Ashley

Some models I can just shoot again and again without the shoots feeling stale or sameish. Ashley is one of those models.

Caught up with her for 2 shoots recently, which tend to be mostly chats and laughs, with a few pics taken in between.

Shot on Ilford Pan F and Agfa Vista 200 with a Leica M6 + Zeiss Biogon 35/2.0 and a Voitlander Nokton 50/1.5.


Zoe

Caught up with the stunning Zoe whilst shooting new lingerie designs for Dantelle Collective, and we managed to shoot a couple of rolls of film as well. Read More


Ashley

I’d seen some of Ashley’s work on instagram, and I loved her look. So when she messaged me and asked about film photography and if I’d like to shoot, I jumped at the chance.Read More


Grace

Grace reached out to me on Instagram to see if I was open to collaborating on a project together…how could I say no? We organised a sunrise shoot, and unfortunately it was really overcast and a little rainy, but we pushed on.Read More


Trashed Again, The Not Nots & The Dark Clouds at The Stag & Hunter

Got down to the local pub to see some bands…took the Leica M6 and shot a few pics with the Canon 50mm 1.8 LTM. The film was HP5@1600, dev’d in ID11.


Tori

Caught up with the gorgeous Tori for another shoot. This time I decided to try and use my Leica M6 for the full shoot. I went with Ilford HP5 pushed to 1600 – I really wanted to try and embrace the high contrast grainy look. That goes against what I normally try to do with portrait/fashion shoots, but hey, sometimes I like to do things the hard way.

In hindsight I probably should have taken a little more care in metering…with the high contrast look, underexposing a little lead to huuuuge increases in grain, and overexposing leads to flat, boring negatives.

You live and learn.

When I you nail it though, I think it looks great…might give it another try or two on shoots.


Random shots with a Leica M6

The photography gods smiled on me, and I was lucky enough to find a Leica M6 in mint condition, at a ridiculously good price. I’d always shied away from even thinking about owning a Leica…they are notoriously overpriced, and although the lenses are renowned for their quality, the same money could buy an overseas holiday.

Nevertheless, when I stumbled across the M6 at a price that was too good to be true, I jumped on it.

I’m not normally a 35mm film or street photography kinda guy…I tend to be a bit more deliberate, think before you shoot type photographer, so going back to 35mm and getting used to all that grain and having to take 36 shots before seeing any pics is taking some getting used to.

I’m really enjoying using the Leica though. Its very intuitive, and just feels right in the hands. Everything is where it needs to be, and theres nothing on that camera that doesn’t need to be there.

One of the big benefits of owning a Leica is that you have access to some of the best quality lenses in the world. I’m yet to get my hands on any of the sweet Leica glass, but the lenses I have managed to pick up fairly cheaply aren’t slouches.

The first lens I bought is a Zeiss Biogon 35mm f.2.0. Its a great lens, razor sharp, fantastic contrast and seemingly impossible to flare.  Its great through its entire aperture range – everything from wide open to stopped right down are nice and crisp, corner to corner. The one downside of this lens is the crappy little lens cap that comes off anytime you brush the front of the lens. I’ve popped a 52mm step up ring on the front of the lens and am using a much more robust 99c eBay lens cap.

I bought the next two lenses at the same time off seperate buyers on eBay. The first to arrive was the Canon 50mm f.1.8 LTM which I found in Japan for $190. Its in mint condition, and looks like it was specifically designed to go on the front of the M6. Its a bit soft from 1.8 to 2.8, and from 11 to 16, but get it in the sweet spot and its OK. Not great, but OK.

Being a bit older it hasn’t got any coating on the front element, and it has an odd (40mm) filter size so finding a lens hood is proving to be quite a challenge.  And it has a tendency to flare a fair bit when shooting into a bright light source, which instantly robs the shot of most its contrast. Overall I guess I’m a little disappointed with this lens, but it might just be the copy I’ve got – it gets great reviews by other photographers.

