Shooting with a Rolleiflex 3.5 and Portra 400

This short blog article is a small collection of Portra 400 medium-format film photographs, shot on a Rolleiflex model 3.5 K4A from 1951, equipped at times with the Rolleinar Bay 1 setup.

I captured these images at the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, Australia. Shooting flowers is a nice way to appreciate nature, and I enjoy trying to capture photographs of bees, especially when they’re in flight, or close to flowers, which is even more challenging when using a non-digital camera.

The Rolleiflex TLR is my favourite 120 format camera design. I previously used a Hasselblad and 80 mm lens for the better part of three years. My Rolleiflex 3.5 A features a 75 mm f/3.5 Zeiss Tessar lens, capable of capturing great colours and contrast, in a compact form factor.

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My latest project: ‘AZOV – On the front lines with Ukraine’s elite infantry’

In 2019 I travelled to Ukraine and lived in Donetsk Oblast for Summer. I visited Azov a number of times, and travelled throughout both Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts conducting freelance journalism and research for documentary, filmmaking, and reporting projects.

The following ‘documentary’ is a collection of moments, interviews, and glimpses at life within Azov during their deployment to the Svitlodarsk Bulge area during 2019. This was Azov’s first deployment after years away from the front lines in the Donbas.

During my time embedded with Azov I was given essentially unlimited access to military personnel and positions throughout their area of deployment. I am not able to publish everything I was shown, due to operational security concerns.

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Rolleiflex 3.5 A with Fujicolor PRO 400H film

This short blog article is a small collection of Fujicolour PRO 400H C-41 medium-format film photographs, shot on a Rolleiflex model 3.5 K4A from 1951.

The Rolleiflex TLR is my favourite 120 format camera design. I previously used a Hasselblad and 80 mm lens for the better part of three years. My Rolleiflex 3.5 A features a 75 mm f/3.5 Zeiss Tessar lens, capable of capturing great colours and contrast, in a compact form factor.

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ProMaster Cityscape 150 Courier Bag Review

ProMaster is a supplier and producer of photography products. According to their website they have been selling products for over 50 years. ProMaster products are sold in retail stores in America, Canada, and Australia, as well as online.

In 2016/17 I was trying to find a nondescript, spacious bag, with plenty of internal padding and protection for my digital and analog gear. It needed to be budget-friendly and still offer great protection for up to two camera bodies, multiple lenses, audio recording gear, and have extra space to carry my journal and other related stationery, but not look like a ‘camera bag’. The Cityscape 150 had those features, so I purchased one for approximately $139.95 AUD from Michael’s Cameras in Melbourne, Australia.

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