Corner Store

As a young child growing up, the corner store was a big part of my family’s domestic life. The supermarket, as we know it today, did not exist. The local grocer supplied our weekly groceries. The corner store was for buying things we had run out of, or for little luxuries, such as soft drinks, ice creams, lollies and other such items.

While the corner store still exists, many of these small businesses are struggling to compete with mega-supermarkets where so many of us do our grocery shopping these days.

On a recent trip to the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville, I took some photos of corner stores.

Corner Store, Yarraville
Corner Store, Yarraville

For the above photos, I used Kodak Gold film loaded in my Kodak Retinette 1A camera.

Corner Store, Yarraville
Corner Store, Yarraville

A few days later, I returned with my Nikon EM loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film.

Corner Store, Yarraville

The corner store in the above photo is in another part of Yarraville. I have wanted to take this photo for a while now, and I wanted to use black and white film. Its weathered boards and peeling paint cry out to be the subject of a black and white photograph.

Please Note:
I am the copyright holder of all photographs that appear on this blog. Please respect my copyright.

Advertisements

Getting Up Close

I am often amazed at how close some wild birds will allow me to get. Slow steady movement is required; any sudden moves and the subject is gone.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo had landed on a branch near my back deck. Although nervous, it allowed me to get within a couple of metres, and take this portrait.

Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

This portrait of a young Australian King Parrot was a little easier to take. On a hot summer’s day, it was intent on getting a cool drink.

Please Note:
I am the copyright holder of all photographs that appear on this blog. These images are protected by copyright laws and all rights are reserved.

Thoughts…

The purpose of this post is to share my thoughts on my film photography. It’s been a little over a year since I took my old cameras and some rolls of film out of the cupboard and started re-using them.

My first thought is how much my photography has been rejuvenated. Now, I’m not getting into the argument of film photography is better than digital or vice versa. Both have their place. I will still be using my digital camera, particularly for bird photography.

A baby Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) captured by a digital camera.

Think more; shoot less is a sage piece of advice. Thinking more about the shot I am about to take is paramount to my film photography. Unlike digital photography, where I can take multiple shots of my subject, film is too expensive to do that.

Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

The above photograph was taken using a Kodak Retinette Rangefinder camera loaded with Kodacolor film. This roll of film was probably the first roll to be used in this camera for close on forty years.

Yarraville, Victoria, Australia

This photograph was taken using my Nikon EM SLR, also loaded with Kodacolor film. Both these rolls of Kodacolor film were bought in 2005 and were well past their expiry date. They had been stored in a cool dark place and showed no ill effects. I exposed them at box speed (ISO 200).

The Old Farm Shed, Irrewarra, Victoria, Australia

The Old Farm Shed was taken using a Nikon EM SLR loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 Black and White film.

Finally, the anticipation of seeing the results once the exposed film has been developed, printed and scanned is so different from what I get from seeing instantly my digital shots.

Please Note:
Fred O’Donnell Photography is the copyright holder of all photographs that appear on this blog. These images are protected by copyright laws and all rights are reserved. To purchase a print please contact me by leaving a comment below with your order and contact details. I will then get back to you.


Historic Camperdown

Continuing from a previous post, Using Expired Film, the following photographs are of some of the historic buildings which are found in the small country town of Camperdown. In an ever-changing world, many small towns use their past history as a means of attracting tourists to their area.

Old Leura Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria. Built 1857-59

The Leura Hotel is the earliest hotel in Camperdown, built for P. Douglas and J. Stevenson in 1857-59. Bluestone stables were added in 1860 by a new owner D.S. Walker and used by Cobb and Co. as a coach terminal and office.

Masonic Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Masonic Hall of Camperdown is built of rubble blue-stone. It was designed by one of the lodge members, John Young. It was constructed in 1867-68 and is one of the oldest surviving, continuously used purpose-built Masonic Lodges in Victoria.

Old I.O.O.F Hall, Camperdown-built 1896

Once the meeting place of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the hall is now the home of the Camperdown Historic Society.

Mechanics Institute, Camperdown, Victoria
Hampden Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria

The above photographs were taken using Kodak Black and White 35mm print film. The camera was a Nikon EM SLR.

