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5 Frames with an Olympus 35RC, A Centon FG20 Flash, and a 24 Frame Roll of Kodak Gold Ultra 400 – By Toby Van De Velde

Photography has always been my main passion. Music has always come a close second, not playing it – I have no musical ability – but listening to it. I love  seeing it played live, and, now and again, taking it’s photograph.

After a year or so of doing it digitally I decided to give it a go on film – with Kodak Gold Ultra no less. I was eying up the exposure chart on the back of my Centon FG20 and looking at my Olympus 35RC and thought that the equation didn’t look too difficult.

So, since Allfather were in town, and I was going anyway, I packed the kit and jumped on the Tube. I loaded the film sitting on the train, went over the distance scales a few times in my head, and that’s about it really. I had no plan as such, apart from to get into The Pit and bang off a roll of 24 exposures. And have a beer.

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

When I got the film back from the lab (Boots) I was pleasantly surprised to find that all 24 frames were exposed pretty well. In fact the exposures were 90 percent spot on. The framing might have been a little off in places but I was wrestling an agitated crowd the whole night. And winning.

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

Focus was a bit of a chore, the 35RC’s patch is a little faint at the best of times and in a dark and gloomy Camden pub it was as good as non existent. I guesstimated the distance a lot of the time. I’m happy that I got what I got in the situation.

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

Allfather play The Dev, Camden, Saturday 15th September 2018. Pics by Toby Van de Velde. Olympus 35RC.

I’ll be doing it again I don’t doubt. Long live the Grass Roots Music Scene, whatever genre you listen to….

My website:  www.vandevelde.co.uk
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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Greg Maslak
    October 7, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Excellent photos. I’ve always strived to take pictures the way Jack White plays guitar. You’ve come pretty close. My compliments.

    • Reply
      TobyVPhoto
      October 7, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you. What’s your favourite subject?

      • Reply
        Greg Maslak
        October 7, 2018 at 4:44 pm

        Lately, back alley and box car graffiti. Your red flared tattoo shot is my favourite. There’s a train yard on the edge of my town which is located in a beautiful mountain valley. I like to make “ugly landscapes”; my version of noisy songs.

      • Reply
        Greg Maslak
        October 8, 2018 at 5:19 am

        Lately, back alley and box car graffiti. Your photo of the flared out tattooed arm is my favourite. There is a train yard on the edge of my town, which is located in a beautiful mountain valley. I like to go there and take “ugly landscapes”. They are my version of noisy music.

        • Reply
          TobyVPhoto
          October 8, 2018 at 7:17 am

          There’s nothing wrong with ‘Ugly Photography’ friend. it’s something I enjoy.

  • Reply
    Bent_Brent
    October 8, 2018 at 3:00 am

    These are super-cool. Really dig em.

    • Reply
      TobyVPhoto
      October 8, 2018 at 7:18 am

      Thank you Brent. The equation to work out exposure is so simple as well. I’d recommend every film shooter has a go in the dark. Music or something else.

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