Oxford: around and about during lunch time

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 21st, 2014

In between lots of wet weather over the past couple of weeks we’ve had some nice dry spells and I managed to finish off a roll of film in my M2 during my lunch time photo walks. A bit of a mixed bag here including a shot of me from the generous photographer with the Polaroid camera. I spotted him crossing beaumont street while loading in a fresh pack of Impossible b&w film so I stopped him to ask if I could make a quick portrait of him and he was happy to oblige (picture at the bottom of this post). I don’t know what caused the bright white patch in the middle of the picture but it does make it a bit more mysterious.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Summicron 50/2 (rigid), Ilford FP4 (expired 12/99), processed in D76 stock for 8.30.

 

Oxford: Pentax 645 test

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 17th, 2014

These shots were made to test out a camera/lens combination I put together. The body is a Pentax 645N and the lens is a 105/2.4 designed for a Pentax 6×7 body but I’m using a lens adapter that allows this lens to be mounted on a smaller format body. I recruited the help of a friend for some of the testing (thanks Jean Pierre) and  I experimented with different apertures to see how the depth of field looked, I also added in a portable LED light for some fill which worked out particularly well. The portrait in the top right hand corner is of Paul from Covered Arts, we went to school together many moons ago and it was nice to bump into him during his coffee break.

[Tech info:] Pentax 645N, 105/2.4 lens (attached with a 6×7 to 645 adapter), expired Ilford HP5 film, processed in Kodak D76 1+1 for 13mins.

 

London: from the hip

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 16th, 2014

When I went to London last month for a day of photography with my friend Benedict Campbell, one of the cameras I took with me was a Canon Sureshot Ace point and shoot compact which has a wasit level finder on the top. I had only just got it so I decided to take it with me to see how useful it might be for some candid street photography. It took a little getting used to because the finder window is so small but I began to enjoy the low viewpoint and the ability to get quite close to people. Here are some of the results during lunch time in the city.

[Tech info:] Canon Sureshot Ace, Fuji Reala 100 film (expired), processed in Rollei Digibase C41 kit, Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: finals exam celebrations, 2014 – part 2

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 12th, 2014

Now that winter is here and the weather is getting colder and wetter I think it’s the perfect time to start posting my coverage of the trashing that happened here in Oxford during the summer when it was a lot warmer and sunnier. This was such a lot of fun to photograph but also quite difficult, not only because I had to avoid getting in the firing line of the various liquids that were flying around but also because I kept getting accused of being from the Daily Mail after they published an article about binge drinking and used pictures of Oxford students getting trashed to illustrate it - the two things couldn’t be further apart. It’s hardly surprising really because if the Daily Mail are good at one thing it’s publishing lies – just ask George Clooney.

[Tech info:] Nikon F100, Agfa Vista 200 (Poundland) film, processed and scanned by ASDA Swindon.

 

Oxford: Remembrance Sunday, 2014 – part 2

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 11th, 2014

This is my second set of pictures from the Remembrance Sunday event on St Giles in Oxford. After I finished the roll of Ilford Pan F I loaded a roll of Kodak TMAX 100 film into my M2. While I had another roll of Pan F in my bag, I decided to use the TMAX because I didn’t know how the extreme contrast was going to render so I thought I’d cover all bases by using a different stock. It was also a good experiment to see how different both films might be in the same conditions. For this roll I also changed lenses for a different perspective.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Summicron 50/2 (rigid), Kodak TMAX 100, processed in Kodak HC110 1:31 for 6 mins.

 

 

Oxford: Remembrance Sunday, 2014

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 10th, 2014

Here’s a set of pictures from the Remembrance Sunday service and parade that took place on St Giles yesterday. I’ve never been before so I didn’t quite know what to expect but the scale of the event was very impressive. After a wet and miserable Saturday we were fortunate to have a dry and sunny morning but even though the contrasty light made photography difficult I did like the long shadows and rim lighting. I packed my Leica M2 because I wanted to be discreet without using a noisy camera and apart from some difficulty with the rangefinder when looking towards the sun I soon found a workaround so it wasn’t too bad.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voightlander Nokton 35/1.2 II, Ilford Pan F (expired), processed in Kodak D76 stock.

