Ladybower reservoir with a holga

I have made additions to my peak district / holga toy camera project. You can view the complete project here.

FMP on display

My documentary project, using the iconic holga, came to a close with 10 digital hahnemuhle prints. They were on display at Lincoln college final show.


I am now actively posting on for short photo essays, adventures, and sometimes ramblings on cameras and photography. 

The link is now added to the main navigation links.

Thank you all.

Polaroid 320 + FP-100C

Since starting home developing, which has so far been traditional black and white, I have had an interest in instant film; the appeal being instant colour analogue shots to space out the monochrome work. After debating impossible project and instax, I went for FP-100c peel apart film. I found a Polaroid automatic 320 land camera, bellows and all on ebay for £10.

This camera takes an obsolete 3v battery that are expensive and hard to come by so I had to modify the battery compartment by wiring a 2xAAA holder, making it fit inside by snapping a few plastic bits off. The compartment just closes.

I also had to modify the back of the door, taking the metal pins out that were once needed to tension the old polaroid metal film cartridges. Fuji FP-100C has plastic cartridges and even with the pins bent back I jammed the film, taking them out with pillars fixed the issue.

The lens seems to be plastic with a swirly bokeh like that of the lubitel. Not the sharpest in the world, but that’s just character.

paddy and his nose stained window

FP-100C doesn’t just produce a contrasty full colour photo, it also leaves behind a negative that once bleached of the black coating can be scanned like a large format negative. Sloppy bleaching also gives colour shifts and bleeding edges that I really like.


Colour film developed in B&W chemicals

Experimented this week in developing pound shop C41 colour film in B&W chemicals for an upcoming pinhole camera project for my scout group. The film is Agfa vista 200, and is close to, if not re-branded, fujicolor C200. There's no official word on this, but it's made by Fuji that's for sure.

Developing C41 film in traditional B&W developer is referred to as cross processing. Like the popular form of cross processing that is E6 slide film developed in ordinary colour film developer, colour film can also be developed in B&W developer. The only problem is the orange mask that is on most colour films.

Before I started, a number of sites were useful such as I found a recipe there for C200 with the developer I had, ilfosol 3. Also this Flickr group 'COLOR Films developed in B/W chemicals' is full of useful information

I followed the recipe, which is nothing out of the ordinary for black white film, only the C41 colour film needs a long time in a fixing agent. 7 Minutes of fixing was required at the end. I scanned the negatives as colour negatives, this lets the scanner software deal with the orange mask and gives a usable sepia image. Then I used my favourite opensource workflow Darktable to convert them to mono.


The images don't look like real black & white shots that films like Kodak Tri-X can produce, but they have a look to them. One or two actually remind me of old black white photography. The process isn't strictly 'traditional' or ideal for prints, but it will allow me to introduction kids to pinhole cameras and traditional photography on a low budget. 

 All the shots were taken on a Olympus xa2.

A visit to shed brewery

Shed Brewery is a non-commercial nano brewery run by Colin Tweed, a qualified beer and wine judge. The Shed is a fully-functioning brewery producing beer that has clinched Colin the national master brewer award twice in succession.

Colin walked me through the brewing process while brewing a brown ale from a recipe he developed himself. He goes the extra mile, and buys fresh whole grains and processes them right before brewing, emphasising freshness. Several varieties of hops grow over and around the shed giving the place an apt theme as well as fresh hop cones in late summer.

I sampled several enjoyable beers including an amazing coffee vanilla stout prototype developed and brewed to be sold for charity at a local beer festival.

As a passionate national beer and wine judge, Colin is not permitted to sell his produce, something he is not upset about, preferring to enter competitions, raise money for charity, and give talks.