UKFL Image of the Day – November Round-up

It’s that time again – another month has passed and it’s been another month full of the most beautiful images. For those who’ve been with us a while you’ll know that every day we post a client image to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages as our ‘Image of the Day’, and for those who have only just joined us, now you know! Every month we like to look back and re-cap on all the images we posted, though this is just a very small selection of the amazing film that we receive from all over the world every single day. Thanks again to all the photographers who choose us for their film processing – we’re committed to delivering the best to you.

And so here’s a re-cap:

Karol Tracz

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Anouschka Rokebrand

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Jared Przemek Macias

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Mark Lim

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Richard Leng

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Chloe Browne

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James Tarry

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Jeni Smith

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Christian Ward

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Georgina Harrison

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Phil Nunez

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Georgina Harrison

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Ray Bobrownicki

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Anouschka Rokebrand

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Magnus Fagernes Ivarsen

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Melanie Nedelko

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Jenna Reich

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And all of them together!

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Pushing the Boundaries: Fuji 400H at 800 and 3200

Winter – with its soft and atmospheric light – is one of our favourite times of the year to shoot.  Evening light is also a beautiful thing to capture. Winter evenings therefore, are a glorious thing, and something that we were very keen to explore on film. In some ways, the tonal range capabilities of film seem perfectly suited to capturing the nuances of golden light streaming through a dark woodland. However, with the desire to avoid underexposure (see our Exposure test here for more information) film shooting in low light presents a challenge.

This walk was only intended as a stroll with our cameras, not a serious shooting expedition, so we weren’t equipped with a tripod or anything else that would help as the light levels dropped. Yet the beauty of the evening and dusk unfolding before our eyes demanded that we give it a try.

These shots are all taken on Erica’s Rolleiflex 2.8F. Because she wanted to be able to utilise a narrower aperture on some shots she chose to start with a one stop push of Fuji 400H.

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At this point the light was really beginning to fail. These next two are still only pushed one stop but there is a little underexposure now:

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In these final shots the sun had gone down and this patch of woodland facing onto open fields, was receiving the very last bits of light before dusk truly fell. A few minutes later and we were using a torch to make our way back. This again is Fuji 400H pushed three stops in development to 3200. It captures the nuances of this light superbly well and with minimal colour shift. The increase in contrast that pushing brings about is actually welcome in these scenes, adding a little drama. In the main though this represents the scene as my eyes remember it very well. In most of these shots I was metering to add a stop of overexposure, although I was down to F2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/30 or 1/15 (helped by reasonably steady hands and the Rollei’s leaf shutter!)

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For the original version of this blog post you can check out Erica’s personal blog.

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UK Film Lab Spotlight – Chloe Browne, Caught the Light

We love Chloe Browne. Not only is she a pleasure to have as a client but she takes breathtaking photographs which we love working on. Chloe has a worldwide reputation and photographs weddings all around the globe. Known for her beautiful use of natural light, her style really suits the tone and feel of film. We asked her some questions and here are her answers, with some absolutely gorgeous images to round things off! Enjoy:-)

Why do you take photographs? What inspires you?

I take photographs because I don’t like to forget things. Life is all too often, so fleeting but I love that a photo will trigger a memory I would likely otherwise have forgotten. I’m inspired by beautiful light, as ridiculous as that sounds, learning very early on that good light is what makes me want to make an image.

Images have always been so important to me and I was always intrigued by my grandfather’s camera. The last photo ever taken of him, I took on his 35mm camera in Cornwall. He was our family photographer and I like to think he passed it along in his genes.

Tell us a little about why you started to shoot film, and what shooting film does for you.

I’m predominantly a digital photographer and taught myself how to shoot with a DSLR but for me, film is just magic. It looks like my dreams (once UK Film Lab have worked their magic) and I don’t achieve that same aesthetic with digital. I shoot all of my personal work on film and all of my portraiture now. I’ve managed to incorporate a little film into my wedding days, but still keep up with the fast-paced nature of weddings, which I love. I really slow down when I shoot film and I’m a lot more deliberate and considered, too. I feel like it’s made me a more observant photographer.

Why do you use UK Film Lab?

I use UK Film Lab because your feedback has been invaluable. I also appreciate supporting homegrown businesses and that you give my film such personal attention. You look after my film and I very well.

You use light beautifully to create your gorgeous images.  Could you tell us a little bit about how you developed your style?

Firstly, thank you! I chose the name Caught the Light as before I really got serious, people would always say “you caught the light well in that one”. It’s a stupid name but I’m stubborn, so it stuck.

