Friday, December 2, 2016

Pentax 6x7 Portra 400

Yesterday I showed you the results of running fuji velvia slide film through my asahi 6x7 camera and today I'm sharing a roll of Portra 400. I changed the ISO in camera to 200 for this roll and then had it processed as normal + scanned using my DSLR method :) I also should say, I accidentally opened the back before the film was completed wound upon the spool, you can really notice it in the peachy shot because that was the last frame of the roll and thus the one that got hit the hardest with light. The funny thing about film is the mess ups are one of my favourite things and that peachy shot maybe my favourite from the roll!

Portra 400 - circus

Portra 400 - emaya
Emaya might kill me for posting this but I still think it's a nice photo! I guess a win for digital photography, where you can just check the back of the camera for eye blinks and then take a bunch more shots without batting an eyelid :P

Portra 400 - shane and family

light leaks for the win!

I've still got a lot more learning/playing around with the Asahi to do + getting comfortable changing film rolls but I'm really excited to own this bad boy and for all the photos to come :)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Asahi Pentax 6x7 - Fuji Velvia Film

So a few months ago I finally saved up enough pennies to buy my dream film camera, an Asahi Pentax 6x7. 

Mine didn't come with a strap but I've been loving the tripod screw version on the right I picked up.

Asahi - portrait
Obligatory self portrait with camera!

This thing is huge and heavy, it's also my first proper medium format camera taking 120 film; a film due to its negative size, records more data than 35mm film - a plus if you want to go large in printing.

After much research, I also settled on the takumar 2.4, 105mm lens, equivalent to around 50mm on my canon full frame body. 50mm is my all time favourite focal length so it was kind of a no brainer. My only complaint so far with the lens is its minimum focus is around 1 metre, I would of loved for that to be a lot closer! After building my scanning rig, I was able to "scan" two rolls of film, so today I'm going to show you the results from a roll of fuji velvia, which is a slide film.

I actually did two things with this film, I shot it in camera at 32 ISO( it's rated at 50) and I had it cross processed, so instead of running it through slide film chemicals, my local lab ran it through the normal colour processing - so I could get some funky colour results!

Asahi - rose

Asahi - self portrait
Note to self: hand held portraits - way to close to focus!

Asahi - cow

I love the crazy colours happening! 

One thing which I'll have to get use to and currently have a love/hate relationship with is the film only allows for ten shots when using the 6x7. I've been privileged in the past with the 35mm film getting 30+ shots per roll in my canon camera. The plus for this, is when I have to get through 30 shots, a lot of time film will sit in my camera, so the quick turn over is nice; although only having 10 shots before needing to change rolls does seem a little crazy to me! 

Tomorrow I'll show you some photos from a portra 400 roll :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

bought/gift/made /05

A fun little trio of images to show you guys today.

First up in the gifted category, a bunch of nature goodies from Ben  :)

And in the bought and made category, a nut bag and seaglass mobile

I'm so glad I finally bought myself a nut bag after previously battling, using a chux, to make almond milk. To be honest 8/10 times I do buy almond milk but when I'm not feeling lazy, I make my own.  The method is really simple - soak a cup of almonds, blend up the drained (soaked) almonds and then strain and squeeze that pulpey goo through the bag. The almond "milk" remaining once strained through the bag is very almond-ey in flavour so for my taste, I add about 80% water. I also add some dates for sweetness and a good sprinkle of tapioca flour to thicken the mix up. Of course there are no preservatives so this (roughly) 1 litre of milk needs to be consumed within a few days and I'll freeze any that I won't have time to drink. breathes out.

Finally, the guy on the right is a seaglass mobile that I put together with some driftwood and gold thread and currently hangs happily in my room :)

I hope life is treating everyone nicely!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


The other week, Ben and I and our friend Tim took a trip to the tiny town of Imbil, where we had a beer (well, cider) at the pub and considered ourselves super Aussie for the day :) I totally forgot to photograph the cider at the pub moment but I did take some photos of an abandoned train track and bridge to share today!

Imbil - Sunshine Coast

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Badges - Illustrations

My final few badges to show you guys - a few illustration ones I did to add to my gigantic pile! 

Possibly, I made a little too many for myself :p

Bunny badge! I drew this bunny off one of the bunnies we saw at rabbit island in Japan, still can't get over that cuteness of that place

Remember when I said I used the marbled paper we made for something else - this is it!

And lucky last a little swan boat, also inspired from our Japan trip! 
Okay I promise that's all for badges, for now anyway :p

Monday, November 7, 2016

Badges - Hand Lettering

Okay I'm back to share a bunch more badges I made when we had access to a badge maker - so fun! I went hand lettering mad, fell into a Pinterest spiral of inspiration + rad blog buddies like Katrina Sophia helped fuel the desire to try myself. I found when learning and practising this blog (Pieces Calligraphy) and its tutorials so so helpful! It gave me confidence really quickly which I didn't think was possible since my hand writing is definitely something I'm not normally proud of! I'm popping up a photo of each finished badge and also the design, because photographing badges is hard especially with the glare factor!

For our recent Japan trip, we used a translator to try and help me get vegan meals. I remember Ben looking into what the direct translation of Kanzen Saishoku Shugi No was and apparently it came up as "perfect vegetable person" which I thought was totes adorable and of course have wanted to make something with that phrase ever since!

Okay there is no denying I'm 100% in support of Adnan coming out of jail, don't know what I'm talking about? Go listen to Serial and promptly follow up with Undisclosed, you can thank me later :)

I'm also definitely a proud cloud watcher! If you're a cloud lover like myself, you should follow the cloud appreciation society on facebook here!

This one was inspired by El Juantastico's hand lettering, I love his 90s messy look he's got going with his work!

Looking at this makes me laugh because I wrote it thinking it said "birthdays suck" when Ben informed me, sux, actually reads sucks - ha ha ha, I'm definitely no gangster :p

I really like how the yellow came out on the black for this one!

and yup, I had to do this one - super romantic at heart!

I need to wear this on the days I want to try and be productive :)

And finishing off with some pink birthday cheer :)