And finally the other lens is an elcheapo Russian special, the Industar N-61 50mm f.2.8. Ordered it from the Ukraine, for the princely sum of $21 (including shipping). First impressions were that it might be a bit dodgy (really?). The aperture selector ring is a bit clunky, and the markings are off centre, shifted to the right by about 20 degrees which takes a bit of getting used to every time you look at it. But its a great little lens. 

It stands up and beats the Canon 50mm in my opinion across the board. Its almost impossible to flare, and will only flare and ghost a tiny bit when I’m shooting directly into the sun. Its nice and crisp from corner to corner (see the train line shot below). At f2.8 its bokeh in the corner could be described as “interesting”, as it takes on a bit of a swirly circular motion towards the edges of the shot. Different, unusual, but not a deal breaker. It looks cheap and dodgy, but it’ll definitely be staying in my kit bag.


Signe

I’ve shot Signe a couple of times now…she has a beautiful, wide eyed, haunting quality about her, and very soulful eyes that just seem to draw you in to her photos.

It’s a bit unusual for me, but I’d previsualised exactly what these shots would look like before I took them, so I was really happy with the end result.


Caia

I was fortunate enough to arrange a shoot with the beautiful Caia for the first time on a crisp sunny August morning at Caves Beach.

Caia’s one of those rare models that can express a lot of different emotions and attitudes without doing much more than moving her eyes.

Shot with a Pentax 645n, Rolleiflex 2.8D and a Leica M6 on Tri-X, Portra 400 and 800.


Zoe

Photographed a brand new model recently down at Caves Beach and Naru – the stunning Zoe. Hair and makeup was by the ever talented Charlene Harrison.

Shot on Pentax 6×7 & Pentax 645N cameras with Kodak Portrait 800 & Tri-X film (in D76 1:1).


Sargon Evanian

I really love this photo.

My grandmother passed away and left a small amount of money to me. Instead of using it for a holiday or frittering it away on bills, I wanted to buy something that would last a long time and forever remind me of her.

I decided on a mint condition Rolleiflex camera, which i purchased over the net from Austria. After it was delivered, after the first roll and a half of film went thru it, the film advance mechanism ceased up due to inactivity over the last 60 years.Read More


The Whole Roll

I was recently invited to be a part of a new Youtube channel based on film photography, The Whole Roll.

The concept is that selected photographers will share an entire roll from a shoot, no editing, and it will be shown without and music, fanfare or fluff. I love this concept…one of the reasons I love shooting film so much is there is a certain raw authenticity to it that digital will never have.

In hindsight my pride made me choose a roll that would make me look good. In hindsight I wish I’d picked a roll that wasn’t as good, that was more of a reflection of a typical roll from a shoot, with a few warts and hair on it!

This roll is from a shoot I did with the gorgeous Chelsea a few months ago.


A drive around town with a Holga 120N

Went for a drive around town to test out my Holga 120N a little while ago (OK OK, it was 6 months ago).

The Holga has a cult following; it is a 100% plastic camera, with a blurry lens at the edges, random light leaks and it certainly has a character all of its own.

The photos it takes aren’t the crisp, clean shots you’re used to seeing…which is why I love it. The photos have a fuzzy look, almost like a memory.

It’s a simple camera that is surprisingly easy to stuff up…I shot 4 rolls of film on it at a shoot which are all blurry…user error – I had somehow bumped it onto “bulb” long exposure mode. Nevermind, press on.

These shots are just random shots of things I found interesting as I drove past, nothing super special.


Teigan

It seems only a few weeks ago that I was whingeing about the 40 degree days, now I can’t find a sunny day for a shoot no matter how hard I try. Another shoot, another rainy day.

It was the gorgeous Teigan’s turn to play in the rain. She’s a very experienced model, which means its really hard to take a bad shot…she has the poses and the looks down pat. The downside of that it if I take 200 photos on a shoot, its bloody hard to cull them down to 20 or so. They’re all so good.

Nevermind, first world photographer problems right?


Chelsea Anne

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