Hello again.

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I’ve been away from my blog for a long time. Time,work and other interests have eaten into the time I had.  I have however posted once a week to the wonderful Monchromia blog. If you haven’t found it yet follow the link. There are many talented photographers there. It’s all run by the nicest man I’ve never met Joe.

My interests lie mostly in film photography but digital has its place. I shot mostly to convert to black and white as that is what I understand best. you’ll find splashes of colour here but not many.

My aim is at least to post once a week or more. so see out there…

Emily (Neiss II)

Emily (Neizz) by Davidap2009
Emily (Neizz), a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

Just to break up my Go Rhinos set I thought I’d share this shot I have of my daughter taken with my D800 with a Carl Zeiss 110mm f2.0 FE which I usually use on my Hasselblad.

Here’s a link to the last one I did.

https://davidapw.com/2013/08/20/emily-niess-portrait/

Emily (Niess Portrait)

No, the title isn’t a mistake. Let me explain. I have some under used Hasselblad lenses. I know it’s a shame. They just don’t get used and have been idle for a while. My all time favorite lens, the one I’d like if I only could have one lens is the Carl Zeiss 110mm f2.0 FE. I want to use it a lot more than I do of late. This leads me to the heart f the matter.

While on holiday I purchased a Hasselblad to Nikon adapter (Fotodiox) through Amazon UK so I could get more use from the glass I have. This wonderful piece of engineering (Comes complete in a faux velvet bag.) turns my Nikon D800 into a digital Frankenstein of a camera. Big and, rather odd-looking. I was worried about the strain on the lens mount but the combo doesn’t weigh a lot more compared with the 24-70 I have on the body usually. I haven’t seen or felt any problems as yet. The adapter comes with a tripod mount I however have only used the combination handheld.

The Carl Zeiss 110 f2.0 mounted on my D800 via the Fotodiox adapter.
The Carl Zeiss 110 f2.0 mounted on my D800 via the Fotodiox adapter.

I set up the lens in the onboard database for non-CPU lenses the nearest focal length was 135mm. This helps the camera with light measurement and aperture value. Well it would if there was a mechanical aperture connection between adapter, and body, which there isn’t so I’m not sure if there is a point.

Stop down the lens to meter you have focus confirmation if needed in the viewfinder. And take your shot.

But that’s enough talk. Here is what you get.

Niess Portrait

This is a quick shot I took of my daughter before she went skateboarding.

This has just been converted to black and white with just a little vignette  added. Remember this was handheld.

Helping Hand (Colour)

Helping Hand (Colour) by Davidap2009
Helping Hand (Colour), a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

I like the colour version just as much as the black and white. Although I mostly am a black and white kinda guy I thought I’d share this shop scan with you. I’ve just added the frame.

Emily 16.2

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Emily 16.2, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

Here’s another shot from the same roll. This time a little more high key. I used the same method with Adox adonal as my last shot.

I developed my film as follows at 20°C:-
Adox Adonol 1:100 (That’s 495mls water to 5 ml Adonal)
Inversions for the first minute. Then left to stand 29 mins then 3 more inversions and left to stand for a further 30mins. Stopped with water for one minute inversions constantly and then Fixed 5mins (T-Max fixer)and washed for 10mins.

If anyone is reading this and wondering about using 120 film, let me just say that 120 roll film is a joy to work with. 12 shots on a roll suits me in addition to my mind it’s a lot less of a fiddle to load a tank with.I have never had any trouble with jamming a reel, then having to start again in the dark. So go and try some :0)

Emily 16.

Emily 16. by Davidap2009
Emily 16., a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

Emily had her 16th Birthday yesterday. :0) Don’t they grow up fast.
I used Rollei 80s 120 film in my Hasselblad. I developed my film as follows at 20°C:-
Adox Adonol 1:100 (That’s 495mls water to 5 ml Adonal)
Inversions for the first minute. Then left to stand 29 mins then 3 more inversions and left to stand for a further 30mins. Stopped with water for one minute inversions constantly and then Fixed 5mins (T-Max fixer)and washed for 10mins.

Adox Adonal Result.

Adox Adonal Result. by Davidap2009
Adox Adonal Result., a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

The above is the result I got using Adox Adonal I think I have found another developer that fits with my lazy style in the darkroom.
This is a hurried test shot of my daughter . I used Rollei 80s 120 film in my Hasselblad. I developed my film as follows at 20°C:-
Adox Adonol 1:100 (That’s 495mls water to 5 ml Adonal)
Inversions for the first minute. Then left to stand 29 mins then 3 more inversions and left to stand for a further 30mins. Stopped with water for one minute inversions constantly and then Fixed 5mins (T-Max fixer)and washed for 10mins.

Portraits in the Snow

 

Sunday was a beautiful day here in the east of Norway. I got the chance to follow my friend on his rounds up in the woods checking his traps. The thaw is setting in and the snow is getting a little rotten in places and it’s easy to fall though to your knees. I know as I did it a few times. It’s great fun while trying not to get your Hasselblad buried in the snow, while struggling to get out of the hole you’ve made for yourself. Luckily I didn’t bury my camera and I got back to the pick-up without incident.

I’d asked my mate if he wouldn’t mind posing for me and he said we would. At Midstua where we had parked the pick-up there are two cabins. I chose the most weather beaten of the two to use as a background. There was no need for reflectors and such as my subject was surround with the reflector nature had provided for us. Luckily the sun wasn’t too bright and provided enough to light the scene without being too over powering. I set up my camera and shot off a roll of Rollei 80s (We only had time for the one)which later I developed and scanned in the same way I did with the tulip shots I posted last week here.

Here is a poor iPhone shot of the set-up.

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And Here’s some of the results

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Let me know what you think :0)

Portrait in the Snow

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Portrait in the Snow, a photo by Davidap2009 on Flickr.

This shot was taken yesterday at Midstua. I was here two weeks ago with my Nikon D800. My mate invited me to join him and this time I took my Hasselblad with me This is the first shot off the roll.
Rollei 80s in Caffenol C-L using Stand development as with the tulips I did a week ago.