Foto 5 Live and Uncut

A blog of Photography experiences

Working with a new Format… by Paul Griffiths 12/17/16

There has been an interesting turn of events as many photographers I see returning back to the good old days by using film cameras.yashblog 100 2016 screenshot 2016 12 07 21 19 23
Many that I read have invested in some really neat gear Leica, Nikon and small compacts such as Rollei, Olympus Trip and Contax. Also that some are looking to new formats like medium and large format. There’s never been a better time than to check out the used camera sellers online for prices especially for the medium format camera. There are plenty out there such as the Rolleiflex, Mamiya and Yashica all in good working order I might add. These cameras were built to last.

For me I bought a Yashica D in excellent condition and couldn’t wait to test it out at the earliest opportunity. With no internal light metering system I had to rely on a light meter which I later found out was probably about 1 stop out! That didn’t bother me as you can see i was able to make the adjustments in Lightroom from the scans after I got the processed film back from the local camera stop. Using Ilford XP2 400 film, as I prefer the very contrast images that this film produces. Everyone’s talking about Acros though, maybe because of Fuji’s filter option in the Latest X-T2 and XPro2 cameras! Thats something I have got to check out…

So here are the results nothing really outstanding just a good set of solid images with good exposure. All taken at The Battersea Park on beautiful clear sunny winters day. One thing I found – Using medium format, does slow you down, which is not a bad thing! Making you think about composition and light. Yes film processing can be expensive which is another reason to consider each shot extensively and to ‘slow down’ when using film cameras. Unless of course you are commissioned!

Here’s to the next 120 roll when I’m going to push the 400 rated film a couple of stops to see what results I get!


The First Post… by Paul Griffiths 12/17/16

This blog has been created for the workshops of the Live and Uncut workshop, to allow them to share their thoughts, tips, something they have learnt recently, a storyline associated that is associated with the published 5 photos. I hope too that we might be able to persuade some professional photographers to promote their work, new projects, a workshop or a tour, a book, maybe an exhibition of their work or even a review of a recent product.

So to start the blog off I thought I would post 5 images from my City… London… In the new year I’m offering the chance for visitors to join me for a tour round this magnificent city.
Here’s the link (to Tours and Tuition)
to make contact with me to arrange a meet up and all the relevant information….








All tours will be tailored made to suit you from where and what you want to go and see – Usually the not so well known places in London plus some street and architectural tuition for you – that I’m sure will improve your travel photography.


All you need: Is a good pair of walking shoes and your camera – You can bring your tripod along as well if you need..


Best regards

Paul Griffiths

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