WECC MEMBER // Nick Bedford - Photo Vol. 120

WECC Member Nick Bedford has posted his latest set of awesome images over at his Journal page at nickbedford.com. Always a treat, his latest film frenzy shows of some great Kodak Portra and Ektar 100 colour work along with the norm Tri-X variants and some Rolleiflex Ilford HP5+ action.. worth a look. ENJOY

Since I seem to be shooting both black and white and colour a lot now, I'm renaming these posts to simply Photo Vol. X. Seems more fitting and flexible. The Rolleiflex has been great, though I need to put it to more use with some Kodak Portra colour film and make some new portraits with it. The Leica M7 is still down in Melbourne at the servicing shop, though I have some recent 35mm Portra 160 photographs from a camping trip I went on with my mate Dash before I sent it away.
We managed to get the Pakon F135+ to scan raw TIFFs of colour film and the results are quite astounding, even despite the limited resolution of the scanner (6 megapixels). The latitude in colour film is amazing.

LOCAL NEWS // Racquet Film Public Darkroom FUNDRAISER

We at WECC have been great fans of everything Racquet Films do, and getting a Public Darkroom off the ground is something we are going to cheer and yell about. With a few more "secrets" in the works, this is just the start of what we hope is a great ANALOG revival for all Brisbane Film Fans. We call all to arms and encourage all FILM shooters to help get this well-needed service off the ground ....workshop anyone.


Racquet Film began as a comission-free agency to help photographers make more money without paying fees. We've since expanded rapidly, with the opening of our full service lab (C41, B&W, E6 in 135, 120 and 220 formats, all done in-house). The demand for a public darkroom has become apparent, and the building directly next door of Racquet Film's lab and gallery is currently on hold. Racquet Film are willing to match the amount donated to cover the $18,000 bill to rent the space, and are taking donations to build a pro-grade darkroom that the entire Brisbane community can use. We'd be so greatful for any donation, big or small, whether it be money or darkroom equipment. Having spent four months in the shop, we've witnessed first hand the growth of film in Brisbane, and we want to continue to nurture this advancement, and think the expansion of services for the Racquet community is an amazing way to do this. 

100% of the funds will go toward darkroom equipment, associated bills and the other expenses it takes to make a professional darkroom worthy of public use. As previously mentioned, any donations would be greatly appreciated, and we are truly passionate about advancing film photography in Brisbane (the old school way).

Thanks in advance for your support, and feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions.


Good things take time by Morgan Roberts

After reading Morgan's post on Facebook recently, I really thought it was something to share. I have known Morgan for sometime and I have seen him roll with the punches and always come out smiling. As we pursue whatever it is we feel is important, I think Morgan's Post is a wonderful example of getting on with things and not complicating the journey too much. Cheers Morgan!

Selfie by Morgan Roberts

As most of you would be aware, I tend to shy away from gratuitous Facebook status updates about personal achievements, excluding of course anything to do with Harry, our single greatest achievement. Today I'd like to buck the trend and share some statistics. 

It's been two years and a month since I left Apple. Two months prior to that, Emma and I got married, and in the time since we started a family and moved back in with my parents to make ends meet. I started working full time as a photographer, the craft I love so much, having previously spent about seven years doing it as a hobby with some paid work on the side, not to mention completing in that time a Bachelors Degree in Photography majoring in Photojournalism, which took four-and-a-half. Since making it my main income I have shot ten weddings and assisted on many others, as well as countless smaller jobs and an 18-month stint teaching with an exciting but ultimately frustrating part-time photography course.

The next wedding that I book will be the twentieth wedding I will have booked and/or photographed since making this my full time employment. Most (wedding) photography friends of mine already shoot more than that in a year, but I'm ok with that. That's two bookings in the current financial year for every one in the previous two financial years. In that time I've also shot about 50 commissioned portraits, again small compared to some people I know, but again... small steps. Growth and progress. 

Since April, I've lost 7 kilos. I can play 40 minutes of a team sport and not die in the ass. I can do 8km in 45 minutes on the flat, which is about 40 minutes more than I could run for, period, four months ago.

Harry is nearly two. Emma and I have taught him to kick a ball, in the right direction too. He's actually more accurate than me, which isn't hard, but... small steps. I could go in to more detail about him, but that's another story.

Don't beat up on yourself looking through countless photography blogs thinking you'll never be as good as them. You're not, yet... don't expect to shoot street like Cartier-Bresson tomorrow, because you will die in the ass. But don't stop. Don't give up on playing the game you love because you're unfit and eat too much shit. Make a change and do something about it.

Good things take time. Heaps of time. And I'm proud of what I've achieved.

Here's to all the people that were part of this journey. You all know who you are. Mostly, Emma. I could not imagine doing this without you.

And here's to the next ten years.

WORKSHOP // Natural Light Portrait Workshop

Morgan, Simon and I would like to thank everyone for coming to our natural light workshop on Saturday 28th June. Thanks also to Hamish, who offered to be our subject for the afternoon.

It was great to go over the techniques and tools we use when creating portraits using only the light we have available, whether that is window light, sunlight or even existing interior lighting.

Here are some of our picks from the workshop.

By Morgan Roberts   Technique:  Window key light

By Morgan Roberts
Technique: Window key light

By Nick Bedford   Technique:  Window key light with second window acting as rim light

By Nick Bedford
Technique: Window key light with second window acting as rim light

By Nick Bedford   Technique:  Cloudy sun light

By Nick Bedford
Technique: Cloudy sun light

Here are a number of behind the scenes photographs from us and a few attendees, Kenny, Connor & Justin.

