Posts in the Yashica Mat-124G category

It’s been a bit of a challenge, but today I’m finally crossing the finish line of the 52 weeks | 52 rolls project! Three cheers for me!

As it’s my intention to write a recap post about the whole experience – as a matter of fact I’ve already started on it – I’m heading straight for last week’s roll which I took in the span of an hour, after one storm ended and before another began.

Trying to make the job easier for the lab – it’s still holiday season after all – I asked to have the film C-41 processed, but being Lomography X-Pro Slide the film in question that meant I had it cross-processed.

Aren’t the first two shots – nearly the same but for the colours – amazing?
I took the same image twice because as usual my Yashica got stuck after the first shot, but I haven’t the faintest idea of how I managed to create such a completely different colour scheme!
Until someone will come up with an explanation, I’ll think of it as a final dose of Christmas magic.

52th roll 11 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

52th roll 2 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

The tinge of redness in the rocks below has utterly charmed me.

52th roll 3 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

That’s not a tangerine tree (they don’t grow at such northerly latitudes), but a tree decorated with tangerines. Isn’t it lovely?

52th roll 4 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

Thank goodness that afternoon the sea was calm, otherwise with such a high tide it would have been impossible to walk where I did.

52th roll 5 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

52th roll 6 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

52th roll 8 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

And here’s the last film photo of 2013, or at least the one I think will be the last.
The focal point didn’t end up where I wanted it to be, but I’m happy the iconic chimneys (the two red-and-white striped chimneys I’ve been shooting so many times lately) are still visible among the approaching clouds and general haziness. Aren’t they?

52th roll 12 Week 52 | 52 rolls project

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. Are you now getting ready for New Year’s Eve?

Camera: Yashica Mat-124G
Film: Lomography X-Pro Slide 200
Location: Seapoint, Co. Dublin

Oxford, revisited [Part 3]

The air of Oxford has indeed proved peculiarly susceptible to fictional death and […] there is no competition in the murder stakes.

― P. D. James, Talking about Detective Fiction.

Hi, my name is Antonella and I read detective novels. And I love reading P. D. James. And therefore I have a thing for Oxford. But you may have already guessed that.

Oxford High Street Oxford, revisited [Part 3]

Oxford Merton Street Oxford, revisited [Part 3]

Oxford Merton College Fellows Garden Oxford, revisited [Part 3]

Oxford Meadow Cottage Oxford, revisited [Part 3]

Oxford Merton College Bench Oxford, revisited [Part 3]

Oxford Magdalen College Oxford, revisited [Part 3]

And with this third instalment my Oxford, revisited series comes to an end. If you missed part 1 and 2, here are the links:
Oxford, revisited [Part 1]
Oxford, revisited [Part 2]

Camera: Yashica Mat-124G
Film: Lomography CN 400
Location: Oxford, England

Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

Revisited, or better rescanned.

When back in Spring I decided to update the operating system on my Mac, I didn’t have the faintest idea that the version of SilverFast I owned would not run under Lion. Looking for alternatives which would work with my scanner (an Epson F-3200), I came across VueScan. All the positive reviews easily won me over and I purchased it.

At first I really couldn’t understand how fellow photographers could consider such a basic software “one of the most powerful scanning software available today”. But at the same time I didn’t want to believe that all the good reviews were just hype, so I delved deeper and learned things like the importance of properly profiling your scanner with Vuescan.
I don’t think I’ve done with the learning yet, but so far I’ve been wowed by what it’s possible to achieve with this software.

And that’s the reason why I’ve been rescanning old negatives during the past few months, as if I didn’t have enough to do already.

Oxford Christ Church Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

Oxford Towards Christ Church Meadow Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

Oxford Boats Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

Rowing in Oxford Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

Oxford Christ Church Meadow 2 Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

Oxford Christ Church Meadow Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

Oxford Christ Church Meadow River Cherwell Oxford, revisited [Part 1]

If you want to see how some of these photos looked when scanned with SilverFast, follow the links below. For those who don’t have the time to read more about my time in Oxford but are wondering about the fuzziness, it was caused by the shutter speed wheel which got stuck at 1/2 sec stop. I tried to make the most of the three only options I was left with (B, 1 sec and 1/2 sec) but that didn’t always worked out.

Slowly but surely: Oxford.
In the dark green streams.
Oxford’s quad galore.

Camera: Yashica Mat-124G
Film: Lomography CN 400
Location: Oxford, England

Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Last week I decided to get acquainted again with the only TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) camera present in my collection. After virtually six months apart I had forgotten that the crank gets stuck after taking the first shot, hence the double exposure below.

Pembroke Road Dublin Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Wellington Road with its immense width, its long lawns and lovely gardens […] are dignified examples of Victorian domestic refinement. These purlieus were untroubled by the violence of the industrial revolution.

After having read this in Dublin: A Portrait by V.S. Pritchett I decided to go and have a close look, but it was bins collection day and I couldn’t take all the photos I’d have loved to.

Wellington Road Dublin Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Wellington Road Dublin 2 Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Wellington Road Dublin 3 Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Wellington Road Dublin 4 Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Wellington Road Dublin 5 Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Then I kept shooting on my way to the city centre.

Sussex Road Dublin Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Gran Canal Dublin Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Kiosk Dublin Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Adelaide Road Dublin Week 41 | 52 rolls project

Hope you’re all having a great week so far.

Camera: Yashica Mat-124G
Film: Lomography Earl Grey 100 (developed in Ilfosol 3, 1+14, 6 min, 20°C)
Location: Dublin

Today you just have to sit back, relax and breathe.

17th roll 1 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

17th roll 2 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

No animals were harmed in the making of this photograph! The octopus below was in fact in top shape and between him moving towards the sea and the waves coming in, I did struggle so much to get the subject in focus!

17th roll 3 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

Could you believe that part of this building used to be a tea room in the 1950s?

17th roll 4 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

That’s Dalkey Island, which is just off shore from Dalkey. You can also clearly see the Martello Tower.

17th roll 5 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

Love that golden-yellow bush! Its name is Gorse and it gives off a very distinctive smell of coconut. It’s true, I swear.

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17th roll 9 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

17th roll 10 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

Can you spot the girl climbing the rock?

17th roll 11 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

17th roll 12 Week 17 | 52 rolls project

I’m so glad I took this long needed walk on Killiney Beach, even though within one hour or so it started raining.

Oh Fujichrome Velvia 50! I knew this film would be able to provide extremely fine grain but I was literally taken aback by its colour tones. I shot during a bright cloudy afternoon and I must say colour reproduction is perfect! If only E-6 processing wasn’t that pricey!

PS: If you are not ready to leave this beach yet, there are more photos here.

Camera: Yashica Mat-124G
Film: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Location: Killiney Beach – Dalkey, Co. Dublin