Please Note:
I am the copyright holder of all photographs that appear on this blog. These images are protected by copyright laws and all rights are reserved. To purchase a print please contact me by leaving a comment below with your order and contact details. I will then get back to you.

Lake Colac Foreshore

Just prior to sunset recently, was a perfect time for a walk along the southern foreshore of Lake Colac. There was enough bird activity to keeper the birders happy.

Eastern Great Egret, Ardea modesta at Lake Colac

The Eastern Great Egrets were all facing into the wind. A couple were feeding, however, the remainder seemed to be bracing themselves against the stiff breeze that was blowing.

Eastern Great Egret, Ardea modesta, Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) Lake Colac
White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) Lake Colac

A pair of White-headed Stilts (Himantopus leucocephalus) were feeding in the shallows.

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) Lake Colac

Please Note:
I am the copyright holder of all photographs that appear on this blog. These images are protected by copyright laws and all rights are reserved. To purchase a print please contact me by leaving a comment below with your order and contact details. I will then get back to you.


Using an Old Camera

As part of my project to shoot more film, I have pulled out my old film cameras. This also means I am using up some rolls of film that have been in my cupboards for many years.

My first 35mm camera is a Kodak Retinette IA. I was working at Kodak at the time and my camera of choice was a Kodak Box Brownie that I had purchased some three years earlier. The Retinette wasn’t a brand new camera, but one that had been refurbished.

The Kodak Retinette IA is a 35mm rangefinder camera which was manufactured by Kodak AG ( the German branch of Kodak) between 1959 – 66. My version of the camera has a Pronto shutter, and the f:3.5/50mm lens was manufactured by Schneider-Kreuznach Reomar, a German manufacturer of photographic optics.

I loaded the camera with Kodacolor 200 film and headed off to take some pictures. Almost immediately, I could tell that something was not right. I removed the film and then took the camera off to the camera store for repairs. There it was serviced and the shutter was repaired. This was back before Christmas and it has taken until this week for me to expose the film, get it processed. Today I received the digital files from the laboratory.

Rotunda – on the shore of Lake Colac

I could not be more pleased with the results. This camera has an excellent lens and my fear of getting back bad quality pictures was allayed.

Lake Colac
Jetty at Lake Colac

This is the first time I have used this rangefinder camera in about forty or more years. I have found this exercise to be well worth my while.

Please Note:
I am the copyright holder of all photographs that appear on this blog. These images are protected by copyright laws and all rights are reserved. To purchase a print please contact me by leaving a comment below with your order and contact details. I will then get back to you.

Using Expired Film

As a photographer, I know that using expired film has inherent risks. However, over the years, I have used expired film and I have never been disappointed-until now!

The film I used for this project was about 20 years old. It was Kodak Black and White 35mm print film, ISO 400. It was designed to be processed in C41 chemicals. 

A card, attached to the box containing the film, has the following printed on it:

Make Time Stand Still in Black & White

  • Extremely fine grain and outstanding sharpness make this film ideal for enlargements.
  • Processed at any photofinisher with standard color processing.

Do not process in black and white chemicals.

My first impression of the film is simply it is an extremely grainy film; certainly, there is more grain than the Kodak Tri-X 400 film I have been using recently. Or, has it become more grainy with age?

Failure (shown for an example only) -the first photo on the roll.

There were a few failures like the above photo. I am thinking that the age of the film has played a large part in these failures.

A side view of the Camperdown Post Office, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

Like many towns in regional areas of Australia, there are many heritage or historic buildings, many built in the 19th century or early 20th century. Post offices played an important role for the people of these areas, often isolated from the rest of the world.

The Old Shire Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Hampden Shire Hall, designed by leading Melbourne architects Smith and Johnson, was built in 1886. The architects designed the building in a Lombardic Romanesque style. It was constructed by local contractors McAllister and Stansmore.

I must admit the old Hampden Shire Hall is my favourite building in Camperdown.

Old Court House, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Old Court House was erected in 1886-87 by W. A. Moore, contractor. It replaced an earlier wooden structure of 1859. It was designed by architect G. B. H. Austin of the Public Works Department, who designed it in a medieval Gothic Revival style.

Please Note:
I am the copyright holder of all photographs that appear on this blog. These images are protected by copyright laws and all rights are reserved. To purchase a print please contact me by leaving a comment below with your order and contact details. I will then get back to you.