Archive for August, 2011

Nearly Done

Book is nearly done ( I am aiming to get it in by the 31st) so hopefully things should be back to normal after that…

Spotted this guy at the opening ceremony for the rugby statue just off Civic Square… Lets just say that I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t orange fizzy drink in the bottle.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Blog Neglect And Book Project

OK I don’t know about neglect but I don’t seem to be quite as regular as the last year and a half or so…

I have, however, been concentrating on producing a small self published book using Blurb Books… With the American dollar being so low against the New Zealand dollar (something like $1 NZ equals 87c US) it means that a & inch x 7 inch softcover book with up to 40 pages is only something like $20 NZ and that’s with a paper upgrade.

This is going to be a bit of a test to see how it looks and I will probably get a softcover and a hardcover to see what they are like…

The images below are a couple of pages… They are all double page spreads and the red dotted lines are where they will be cut so that there will be no grey border and the right hand image will bleed right to the edge…

I still don’t have a title… I kind of wanted something that incorporated the word “Halide” (not necessarily Dark Halide) but could also mention  all the image being taken in Wellington and on a Rolleiflex  and should also contain something about Street Photography… Arrrrrrrggggg….. That makes my head hurt just thinking about it…

Any Suggestions?

Rugby World Cup Statue Opening

Last weekend I happened across the opening of the new statue just off Civic Square in Jack Ilott Green.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Fatherhood Friday 33: Testing Olympus XA3

So I bought a new camera off TradeMe (NZ’s equivalent of Ebay) last week and it turned up on Monday. It is an Olympus XA3, which is a 35mm fixed 30mm lens and fully automatic but really small and super sharp, that was bought out around 1985.  It was described as non-working so it only cost $30NZ and the research  did before I bought it seemed to suggest that it was probably a contact problem which would be easy to fix.

It arrived in the middle of the Snow storm on Monday and I was surprised when I put new batteries in it worked fine 🙂

This is the kind of small camera that means you can really always have a camera on you and still shoot film… Sometimes the Rollei is just a bit big to always carry around when you also have a 2-year-old with you.

These are some shots, mostly of kids due to the fact we were pretty much housebound due to the Snow and copious amounts of rain we have had all week, from the first roll I put through it.

They are quite contrasty mostly since I was using 400 ISO Film pushed to 1600 and then developed at 1/9 dilution rather than the 1/19 dilution I would usually use (I was in a bit of a rush to Develop).

All in all I quite like them. I currently have a roll of 800 ISO colour negative film loaded but unless it is really cool I think I will go back to 400 pushed to 1600.


Olympus XA3 Camera, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film pushed to 1600 and developed with Ilford LC29 at 1/9 Dilution, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Sleeper Circa Theatre

Sleeper outside the Circa Theatre in a warm spell before all the current snow.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Snow Flurries


It’s unusual for it to snow enough for it to settle in Wellington but we had a couple of storms pass through and there is still snow on the ground this morning.

Yes I took some on the Rollei and Half Frame but you have to wait for them 🙂

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, Sb80DX Speedlite.


Crash on the corner of Victoria Street and Ghuznee Street from a couple of weeks back. This is a good example why a MG and an SUV shouldn’t play together.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Shooting The Shooters: Video

Not sure what the box in front of the camera was for… Maybe some kind of pinhole effect?

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

False Alarm

This has been a strange week for being in the vicinity of fire alarms going off. I think Sam and I have seen three in the last three days.

This was the first one when we were at Photo Warehouse getting more film. Since it is at the bottom of an apartment block something like five fire engines turned up and there were quite a few people who looked like they had been woken up by the alarm and weren’t too happy that it was a false alarm (I am not too sure they would have been happier if it was a real fire).

Alex aka Marms and Fergus aka Cunningvision who both work at Photo Warehouse

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


McDonald’s on Manners Street

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Homeless In Wellington

Seen on Manners Street… I can’t remember when I took this but it was in the last week or so. The warmer weather seems to be bringing them out of the woodwork.

I find it hard to believe that there is talk of moving them along for the rugby world cup to make the city look nice… Where are they going to move them along to?

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

One Of “Those” Days And A Protest

It turned out to be one of “Those” days.

As I was wandering to Photo Warehouse to get some more film I came across this protest against Burma’s treatment of the Kachin and other minorities, not in itself a bad thing, however I only had 3 shots left.

After finishing these 3 shots I continued on, missing at least 1 more shot since I didn’t have any film, and bought another couple of rolls.

While loading the first roll I managed to reload the roll which I had just taken out, which jammed in the camera and had to be taken out in a dark-box.

Later in the day while I was developing that roll I noticed that it had suffered a couple of creases from being reloaded which I have very badly burned in using Photoshop.

And then to top it all off the image that I was really looking forward to of the little girl sitting on the steps… Yup she blinked 🙂

Sometime shit happens

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.