Foma 400

Last month I got some Foma 400 back from the lab. There weren’t many usable photos on the rolls. Partly because of my poor skills and partly because the film quality can be dodgy at times. The edges are lighter than the rest of the frame or there are slight spots here and there. It’s not the lab and it’s not the camera because other films turn out fine. Here are a few of the photos worth posting here.

This scene is on the way to my university, on the short-cut over the hill. I’d like to make this photo again with my X-T3, perhaps in square format.

No, I didn’t buy a new panorama camera and turn it on its side. This is obviously heavily cropped because there was nothing of interest to the left and right of this plant.

Some businesses will buy a shipping container and have windows installed so they can use them as offices. This one was painted yellow (not so obvious here đŸ™‚ ), though most places just leave them depressingly grey.

I liked the strong shadows here so I made a photo. LPG is how many homes get their cooking fuel. The tanks are usually kept out behind the house. Many have rust spots. They are delivered by madmen in pickup trucks.

I wish I had used Tri-X instead of Foma, but I was trying to find ways to cut down on film costs. A mistake . . . .

Kodak E100 Photos

After doing some exposure tests at home, I took my Nikon F6 to a couple of historical sites here in Gangneung. I was happy with my exposure tests but only a few photos from the roll are worth sharing. Here they are.

These buildings are at the Seongyojang Residence. The name means Boat Bridge Place and there was a ferry there when Gyeongpo Lake was larger. Back in the Joseon Dynasty, this was the largest residence allowed by law. Only the royals could have houses larger than 99 kan. One kan is the space between two pillars in a Korean building. If I remember correctly, this residence had 99. The family was once very large and prosperous, but now they take advantage of government tax breaks by living in one little walled-off corner and opening up the rest to tourists. At a high price. I used to go there quite often, but stopped when the price of admission nearly doubled a few years ago.

This tree and boulder are at Obong Confucian School, which I’ve shown photos of before. The tree is a bit too close to the edge of the frame, but there is a tourist sign to the right that I didn’t want to include. I like how the film renders the mute colours. I’m sure this photo can be improved, but it will take some more trips and head scratching before I get it right. And another overcast day. It’s bloody sunny all the time this winter.

This is a better view of the tree and boulder, and perhaps the composition I’m looking for.

This is the view from the front gate of the school. I only meant it as a kind of photo-note of the area, but I quite like it. One for the portfolio.

More film photos to come in the days ahead!

Kodak Ultramax 400

January was a slow month for photography, but I thought I would share a few photos from a roll of Kodak Ultramax 400 film I used in the Nikon F6. There might be a few people curious to see what this film looks like. I added a bit of contrast where needed, but otherwise the photos are what the lab sent to me.

This film portrays head and heel-less women very well. I should have waited until a child passed by, but it’s not a neighbourhood where there are many children.

I like the pavement painting in front of the pots. This film has great colour.

Another example of the film’s bright colours. Reds seem to come out with a slightly orange-y.

A jumble of buildings. This film is very sharp, though there is quite a bit of grain, especially in areas like skies. It might not look too bad up to 10×8, though. And how big do you want to enlarge holiday film anyway?

The missus in a pink phone box.

Dinner at the Samgeori restaurant not far from the city centre. Yum yum.

This is how I know I made the photos using the F6 . . . .

The last part of the roll was dedicated to kitty and his nose prints on the window.

Well, nothing spectacular, but you can see that this is a fine film for casual photography when out and about. I used it in mostly overcast weather and it might look even nicer in sunlight. The film is cheap, which is a nice bonus. Highly recommended for Film Fun days.

Organising and Simplifying

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my winter vacation when I thought about it at the end of December, but it looks like my time off is being spent editing and organising my photographs and putting the best on my new Flickr account. As of today, I now have one hundred and fifty-fifty photos online. If you’re curious, you can see them at Part of my editing process is to add titles and tags to everything. I might want to find something someday, and maybe it will help visitors to Flickr looking for photos of Korea. Another part of the editing process is deleting anything that has no documentary, personal, or artistic value. There’s so much . . . .

Here are some slide film photos from January that I’ve just finished editing.

Nikon F6, Kodak E100 Film

This bicycle has been in front of my building’s entrance for a dog’s age. There’s a bicycle rack right next to the stairs, but I guess this bike and its flat tyre is too good for it.

Nikon F6, Kodak E100 Film

I have a number of photographs of this hand cart and paint shop. I think this is the first one on slide film. I did some adjusting in Lightroom to darken the brick and lighten up the blue cart.

“No Parking”. Nikon F6, Kodak E100 Film
Statue in Wolhwa Street Park. Nikon F6, Kodak E100 Film

While I was making a photo a middle-aged woman behind me said, “She’s very pretty, isn’t she? Hahaha.” Strange. The Lightroom adjustment history for this photo is as long as The Illiad.

Liquor Truck Parked Illegally at Bus Stop. Nikon F6, Kodak E100 Film

Despite overhead cameras and posted warnings, nobody minds parking illegally at bus stops. Turn on your hazard lights and the law no longer applies to you.

Zeiss Ikon ZM, Fujifilm Provia 100F

A nice, shiny building and a soon-to-be shiny building.

More to come in a week or so. If I find anything on the hard drive worth sharing . . . .