Archive | July 2012

Agfacolor HDC 200

Fly Spider Nasturtium by 35mm_photographs

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Taken using a Pentax P30 35mm camera using ‘old stock’ (March 2000) Agfacolor HDC 200. July 2012.

The Pentax P30 is an SLR and uses manual focus lenses with the K-mount bayonet fitting. I shot a roll of film on an old Pentax P30. The results were not as satisfying as those taken with the Pentax SP500. … Continue reading

Agfacolor was the name of a series of color film products made by Agfa of Germany. The first Agfacolor, introduced in 1932, was a film-based version of their Agfa-Farbenplatte (Agfa color plate) a “screen plate” product similar to the French Autochrome.

After World War II, the Agfacolor brand was applied to several varieties of color negative film for still photography.

HDC plus 200 was a fine general-purpose film, with decent colour saturation, fine grain and sharp.

Agfacolor. (2012, May 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:32, July 21, 2012, from

Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm film

Wet Leaves

The image above was taken with a Pentax SP1000 (June 2012) using 35mm black and white Ilford HP5 Plus film.

HP film is a cubic-grain black-and-white film from Ilford Photo. It originated as Hypersensitive Panchromatic plates in 1931. Since then it has developed (pun?) with a number of versions appearing over the years, with HP5 plus (HP5+ for short) being the latest. The main competitor of Ilford HP5 Plus was Kodak Tri-X 400.

The beauty of this film is its grainy quality and because of this it is my film of choice. HP5 was slighty more coarse in comparision to the defuncted Kodak film.

In 1960 the 200 ASA emulsion was relabelled to 400 ASA with no change to the product. The 200 ASA speed included an exposure safety margin, but with improvements in light meters this was deemed unnecessary. The speed was revised up to 400 ASA.

Breakfast on the Orient Express – ruined in the darkroom

Breakfast on the Orient ExpressThis gallery contains 2 photos.

As I  have previously mentioned, I haven’t used a 35mm camera for years. I took my old, trusty Pentax K1000 with me to Venice on the Orient Express and took some black and white shots of the train…. The images … Continue reading →

Photographs – an omen or just a darkroom error?

French women at Dartington train station 1976

Here is another negative I found that isn’t perfect. Taken in 1977 on Dartington railway station. This reminds me of the movie ‘The Omen’ – each victims photograph had a white line through them, one was decapitated another, Father Brennan attempted to seek shelter from a storm in a church, but the door is bolted shut. A lightning bolt strikes the church steeple and is impaled by a large steel rod which falls from the roof .

I wish I could remember the woman’s name in the stripey hoodie, the other was my French landlady  of the time in  Exmouth,  Evette.

Trains and the French woman’s name I forgot

A girl called Carol and landscape drawing

Girl washing hair Scilly Isles 1976

The picture above is of a girl called Carol who I went with to St Martins in the Scilly Isles in May 1977. I did loads of drawings there and took lots of photos of her in landscapes – but I can’t find them.

“ Tricks are I’m sure what landscape painting is all about.” Read more…

Old Sketchbook – Prince Charles on a Trimaran off St Marys During May 1977 – I skived off Art College and spent a few days on St Martins in the Scilly Isles …. The reason I gave to my tutors for my ‘holiday’ was I wanted to do … Continue reading →