I started off shooting weddings six years ago and fell in love with Jose Villa’s work and the way he seeks out the light. He has such a beautiful eye and makes everything look ethereal and I was drawn to his work immediately. When I started investing in photography, I quickly became dependent on prime lenses as I loved how they helped me hone in on the details I noticed. I also liked that they let me shoot in really low-light situations without always needing to use flash, which means I can creep around a bit and blend in more.

Do you have any tips for your fellow film photographers?

One of the best purchases I ever made in shooting film was buying a polaroid back for my 645. Being a digital girl, I like that reassurance of knowing that my kit is in working order so I can shoot to my heart’s content.

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You can check out more of Chloe’s wonderful work at Caught the Light

 

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UKFL Image of the Day – October Round-up

Another month has flown by and it’s been another month packed full of amazing film from our clients in all corners of the globe! Each day we post an ‘Image of the Day’ on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and these are a selection of the many wonderful images that have caught our eye during the process of working on them in the lab. As always we’re posting this round-up to bring all the images together – it’s an amazing way to see the breadth of variety of work that we deal with here at the lab and we’d like to thank each and everyone one of our clients for putting their film in our hands. Here’s the collection, and below it you can find the individual images and credits.

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And the individual images and credits:

Alex Bonney

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Michael Leather

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Christian Ward

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Oxana Kohler

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Mark Lim

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Theresa Furey

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Irena Kabelis

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Christian Ward

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Colin Tuff

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Ricardo Aguiar

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Christian Ward

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Camilla Jorvad

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Davy Priestley

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Magnus Fagernes Ivarsen

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Magnus Bogucki

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Erica Ward

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Nicholas Lau

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Nils Karlson

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UK Film Lab Spotlight | Alex Bonney

It’s been a while since we turned on our UK Film Lab Spotlight, but it’s now on again and it’s beaming straight down on to photographer Alex Bonney. Alex is one talented man; not only is he a skilled photographer but he’s a musician too, and so we guess this isn’t the first time he’s been under a spotlight! We were looking through Alex’s back catalogue of orders that he’s sent to us and there was such diversity that it made it difficult to choose. So with that in mind we tried to choose a range of photographs that reflect the places he’s been and things he’s done. As always we’re kicking things off with a Q&A:

Why do you take photographs?

I have a diverse career as a musician, sound engineer and photographer in constantly changing proportions. I love photography as a quiet retreat from the noise of everyday life (and sometimes even a break from music is welcome!). I think I’m fascinated by light as much as sound and love to capture both. Wandering around an unfamiliar landscape with a film camera is pretty much bliss to me.

Why do you shoot film?

Firstly I think it’s important to say I’m (like I imagine are a lot of your clients), a hybrid photographer and digital is very useful to me too. However, my heart lies with film and pretty much all of my (and my favourite photographers’) personal work that I really feel attached to from years gone by was shot on film. Photography for me is largely about capturing the beauty of light and film simply looks more beautiful to me. In a world where I feel subtlety is being slowly erased I am increasing drawn to it. Digital shoots these days are starting to feel like slightly slowed down video capture now memory cards are virtually unlimited: music has taught me a lot about economy of notes and the importance of silence and I somehow feel comfortable with a morning’s walk and 10 shots to take on a roll in a 6×7 camera. Sometimes if I’m up a mountain I might really push the boat out and shoot 20 or even 30 images! As a result it’s unusual not to feel some kind of emotional connection when I press the shutter on a film camera. Plus, getting to know how a real film stock responds is more exciting to me than any digital filter.

Why do you use UK Film Lab?

After some years of being frustrated with my home scans (and very mixed experiences with other labs) I was so happy to find a UK lab giving such consistently great results and with excellent service and helpful feedback. I finally have confidence in that stage of my workflow. I’m almost ashamed to say shooting film feels like less work than digital to me now! It’s obvious to me UK Film Lab love what they do and are artists that care about their clients’ work. They run a business helping to keep film photography alive and well into the second decade of the 21st century, and I want to support that. Plus the ‘your scans are ready’ emails are like Christmas day as a kid!

Do you have any tips for your fellow film photographers?

Although I’ve had some happy accidents with misty underexposed shots in the past, I wish I’d realised the benefits of overexposure on film years ago. The exposure feature you did was a real eye opener for me and several photographer friends. All film shooters should check out that great bit of research! Other than that, just please keep shooting film so as a community we can keep enjoying it!

Before we move on to a selection of Alex’s photographs, here are a selection of links where you can check out Alex’s range of photographic and musical talents!

Alex on Flickr  Alex on Tumblr Alex’s music site

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