Blue Port Hamburg – Reprise

The last Blue Port post was a few months ago, and ended with a promise (threat?) to venture out again in B&W film. Sooner than expected here are some of the results.2020-5_72020-5_192020-5_6

Starting off gently, more of the same commitment to not getting anything in focus / sharp. So far, so good.

Then things get a little “odd”. I had this idea to take multiple exposures, the XPan has a button and all that, but with the camera inverted for the second shot. No, i don’t know what i was thinking either! Maybe some sort of mirrored thing around the horizon… but in the dark and with lots of lights…

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Yeah, in hindsight, that’s about what you might expect! If attempting this again it might make sense to try during the day with shutter speeds of less than two seconds.

Shinjuku Corridor

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This has been lying around for a long time unprocessed (taken 13/09/2009!). The scan was dirty, but in the end ten minutes of processing was all it took.

The reflections in the highly polished floor are what caught my eye… really should go back there and see what’s at the other end!

Various Failures

Recently when working through the backlog of film in the fridge, i managed to develop a roll that had obviously been nowhere near a camera. Oops. So professional.

Perhaps to balance that out there was also a roll that had been through the XPan at least twice, and perhaps three times, in London (once in August 2016, again in August 2017), Hamburg, and Nagano. The results are, to say the least, chaotic.

Also in this batch of films was a roll of Ilford SFX 200 shots of my neighbours water damaged ceiling. Obviously under-exposed and consequently rather “moody”. It’s all so much water under the bridge, etc.

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In Search of a Pair

It’s that time again. I’m trying to convince myself that it’s worth putting my photography on walls again. For the loooooongest time i’m wanted to do something “spectacular” (read: “stupid”) with the ‘Water under the Bridge” series.

Before leaving Japan i took a bunch of these shots on Acros and developed them with Microfine, the Fujifilm developer for smooth grain… probably now discontinued.

The results never did much for me, had trouble getting clean scans, which were never really big enough to consider printing at the size at which it seems likely that these shots would work.

Today as part of my effort to get back on track i scanned the shot to the right. That one is 12000×32000 pixels, printed at 300dpi it would stand 2.7m tall and 93cm wide…

What i don’t really know is what that’s going to look like on paper… looking at that little version over there (40 times smaller than the full scan!) it sure look sharp / in focus / detailed, but looking at the pixels 1:1 it’s not so obvious.

Despite being shot on a tripod, with a cable release, there is a lot that can go wrong. And despite the XPan lenses, whether i manager to nail the focus, and get the film perfectly parallel to the wall… who knows.

2.7m is a little larger than i’d anticipated. Down sampling it down to a size where it could be just 2m might help a little (in terms of making it practical to hang). Which is all very well, but how do i go about getting someone to do test prints for a couple of places in the image.

Oh, and can i find a few more that are similarly interesting / sharp? Still think it’d look spectacular hung one of those unpainted concrete gallery walls that are all the rage in Tokyo…

If you’ve ever printed on this scale and would care to share any wisdom it would be much appreciated!

Update: first suggestion, from @Tug, is C Type prints at Metro

It Takes Time

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Every now and then, i’ll look at one of these kinds of shots as i’m paging through “past glories” and suddenly stop, wondering ‘what on earth… ohhh! clever!’. This was one of those.

Oh, and look at the light that is parallel to the top of the frame. Not a very smart way to try to get things level / square. Live and learn.