Dunedin, summer, and the death of film soup.

Reatha Kenny, who has run Film Soup, solo, is having to retire her business because of health issues. She has turned her facebook group into a place when people can discuss film, and she is finishing up the last orders she has. As part of this she asked me to find some photos.

This will leave a gap for people who can develop E6 (C41 is still fairly easy to get developed here). Here are three of the scans she did: there is more to come.

As Reatha has shut the business, I have removed her link from the site.

Today, however, I went electronic, using the Nikon V1, and a prime and wide angle lens. The camera (even though it only has a once inch (CX) sensor) produces 20 MP raw files, and I have been processing and cropping them in rawtherapee.

I will continue, of course, to shoot film. I am just going to have to increase my developing skills. C41 seems fairly easy, but e6 is a challenge.

St Clair, June Storm, Surfers.

This is from the June Analog files: Leica M6, 35 mm Voightlander. The files are foll size (and yes, there are surfers in most of these photos).

Let’s just say that the surfers were wearing their winter wetsuits.

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Winter Horses

Leica M6, 35 mm Lens, and the second snowfall of winter.

Photos transcribed from .tiff scans (done at Film Soup) in Shotwell, and are full size jpegs.

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It rained in Venice (analog)

Venice is as much about the people as the architecture.

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Bessa R, Voightlander 28 mm f1.4 lens, Ektar, processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup. Reatha deserves credit, because she spent a considerable amount of time in the scanning room getting this one right.

South Auckland rural, summer, Ektar.

I took a Mamiya TLR with me over summer (until it jammed) It was dry, and the film is somewhat saturated: but late December 2014 was golden.

Ektar, processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup. Minimal processing in Rawtherapee to 16 bit .pngs: be aware that even shrunk these files are over 7 MB if downloaded.

Why I use Film Soup (and you should to).

I sent seven films to Reatha at film soup over the weekend, having finished the last two films during a long walk with Robyn. Who is teaching me to switch off the automation on my DSLRs and mirrorless as well as the film cameras, where everything is manual.

The photos include: the Vienna trip, shots of birds at the gardens, and of my grandkids. Not all are for distribution. But it takes weeks to get the shots back, and this is because Reatha is meticulous about quality, and there is only one of her.

Particularly with E6 — as far as I know, she’s the only person who continues to do a good job with slide film. She is also relentlessly honest, and encouraging. But there is only one of her.

Eventually I will start developing my own black and white and scanning and printing the same. But until I have a darkroom set up, and for the more complex stuff, I continue to use Reatha.

And so should you. You can buy a good Nikon Autofocus SLR — or better, a rangefinder — for less than a baseline mirrorless camera. The lenses are cheap. It is far easier to travel with a few rolls of film and a couple of lenses and a rangefinder than with a DSLR. But you will have to be patient at the other end.

These were taken with a rangefinder — Leica M6 with Voightlander 35 mm lens. And they are the last of the summer films that worked.

Working Dunedin [Analog]

This is the first of multiple posts that will come from the summer’s film. The scans are slowly being posted — Reatha at Film Soup has done her usual good job.

Processing these from my end is quite easy: Reatha is slowly uploading the scans to dropbox, and I download them into Shotwell, which allows me to flip them around. The scans are fairly high quality.

As an aside, I’m moving away from using slideshows and back to mosaic approachs for the slideshows. All photos as 1200 pixels png.

St Kilda, Sunset, Ektar.

This is what happens when I have to cool down from an argument. I go somewhere by myself. In this case, St Kilda beach, on a cold spring evening, as the sun set.

C41 (Kodak Ektar) film: Mamiya 7 with 54 mm lens: processed and scanned by Reatha at Film Soup.

Film Soup, cellphones, killing Flickr, and some digital photos.

Apparently Yahoo are selling people’s photos from Flickr. This is annoying: I do not mind sharing — in fact I would donate photos to good causes. But I don’t like people taking. As a result, I’m backing everything up to Smugmug and Dropbox, and letting the flickr account die. The only good thing in Flickr is the cellphone app — and Instagram does a better job of that.

I understand that this is in part because most people take photos on cellphones. The newest phones sensors are approaching 18 MP — in a very small area: ironically a bigger pixel count that some high ISO sensor full frame cameras. And for snapshots, a camera works. But not for everything. These were taken using a full frame camera with a Nikkor 35 mm f 2.0 lens: apart from some fringing they have merely been converted. One of them is not mine — it should be obvious as the person who borrowed the camera is a professional.

The other important local news for photographers is that Film Soup’s kickstarter is in the final hours and that one should support it. With the amount of film being generated (I have to send another lot off) the jobo machine that is used will need replacing, and that will cost $8,500: she has around $3,700 at present. Reatha is the best film processor I have worked with and a thoroughly nice lady to boot. If you are a local support her: if you are not, five bucks will get you a cool patch.

Finally, the links have been updated to ensure Film Soup is there (it should have been) and to remove the sites I am not using to backup, instead linking to SmugMug.