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.


Lily for Cactus and Co

Caught up with the lovely Lily recently to shoot some of Cactus and Co’s latest designs.

Shot on Agfa Vista 200 with a Leica M6 + Zeiss Biogon 35/2.0, and a Canon EOS 5 + 50/1.5. Scanned with a Noritsu LS600.


Mitch and Kandis

Caught up with the photogenic couple Mitch and Kandis down at Caves Beach recently, and shot a few rolls of Agfa Vista 200.

Gonna miss my this film when my supply is gone!Read More


Amber

I first photographed Amber about 5 or 6 years ago. We did about 4 or 5 shoots in the space of 2 years, and then she disappeared travelling overseas.  When she messaged me a few weeks ago to see if I wanted to shoot again, I jumped at the chance to catch up with this fun, beautiful woman again.


Belle

Caught up with the delightful artist Belle Peregrine once again for a short, flu affected photo shoot.

Films shot were 1 roll of Fuji Natura 1600 and 2 rolls of Kodak Ultramax 400, all at box speed. Scanned on a Noritsu LS600.


The 4 Day, 7 Lighthouse Road Trip

I somehow managed to arrange a block of 4 days off in a row one week, and I was determined not to waste the opportunity. I somehow got it into my head that I wanted to photograph all the lighthouses between Newcastle and Byron Bay. Read More


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


Amy

I’d been wanting to try out a couple of films I hadn’t used before (Cinestill 800 and Fuji Natura 1600), so I touched base with the beautiful Amy Everard to organise a nighttime shoot. 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.