Photos - Collection 1

12/01/2021
In lockdown, I've been really pushing to get back into photography, but I've only ever really shot digital seriously in the past. Film was a memory when of when I was a child with family or on holidays. So I began looking at what the state of film was in the digital age and was presently surprised at how rich the ecosystem still is. So I took the plunge. I bought a SLR (Minolta x700) with a 30/70mm f/3.5 lens and a load of rolls of colour and b&w film later, I have some shots to throw up on here for no one to ever see.

Early shots

My shithouse cat and the first ever decent shot of him with the film camera (Fujifilm Superia 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Arts Tower, Sheffield. First "real" shot I did on the camera. (Fujifilm Superia 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Tree in Weston Park, Sheffield. Composition is pretty boring, but really like the lighting and colours. (Fujifilm Superia 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Cat on windowsill. (Fujifilm Superia 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Park Hill, Sheffield. First real attempt at night photography, came out okay. (Fujifilm Superia 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Flower head. Really wanted to see how the colours would be rendered. Testing the f/3.5 DOF as well. (Fujifilm Superia 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Capri. Cool car with a great paintjob. (Kodak Gold 200, 35/70mm f3.5)
Old factory, Sheffield. I don't know what this use to be, but I've lived near it on and off for 5 years. (Kodak Ultramax 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Old factory, Sheffield. ... (Kodak Ultramax 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Women of Steel, Sheffield. Great looking statue, great people. Shot at f/8 I think, testing the sharpness of the lens. Which I had shot at f3.5 for the DOF but it still looks great. (Kodak Ultramax 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Scooter and bear. "Trying" to be artsy or whatever, came out meh but great colours on the coat. (Kodak Ultramax 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Flats, Sheffield. Nice silhouette of some flats, wasn't expecting it. (Kodak Ultramax 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
First shot of b&w, really happy with the reflection but wish there was more contrast. (Ilford Hp5+, 35/70mm f3.5)
Duckys. Love the contrast but a bit more sharpness would have been nice. (Ilford Hp5+, 35/70mm f3.5)
Art Tower from a distance, Sheffield. (Ilford Hp5+, 35/70mm f3.5)
Winding path. (Ilford Hp5+, 35/70mm f3.5)
Saint Mary's Walkley, Sheffield. (Ilford Hp5+, 35/70mm f3.5)
Outbuilding. (Ilford Hp5+, 35/70mm f3.5)
Tram stop, Sheffield. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)
Underpass, Sheffield. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)
New student accommodation, Sheffield. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)
The Diamond, Sheffield. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)
Jessops West, Sheffield. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)
Joe taking the same shot as above, I stole his composition. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)
NHS. The contrast and sharpness are on point. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)
Unknown dude. I got his instagram to send him the photo but my phone didn't save it, gutted. (Kentmere 400 (+1 800), 35/70mm f3.5)

Self developed rolls

So I went a bit crazy and started developing my own b&w. These are the some of the best shots I did. The first roll (Street Candy 400) I messed up, but some really nice results came out. I also bought two new (to me) lenses a 28mm f/2.8 prime and a 50mm f1.4 prime. MD Rokkor is some of the best glass Minolta ever made.
Family portrait. Love the overdeveloped nature, makes it look like it was shot 70 years ago. (Street Candy 400, 35/70mm f3.5)
Chippy. (Street Candy 400, 28mm MD Rokkor f/2.8)
Yard. (Street Candy 400, 28mm MD Rokkor f/2.8)
Test shot of second dev. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Test shot of second dev. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Test shot of second dev. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Test shot of second dev and DOF. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Frozen firepit. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Tree (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Tree bark. Don't know what that blue part at the top is but I don't mind it. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Nature and concrete. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)
Cone on ice. (Kentmere 400, 50mm MD Rokkor f/1.4)