Category Archives: Rollei

Rollei Infrared 400s pushed to 800

Over the last week i have made it my mission to get some film shot, it had been a while as i had started to use digital again for events, interiors and project work.

So the weather is improving and the summer may finally be upon us! (As i write this it’s getting darker and colder….hmmm) I have finished my dissertation and now full steam ahead into my Final Major Project. I’ve developed a project based on domestic violence with men. I had a radio interview this afternoon promoting the campaign and awareness. Please take a look at www.invisiblecampaign.com 

There was initially some problems with the developing of this film. The developer used with this film (Neotinol) isn’t listed with Rollei on Digital Truth so there was a bit of confusion with the dev times. Neotinol is similar to TMAX and DT rate it a 2ASA and 25ASA (mine is massively underexposed from those) which would relate to 12 min and 7 1/2 mins dev times respectively.

After a bit of umming and arring a clip test of 18 minutes was carried out to see the results and the images turned out fantastic, the rest of the film was then developed with an extra couple of minutes on top.

The results are great! The only thing i am getting a bit frustrated about is the lack of profiles with the negative scanner software SilverFast. I wish that it was possible to create complex customisable profiles. I am considering printing the photographs from the negatives to light sensitive paper and then scanning them on a flat bed scanner to see if the results are different. Of course scanning onto light sensitive paper will (in my opinion) always create a much better result than scanning digitally, i am more interested in how the properties of the paper will be read by the scanner rather than of the negative.

For this roll i used a mixture of Kodak BW+ 400 and Kodak TMAX and TRI-X for the profiles to use. Each profile gave varied results but i decided on the profile which gave the best range from lows to lights.

An interesting mix of highlights and shadows in this roll of film, as i didn’t use an IR filter or any special treatments the film remains relatively normal to look at. The highlights are smooth and have a soft glow to them which improves overall image quality. The shadows are deep and retain good detail, there is a fairly good contrast which is no doubt because of the push and post production work.

Whilst shooting the film i had a bit of an obsession with walls and people around them. The entire film consists of people interacting around walls however these where the images that made it to the final edit.

Rollei Retro 80s

This is the second roll of film that i shot in New York City. The first roll is in my previous post Fuji Provia 100F

I was eager to load a black and white film into my camera as i typically favour shooting b/w over colour. I believe this is because of my admiration over the years of photographers such as Vivian Maier, William Eggleston, Henri-Cartier Bresson and others.

This film travels over the Highline, Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan, Parks and Sidewalks. Unfortunately this is the last roll of film i shot in New York City as i was shooting digital too. The digital work can be seen on my website www.bradleychippington.co.uk

I opted for 80ISO as the weather was astonishing. 30c all week and clear blue skies. Even at 80ISO i had to raise the shutter higher than i expected because of the strength of the sun. The low ISO creates a gorgeous soft fine grain coupled with the contrasts and sharpness of the film produces some strong images.

Once again, not so much with this film as the last but there are a few typical ‘touristy’ shots. I included them in this post as everyone likes to view different types of photography. I however prefer my street work over my architecture work.