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Pentax 40mm Pancake

Out to play with the Pentax 40mm SMC Pancake lens attached to a Pentax MX camera. When it comes to 35mm camera choice I’m torn between four cameras. The Contax iia – Pentax MX and MV and the Nikkormat. But most important of all is the lens choice. The 40mm SMC Pancake is a fine lens with great contrast and resolution. Many reviewers knock this optic’s ability to produce sharp and sparkling images. I would question their understanding of the sequence of the analogue process.

Ilford HP5s – Processed in ID11

I’m not a fan of fast film. My preference is for the 100 iso speed group: Fomapan 100 being my number one choice. I had three rolls of Ilford HP5s remaining from a project completed earlier in the year which involving low light. So I decided to take the MX – 40mm – HP5s combination out into the streets of Nottingham the day before the ‘holiday’.

1/30th @ f4.0 The Exchange Nottingham

The City was indeed deserted. I waited until the two strollers were nearly out of shot before capturing the image. I’m not pleased with the composition. However the atmosphere of the usually busy arcade is seen in the record of history.

Snap Shot

This man had the message. He is an ex Jehovah’s Witness and has an interesting message to give. The flip chart style message board is a great innovation. He has a few more startling messages for humankind ready for display. A snapshot and just what street-photography is all about.

On The Run

I saw the runner a few moments before the image was taken. Taking the chance he’d run in front of the camera I knew he would look at the subject he thought I was recording: not realising he was the centre of the image. I’ve used this technique many times and it rarely fails to produce an interesting photograph. What you cannot see is he looked back, because he believed he’d missed something!

In Conclusion:

Use any lens and camera combination. Remember, analogue photography is holistic and as good as the weakest link. If the exposure is out, the processing time or temperature too much or too little or the lens is out of focus the final image will suffer. Above all, the composition is king and queen of the process.

See You Soon

SeaSide SnapShot

Nice Man

Nice Man

Why would a ‘snapshot’ image of a man and his dog be interesting? It is the place, and the time, the word is ‘event.’ We enjoy looking at images which ask why’s, where and hows. Even though we are resistant to answer questions about our own how, why and where’s. Bruce Chatwin sums up much of life with the title of his book ‘How Did I Get Here?’ We all ask this question at some time in our life.

The man with the dog is an excellent chap; his animal needs to be on the beach. One moment the canine is sitting down, the next pulling at the lead. It is a snapshot, I’m too close to reframe the composition. We do not need to see the bigger picture, there is enough to recreate the memory.

Sax Blower

Sax Blower

The Sax Blower was stoned out of his mind. You could smell the weed ten meters away. His sign claimed he’d just returned from Glastonbury and needed a few quid for his travels. Problem is, the sign is tatty and old, festival old. In reality his dope habit the priority. I threw in a one Euro coin which seemed to be apt for a nomad. Don’t ask me why I think the Euro was suitable; maybe you could work it out.

Awaiting Disaster

Awaiting Disaster

The family is ‘snapping’  a child on the ‘Big Wheel’ in this case it’s a ‘Dodgy Wheel’ – I have a fascination with ‘clapped out’ English seaside rides. We bemoan drink-drivers, larger louts, suicidal motorcyclists, and previously mentioned addicts and climb on a rusting twenty-year-old Meccano fairground attraction without a weighing up the odds.

Happy Diners

Happy Diners

The couple in the last snap are leaving my favorite Fish & Chip Shop (Chip shops are always ampersand not and) Ernie Becketts. It is evident to me they are in shock as anyone would be, leaving this Palace of Haute Cuisine.

All Pics taken with a Pentax MX + 40mm f2.8 lens + FomaPan 100 developed in Rodinal 50+1

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