The lovely town of Appleby in the Lake District is a wonderful place,Â so we’ve been upset to see reports of the flooding happening there at the moment. This is a portrait from happier times in Appleby and shows one of the travellers that make a pilgrimage to the area every August for the annual horse fair. It was grabbed with a Holga that leaks like a sieve, hence the rather spectacular psychedelic fogging.
â€˘ Holga GF with Kodak Portra 400 (out of date)
Nikon is a friend of ours. Heâ€™s been a bit full of himself since he was described favourably as â€śthe very best cameras ever made by Nikon, or anyone.â€ť Itâ€™s given him a lot of confidence that â€“Â to be honest â€“Â some people find annoying.
For example, while out for a drink with a friend one evening he spied this spivy-looking chap sitting on the other side of the pub. As bold as brass he gets up and marches over to the poor guy, whoâ€™s enjoying a drink with his girlfriend. He buts into the conversation and says â€śAlright!? Can I take yer picture, mate?â€ť
â€śUm, yeahâ€ť the guy says. â€śIf you like.â€ť
â€śClick, whir. Click, whir. Click, whir,â€ť says Nikon. â€śCan you just look over here for a minute?â€ť
â€śErr, actually no. I think thatâ€™s enough now.â€ť
â€śOh. Right. Fair enough.â€ť
Everyone likes to see a smart arse put back in their box, donâ€™t they.
â€˘Â Nikon FM3a with 35mm f/1.4 lens. Kodak Tri-XÂ developed in D76
These days, every good film camera needs a good scanner. But not every good scanner comes with good filmÂ carriers. Take for example the marvellous Epson Perfection 750 Pro â€“ it’s brilliant! Which makes it even more surprising that it comes with film holders that look like they’ve been made by Fisher Price.
So we were very pleased recently (during a late-night eBay session) to find a replacement 120-sizeÂ negative carrier from Doug Fisher at BetterScanning.com. Doug’s carriers feel like they’re made by Rolls Royce, and this one came with a sheet of anti-Newton ring glass that holds our negs and trannies as flat as a pancake for extra image-quality goodness.
Let the re-scanning of old photos begin! Here’s one from a l-o-n-g time ago taken at High Rocks in Kent. I think it was on a Bronica SQAi that stayed for a while – nice, but not as nice as the ‘blad.
â€˘ Bronica SQAi with 80mm lens. Kodak Portra 160 developed at Multiprint.