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  • Writer's pictureDean Gagliardi

Street (Film) - Nikon F3 HP / Kodak Ultramax 400

Updated: Aug 24, 2020


Date - August 22, 2020

Camera - Nikon F3 HP

Lenses - Nikkor-O Auto 35/2 & Nikkor-H.C 85/1.8

Film - Kodak Ultramax 400

Developed @ - "Dotwell" PhotoLab

Scanner - Nikon V-ED

Software - Vuescan / NegativeLabPro / Lightroom

Location - Hong Kong (Tai Hang Area)

Comment - Found a new little neighbourhood to shoot in this week. Tai Hang.

Located south-east of Causeway Bay, it's a pretty small area with only around 10-15 blocks, but very cool. Like many neighbourhoods in Hong Kong, it has an appealing mixture of old and new with local "dai pai dongs" right alongside hipster cafes & bars. As you can see from the shots, there's also a heap of little automotive workshops around the place. Decaying Vespas and unusual cars always make for good snaps. 😁

Not only a new neighbourhood but two new lenses as well. I bought them of Japan eBay a while back but only recently sent them off to the USA for "Ai-Conversion" so they can be used on more modern cameras. And by modern, I'm talking about them having the ability to mount my 40-year-old Nikon F3 HP. The Nikkor-O Auto 35mm f/2 came out in 1965, so it's even older than me! John White of "Ai-Conversions" in Michigan performed the surgery. He does a great job and is well respected in the industry. I'm glad there are still people around who work on old lenses and cameras. For how long, who knows? I took a pic of all three lenses I sent off for conversion here on my Flickr page. They are super nice looking and render beautifully.

I've started processing the negatives from these two rolls a little different than previous sets. Looking back at my shots over the last few months, they seemed a little too over-cooked for analogue. I'm now starting from a more linear flat base after scanning and doing as little as possible to them. I think they are starting to look more authentic and more "filmy”.

Decaying old Vespa.

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