Posts by tag: graffiti

Inspired Expired

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 16th July 2015

I’ve been enjoying using my vintage camera collection for my Retro 365 project this year. They have all taken fresh black and white film of one format or another, but recently I have been wanting to try some expired colour film to experiment with. I’ve had quite a few rolls of colour print and slide film kicking around in my fridge for over a decade! I also wanted to try some Sprocket Hole Photography – where the whole of the width of the 35mm film frame is exposed, including the sprocket holes at each side.

Wilkes Street - The Avenger

Wilkes Street – The Avenger

I found an excellent step-by-step guide on Flickr from Hans Marvell, which detailed a non-permanent method of converting a Yashica 44 to take a standard 35mm cassette to expose all the sprockets. So I thought I would give it a try. The conversion itself wasn’t too difficult (careful not to lose those tiny screws!) and I got the film loaded in time to take the Yashica to London with me for a wander around Brick Lane for a couple of hours before meeting up with friends for dinner. There is loads of colourful graffiti around the streets there, perfect for sprocket-type images:

Expired film can be tricky to use, it loses sensitivity (film speed) after passing its sell-by date. But my Royal Gold had been stored in the fridge, which arrests this process a little, so I decided to shoot at box speed to see what happened. Once I’d finished it I took it to my local Snappy Snaps for conventional 1-hour C41 development. The negs didn’t look too bad when I got them back. I digitised them by photographing each frame with my Canon EOS 5DMkIII with the Canon 100mm EF f/2.8 L IS USM macro lens, mounted on a copystand and illuminated the negatives from underneath with my Yongnuo YN 560 Speedlite (I don’t have a scanner at the moment). A bit of fiddling with Photoshop got the positive image out of the orange-cast negs, and I am generally very pleased with the results. I’ll be using more of that old film very soon!

Spain Day 10 – Granada And La Alhambra

Posted by Caz on Sunday, 30th March 2014

I’m a big fan of spiral staircases – and this fine example at my hotel was just begging to be photographed before I headed out for a day of exploring Granada:

Hotel Spiral

Hotel Spiral

During the morning I looked for some geocaches and gradually worked my way up the huge hill towards La Alhambra. There was some impressive graffiti along the way:

AIRU

AIRU

Breezeblock Texture

Breezeblock Texture

Plaza Nueva

Plaza Nueva

Calle Real de La Alhambra

Calle Real de La Alhambra

Here is a collection of images from my walk around Granada:

My afternoon was spent looking around the incredible Alhambra Palace, built between the 11th-13th Centuries by the Moorish rulers of Spain, and later added to by the Christian King Carlos V in the 1500’s.

There is incredible and very beautiful ornamentation everywhere you look. It’s hard not to see hundreds of images around every corner!

Caught On Cameraphone, La Alhambra

Caught On Cameraphone, La Alhambra

The Curve Of A Chair

The Curve Of A Chair

Studded Door, Palacio de Carlos V

Studded Door, Palacio de Carlos V

Old Walls

Old Walls

Pillar Details

Pillar Details

Stained Glass Ceiling

Stained Glass Ceiling

Palacio del Partal

Palacio del Partal

Here are my other images from La Alhambra:

Spain Day 2 – Drive To Órgiva & Villa

Posted by Caz on Saturday, 22nd March 2014

I picked up my hire car this morning for the drive to our villa in Órgiva. Instead of going directly via the motorway, I decided to potter through some of the smaller towns, finding a few geocaches along the way. My first stop was in La Maláha where I found a ruined villa near the old Roman baths:

Mural And A Ruined Window

Mural And A Ruined Window

Next I made a detour into the pretty village of Padúl, where the overlook gave me a fantastic view:

Pretty Padúl

Pretty Padúl

On arrival at La Estrellita, I was shown to my lovely room to get settled in:

My Room

My Room

The late afternoon was a time for a stroll around the garden which has an azure-green swimming pool at its foot. I’m sure we’re going to have a great week here, can’t wait to get started!

Pool Layers

Pool Layers

My mono image for the day just goes to prove that There’s Always A Lamp. Here are some of the other shots from today:

Spain Day 1 – Travel & Granada

Posted by Caz on Friday, 21st March 2014

Today was the first day of my trip to Granada and the Alpujarras in Spain. The flight was quick and efficient, taking off from London City Airport which meant I saw the sights of the Capital from above. There were also some lovely clouds along the way:

Up In The Clouds

Up In The Clouds

Once I had checked into my hotel I took a walk around the streets of Granada looking for some geocaches. I also found some interesting graffiti:

Graffiti Colour

Graffiti Colour

The sun was shining and the architecture was always worth a look, especially these attractive railings in front of an old church:

Trapped Shadows

Trapped Shadows

I found another intriguing church thanks to looking for one cache – the Basílica de San Juan de Dios – decorated with gold from top to toe. Quite incredible!

The Pulpit

The Pulpit

My mono image for the day features some Shadows On The Corner. Here are a few more shots from the day: