Pete’s Photoblog


Wheelchairs, Trains and Boats

Posted by Pete under Film

A while back I got to test out Sydney’s public transport system for disabled access on a day trip to Manly with the young bloke, his grandparents and a visiting Pommie cousin. My conclusions are at the end.

Meanwhile, starting off with some expired Fuji 100 Acros, feeling a bit sea sick on the train…

Trained Kid
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Leica Test Rock ‘n’ Roll

Posted by Pete under Film
So Many Guitars
I finally got the MP back last week and these are some shots from the test roll I ran through it. It was the young bloke’s birthday and he went shopping for a surprise present with his grandparents…

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It’s Hard to Get Good Help

Posted by Pete under Film, Uncategorized

The Camera Saga

After eight months of delays I finally got the Leica MP back from a certain camera service centre who will remain nameless until they’ve had the opportunity to, at least in part, salvage their reputation.

In January of this year I was given an estimate to Clean Lube and Adjust both the camera body and a Summilux 50mm lens. In May I was told they were waiting on Leica to send parts that should arrive by late June. In September I was advised it was ready to pick up and finally got someone to pick it up for me last week while on a rare venture into the big smoke.

So I finally got to feel it’s familiar weight and smoothness back in my hands the other day. Or so I thought! I could tell straight away that they hadn’t even looked at the lens despite already charging me the high end of their estimate. The upper edge of the blinds looked at bit worn, considering they claim to have fitted new ones too, especially bearing in mind that the Australian Leica dealer had already assured me that the faults is was exhibiting are easily cured with a good CLA.

Loading up a test roll (see next post) I was dismayed to notice that it wasn’t as smooth as it once was. Then I noticed the counter wasn’t working either. After shooting the roll I can see the lever that actuates the counter is fucking bent and not seating properly. The focus ring on the lens is still it’s loose but sticky old self and front focusing. What a fucking joke!

The bastard’s shit me. I want it fixed but there’s no way I want them touching it. To do a Visa charge back, give them a second chance or send it to Solms? Either way, fuck ‘em!

The Developing/Scanning Saga

Then there’s the developing. I ran an expired roll of XP2 Super through it to speed up the development/scanning process and eliminate my Wild Turkey developing innacuracy issues. Turns out the local photo lab has closed down so it was off to K-Mart. They may be able to develop C-41 but the negative scans they supplied on disk are a fucking joke too…


I was thinking they must’ve cross proccesed it in HC-110 or something until I tried my own scan…


Moral of the story? If you want something done properly, do it yourself!

Reminds me of the song Flakes from the late Frank Zappa. Seems like times haven’t changed any for the better!

….until next time

….looking up camera tools and manuals



Jetstar Not Measuring Up

Posted by Pete under Film

Jetstar Not Measuring up

Sunrise in the departure gate, Newcastle Airport.

There’s a bit of a story to this one…

I was a bit late checking in due to traffic and rudely berated by a pair of former beached lesbian whales literally seconds after they announced check-in had closed despite phoning ahead and being assured everything would be fine.

They refused to let me check baggage which is OK seeing as I didn’t really need a swag for camping in the bush, a day’s drive from my destination, in the middle of winter and camera backpacks travel free. Sensing a power trip happening I politely ignored their, “you know, we don’t have to let you on” diatribe, discriminatory advice for the disabled and having to be there twice as early as anybody else. Fuck me, don’t the silly cows realise that’s what the ‘go to the front of the queue pass’ is for!?

It wouldn’t have been so bad but after the mad rush through the ‘don’t scan my fast film’ check and explosives swab I hastily proceeded to the front of the queue again. In the ensuing madness (turns out there were three plane loads of people crammed into the one gate) they nearly bundled me onto a flight heading in the other direction and after figuring it out just in time told me my plane hadn’t even landed yet and there was an estimated delay of an extra hour before boarding.

The place was packed with whining passengers, I couldn’t move, the bar was shut and I needed a whiskey already!

I considered escaping for a reconnoitre of the other bar and to fire a broadside at the broadsided ones but security was only working one way. Damn!

Saw this shot after the next plane load had left and cleared some space. Jetstar was most definitely not measuring up to myself or anyone else’s expectations!

Estimated aperture/shutter speed and focus. A quick lift-frame-thwap. Missed my estimated framing but wtf. Big girl on the left was wandering why I was trying to run over the toes of people behind me and burst out giggling. Got some evil stares off the phone bloke and quite a few others after the shot. I obviously need to work on my invisibility!

To top it off Jetstar also managed to lose my wheelchair when we arrived in Melbourne. They had an elderly lady bring one of those silly aisle chairs to the door of the plane and push me (seeing as it hasn’t got wheels I can push) half way across the airport. Despite my protests of “but there’s a bar over there” and “what about the lady over there giving free wine samples” she plonked me in the middle of a walkway while she went in search of the man who was fetching my chair. I was like a stoned mullet in a dried up creek bed. Unable to move and passers by giving me funny looks.

What a morning! I finally got to find out Mildura is half a bottle of Wild Turkey away from Melbourne though!

Perhaps I should write a song!

…and, no, Jetstar or Qantas will never see me again.

Leica M6 TTL LHSA with 50/1.5 Nokton
expired Fortepan 100 in Ilford LC-29
negative scanned
corrected in Aperture
no cropping or other shit


Raining Dust

Posted by Pete under Digital


I love a sunburnt country but waking up to an ominous red glow filtering through the curtains puts the wind up me. Hearing an accompanying howling westerly, fearing the worst, and jumping out of bed quicker than the Newcastle earthquake my senses were relieved to be full of dust and not bushfire smoke!

The view from my veranda.