Paris on black & white film


Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 08:08
A few years ago my wife and I spent a few days in Paris and I really loved it. Since then I've been itching to get and photograph it more, and wanted to do so largely on film. In the spring I tagged along as my wife went there on a business trip and spent the weekend with her and then three days on my own, wandering and taking pictures.

I took a Fujifilm X-M1 (with which I used various Pentax lenses), a Pentax 645 and a Ricoh XR-M, a very nice but little-known K-mount 35mm SLR from around 1987. I had a really great time just wandering and taking photos, especially on film. Using these old cameras and lenses is a real pleasure, far removed from shooting a digital SLR with auto everything, and in a beautiful place and not in any hurry it really is fantastic.

Here's a (large) selection of pictures all taken with the Ricoh using Pentax M series lenses - I took the 35/2, the 50/1.4 and the 85/2. The film is all Ilford FP4+ and these were developed by me at home (in Ilfosol 3 if anyone's inetrested) and scanned on an Epson V500.



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 104a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 107a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 095a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 091a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 086a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 080a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 067a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 064a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 059a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 078a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 048a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 044a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 034a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 028a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 027a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 018a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 009a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 050a
by JonathanMacDonald, on Flickr



Paris, Ricoh XR-M, FP4 039a
by Jonathan MacDonald, on Flickr
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Last Edited by Jonathan-Mac on 01/09/2016 - 08:22

QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 08:41
Wonderful J. I yearn to do the same
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 09:13
What a really enjoyable selection - keep it up Jonathan
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 09:22
A delightful set. Doesn't the city suit monochrome?
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alfpics

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 10:11
What a great set of images - a real pleasure to view. Some lovely quirky stuff in there as well!
What is behind the 'do not love humans'? Is it for or against migrants? or have I got it completely wrong?!
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davidtrout

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 10:53
bwlchmawr wrote:
A delightful set. Doesn't the city suit monochrome?

Delightful is the word I would use as well. These are sheer delight.
Paris does suit black and white, especially in the less visited older areas and the wonderful cemeteries but its also magnificent in colour (La Defense for instance).
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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 11:10
Many thanks everyone.

I think many cities suit black and white, but Paris especially as it's such a beautiful, vibrant and varied place.

Alas, the one cemetery I visited closed at 6pm, which I hadn't realised. I shot quite a bit there with the 645 and was about to switch to 35mm when I realised it would close in ten minutes

I don't know what the "do not love humans" posters are for, I haven't looked them up yet, but there were a lot of them and I thought them very intriguing.
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AlJones2402

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 14:54
Great set of image's. 👍

johnriley

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 16:46
It's a very well observed set of images. I'd be inclined to increase the contrast as they are all a bit grey-and-white, but otherwise spot on.
Best regards, John

AndrewA

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 17:33
Yeah, lovely set of images and they really suit being mono.
Andrew

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davidstorm

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 20:46
These are great, so different to the norm on here, well done and thanks for posting them. I tend to agree with John on the contrast, but perhaps that works in their favour?

Regards
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pmcquail

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 20:52
Lovely.
I'd forgotten just how beautiful FP4 could be.
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cardiffgareth

Link Posted 01/09/2016 - 23:47
bwlchmawr wrote:
A delightful set. Doesn't the city suit monochrome?

Totally agree. The set is delightful and has a timeless feel to them
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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 02/09/2016 - 14:04
Many thanks everyone for the comments. If you want to see any more, the other B&W film shots (and also the digital and colour 645 film ones) are in my Paris album on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69424694@N06/albums/72157667150229191

I find many B&W photos (and indeed colour ones) have the contrast boosted too high and it detracts from them, but that's not to my taste. I tried to keep the contrast realistic in these, while still giving them enough punch.
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