Many of the images on the site have been taken on traditional 'film' cameras: Nikon, Leica, Pentax and Hasselblad.  

In the main, the film used was . . . .

Ilford FP4 (125 ASA)
Ilford HP5 (400 ASA)
Ilford PAN F (50 ASA)
Kodak High Speed Infrared

Cameras

The 35mm film cameras used were Nikons (Nikkormats, F's & F2's) a very old Pentax Spotmatic and Leica rangefinders (M2 & M6).   In the main, medium format images were taken on Hasselblad 500 and 501C's and a Bronica SQ (6 cm x 6 cm Negs.)   Film based images were all produced from negatives scanned at 4000 dpi. with post-production being carried out in Adobe Photoshop CS.

Leica M^

Lenses

A variety of lenses were used, mostly Nikkor prime lenses, 28 mm, 35 mm and a Nikkor zoom 28 mm - 85 mm. The Hasselblad alternated between and 80 mm, 60 mm and 50mm lenses.  For most mono shots, a deep red filter was used to darken skies and improve contrast with clouds.  For a less darkening effect, orange or yellow filters can be used and where the contrast between skies and land were too great a Cokin Gray graduated filter was used.

The Advent of digital

Whilst Rod still uses film cameras, he now supplements these images with those shot on digital cameras, currently,  a Nikon D700 and a Fuji X30.

 

The advances in digital photography and printing have been nothing less than phenomenal in the last few years.  However in the past, one major limitation of digital images was their poor resistance to light and their tendency to fade.  Many images produced on ink-jet printers displayed good print quality, but were let down by their poor quality inks and printing paper.  

Printing and paper

In 2002, a move was made to digital printing using an Epson 1160 A3 printer and run with the *Lyson 'small gamut inkset'.  The printer profile's were provided by * Marrut Digital Solutions  

However, this was eventually replaced with an Epson R1900, using Epson's own UltraChrome™ pigment inks.  These inks have been tested for colour permanence and are claimed to show no loss in quality for over 80 years when printed on archival papers.  All images are printed on Epson Heavyweight Matt Archival paper,

* For more information on inks, printing and printer profiles visit: Marrutt Digital Solutions

Epson R1900 Printer