Chiddingly – a little bit of heaven in East Sussex

Just before the nights began to draw in we took advantage of the late summer bank holiday to take out van and dogs to Chiddingly. The weather was great, the pub was ideal and I captured a few pictures using the Olympus OM 30 – and a roll of Ilford FP4. I also took the opportunity to shoot three new Trichromic images – three black and white images working together to make a colour image – just like technicolor!

Click here to see our trip to the pub

Click here for the trichromes!

Trichromic image of our camper vab – and the dog moved!
Long happy lunch

Santorini – not raining

Back in May we went to Santorini and experienced the early spring rain and chill – but after the rain there inevitably follows some sun – all on Fujichrome 200 and shot with the Olympus OM30.

It’s sunny!
The beach was ready but the people weren’t
That’s the island of Anafi in the distance

Santori is famouse for it’s sunset – I have made a gallery of the sunset photos here

11th November 2018 at 11:00 am

I took my Mamiya C3 camera with some Fujichrome slide film because I wanted to capture the moment of the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war. The space around the war memorial by Worthing town hall was crammed with people, it was a touching moment as we remembered the fallen – and were reminded of the huge sacrifices the world made during that conflict.

Santorini – Just before the season started

Santorini in May 2019 – a present from our children to celebrate my wife’s birthday – I came along too just to make sure there were no problems with the language. Anyway, the idea that there is an off season on Santorini is probably a bit misleading – it’s a very popular Greek island full of history and the historic and imminent danger of volcanic destruction.

The island is probably most famous for the beautiful village of Oia – see below – and the amazing achealogical remains at Akrotiri. Of course the weather is always brilliant, whenever it’s not raining pumice.

Oia Oia Church Akrotiri Akrotiri It rained Merkel was here

Half-Frame 35mm – loads for your money

Classic educational film strips are shot in ‘half-frame’ 35mm. Actually the way the images are set out in the film is just like 35mm movie film.

CGA 415 Primary Biology Series - Life in the Summer
A section of an educational film strip from the 1950s

Above is a section of a film strip called “Life in the Summer”. I am scanning these old strips for posting on the web in due course. I thought it would be fun to buy a half-frame 35mm camera and see what it could do.

The camera I got was an Olympus Pen EE2. EE stands for ‘Electric Eye’. It has an selenium exposure around the fixed focus lens. The meter stops you taking a picture if there is low light ; it makes a red flag appear in the view finder.

Such a nice piece of equipment it doesn’t even need a battery.

Actually, I had a false start with this. I got hold of a 45 year old Olympus Pen EE from Ebay which had a faulty exposure meter – it did take some pictures but the exposures were all over the place. So I found a slightly younger camera, the EE2, on Ebay and imported it from The Netherlands. It’s a beauty – and here is a picture of it taken with my pinhole camera.

Olympus Pen EE2 Pinhole
This photo taken with my pinhole camera

Is this too meta? Cameras taking with other cameras? This post is about half frame 35mm – we’ll cover off educational film strips and pinhole cameras another time!

Because half frame cameras take half size negatives you get twice as many pictures per roll of film. That’s 72 pictures for a 36 shot roll. No wonder I was shooting off images like someone using a mobile phone. Here are a couple of images from the gallery.

Click here to see the full gallery..