red ink photography

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I started taking photographs when I was about seven years old. The camera itself was called a “Debonette”, and I think was not dissimilar to a “Diana”. It used 120 roll film.

Later I began using my father’s Kodak Rettinette 1b, which was the first 35mm camera that I used. I had a brief foray into 126 film used by “instamatic” cameras of the time just before I bought my first 35mm SLR, a Russian Zenit EM (complete with auto-diaphragm). That served me well until I was offered a Nikon F Photomic Ftn. That was a fabulous camera, and was one of the so called “Apollo” models. In some ways I regret trading it in, but the camera that I replaced it with I still have; a now somewhat battered Nikon FM.

I partnered the FM with a used Nikkormat EL - now equally battered.  (In those days you needed two bodies to shoot different film types at the same time - colour negative and colour reversal, or colour & black & white). Both cameras served me well for many many years until in the summer of 2003, while when on holiday sans camera, I purchased a Nikon F80.

My favourite film was Kodachrome 25, but Kodachrome 64 was okay.

However, from time to time I used different flavours of Kodak Ektachrome. The great thing about Ektachrome at that time was that it came in a version which was ISO400.


Furthermore, all versions could be developed using the E6 process - which meant that slides could be processed at home.

Although digital photography has taken a while to develop, there is no doubt in my mind that it is a huge step forward over film. Even though it is only recently that the cameras have developed to a point that can do the medium justice.

I never really got into the darkroom side of the hobby, but digital really has opened up the whole process from image capture through processing of RAW files into the finished article; and that is an aspect of the workflow which really interests me now.