Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bye Bye Pride - the Go Betweens (mp3)

They say it's going to be 36 degrees tomorrow - that should be fun. Only music can save us now - here's one of my favourite Australian songs, the Go Betweens and Bye Bye Pride:

Paul and Nicholas at Olympic Pool, Milsons Point

Paul at Olympic Pool, Milsons Point

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Paul at Olympic Pool, Milsons Point

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Paul and Nicholas at Olympic Pool, Milsons Point

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Olympic Pool, Milsons Point


Olympic Pool, Milsons Point, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.


Paul and Nicholas, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Minilux days of summer ...

Paul at the kiosk cafe, Nielsen Park I thought summer had arrived last week, what with the beautiful weather we enjoyed on Saturday (see these pics from Shark Bay/Nielsen Park) ... but what happened today? Had to bike to the station in the drizzle, which got me soaked by the time I'd done the 10 minute ride. I guess that's the Sydney spring for you.
The next few pics were taken with the square old Leica Minilux using cheapo Kodak Elite Chrome slide film. I should use the Minilux more because it has that nice Summarit lens and is quite handy - but most of all because it allows me to do fill in flash, which I've learnt is essential for outdoor portraits in Sydney's glaring sun - otherwise faces just turn out as shadows. The two things I don't like about the Minilux are a) its boxy shape and sharp corners, and b) its loud mechnical film autowinder, which makes it sound like Robocamera. And unlike many Minilux users I have s far escaped the dreaded E06 shutter error.

Andrew at the kiosk cafe, Nielsen Park

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park


Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park


Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park


Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Andrew at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park


Andrew at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Andrew and Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park

Andrew and Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park

Andrew and Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park

Andrew and Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park

Andrew and Paul at Shark Bay, Nielsen Park

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Shark Bay, Nielsen Park


Shark Bay, Nielsen Park, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Me at Glass and Bottle Point, Shark Bay, Nielsen Park

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Paul at Glass and Bottle Point, Shark Bay, Nielsen Park

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film.

Shark Bay, Nielsen Park


Shark Bay, Nielsen Park, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica Minilux and Kodak Elite Chrome slide film

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sydney Surfing - Harold Cazneaux, 1929


manly print


I'm a bit short on images at the moment so I'll post this golden oldie from 1929, by that genius Harold Cazneaux. It really sums up the Sydney summer, I think - and that's something I'm still looking forward to.

And while I'm on the subject of golden oldies, I love looking at old portraits and wondering what the people were like in person. I had a revelation once when i went to the V&A on a rainy day and saw their old miniatures from the middle ages and Tudor times - they were just like Blackadder come to lilfe. I had the same feeling on my last trip to the National Portrait gallery about 18 months ago - I just loved the portraits and felt I got a real impression of the people. And I really wanted to take home some copies, but there was no book that included a roundup of of my favourite portraits. Fortunately I was able to pick up an old out of print compendium of NPG portraits from a second hand bookshop in Glebe for a mere $40 and love to browse through it at the breakfast table.
One of my faves is this one from the 16th century: a portrayal of Sir Thomas More's family:
Thomas More's family, 1993

And in particular I like the image of the woman who is second from the right - she looks so lifelike and contemporary, even though she lived more than 400 years ago. She is Marie, wife of Sir Thomas More's grandson.
Maria More, 1593

Some other old favourites include this one from Harold Cazneaux, of two orphan sisters from 1906:
The Orphan Sisters, Harold Cazneaux, 1906

Monday, October 27, 2008

The other Kings Cross


Kings Cross with bike, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Phew, it ain't half hot mum here in Sydney. I'm really missing our old flat which was nice and cool and airy - and had wooden floors instead of this carpet rubbish.
So here I am sat in the heat listening to It's Immaterial playing Driving Away from Home - a song I'd forgotten about until reminded by the excellent "Crying All the Way to the Chip Shop" blog that I mentioned earlier in the week. I used to listen to that song when I lived on Lark Lane, Liverpool 17, and dream about getting away from Liverpool. Now I'm away I wouldn't mind going back! (At least for some cool drizzly weather)
But I might as well be back in England for the number of cockneys and southerners in our office. They're really getting on my tits some of them, too, with their cock-er-nee blagging etc about football.
So to appease the gods of Larndan, here are some pics of the other Kings Cross, taken with my old Contax IIa on my last trip back to blighty 18 months ago.

