Even Mrs Chippy was looking christmasy yesterday in the perfect 28 degree heat.
Mrs Chippy was the ships cat on the Endurance which was caught in the ice on Antarctica and later crushed. Harry McNish, whose grave the cat is on,who was the ships carpenter (or chippy) adopted the cat who became known as Mrs Chippy, a name that stuck even after it was discovered the Mrs Chippy was a boy.
Tragically when the ship was destroyed the cat was shot since only essential supplies could be taken…
Harry McNish was one of the small crew selected to go to try and find help to rescue the crew… Frank Worsley wrote a book called Shackleton Boat Journey which described the adventure.
I have a bit of family link to this as currently one of my uncles is in Antarctica restoring the historic sites used by people like Shackleton.
Took the RZ out to the cemetery in the weekend loaded with some Pan F+ 50 ISO Film to see how it would handle… I have to say I like the results 🙂
Some more shots from the Demi Half Frame.
The light at the cemetery was awesome just as the sun was going down.
After receiving my new Canon Demi S from Trademe (NZ equivalent of Ebay) on Wednesday with the shutter locked I was pretty disappointed. However a quick Google search pointed out that it was a common problem with this camera if it hadn’t been used in a while and the fix was pretty easy.
So with a bit of trepidation I started taking the front lens assembly off in order to get to the shutter…
It does have a bit of fungus in the lens and the light seals will need to be replaced but for $30NZ its a pretty sweet half frame camera with a 30mm f1.7 lens which can be used fully manually unlike the Demi or the Demi colour, the selenium meter works and seems very accurate…Sweet!
So in went the first roll of film to see if it actually worked… After dropping Emily off at school me and Samantha were planning to go for a street shoot in town but got stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway after a crash for about an hour and Sam fell asleep so that pretty much ended the plan for street shooting… I did take some in the car and the last shot of the series you can see the wreck.
So when we finally got home and Sam woke up we went to the cemetery for a walk and to take some images. Again these were snapped off pretty quickly due to the short attention span of an almost 2-year-old 🙂
All in all I have to say I’m pretty stoked with the results as everything seems to be working very well 🙂 Look out for a whole heap more from this camera
Canon Demi S, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner
I haven’t posted any images of cemeteries for a while, having been concentrating more on street photography, so here goes a couple of shots from two different walks.
I really like the Bokeh in the first image…
The second image is from a roll I took with an extension tube and a 50mm lens with the purpose of getting images of textures and things that would be good to use with blending layers etc… Since I took it I haven’t had much motivation to sit in front of my computer much so maybe I will get round to it one day…
Bottom Image: Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 and PK-12 Extension Tube, HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.
I did a lot of film processing last night but didn’t get a chance to do any scanning of my rugby sevens films so here’s another filler.
This one was taken last week at the Karori Cemetery with a ND8 filter (3 Stops) and a torch… I was playing around trying to make it look more like daylight than at night…
The ND8 filter has quite a nasty?nice? magenta cast so I had to convert it to Black and White.
A couple more Half Frame panos, this time of a couple of different cemeteries.
The top image is from the cemetery overlooking the Terrace in Wellington and the other is at Karori Cemetery also in Wellington.
Canon Demi, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, Canoscan 9000F Scanner.
Still playing around with the new scanner and finally getting to scan some stuff which I havent been able to scan properly before like these cemetery shots from a Noblex Swing Lens camera.
I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed with the scanner in the fact it’s not really resolving the grain as much as I would like… maybe it just needs some tweaking and more experimentation… other than that its a really kick ass piece of kit! Scanning black and white as 16 bit image rocks!
All these image were taken just after the sun went down using Delta 3200 ISO film which makes them look a bit ethereal with no shadows.