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Analogue Adventures Part II

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Image: Fuji X100 | 1/55 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 

I’m pretty sure I’ve found a camera that will most certainly help me drain my bank account due to film and processing costs. I picked up this Olympus XA at a local used camera sidewalk sale the other week. A tiny, durable little film camera with a 35mm f/2.8 F-Zuiko lens, aperture priority auto-exposure and manual focus using a small RF patch in the viewfinder. It’s smaller and lighter than my Nikon V1 (my smallest digital camera), so there’s always space in the camera bag for the little guy.

The XA really came in handy one morning when the batteries ran out on the digital camera I was carrying. I loaded a roll of Velvia 50 and used it as my only camera for the entire day, and wouldn’t you know, it was the most fun I’ve had shooting in a long time.


Image: iPhone 4s 


Image: iPhone 4s

The last time I shot Velvia I had the film cross-processed, which produced some funky results. This time I went with standard E6, and when I placed the processed strips of film over the light table at the lab (above), my jaw dropped. Not only are the colors amazing, but the camera itself performed beyond my expectations. The following scans do no justice to what I actually saw on that light table, but here’s most of my first roll of RVP50 from my new favorite film camera. It should be obvious from these frames that Suki really tries hard to never look at the camera:

You all know I’m partial to Suki, but I must say, this image I took outside my favorite coffee shop is my favorite frame from the roll:

Hah! Makes me laugh every time I look at it =)

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All images: Olympus XA | Velvia 50 | E6 Processing (unless otherwise noted)

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April 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Revisiting Film Photography

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Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Fujichrome Velvia 100F

It’s been more than ten years since I last loaded a roll of film into a camera and made some pictures. Last week, I found two reasons to try it again. The first reason? I rediscovered my father’s Nikon FM:


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

It’s the original Nikon FM, made in the late 1970s (production ended in the early 80s). All mechanical, all manual, with a center weighted meter and shutter speeds up to 1/1000. Beautifully made.

This classic camera was around for my entire childhood. I used to covet it as a kid, but I couldn’t use it. I was restricted to my own SLR, a cheap little Vivitar with a bad focusing screen and inferior build. My Dad’s shutter would make this great “k-clack” sound, while mine went “ka-chAWNNNNNNNNGGGGGGG.” Took me a few decades, but I guess I’m allowed to use the FM now. =)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D | Fujichrome Velvia 100F


Nikon FM + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D | Fujichrome Velvia 100F (overexposed…oops)

Ok, second reason? I found an old roll of film among my wife’s things. She used to plop a roll of Kodak black and white into her little automatic film camera when she was a teenager, and I guess a roll made it into our house.

I loaded it up and spent a view days snapping away. The weird thing about shooting digital all this time is that you get used to instant results on the back of your camera. Take a shot. Check it out. Don’t like it. Take another shot. Perfect. Not so with film, though by force of habit I kept looking at the back of my FM almost every time I took a shot, at least for the first roll.  Shooting with an all manual, all mechanical camera is also a much slower process, not the speed of light stuff I’ve come to expect from my DSLR.

So, how did my first roll in a decade turn out? It didn’t! I went to pick up the roll at the lab and:

“Sorry sir, this roll is blank.”

Aaaaagh! Ok, give me a roll of Ektachrome. Let’s try this again:


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)

Ok, at least the photos came out this time. They look funky, faded, and noisy, but they came out! Weird results without even having to use Instagram. How about that??? ;)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)

There’s something about shooting film….the anticipation of how each frame will turn out, the small and unassuming, lightweight camera body, and that gargantuan, bright viewfinder that shames even my D700… the experience of shooting itself was more fun than getting to see the results!

Being limited to 36 frames (for this particular roll) also made me think twice before pushing down on that shutter release. I’d frame up a shot and ask myself, “is this really interesting?” Lost track of how many times I decided “no, not interesting enough,” and moved on. I don’t tend to think with quite as much care with digital, where I can fit 700 or so raw frames on a single card. But, shouldn’t I?


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D  | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)

Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)


Nikon FM + Nikkor 50mm f/2 AIS | Kodak Ektachrome 160T (expired)

I had the film developed and scanned at Photoworks in San Francisco. It was a fun, though expensive, photographic experiment shooting these rolls. I still feel like I need to get a better feel for the FM’s metering, so more rolls are in the works. Hope this doesn’t get addicting :)

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April 28, 2011 at 11:37 am

Cindy @ Photoworks

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When I found that that Cindy and Seth were hosting a small photo show this evening in San Francisco, I knew I had to check it out. Cindy maintains one of my all time favorite Flickr photostreams, and I’ve been following her work for a long time.

The show was open for a couple hours tonight at PhotoWorks, a small, professional photo lab that’s been around since I was a kid. Cindy shoots anything and everything, from iphone camera to medium format film, and man is she good at what she does. This lab is where she gets all those gorgeous prints developed.



The lab also sells Holga cameras, accessories, and film, which were all on display. I was tempted to buy some actually, but the store was closed. Oh well.





Not only is Cindy an amazing artist, but she’s super cool. We chatted with her for a while, talking photography, cameras, film vs digital, flash, coffee, and followed each other on Instagram. Though she’s by no means a film elitest, she did successfully convince me to dust off my old SLR and pick up a few rolls of film.

I had Seth take a picture of us, though I apparently handed him my EPL-2 with its auto-focus set incorrectly, and I turned out as an out of focus blob in the frame…hence, the nice picture of Bridge and Cindy and about two inches of my head. Hah.

Check out Cindy’s beautiful collection of images on her Flickr Page!

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Images: Olympus PEN E-PL2 + Panasonic 20mm f’1.7

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March 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Print Giveaway!

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After receiving a recent print order from my lab a few days ago, I started feeling generous and decided to host a giveaway! It’s a way to say thank you to all of the readers here on my blog and my many contacts on Flickr who supported me throughout 2010, especially during the grueling Suki Project.

Giveaway Details:

I’ll be giving away two prizes! First prize from the draw gets a 12″x18″ print of any image from the gallery section at www.jonathanflemingphotography.com. Second winner gets any print in an 8″x10″ size. Both will be printed at my professional lab of choice on super-awesome Kodak Endura Metallic paper (frame not included, sorry).

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment below. That’s it! You have until mid-night on Wednesday, January 12th to leave a comment under this blog post, after which I’ll randomly draw two winners for the giveaway. Want to increase your chances of winning? If you tweet about the giveaway and include the link to your tweet within your comment, I’ll add your name to the pot twice.

So, leave a comment below for your chance to win a free print from jonathanflemingphotography.com!

Update (1/14/2011):
Winners will be announced this evening! Stay tuned for my next blog post! Thank you very much to everyone that entered!

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January 4, 2011 at 4:51 pm

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