Kings Cross station clock

Kings Cross station, London

Kings Cross

Kings Cross

Kings Cross Station



This week's bit of totty is Maureen Dunlop of Argentina - as pictured in 1944 when she was a ferry pilot for the ATA. Scanned from a very dull book on this subject ...

Phwoaar ... I love a girl in uniform ..

And I will leave you with a drawing by Paul of me telling his older brother off tonight (for teasing Paul). Quite good I thought - he's got Linda's hair off to a tee, and you can definitely see the Beano/Calamity James influence:
Me telling Andrew off (by Paul)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The last days of print film


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

I got my bag of film out last week and counted how many rolls I have left. The answer is about twenty of print film - mostly Kodak 400 and a few 100s that I got for $2 when collecting my happy snaps - and about thirty or so rolls of slide film that I'm saving up for my Christmas holidays. But I'm now tempted to switch totally to slide film for two reasons: firstly because I am running out of storage space for my photos - I have six or seven cardboard boxes full of stuff from the last the last decade (how many digital photographers will have that much stuff in archive?). Slides/trannies will save a lot of space.
Second reason is that it's just getting too hard to get film developed in a timely and cheap way these days. There is one chemist who is still taking my snaps to send to QFL in Melbourne: it's supposed to come back in 2-3 days but they don't come back for about a week now - and how long will that service be running? It's self defeating - the service is getting so bad that nobody will use it. There are some professional labs that still do film print processing - like Vision Graphics - but they are two to three times the cost of the chemist service - not something I can afford with my rate of going through three to six rolls a week.
It's a pity because although I prefer slide film in many ways, there is still something so good about a print that comes out well - much less contrast and more muted colours than the stark colours of Ektachrome.
Here are a few prints from my recent trip to North Head - compare them to the much bluer and bolder slide snaps from the same place, posted a week or two ago... I still like the prints a lot (even though these needed some Photoshop colour correction to get rid of a horrible sepia/brown cast that made Sydney look like smoggy LA.
I guess this is the end of print film - so I am literally using up my film like's it's going out of fashion


Most of the pics were taken with my Leica R7 and Vario-Elmar 28-70mm lens with Kodak Gold 100 film. A few are from the Leica IIIa and the Elmars: 35mm and 50mm.

Sydney Harbour from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Sydney Harbour from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Sydney Harbour from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Sydney from North Head


Sydney from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Eastern suburbs cliffs from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Testing the Leica R7 and Vario-Elmar 28-70mm lens with Kodak Gold 100 film.

View of Sydney's eastern suburbs from North Head

View of Sydney from North Head


View of Sydney from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Sydney Harbour from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Testing the Leica R7 and Vario-Elmar 28-70mm lens with Kodak Gold 100 film.

Sydney Harbour from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Testing the Leica R7 and Vario-Elmar 28-70mm lens with Kodak Gold 100 film.

Sydney Harbour from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Testing the Leica R7 and Vario-Elmar 28-70mm lens with Kodak Gold 100 film.

Spot the seaplane


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Testing the Leica R7 and Vario-Elmar 28-70mm lens with Kodak Gold 100 film.

Ferries passing at the Heads


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Not quite 'ships in the night' but sailing away and forever our pleasure is blue ... (thanks Bill Neslon and Be Bop Deluxe) Testing the Leica R7 and Vario-Elmar 28-70mm lens with Kodak Gold 100 film.

Sydney Harbour from North Head


Sydney Harbour from North Head, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Cardinal Cerretti Memorial Chapel, Manly


Old chapel, Manly, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Leica IIIa and Elmar 50/2.8