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eubielicious
16-May-2006, 14:06
Hi all,

It seems to be the place to introduce oneself so here goes.

I'm currently living in West Yorkshire, UK, near to Hebden Bridge, although when Fiona and I get married in July we're then moving to Morayshire in Scotland.

I've had a Speed Graphic press camera for a little while, though it hasn't really had a good outing yet. Just splashed out on some sheets of Velvia 50 - anyone know a good place to get them developed?

So far, I've managed to get a few good shots, although I'm limited by space at the moment and don't have any space for a darkroom. Once we move to Scotland, I'd like to set up so I can process black and white film and do contact prints, the only issue there is doing that without spending lots of money on a 4x5 enlarger!

Looking forward to hearing more...

Euan

Ralph Barker
16-May-2006, 14:17
Welcome, Euan.

robc
16-May-2006, 16:08
the only issue there is doing that without spending lots of money on a 4x5 enlarger!

Sounds like your're a Scotsman at heart!

Bob Gentile
17-May-2006, 09:26
Sounds like your're a Scotsman at heart!
LOL!

Welcome, Euan!

Mark Pope
17-May-2006, 09:42
Hi all,

the only issue there is doing that without spending lots of money on a 4x5 enlarger!


Euan
Hi Euan,
welcome from another newbie. If you want a 4x5 enlarger, they are pretty cheap on ebay. There were several Devere 504s available a week or two ago. I picked one up for 250. They do take up a lot of space though.
I suppose you could always scan your images. Even a modest scanner ought to give a decent image.

All the best

eubielicious
17-May-2006, 10:26
Sounds like your're a Scotsman at heart!

I'm trying my best, I've got a good Scottish name anyway, even if my accent is a Manchester one!

Euan

Richard Littlewood
17-May-2006, 13:02
Euan
I'm also in west Yorkshire and often visit the valleys around Hebden bridge to take photographs. Its a really interesting area. If your tranny film is E-6 a good place to go is Leach Imaging just out of Brighouse - 01484 551200. I think they do a good postal service although I've never used it. You sound like someone who (like me) is keeping the E-6 lines alive.

tim atherton
17-May-2006, 13:22
hey Euan - don't forget the definition of a Yorkshireman: a Scot who has had his generosity removed... ;-)

David Martin
17-May-2006, 14:50
Hi all,

It seems to be the place to introduce oneself so here goes.

I'm currently living in West Yorkshire, UK, near to Hebden Bridge, although when Fiona and I get married in July we're then moving to Morayshire in Scotland.

I've had a Speed Graphic press camera for a little while, though it hasn't really had a good outing yet. Just splashed out on some sheets of Velvia 50 - anyone know a good place to get them developed?



I'm in Dundee. Scotland was made for the large format camera. I have a list of shots to go and get when the weather and light is just right (just got some back which i will post when I have been able to borrow a scanner).

I've been using Peak Imaging for E6 (I have the use of a darkroom at the Uni at which I work for B&W). Very good service, fast & inexpensive (a relative term, but less than 2 per sheet, and even less if you send a large number.). They even phoned me up when I managed to fog some film with a red cast to check whether I realised and to ensure it was my fault and not theirs;-).
They have a web site and seem really switched on.

I haven't tried them for printing. I have used Transpacolor for MF prints and been pleased with the results.

..d

leeturner
19-May-2006, 03:45
Hi Euan, I live in the right county, Lancashire, but work in Sowerby Bridge in West Yorks. so that trip takes me daily through Hebden. Most annoying place to drive through at peak times but very pretty to look at.

I managed to pick up a 5x4 Durst L1000 on ebay for 50 and that included an 80mm componon plus an old Beard easel.

adrian tyler
20-May-2006, 13:04
these peopledevelop sheet film in scotland, i ain't tried them but they come recomended...

David Martin
20-May-2006, 14:03
these peopledevelop sheet film in scotland, i ain't tried them but they come recomended...

Which people?

It doesn't really matter. The post is very good up here so I use anyone I can. Someone I can walk in to could be good though.

..d

eubielicious
24-May-2006, 11:01
Which people?

It doesn't really matter. The post is very good up here so I use anyone I can. Someone I can walk in to could be good though.

..d

I think once in Scotland then it's a case of developing my own black and white, and sending the colour off to a pro with the right setup. It partly depends on the home we manage to get and whether there's scope for a darkroom...

Dawid
24-May-2006, 14:30
Hallo

I'm not so far away in Lancashire ( Chorley ) and use a Crown Graflex - they are amazing and I'm sure they will outlast most digital cameras made today ! I Second earlier post to use Peak Imaging, so far I haven't had any problem with them doing all my Velvia transparencies via mail.

For B&W I was lucky enough to get a Durst 138S last year for 140 after missing out on one months earlier. If you keep a close eye on "the auction site" I'm sure you'll be able to find a durst or de vere for cheap ( maybe 80 like my friend ). Printing 5x4 oneself is very rewarding, I don't even bother doing 35mm much more.

I'll be moving back to South Africa soon, but hope you'll enjoy Scotland. Was there earlier this year and had three cloudless January (!) days in the Loch Torridon region - lanscape excellent for B&W in Large format then printed to 16 x 20.

Enjoy !

Cheers
Dawid

eubielicious
31-May-2006, 14:13
Hallo

I'm not so far away in Lancashire ( Chorley ) and use a Crown Graflex - they are amazing and I'm sure they will outlast most digital cameras made today ! I Second earlier post to use Peak Imaging, so far I haven't had any problem with them doing all my Velvia transparencies via mail.

For B&W I was lucky enough to get a Durst 138S last year for 140 after missing out on one months earlier. If you keep a close eye on "the auction site" I'm sure you'll be able to find a durst or de vere for cheap ( maybe 80 like my friend ). Printing 5x4 oneself is very rewarding, I don't even bother doing 35mm much more.

I'll be moving back to South Africa soon, but hope you'll enjoy Scotland. Was there earlier this year and had three cloudless January (!) days in the Loch Torridon region - lanscape excellent for B&W in Large format then printed to 16 x 20.

Enjoy !

Cheers
Dawid

I'm sure I will.

In the meantime I'd like to get around this area before I move away finally. A few early morning sunrises up on the moors or an early Sunday morning round Little Germany in Bradford call.

I kind of got rid of most of my photographic equipment when moving and getting the Speed Graphic, though I kind of regret getting rid of the Zeiss Ikon folder. I might have to get another of those, MF in your pocket is a concept I really like.

Bye for now...

Euan