November, 2015

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Oxford: Remembrance Day, 2015

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Last year I photographed the Remembrance Day ceremony is Oxford with only 35mm film so this year I decided to change things up and only use large format. There’s no sense in repeating things, right? After much deliberation I opted to use my Speed Graphic 5×4 and 7 inch Aero Ektar lens (aka The Burnett combo). Using a lens from WWII seemed somewhat appropriate and I need all of the speed I could get because the sky was very overcast and the light level very low. Once I had packed my camera bag I only had space for 6 film holders (12 sheets of 5×4 inch film) so that’s all I took. Some of my shots ended up with very strange looking focus shift so I think in my rush to set up I must have moved the lens from being parallel with the film plane.¬†Overall I think this camera and lens combo is well suited to this subject and hopefully I’ll get a chance to photograph some more military parades when I’m not rushing so much.

[Tech info]: Graflex Speed Graphic 5×4, Kodak Aero Ektar lens, Ilford HP5 developed in HC110 1+31 for 5 mins.

Oxford: Skateboarding tour

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Back in the summer some professional skateboarders from North America visited the OWP skatepark on meadow lane for a skate around as part of a European tour. I must confess I’m not a skateboarder so I didn’t know anything about the guys that were coming but a lot of people did and I’ve never seen the skatepark so busy. Here are some frames from the roll of film I had in my M2. The beginning of the roll had Lewis shots on it (see previous post). I think I have some other shots from a different camera which I’ll post at a later date.

[Tech info]: Leica M2, Voigtlander Nokton 50/1.5, Fuji Reala 100 (expired), developed in a Rollei Digibase C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Lewis IX, episode 2 filming

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Some of my behind the scenes photography during filming of Lewis season 9, episode 2 in Oxford back in the summer. The was some very clever set dressing on this one when they converted the front of the Oxfam bookshop on Turl Street into a tattoo parlour. I came across it when the conversion was almost complete and it looked so authentic I was struggling to remember which shop used to be there. The university offices building was once again made to look like oxford police station and the crew spent the best part of a day filming different coming and going shots.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton, Fuji Reala 100 (expired), developed in a Rollei digibase C41 kit. Pakon scans.