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Oxford Union: John Cleese – part 1

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

John Cleese came to the Oxford Union to give a talk and I went along to do some photography. I found the talk very interesting with plenty of humour thrown in for good measure. The Union was absolutely packed to the rafters which is something I haven’t seen since Stephen Hawking visited. This event was the first time I got to use my Voigtlander 75/1.8 Heliar lens in low light, I bought it mainly to photograph the Oxford Union events with because I wanted more reach than the 50mm I was using and I have to say I am very pleased with how it performed.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, Voigtlander 75/1.8 Heliar, Kodak TMAX 400 @ ISO 3200, developed in Kodak HC110 1+31 for 10mins, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 9

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Behind the scenes  during filming of Endeavour series 4 episode 2 ‘Canticle’ in New College, Oxford back in July 2016. I shot more film on this episode than any previous ones and some of my favourite shots have come from this episode too. A lot of hard work went into making the dance sequence and the hot weather and sizzling temperatures made it all the more harder. I found the song to be very catchy and couldn’t stop humming it the following day.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton, Agfa Vista 200 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 8

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during filming of Endeavour episode ‘Canticle’, series 4 episode 2, in Oxford. These shots are from the morning when the temperature was a lot cooler and more comfortable than the afternoon would prove to be.  I like how these have turned out and I’m glad we had a morning of softer light compared to the contrasty light we had in the afternoon. All from the same roll of film.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Ilford HP5 film, developed in Kodak HC110 1+31, Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 7

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour episode ‘Canticle’, series 4 episode 2 in Oxford, July 2016. The film I used to make these pictures was left over from the filming of Star Wars: Episode VII. The film stock is Kodak Vision 3 250D and is designed to be developed in ECN-2 chemistry but as I don’t have any I cross-processed this roll in C41 chemistry which is why the colours are not completely accurate.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander Nokton 50/1.5, Kodak Vision 3 250D, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 6

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during the filming of Endeavour 4 episode 2 ‘Canticle’ in Oxford, August 2016. These shots are from the very end of the day as the sun was going down and shadows began to get longer. I wasn’t sure how the film would handle the extremely contrasty light and half expected the shadows to fill in to jet black but I’m very pleased with these results. Not bad for film I bought at Poundland.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Kodak Colourplus 200 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 3 – part 4

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Behind the scenes photography during filming of Endeavour series 4 episode 3 in Oxford, August 2016. All of these shots are from the same roll of film and I really like how they turned out. The scene that was filmed in St Helens Passage next to the Bridge of Sighs isn’t very long in the final edit but it took a lot of planning with a student co-ordinator and multiple takes to cover all of the camera angles which wasn’t easy in such a narrow space. On a side note, the helium filled balloons that can be seen in the background were never used and I sometimes wonder what the original plan was for them.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Ilford HP5 film, developed in Kodak HC110 1+31 for 5mins. 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: Morning fog

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Here are some pictures I made on my cycle ride into work on a foggy morning in early November, 2016. The film I used expired in 2012 and was from the first batch of film I bought from Poundland when it opened in the Westgate Centre. I had never seen film at £1/roll so I cleared the shelf and when I got to the checkout they all had to be scanned individually, all 43 of them!

[Tech info:] Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 50/2, Kodak Colorplus 200 film developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit. Pakon scans.

Large format film test

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

I recently bought a batch of expired large format 5×4 sheet film that I’m unfamiliar with so I made some test shots during my lunch break to see what they would look like. The film expired in 2005 and as I have no idea of how it’s been stored since then I decided to rate the film at ISO64 instead of 100. The camera I used is my smallest and most portable 5×4 camera which is a Polaroid 110B that I had converted by Randy at holgamods.com. It’s a thing of beauty and a joy to use.

[Tech info:] Polaroid 110B, Mac 100 UP b&w film (expired 2005), rated at ISO64 and developed in Rodinal 1+25 for 8mins in a Jobo.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 5

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Behind the scenes during filming in Radcliffe Square, Oxford of Endeavour series 4 episode 2. This was the first day of filming in Oxford for this episode on what started out as an overcast morning but turned out to be a very hot and sunny day. The tourists were out in force and the crew did an amazing job of crowd control with minimal staff. I must give a shout out to the props and art departments for the attention to detail that went into the table that was laid out with the petition (most of which was never seen on screen). It was so convincing that I saw some tourists trying to sign up! While all of this was going on the set at New College was being prepared for the dance routine that was due to be filmed the following day (last shot). More to come.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Agfa Vista 200 film developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit. Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: Town v Gown Boxing, 2017 – part 1

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Lots of images to share in this post. All from the same roll of film shot at the Town v Gown 2017 boxing event which was held in the debating chamber at the Oxford Union Society. As in previous years I tried to document both the behind-the-scenes goings on as well as some of the actual boxing in the ring which wasn’t easy because of the distance between the two buildings where both of these things were happening. I wanted to travel light so I only took two lenses with me for my Leica M2 – a 40/1.4 and a 50/1.5 but I ended up using the 40/1.4 for the whole evening.

[Tech info:] Leica M2, Voigtlander 40/1.4, Ilford HP5 @ ISO 3200, developed in HC110 1+31. Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 2 – part 4

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Behind the scenes photography from Endeavour – Series 4 Episode 2 at New College, Oxford. This was at the end of the day which you can tell by the long shadows and harsh sunlight in some of the shots. At the time I had no idea that the main storyline revolved around the band Wildwood so after watching the episode I’m glad I managed to get the group shot with the band’s manager and some of the crew. For most of my Endeavour behind the scenes photography I tend to use b&w film the most overall but on this day I only took colour film because although I had no idea how colourful the song and dance routine was going to be, I did get a little peek at part of the set the day before when a couple of scenes were being filmed in New College so I got to see the final touches of glitter being added to the rainbow and a few of the props such as the coloured watering cans and the step ladders. That was when I felt I had to use colour film.

Funnily enough, the spot where the scene with the screaming Wildwood fans was filmed in New College Lane is the same place where Tom Cruise was filming scenes from The Mummy reboot a few months earlier. You can see some of my pictures of that here.

[Tech info]: Leica M2, Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton, Kodak Colorplus 200 film, developed in Fuji Xpress C41 kit, Pakon scans.