Dee Cottage

The following photographs are of Dee Cottage, built in 1880, in the industrial suburb of Melbourne called Yarraville. It is considered of historical and architectural significance.

Dee Cottage

On their website, the Heritage Council Victoria, state:

Statement of Significance

Dee cottage is of historical and architectural significance to the City of Maribyrnong as a relatively intact early residence, used as a company house by the nearby Cuming Smith & Co. works and built in association with major industrial development and closely related historically to the local industries which gave it its purpose. (Criteria B2 & D2) Distinctive architectural form of the period also relatively intact and well preserved. (Criterion F1) The site has significant historical associations as a former residence of James Cuming, founder and principal of Cuming Smith fertiliser works and one of Footscray’s most prominent citizens. (Criterion H1)

Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) criteria

The Australian Heritage Commission criteria consist of a set of eight criteria which cover social, aesthetic, scientific, and historic values. Each criterion has sub-criteria written specifically for cultural or natural values. The relevant criteria are:

B.2 rarity

D.2 good example of type

H.1 association with important person or group

F.1 design or technological achievement

Here is the link: http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/28788

Dee Cottage

Dee Cottage

These photos were shot with my Nikon EM film camera using Kodak colour film.

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Stalingrad – 2005

The following photo was taken in 2005 on a visit to Paris in France. It was taken about a year before I bought a digital SLR. I used my Nikon EM film camera loaded with Kodacolour.

Stalingrad Station

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Back to Film – Kodacolor

The results are in! After more than a decade, I have put a roll of Kodak High Definition colour film (ASA 200) in my old Nikon EM SLR which I bought back in the mid-1980s and completed a photoshoot.
The film was stored in a cupboard all that time, and I had no concerns that it would still be in good condition. The exposed film was taken to a camera shop where it was developed and printed, and I also had scans made.
I was very happy with the results, however, I felt that the scans were flat. As a result, the photos posted here have been slightly adjusted in my software.

 

Old Yarraville Post Office

The Old Yarraville Post Office

 

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Sun Theatre, Yarraville

 

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Flinders Street Station

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Shooting with Film – Circa1985

The new year was to be the start of my new project of shooting with film. As it turned out, my last photo shoot of 2017 was using my old film camera, which I had rescued from the back of the cupboard. I will share those photos here, once they are developed and printed.

Back in about 1985, Nikon had released an entry-level SLR, the Nikon EM, at a price that allowed photographers like me to upgrade my camera. The camera came fitted with a Nikon Series E 50mm 1: 1.8 lens.

Recently, I found a photo album with some photographs I had taken back in the 1980s, and, I must admit, I had forgotten how good that lens was.

Aire River, Otway National Park – c1985

Aire River - Circa 1983

This photograph was shot using that camera and lens, loaded with Kodacolor film.

The following photographs were also taken on that same photo shoot. They are of the Hopetoun Falls and other scenes of the Aire River.Hopetoun Falls

Aire River - Circa 1985

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Shooting with Film.

As I begin this post, 2018 looms large. A new year demands new and fresh ideas, but my new idea is actually an old one. I’m about to re-start using film.

It’s not a spur of the moment decision as I have been thinking of doing this for some time now. I found my old film camera, a Nikon EM, and the three rolls of Kodacolor (ISO 200), and two rolls of Kodak black and white (C41 processing) film I knew were put away in a cupboard when I turned to digital photography. That was back in 2006. The film has expired, but having been stored in a dark cool place, I’m sure it will be alright.

I remember some years ago, I was in a supermarket, and as I went through the check-out, on the counter, there was a small basket full of expired (just) Kodachrome film at a price too good to pass up. I bought the lot!

A couple of weeks later I was on holiday with my family. I shot every frame of those rolls of expired film, and there were no failures.

What do I expect to achieve by shooting film? Buying film, then having it processed, has never been cheap. And I think that is the way of it now. With digital, it is so easy to keep pushing the shutter, returning home with a dozen or more frames of the same subject, and selecting the best one. As I said, film is too expensive to do that!

I hope, by shooting film, it will make think more about the shot I am about to take and more about what I will achieve once I have pushed the shutter button.

Also, I must confess, I like the look and the colours of film once it has been printed.

I intend using Kodak film whenever I can. I have a loyalty to Kodak that goes back many years – my first full-time job was at Kodak.

My last major photo shoot using film was in 2005. That year my wife and I went overseas to Europe. We flew from Australia to London via Dubai, to London, then on to Dublin. In Dublin, we hired a car then drove around the north of Ireland to Galway. From there we drove across Ireland to Wexford, then catching the ferry to Fishguard in Wales.

We drove across Wales into England and spent a few days in London. From London, we caught the train to Paris where we spent a few pleasant days before returning to Australia.

Photo 1: Old City Gates, Drogheda, Ireland 

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Photo 2: Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Lough Neagh

Photo 3: Mute Swan, Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Mute Swan

Photo 4: Mute Swans, Lough Neagh, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Mute Swan

All of the above photos were shot using my Nikon EM camera loaded with Kodacolor film.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts about shooting with film. Do you (or have you ever) use film? What is your favourite brand of film?

Please Note: All photographs appearing on my blog were taken by me. They are copyrighted and all rights are reserved. If you would like 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.