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Oxford: Night photography

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

For quite a while I have wanted to use some Fuji Acros 100 film for night photography because it supposedly does not suffer from reciprocity failure for exposure times up to 1 minute and now that it has started to get darker earlier I decided it was finally time to give it a go. On this occasion I was joined by Graeme – one of the presenter’s of the Sunny 16 podcast – which made for a fun evening of photography and chat. We got lucky with the weather and the temperature was unusually mild for the end of September which made standing around for long exposures no problem at all. The last shot below of the Radcliffe Camera was exposed for just over 1 minute and I added in a little light painting on the roof for good measure. This film certainly didn’t lose sensitivity for such a long exposure time and I will be using it again for more night photography soon.

[Tech info:] Fuji GW690, Fuji Acros 100 film, developed in Rodinal 1+25.

Endeavour 5, episode 4 – group shots

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Here are two group shots I made on the last day of filming of Endeavour 5, episode 4 at the HQ. I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with them all and I’m glad we managed to find the time to fit this in.

[Tech info:] Fuji 6×9, Ilford HP5 film developed in Kodak HC110 1+31, 5 mins.

Checked shirt Friday crew.

Oxford: Endeavour 5, episode 3 – part 1

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during filming of Endeavour series 5 episode 3 in Oxford. It was a very hot day in July and the crew had a very busy schedule as I recall because they were only in Oxford for one day on this occasion. I decided to use colour film for a change to capture the summery feel. It’s not often you see the lighting crew setting up lights outside in bright sun but I must say it did make the front of the Jaguar look nice.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, 40/1.4 and 75/1.8 Voigtlander lenses, Fuji Superia 200 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit. Pakon scans.

Oxford: Giffords Circus, 2017 – part 2

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

When Giffords Circus were here in Oxford last month I tried to do as much backstage photography as I could manage in my limited spare time. Here are some backstage portraits during a performance when we had scorching hot weather. These were difficult to do because obviously I didn’t want to delay anyone so I had to be quick, one shot each, no bracketing exposure, no second chances, one and done. Many thanks to the Giffords performers for being so generous with their time.

[Tech info:] Pentax 67, 105/2.5 lens, Fuji 400H (expired), developed in a Fuji Xpress C41 kit.

Oxford: Endeavour 5, episode 2 – part 2

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour series 5, episode 2. There are other shots on this roll that I can’t post yet because of spoilers but I’ll post them after broadcast next year. On this roll there are some shots from Oxford and others from the amazing day I spent at the Endeavour HQ. I’ve been using quite a lot of Fuji Superia 200 film recently and I’m impressed with the results so far. At nearly half the price of Kodak Portra 400 you can’t go wrong.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar, Fuji Superia 200 developed in a Fuji Xpress C42 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 3 – part 5

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

This set of pictures is from August 2016 when Endeavour series 4 was being filmed in Oxford. This set is a bit of a mixed bag. The shots below that I made outside the Examinations School were intended for a different episode but I don’t think they got used. The two signs on the front of the building were there to make it look like the front of the Cowley Swimming Baths.  The shot of two people in the shadow of the big tree wasn’t used in the final edit. Lastly there are shots from Headington cemetery which I didn’t even know existed. The film I used is one of my favourites (Reala 100) but it’s sadly been discontinued by Fuji.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton Classic, Fuji Reala 100, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 3 – part 3

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during the filming of series 4 episode 3 in Oxford back in August 2016. Most of this episode takes place in a hospital so I was fortunate to come across this sequence being filmed on Queen’s Lane. Now that I’ve seen the finished episode I know that the screen time for this sequence is not very long but it took a lot of careful planning to work out the shots and camera angles – I can also tell you that the car boot was a very tight squeeze for both supporting actors. I really like how these shots turned out – all from the same roll of Fuji Reala 100 which sadly Fuji have stopped making. It renders colours in open shade very nicely with plenty of shadow detail. It’s one of my favourite films to use but I only bring it out on special occasions because it’s hard to find now.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Reala 100 film (expired), developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 3

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during filming of Endeavour series 4 episode: Canticle in New College, Oxford on a blazing hot day last July. Fortunately I was in the shade most of the time but I really felt for the dancers in their rain mac’s and welly boots. I’ve tried to show some different angles of the set that weren’t seen in the final edit because a huge amount of work had gone into it. The colours in these pictures are very different to the previous post because I used a different film, in this case Fuji Reala 100 which is one of my favourites for sunny weather photography but sadly it’s not made any more.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35, Fuji Reala 100 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 1 – part 6

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during the filming of the first episode of Endeavour series 4 which is titled ‘GAME’. This was the morning of the very first day of filming in Oxford for this episode. The episode was broadcast last night (8th January 2017) on ITV and as I write this blog post I realise that I made these pictures 7 months ago. It’s nice to look back through them and remember how the 8am start meant that the streets were quiet to begin with but within a couple of hours it was mayhem as fans and onlookers crowded the pavements. I remember being impressed at how the fairly small film crew managed to clear Turl Street for a long lens shot from the Trinity College gates on Broad Street. Unfortunately I had a mishap in the darkroom while I was rushing to develop my films and two rolls got ruined so I’m unable to share those shots.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Reala (expired) film, developed by ASDA, Swindon, Pakon scans.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2016 – part 3

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Here are some more pictures from the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2016, this time from my little point and shoot camera that I took with me. The sky was overcast at this point but bright enough that it wasn’t too dull for photography. The colours have come out quite nicely on Fuji Reala 100 film – which sadly isn’t made any more.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Reala 100 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2016 – part 2

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

If you ever visit the Great Dorset Steam Fair be sure to stay until after dark because the display of steam engines all lit up is a real highlight of the day. These images are from my first ever roll of Fuji Natura 1600 film which a generous friend brought over from Japan for me. To my knowledge Fuji only make it for the domestic Japanese market.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton Classic, Fuji Natura 1600 film developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit. Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 3, episode 4 – the lost roll

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

These pictures have been sitting on a roll of film in my fridge for the past year. I remember making these pictures but I couldn’t remember exactly which roll they were on and because the last shots on the roll ended up being made at the 2015 Cowley Classics car show I labelled the roll ‘car show’ when I removed it from my camera. Recently I have been working my way through a backlog of colour films and that’s when I came across these shots.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Press 400 (expired), developed in a Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.