drain the batteries.

(Incidentally, this is one of the reasons I have trouble shooting Canons. Their locking mechanism is foreign and nonsensical to me. Early imprinting, I guess.)

The net result is a fully manual camera which I can operate without removing my eye from the viewfinder. This makes it a winner.

Luckily, it seems to have survived the fall incident without any damage. The shots from both before and after the drop look good and everything seems to function as intended. It was difficult to pick only a few.

#8 Moosilauke

Twin Mtn., NH

WiFi, maybe?

Twin Mtn., NH

Along the Ammonoosuc


Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Lakes of the Clouds Hut, 5012 feet

Summit Station, 5050 feet

Cannon Mt.

My way or the tramway

Cannon Mt.

Sit a spell

Cannon Mt.

Observation Deck

Cannon Mt.


Cannon Mt.

Yes I took my Nikon to the top of Cannon Mountain. I met a Minolta shooter there with an SRT variant.

Images on HP5 and developed this week by Old School Photo Lab.

52 Cameras – Week 17 results – Minolta SRT200

The SRT200 is another favorite camera of mine. I enjoy the feel of shooting with it. My one complaint is with the focusing screen. It doesn’t have a split image but merely requires bringing the entire image into clear focus. I find that in low depth of field situations I just can’t get it quite right. 201306SRT200_018

SOWA open market, with the Boston Analog & Film Photography group


Pine Street Inn, aka the old Boston FD headquarters

201306SRT200_001 201306SRT200_003   Parking garage

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201306SRT200_025I’ve no idea what my initials mean to Digsafe. . .

52 Cameras – Week 9 results – Pinhole Nikon

My results with the pinhole cap on my Nikon FM2 were mixed. I remember it being sharper in the past, but I did most of my shooting without a tripod this spring.

Shooting a pinhole on an SLR is a bit odd, as the viewfinder and meter are useless. I used my neck strap and rested the camera against my abdomen. I thought a deep breath, a sold stance, and a cable release would provide adequate stability. It has in the past, and it did for some shots this time. Others weren't as lucky.




Black & white shots are FP5 stand developed in Rodinal; color is Ektar.

52 Cameras – Week 6 results – Contaflex II


My second attempt was just as bad as the first, with only one usable shot.  I’ve ruled out any errors in my developing process by running another roll from a different camera at the same time.  It came out fine.



A bit of research tells me that these cameras were prone to this failure.  The wonderful click which I love is created by a mechanical symphony in motion. When the shutter button is depressed the mirror flips up, the aperture closes, and the shutter fires.  If this sequence does not execute perfectly. . .

In my case, the aperture is slow in closing.  Unfortunately, it is not reliably slow either.  It is shooting at somewhere between f2.8 and wherever the  dials are set.  Perhaps a good cleaning would help, but for now it will go on the shelf as a display piece.

(My thanks to Mike B on G+ who alerted me to the possible problem and its diagnosis.)