Sydney snaps

When browsing through my portable hard drive to find the files to create back-ups of, I came across some images of Sydney I hadn't yet shared. In the few weeks we were able to enjoy Australia, I became a lot more active as a photographer, but the slow arrival of our entire household from the UK made it necessary for me to develop all shot images in one big batch. The obvious consequence being that whilst all images got scanned, only half got posted and so I owe you a few beauties me thinks. Hanimex Electra II   These images were all taken on a Hanimex Electra II, a weird little instant camera which I picked up cheap at a local auction house in a deceased estate camera lot, and shot on Rollei 400s 35mm film. Development in RO9 (Rodinal one-shot) 1+ 25, scanned using Canoscan 9000f.      

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Sydney Royal National Park

  A few days ago, last Sunday to be precise, Sean and I went to the Royal National Park just South of Sydney. I cannot believe we had never done it before as it was so easy to get to! We took a train from Bondi Junction and rode the line all the way to Waterfall, where you are literally 100 meters away from the park entrance. The day started well and cheerful enough. Surely it was warm, but we packed quite a bit of water and some rolls for lunch, we checked out a walking route map at the station and off we went.   Well........   After walking for about 2 hours we were hot and bothered as the path provides with little shade, walking in the heat of the afternoon (started at 10) and finally got confused over some silly signpost pointing the opposite way of the direction we thought we needed to go to. Long story short: we turned round and walked the 2 hours back in the blazing heat - legs aching and bodies burning. Hiking fail!! I was never so happy in my life when we reached the train station and flopped down in an air conditioned train holding a cold drink. Now, a few days later there are numerous counts of bush fires all over Australia.   Images taken with a Rolleiflex TLR, using Kodak 100 T-max film + Yellow filter  

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Hong Kong Film Images

Finally I managed to get round to scanning all those blasted film images - and you'll have to understand that this is not to complain about using film. Oh no! My fun lies in shooting, understanding and developing film images, not so much the scanning part......but I suppose one cannot go without the other, especially if you intend to post any of this stuff online! 😀 These are images taken in Hongkong, September 2012, on a Rolleicord TLR camera, using 120mm Fuji Neopan 160 ISO color Film. Lab developed and scanned with Canoscan 9000f.  

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  The final images in Black and White are also finally finished. Because we've got another upcoming move, this time back to the EU due to circumstances around Sean's work, I have been working hard to get everything scanned, backed up and archived before I entrust another load of my belongings to a shipping company. There will be insurance in place - but I doubt that will compensate for the loss of my ENTIRE archive of negatives, should this occur. Black and white images taken with a Rollecord TLR, using 120 Shanghai GP3 100 ISO film. Developed in Kodak D-76 and scanned with Canoscan 9000f.  

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