 

Oxford: Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 lens test

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 9th, 2014

These shots were made during my lunch break to test a wide-angle lens I picked up for my Leica M2, it’s a Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 II. A couple of years ago my friend Benedict Campbell bought this same lens and the first place he went to test it out was the Natural History Museum in Oxford so I thought it appropriate that I should do the same. Not only are the light levels inside perfect to test out such a fast lens but there are also lots of interesting things to photograph as well as lots of people. The film I used was an expired roll of Ilford FP4 but there was no box with it so I don’t know how old it was. The grain seems heavier than I would expect so perhaps it was quite old. On my way back to my office I stopped off at Clements & Church tailors on Little Clarendon Street to use up the last few frames with Ian who is always obliging.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voightlander Nokton 35/1.2, Ilford FP4 (expired), processed in Kodak HC110 1+31.

 

Oxford: around and about

Written by Nasir Hamid on November 2nd, 2014

At my office I keep a Zenit TTL camera, it’s my go to camera to use during my lunch hour when I haven’t taken in anything else to use. Sometimes it can be pouring with rain in the morning which is when I usually decide not to take a camera with me to work but then it might clear up and be nice at lunch time and that’s when I dust off my trusty Zenit. As a result of this inconsistent use the film in the camera can end up being in there for quite a few months so it’s always exciting when I finish the roll and process it because I never quite know what’s going to be on it. The shots here span approximately the past five months.

[Tech info:] Zenit TTL, 58/2 Helios lens, loaded with Kodak TMAX 100, processed in HC110 1+31 for 6mins.

 

Oxford: first roll through Leica M2

Written by Nasir Hamid on October 27th, 2014

Never say never! That’s probably the best way to describe this post because there was a time when I swore I would never own a Leica. That was when time and time again I would notice people carrying them around as some sort of display of wealth when clearly they had no idea about how to best use it. But not all Leica’s are the same and while the digital models can set you back more than a Rolex watch, there are plenty of old film models that are cheaper than a lot of DSLR’s and built to last much longer too. After I started to enjoy using my Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder camera more and more I began to look for something that would give me more options such as interchangeable lenses and full manual control and when it comes to rangefinders it’s hard to ignore the king of the hill. I ended up getting an M2 from 1964 which seems to have been looked after and is a pleasure to use. This is a 100% mechanical camera – no batteries required. This set of pictures are from the first roll I put through it in my lunch break last week. It started to rain on my way into town so I spent most of my time in the Ashmolean Museum.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, 50/2 Summicron rigid, Ilford FP4 (expired Dec/1999), processed in Kodak HC110 1+31.

 

Drama: backstage at The Furies – part 2

Written by Nasir Hamid on October 21st, 2014

One of the things I enjoy about photographing drama productions is being able to test out films that I wouldn’t usually be able to test out during my lunch hour because they need low light conditions. These shots are from a roll of expired Ilford Delta 400 which I rated at ISO 800 and pushed one stop in the processing. It looks a lot different to the Kodak Double-X that I shot in the same conditions but rated at half the speed. Once again my Yashica Electro 35 proved to be the right camera for the job and I’m becoming a bigger fan of it the more I use it.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35, expired Ilford Delta 400 (ISO 800), pushed one stop in Kodak D76 1+1.

 

Drama: backstage at The Furies – part 1

Written by Nasir Hamid on October 20th, 2014

This is the first set of pictures from my time backstage at The Oxford Playhouse while the cast of The Furies were getting ready. There isn’t a lot of space in the dressing rooms so I did my best to keep out of the way while still making pictures – notice my reflection in two of the shots. Before arriving I didn’t know what the light levels were going to be like inside but I wanted to test out some Eastman Kodak Double-X motion picture film (the same type that was used by Spielberg for Schindler’s List) so I took a gamble and rated this roll at ISO 400 which is a 1 stop push from box speed. Overall I’m very pleased with the results considering how much contrast there is in these shots - bright lights and black clothing is a torture test for any film. A quick shout out to Charles Graham, the director, for allowing me access and a big thank you to the cast for being so accommodating which always helps to make my job a little easier.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35, Eastman Kodak Double-X film rated at ISO 400, processed in Kodak HC110 1+31 for 6:30.

 

Oxford: Worldwide Photo Walk Day

Written by Nasir Hamid on October 15th, 2014

Last Saturday was Worldwide Photo Walk Day (in case you didn’t know) and there was a walk organised in Oxford with the theme of film. I didn’t sign up so I wasn’t officially part of the group but I decided to go along to show some love for film and to make some pictures on a Saturday afternoon. It was a good opportunity to put a second roll through the Pentax 645N that I recently got but haven’t had much time to test out. The film I used came in a batch of expired films but there was no date on it. I suspect it’s quite old because the backing paper has left a mottled texture on the film - something I don’t actually mind here.

[Tech info:] Pentax 645N, 105/2.4 lens (attached with a 6×7 to 645 adapter), expired Ilford HP5 film, processed in Kodak D76 1+1 for 13mins.