From a 45 released in April 1967, although the song was written in 1965. Great folk rock jangle sound from Davenport, Iowa group The Contents Are. Label was Rok 6709. All info from the essential guide to mid ’60s teenbeat sounds “Teenbeat Mayhem” by Mike Markesich.

Some recent documentation of an exhibition by the great photojournalist David Burnett at the ACP exhibition space at Taylor Square. He has photographed every USA President from JFK to Obama. Many of his photos are textbook examples of creative framing and exposure. The exhibition is at 118 Oxford St, Darlinghurst from 19 October to 12 November 2016. Full details at ACP website. All my documentation photos were made with a Canon 6D and 16-35 and 28-70 Canon lenses. I take all the photos with the picture style set to monochrome as I find that seeing the photo in black and white helps me to control the exposure and tonality without the distraction of colour. Because these are raw files I can work with them as colour photos on the computer.

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(still have some film to develop – will update this when complete)

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Paper negative exposed when we were looking at basic movements. This was a 210mm Symmar with a lot of front rise on 4×5 Chamonix 045N2

 

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Deardorff 8×10 with 300mm at f/5.6 and some lens swing

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detail showing sharp focus on eye and smooth fall off to out of focus.

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paper negative version of above. Foma RC rated at EI 6.

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paper negative Foma RC rated at EI 6. Deardorff 8×10 with 240mm lens at f/5.6 and some lens swing.

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Above, Deardorff 8×10 with 300mm at f/5.6. Below is the same lens at f/32. Obvious light leak at the top of the sheet. I let the students load the film that they are going to expose, and I remember that when I went into the loading room to check this that the bottom flap of the film holder was up, with the darkslide under it rather than inserted into it, so must have happened then. This was the first time they had loaded any sheet film, let alone 8×10, so little mistakes are allowable – this is a learning process.

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6 books borrowed during September.

Photobooks at ACP Gallery

October 6, 2016

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The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) is running an exhibition curated by Daniel Boetker-Smith, the director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. The show is on until 15th October at 118 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Sydney. There are 40 books from the Archive that can be looked through by visitors, as well as an exhibition of the project Thai Politics no.3 by photographer Miti Ruangkritya. I interviewed Daniel for the ACP and you can read it at the ACP website. We talked about the Archive, photobooks in general, as well as the Asia-Pacific region. The APPA is a great idea, well run, and is sure to be of increasing significance as the collection grows and as the region changes. There are some amazing books on display – as Daniel said, it amounts to 40 bodies of work, something impossible for a gallery to display in traditional exhibition format.

Below is a view of the space, showing Thai Politics no.3, which is photographs of defaced election posters from Bangkok in 2011.

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Library books, August 2016

October 6, 2016

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8 books borrowed during August.

4×5 project, August 2016 #8

September 20, 2016

I decided to test some Plus-X I was given a couple of months back. This was an opened box and the film had expired in June 1998. The person who gave it to me had been given it by someone else, however I was told that it had been in a freezer. I was also told that other old film from the same source had worked out OK. I used to like using Plus-X in 35mm and I particularly recall liking it rated at 400 and processed in Diafine. Kodak discontinued Plus-X in 35mm about 2010 or 2011, however the sheet film versions were discontinued around 2005. I rated this at 100 (box speed was 125 but 100 is easy to meter) and processed in Rodinal 1+50 for 13 minutes. It worked out well with low base fog and good exposure. There seems to be about fifteen sheets still in the box so I will work through the rest.

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Kodak Plus-X with Symmar 210mm, above and below

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The exposure below was made on the same day, just after the top photo, however this was using the last of the Adox CHS II. The lens was a Sironar N 150mm. This and the first photo were done in Surry Hills and the middle one was at Marrickville.

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