Back in April 2019 we were asked to help with a promotion for the excellent Here and Now magazine – a monthly free magazine for Worthing – check out the photo of the Editor, Frances, inside the front page – it’s one of mine!
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.
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.
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.
Whilst digging through my hard drive today I came across some images of the Berlin wall I took last year during a visit with my daughter. There are some lovely colourful images in this set – here is a sample.
Here are some pictures taken on new year’s day 2019. It’s the Sompting Village Morris dancers bringing in the new year at the Richard Cobden here in sunny Worthing.
The autumn season brings some dramatic light, nice shadows, golden hour colours – and a huge tanker topping up the sea with pure sussex water, a giant dog and a trip to London.
Here are some photos I took on the day of Worthing Pride – we didn’t get into the Pride gig but there were definitely colourful things going on in town. Even the car park looked excited.
Quote of the day:
“Is this the queue for pride?”
“No – it’s just a queue”
These photos hand processed from Kodak ColorPlus 200 – very cheerful.
Here’s a sample…
In May 2018 my daughter Kitty and I made a trip to Berlin. This was to fulfil a very old ambition of mine to visit the Neues Museum and see the ancient and most beautiful bust of Queen Nefertiti – a 5,000 year old marvel.
Here are the pictures I took during our trip
The Brandenberg Gate and Unter den Linden
The Holocaust Memorial
A trip to Wannsee
Here are my second set of trichromic photographs. I noticed in my previous set a lot of colour fringing where the black and white images didn’t quite line up. This was due to the camera moving when I changed the colour filter, and the fact that I was in zoom lens which zoomed in or out slightly while I was changing the filter. So this time I used a fixed lens and a lovely Olympus OM30 camera – much more solid results.
You can’t help but notice the people appear in different colours. They really bring out the time effects these images can produce!
These photos were taken using the trichrome technique: each is made up of three black & white images shot through a primary colour filter. Red, Green and Blue. Then combined to make a colour image. These are my first attempts – I love the colour fringes when the camera moves between shots, or the ghostly images of people and cars that move between colour changes.