Black and White Photography with the Sprocket Rocket Camera

After trying a couple of different colour films in my Lomography Sprocket Rocket Camera, I decided to try a black and white film since I had been pleased and surprised at the quality of the colour images taken on this camera. As the camera has limited control on exposure and distance etc, I knew it was best to stick to a 400 ISO film which Lomography recommend for this camera. In the end I decided to try out the Kentmere 400 Black and White film since it wasn’t too expensive (£3.85) plus I wasn’t sure how the pictures would turn out. I also needed to remember that the Kentmere film only has 24 exposures and since the Sprocket Rocket takes landscape photos, it uses two frames at a time which means I would only have 12 exposures to use in this camera. I got the film developed at my local camera lab and scanned the negatives myself using my Epson

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What I learnt from taking pictures yesterday with my Olympus Pen FT camera…

From my previous posts on my blog you’ll see that I absolutely love this half frame camera with it’s decent quality interchangeable lenses. I was fortunate enough to recently acquire a 25mm wide angle lens for it and knew I wanted to go out today to take some architectural type shots using the CineStill black and white film. I’ve only owned the camera for a few months but I can instantly tell if something isn’t quite right when taking a picture and yesterday was one of those days. As I was stepping outside my front door with the camera in my hand I suddenly realised I hadn’t set the ISO for the film I was using (not that I would have known this while taking photos but thankfully I remembered). I quickly stepped back indoors to double check the ISO rating of the film and saw it could be 250 on a sunny day or 200 with Tungsten lighting. I

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Olympus Pen EE

A few weeks ago my husband and I had a few days off work and on one of the days we decided to have a walk around the lanes in Brighton with our dog. I needed to pop to one of our local shops, Zoing Image in Sydney Street as I was after some Cinestill 800 film to practice some night time shots using my Pentax K1000 (blog to follow on this). As well as the unusual film selection that Zoing Image stock, they also sell a selection of second hand cameras. Every time I visit, there are always a new selection of secondhand cameras to choose from so I love to browse. Whilst my husband isn’t really into photography, he always takes a keen interest in any camera I buy and was extremely fascinated by my Olympus Pen FT half frame camera and the quality of images it produces. I think this is what led him to noticing the

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Dark Room Photography Part 4

Yesterday was my fourth lesson in learning about dark room black and white photography. I was quite excited because I knew this lesson would involve making an enlargement of one of my negatives. I had already decided on the negative I wanted to initially try which was a picture I had taken of one of my cats who is a Silver Tabby using my circular fisheye lens which was attached to a 28mm lens on my Pentax K1000. I liked the fact this picture had my shadow in it and the white walls and patterned tiles in my garden also made the picture more interesting. First of all I had to make a sample sheet once I had decided on the size of the enlargement. In this lesson I unfortunately picked an enlarger with a temperamental digital timer so if pressed slightly wrong, the image wouldn’t expose for the full second which was annoying. I set my first sample sheet

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Dark Room Photography Part 3

In this lesson that I had on Thursday we were going to be creating a contact sheet from our negatives which I was very excited about but at the same time slightly apprehensive as I wasn’t sure how much light had leaked onto my negatives (see Dark Room Photography Part 2) for more information on this. First of all we had to cut our long line of negatives into strips of six frames, with a minimum of three frames to be cut on the last part. For instance, if I was cutting into six frames and saw at the end of my strip I would only have two frames left then on the last part I would cut five frames then three. Thankfully my strip worked out in multiples of six plus three at the end. I was happy to see that most of negatives showed pictures. I knew I’d be able to see which images had been damaged by

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