Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Ramblings with my Reflex Brownie camera

It's been quite some time since I last wrote about the reflex brownie camera.  
You may well remember from a previous blog that I wrote about taking photos with the box brownie 1 alongside the reflex I'm glad to say that I now have the negatives back.

When I sent the films off to be developed I also ordered more black and white films for the reflex camera sad to say I am still waiting on those films arriving and am so frustrated with this as it's almost three weeks.  One just wants to get out and go places with my favourite camera and shoot film with it.

The company I use for the film I highly recommend them but one has to wait as the film is in short supply hence the reason why I want to cut 120mm down to fit the 127 spool, so I don't have to wait.

The last films I traveled about quite a bit but I now have to begin to focus on what I really want to do as a project with the camera and then begin to work on that I did find an artist that I was deeply interested in so sent off a email making enquiries to the national trust as to going over to Liverpool to investigate more but so far I've heard nothing back.  The artist I'm looking at is Edward Chambre Hardman who was a well known photographer in the 1950's era.  He photographed extensively all over Liverpool in that decade.  The national trust have preserved his home and studio as it was in those days and I've heard it's very fascinating so one has to see before beginning this step of maybe re-tracing his very steps but from today's perspective.  If it's not to be then I have to do more research to other artists.

I'm only exploring my options as to who and where I would like to undertake my next photograph project but with a difference as the camera I will be using gives a distinctive feel to the finished prints.

Here are more recent photos from my travels with the reflex brownie camera.

    Keswick castlerigg stone circle.

    Keswick castlerigg stone circle 

    Countryside cumbria 

    Liverpool docks

    Abandoned hut, cumbria 

    Liverpool side street

    Liverpool Albert docks


    Morecambe bay.

I have more but feel the need to not post all the images.

I hope you enjoy my blog and feedback is welcome anytime.


Saturday, 7 February 2015

120 Film & Cigar Cutter

For quite some time now I have been aware that it's easy to make a120 film smaller to 127.

All you need is a 120 film and a cigar cutter.  So today I attempted to cut one of my 120 films down to size.  I want this to work as it would mean I can do them myself and for cheaper too. 
As I attached the cutter to the film I began to turn the spool as it was cutting slowly through the layers I realised that I need to be very firm with both to get a smooth cut all around.

When finished cutting I took the cutter off and unraveled the part of the film that I didn't need, I realised that the cut wasn't as smooth and clean as I had wished.

As they say practice makes perfect so I will press on and practice once more but maybe with paper instead of film then I will get it right next time.

As you view the photos below you will see it's not a clean cut but it's my first try....
The whole process will save me time and money as I have to wait on film being dispatched and sometimes it can take up to two weeks because it's in short supply so I feel this might be the way forward as I can then get out and take more photos on a regular basis with no need to wait on film arriving.

I did note that one needs to store the films in a black container to protect the film so that's my next step getting little containers to keep the films fresh and secure after cutting them and re-spooling. 

Below was the process I took to cut the film down...

    From 120 to 127 

    Inside the cutter

    Cut and taking off the film not needed

   Done and re-spooled 

   As you look closely you can see I need to be firmer next time to get a clean cut. 
   But I did it didn't I... 

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

620 colour film

On the run up to the end of 2014 I put a 620 colour film into the Brownie 1 camera with the hope that I would  finish the film before the end of the year.  However that didn't happen due to many different reasons.

I was out and about on my travels whenever I got the chance basically it took me from Lancaster to the Lake District and onto Liverpool.  It ended up I was shooting with the Brownie 1 and the Reflex Brownie at the same time but covering different areas from landscape to portraits.  

As for the moment I have only received the colour film back from being developed am still awaiting on the B&W films coming back.  

I wanted to share the images from the 620 film.


More to follow soon. 

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