Recent Film Stuff

These are some film shots which were recently accepted by the agency, proving there’s still life in the Olympus OM1 yet. All taken on Agfapan APX 100 film rated at box speed, developed in Rodinal 1+50 for 12 minutes.

This didn’t seem that good through the viewfinder – a bit of post-processing worked nicely though.

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This  was shot on an overcast day on the 50mm F1.4 at max aperture. Looking at this now I should have cropped away the roof at the lower left just leaving the tower.

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Same lens with the narrow depth of field blurring the closed leaves into a nice soft mush.

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This is a covered walkway with plants trained over arched supports. As this was taken in autumn, most of the leaves had fallen off and the gaps allowed dappled light to filter through which gave a nice effect. Zuiko 28mm.

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This shallow puddle was full of fallen leaves – providing a way to break up the bare tree branch reflection. 28mm lens again.

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It’s strange – I take shots on film equipment which are very different from those on digital kit. Maybe it’s the fixed focal lengths or the slower approach. Anyone else find this?

Thanks for looking – hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

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6 thoughts on “Recent Film Stuff

  1. Late reply from me, but it’s the same with me – my film shots are different, and to my eye, better than the digital stuff.

    I also love those nice Olympus cameras – I have an OM1n, an OM2n a Trip 35 and an XA2 that practically lives in my pocket!

    Cheers

    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks for the comment. I’m beginning to think part of the more comfortable OM film shooting experience is using a small camera and a limited range of prime lenses rather than a huge DSLR with massive zooms. I’m playing around with a Sony A7R which is about the size of an OM2N and with the old Zuikos mounted via an adaptor it’s very similar. As close as I’ve managed to come to the old film experience on digital.

      It’s still not as exciting as using film though!

      Rob

      • Right, and those vintage lenses on mirrorless cameras are positively HUGE, as the adaptor make sur them very long. Tried it on a Fuji X-E1 some Time ago.

        Went Back to film as nothing beats the feel of my Olympus cameras. And just 2 measly lenses for the OM’s – 50 1.8 and 28 2.8!

      • The 28mm and the 50mm are my most frequently used lenses as well! I haven’t seen the Fuju plus adaptor, and the adaptor for the A7R does add some size to the setup.

        However I’m coming from a background of a 5d Mk2 and some huge zooms and primes, so for me, the reduced size feels fine – great in fact!

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