Off the back of the T2 and T3 fame, the Contax TVS Digital has started to (hilariously) climb in price. It's a surprisingly fun shooter, despite its age and lack of megapixels - it's got five! The TVSd is pretty slow to focus, but nails it almost always but it does take a while to write to old ass SD cards. The files it produces aren't terrible though! The JPGs are perfectly usable and are generally pretty sharp. That said though, it's not worth the silly prices it's currently commanding.
Join me on the streets of Melbourne as I wander around aimlessly with my Ricoh GR and make some truly terrible photographs (I found an oven this time!). Along the way I share my thoughts on this little pocket sized monster of a street shooter
I more-often-than-not shoot Black & White for both film and digital work. Recently, I've started to question whether or not shooting in Black & White actually does make your street photography any better?
Can a “cheap” lens for your Leica be any good? Yes. Is it worth buying? Absolutely! Do I have any screen presence? No.
In this video and write up I (poorly attempt to) check out the now well tested and surprisingly good 7Artisans 35mm by taking a brief walk through Fitzroy, Melbourne and an Abandoned Inner City Petrol Station.
The Ricoh GR is my favourite camera of all time and I'll tell you why.
Finally took the Bronica RF 645 out again, this time for a fun afternoon of shooting at an abandoned apartment block in Melbourne’s North. Unfortunately, most of the apartments were boarded up and the doors screwed shut. I was able to make it into a couple of them, but they were largely vacant and pretty smelly.
This series was shot on the streets of Melbourne, Australia over 12 months on various formats. I wanted to explore the relationship between the many places and the wonderfully diverse strangers that inhabit the city of Melbourne.
Work sent me on a week long trip to Sydney so used some of my off time to shoot some terribly touristy shots and a little street (of course). To be honest, it's mainly touristy shots with a the occasional street shot, but the Opera House is a magnificent building and I had fun shooting it!
I took out the trusty Bronica RF 645 and a roll of Portra 400 as well as a roll of expired T-Max 400 to see how both films would fare. While I'm in no way a decent landscape photographer some of the shots came out OK.
or this video I took the winning Ricoh R10 and film Kodak Tri-X 400 into Melbourne's CBD for some street photography. Wasn't too bad either! The little R10 is a real winner and Tri-x really ticks my boxes. I've been loving Black and White film for such a long time and I'm really seeing why Tri-X is such a go-to for many photogs.
I managed to cop a freebie ticket to the 2018 AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and West Coast. While I had no vested interest in either team winning, Collingwood fans are insufferable at the best of times so watching their team fail in front of them was the ultimate prize. I captured some of the action inside the MCG, but there was more action outside after the game. Shot with my Ricoh GR and converted to Black & White for justice.
Went out with my trusty little Ricoh R10 in this dodgy and beat to hell abandoned house, it’s actually just down the street from my house so the commute was easy. I’ve been meaning to shoot it before they knock it down which happens pretty regularly in my area. So, I thought I’d check it out and shoot some film of course!
Why is there so much mystery surrounding what happens to the digital scans of our negatives? The digital footprint of the modern film shooter is often never spoken about, JC explores his thoughts on what film shooters should be doing with their digitised negatives once they return from the lab.
Took the Bronica RF 645 out for a Medium Format street session in Richmond. I headed to Victoria Street where there's a pretty sweet Vietnamese ex-pat community along the tram line. This video showcases the strength of T-Max 400, it's such a nice fine grain B+W film that I'm really beginning to prefer it over HP5+.
With my new (to me) Bronica RF 645 medium format rangefinder in toe, I explored an old abandoned farm house on Melbourne's outskirts. Scared some kangaroos, checked out the old sheering shed and found a burned out fridge. Shot on Ilford HP5 400 and you'll see all 16 medium format 645 frames, even the terrible ones!
Mike returns for his second guest post, this time focusing on The World Cup In Dumbo viewing party that he happened to stumble upon. With Baci and his Fuji in toe he truly captured the emotion of the World Cup (but in Brooklyn, obviously).