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.
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…
Last weekend I happened across the opening of the new statue just off Civic Square in Jack Ilott Green.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
Not sure what the box in front of the camera was for… Maybe some kind of pinhole effect?
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).
McDonald’s on Manners Street
Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.
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?
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
Spotted this on the bus shelter by the Northland Tunnel. It wasn’t the best time of day for taking this image but lucky I did since it had been painted out by the council the next day.
Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F
Protest about Burma’s human rights record in the background. Should have shot it a bit more wide open but you can already start to see the lens aberrations on the lower right hand side.
Ok so this isn’t a normal type of post but it was a fun experience so I thought I would share.
About a week ago Emily suggested that we make gingerbread houses (I’m pretty sure she meant real life sized ones, or at least dolls house sized ones) since every couple of weeks we make gingerbread men while Samantha has a lunch time sleep and then decorate them the next day at the same time. Sam usually wakes up once we have done most of it but there are always things left for her to do as well (usually eating the decorating things and left over dough as well as cutting the last few shapes out).
So I thought what the heck lets give it a go…
I drew out a quick sketch (thank you 5th form technical drawing) to make sure it was kind of what Em was thinking and then made up a small model to check it would work and also to be used as a cutting template.
We made the gingerbread like normal and just after we had finished making it Sam woke up so she got to help ( I secretly think that she knew we were doing something fun and woke up so she wouldn’t miss out).
We made enough parts to make 4 gingerbread houses (since this was a trial run) and the rest got turned into a conglomeration of Christmas trees, teddy bears, people etc…
Into the oven they went and 15 minutes later we had some slightly distorted but still entirely usable house pieces …
At this point the story was put on hold due to the fact that the next day when we were due to ice and decorate them Samantha had a blinding 30 minute tantrum and didn’t go to sleep and was grumpy for pretty much the whole afternoon.
Friday comes round and things go to plan, Sam goes to sleep and we mix up some icing ready to decorate (I was going to make the usual pink icing but Emily insisted that I make chocolate icing). I put together the first house but made the mistake of putting the walls on the inside of the ends which meant the roof didn’t fit so it had to be pulled apart and re-done which made it look a bit messy before we decorated them.
After they were all put together we put them in the fridge for 30 minutes so they would set and started decorating the rest of the gingerbread.
We each decorated 2 houses and I think for a first try at making them they turned out pretty well.
I realised I haven’t posted a sleeper shot in a while. To be honest they have been a bit thin on the ground with the cold winter weather. The fine spell has meant that they have started to appear again.
I think this is the biggest one that is held at the TSB Arena every year. The light wasn’t as good as the rowing club one but there were certainly more books. This was taken on the second day so it also wasn’t quite so frenzied.
These are some shot taken on the same day as the other storm shots I posted.
These one were taken on my Nikon F5 with a Tokina 19-35mm lens and some Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film which expired in 2006 and a red filter.
There was some seriously funky things happening with the film including mold on a couple of shots so most of these under went a fair bit of Photoshop retouching.
I really like how old they feel… I still have about 10 metres left on a bulk roll so might have to try this again next storm 🙂
While I was out shooting I had a woman come up to me aghast that I was taking photos in the middle of a full on storm to which I replied “but its a great day for photography” I think the images speak for themselves… I really need to look into getting a Nikonus 5 underwater camera for this sort of stuff though…
Part 2 of yesterdays post. Back of a parking building.
Canon Demi S Half Frame Camera, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.