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Oxford: Endeavour 6, FILM 2 – part 3

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour 6, FILM 2 on New College Lane in Oxford. This was an extremely hot day and the tourists were out in force but you can’t really tell that from these pictures. I’ve picked out a selection of spoiler-free images, more will follow after broadcast.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, Zeiss 35/2.8 Biogon-C (shots 1-3), Konica Hexar AF (all others), Fuji Superia 200, Fuji Frontier scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 6, FILM 2 – part 2

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour 6, FILM 2 in North Oxford. No spoilers here. If you’d like to see the difference between Kodak Gold 200 film and Fuji Superia 200 film compare these shots with the previous blog post which was shot on Gold 200. Same lens used for both films.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, 50/2.0 Summicron lens, Fuji Superia 200, Fuji Frontier scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 6, FILM 2 – part 1

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Behind the scenes during filming of FILM 2 of Endeavour series 6 in North Oxford. Mainly crew pictures from this roll, no spoilers! Other pictures will follow after broadcast some time in 2019. For a change I have been using colour film instead of b&w but I may change things up a bit – I’m still undecided about that. On this occasion I dusted off one of my least used lenses – a 50/2.0 Summicron lens which originally came with my M2 but when I tested it with b&w film I found the contrast to be lacking for my taste. It does however produce very nice results on colour film so I decided to use it on this occasion.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, 50/2.0 Summicron lens, Kodak Gold 200, Fuji Frontier scans.

Oxford: recent filming

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

There has been quite a flurry of filming activity on the streets of Oxford recently and I’ve photographed some of it. The scorching temperatures have slowed down the amount of photography I’ve been doing lately but I braved the heat when a certain crew rolled into town to film the next instalments of Oxford’s best loved detective. No spoilers.

[Tech info]: Rolleiflex 2.8F, Fuji 400H (expired), Fuji Frontier scans.

Mapledurham at War 2018 – part 1

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Here are some portraits I made at a WWII re-enactment event at Mapledurham recently. The weather was overcast which was perfect for the colour palette and colour negative film I was using. After much deliberation on which gear to take I settled on two 6×6 medium format cameras – Rolleiflex 2.8F and Pentacon Six TL – because I mostly wanted to concentrate on portraits and I like the balance of the 6×6 format. Shots from the Pentacon will follow.

[Tech info:] Rolleiflex 2.8F, Fuji Pro 400H film (expired).

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Oxford: Endeavour 4, episode 3 – part 6

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour 4 FILM 3 from August 2016. I thought it might be interesting to dig out some pictures from my archive that I haven’t posted yet – there are a lot of them! The first two shots are from Christchurch meadow from a shot that didn’t make the final edit where the First AD was standing in as a groundsman for an over the shoulder POV shot. Next it was a location move to Headington cemetery and was a race against the setting sun and the fading light level. Looking at these pictures almost two years later is interesting for me as some of the crew came back to work on Endeavour series 5 and others didn’t. Two years on the pictures still hold up for me. Photographic memories. More to come.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Reala 100 (expired), Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: Endeavour 5, FILM 4 – part 15

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour series 5, episode 4 in Oxford, August 2017. This set of pictures shows a scene outside the Free School on Holywell Street (which is actually the Holywell Music Room) where Endeavour and Joan Thursday have a conversation in the Black Jag but this scene didn’t make the final edit. After that there was a location move to the Botanic Gardens for a picnic scene which was meant to take place on a sunny summers day but it was now approaching the evening and the sky clouded over -this is where a huge light was brought in to act as the sun.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, 40/1.4 Voigtlander Nokton, Eastman Double X motion picture film developed in Kodak HC110. Pakon scans.

Oxford: Summer Eights 2018 – panoramic

Friday, June 1st, 2018

The final day of Summer Eights is always a favourite event of mine to photograph during the summer. Here are some shots I made with a Russian panoramic camera. Each frame is approximately 1.5 times the width of a regular 35mm frame and the camera has a built in spirit level that you can see through the viewfinder to help you keep the camera level when required. It’s fun to use and I like the results especially at an event where there is so much going on around you.

[Tech info:] Zenit Horizon S3 Sport, Fuji Superia 200 film, dev and scan by fimdev.co.uk

 

Oxford: Endeavour 5, FILM 2 – part 11

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Behind the scenes photography from filming of Endeavour series FILM 2 in Oxford. This scene involved a house that had been cleverly dressed by the Art department to look like it had been burnt out by a fire bomb. The scene involving the arsonists was filmed at night on this same day. No actual damage was done to the house, it’s all smoke and mirrors. Afterwards there was a location move to Fred Thursday’s house where a scene took place in the front garden. This was June and with longer days it didn’t dark until quite late which made for a long and busy day.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Fuji Reala 100 film, Pakon scans.

 

Oxford: Around and about, lunch break photo walk

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

This set of pictures are from a recent lunch break photo walk where I managed to finish a whole roll during the hour. I’ve been using quite a bit of Eastman Double X motion picture film recently because I bought a bottle of D96 developer and I didn’t want it to go off without much use. So far I have been very pleased with the results especially in controlling contrast.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35, Eastman Double X film, developed in D96, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 5, FILM 4 – part 13

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

The Endeavour crew came to the Oxford Union to film some scenes from FILM 4 of the fifth series and these behind the scenes pictures are from a scene that involved a flour bomb being thrown. The pictures pick up from after the first take where the flour bomb missed the intended target so quite a bit of clean up was required before the second take – this is where the props guys sprung into action. The last handful of shots are from a different day when I visited the Cowley CID interior set and finished off the same roll of film. I really like the use of daylight balanced HMI lighting because it enabled me to use daylight film without any filters.

[Tech info:] Konica Hexar AF, Kodak Portra 400, Pakon scans.

Oxford: Endeavour 5, FILM 4 – part 12

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Behind the scenes photography during filming of Endeavour series 5 FILM 4 on Holywell Street in Oxford. The scenes filmed here were cut short in the final edit which was a bit of a shame but it’s often the way when you’re working to a set running time. Back when Inspector Morse was being filmed it was here outside the Holywell Music Room that I first encountered the crew, they were setting up a dolly track for an establishing shot as I recall. I’ve got the pictures in my archive somewhere, on slide film as that’s what I was mostly using back then.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, Voigtlander 40/1.4 Nokton, Agfa APX 100 (expired) developed in Tetenal Ultrafin developer. Pakon scans.