So thanks again to everyone for attending, we look forward to seeing everyone in the future and feel free to post any pictures from the day on our Facebook page. 

For those who already asked and for those who have not, we have just announced TWO workshops. First to take place this month 'ONE LIGHT OFF CAMERA FLASH PORTRAIT WORKSHOP' and for early August 'FILM DEVELOPING WORKSHOP'. Check them out and hope to see you there. Remember places are limited, we like to keep them personal.

Simon, Morgan, Nick

GEAR REVIEW // Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 Russian lens

Two lenses grace my M9-P, a superb  35 Summocron and  it's very capable 28mm F/2 Voigtlander Cousin.  Lately however,  I have been contemplating a magic 50. I shoot the majority of my portraits with  my Nikon and a 50 f1.4 lens, so I just felt it would be a wise move to look into my 50mm options.  

ZeissLeica and even Voigtlander have might fine examples, however it was a friend and fellow Leica Shooter  who lent me his small f/2 Jupiter 8 Russian lens to try on my Leica M. Here are a few  pics taken with the silver beauty below.

He made it clear in  no way was it going to replace a Leica lens, however he urged me to give it a try. Now strait up I was very impressed. I jumped online and grabbed myself a 'NOS Black Jupiter 8' on eBay, 4 weeks later, and it arrived safe and sound,  it looked great and was in MINT NEW Condition, not bad for $60. I had ordered an adapter online as well and was ready to shoot. I have included some iPhone images of the lens as I unboxed it (kinda)

iPhone 4 image Simon P M Johnson

J8 1960 left vs  J8 1986 right

Here is a image comparison I shot. Both lenses at f2 same settings on the Leica M9-P. The image on the left is the 1960 Silver model, on the right the Black 1986 version. I was focusing on the 'ThinkPad Logo'

Justa few quick words and snaps to show those who are interested. For a more detailed review do a few Google searches and see what you can find.


WECC member Morgan Roberts has a knack for capturing some beautiful images of people. His subtle yet striking portraits are always worth a mention, particularly  the image below. Great use of light and a gentle post process have helped create a wonderful final image ...cheers Morgan.

Simon P M Johnson

image by Morgan Roberts

Being comfortable with your photographer is the most important thing for me, with any type of shoot, but mostly a one-on-one portrait like this one. The other day I was talking to a model on a shoot I was assisting for about who some of my favourite fashion and portrait photographers were, and two names come to mind  - Peter Lindbergh and Mark Seliger.


Source (http://morganrobertsphotography.com/)

Flash Lighting Workshop Results


We want to thank everyone who attended our Flash Lighting Workshop in November last year as well as Camera Pro for lending us some useful gear and some extra hands. Thanks to Nick Bedford for leading the workshop with the assistance of Morgan, Tyler and Simon. It was a great afternoon.

These are the results of the workshop along with the settings and a description of the lighting used to create the portrait. We hope you learned a thing or two about lighting and portraits and will see you at the next WECC event!

1/80th – F2.8 – ISO 100
Softbox above to the right (key light)

1/160th – F5.6 – ISO 200   Softbox above to the right (key light) + reflector below (fill light)

1/160th – F5.6 – ISO 200
Softbox above to the right (key light) + reflector below (fill light)

1/80th – F2.8 – ISO 100   Softbox above (key light) + two bare flashes behind and to the side (rim lights) + reflector from below (fill light)

1/80th – F2.8 – ISO 100
Softbox above (key light) + two bare flashes behind and to the side (rim lights) + reflector from below (fill light)

1/100th – F18 – ISO 200   Bare flash from left (key light)

1/100th – F18 – ISO 200
Bare flash from left (key light)

1/200th – F4 – ISO 100   Sunlight from right (key light) + umbrella from above and left (rim light)

1/200th – F4 – ISO 100
Sunlight from right (key light) + umbrella from above and left (rim light)

1/125th – F5 – ISO 100   Softbox from above (key light)

1/125th – F5 – ISO 100
Softbox from above (key light)

1/100th – F6.3 – ISO 100   Softbox from above to the right (key light) + umbrella to the left (rim light) + softbox from left of camera (fill light)

1/100th – F6.3 – ISO 100
Softbox from above to the right (key light) + umbrella to the left (rim light) + softbox from left of camera (fill light)

One of my favourite pictures from the session however, was lit only by the hard sunlight coming through into the shed. Along with Dan's pose, it created a very thoughtful portrait.


Gear Review // The Fuji X100 and 2012... A Year of Change.

WECC Member Grand Puba 'Morgan Roberts' wrote a great review on his thoughts and experiences while using the Fujifilm X100.  It originally appeared on his blog site about a month or so ago. I felt I would give you guys the heads up and tantalize your retina with some of the images Morgan posted .... oh and one sentence from his post to get the ball rolling ....

image by Morgan Roberts

image by Morgan Roberts

I was shooting in the street the other day and this little hipster punk asked me what camera it was that I was using
image by Morgan Roberts

image by Morgan Roberts

image by Morgan Roberts

image by Morgan Roberts

image by Morgan Roberts

image by Morgan Roberts

Head over to Morgans site to read the great article in full, and enjoy the visual feast. 

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