Retro poster designs

Here’s a couple of retro-esque graphics I’ve made.

This was the cover for a university yearbook (I also did the layout, design and prepress for the yearbook):


A concept poster for a friend’s short film:


This is a lot older (2007?), an illustration to accompany an article on Thorium energy.




135/35mm film in 120 Medium Format back

I recently acquired a Bronica GS-1 6×7 medium format camera – I’m loving medium format film, but am in a bit of a dry spot while I wait for a box of the stuff to arrive from the US.

I found an excellent post by another GS-1 owner (flickr stream) who’d managed to squeeze a 35mm roll inside a 120 back – meaning you end up with 3×7 cm panoramic images, with sprocket holes and all exposed. Image 1, 2, 3.

His method was a bid fiddly; particularly the way the canister is held. Because of the different diameters of the pen tube vs the pin in the back, there’s a lot of wobble. I reckon mine is simpler (and therefore, better?)

1. Cut a strip – the same width as 35mm film – lengthways from an A4 piece of paper.

2. Cut the end of the 35mm roll off cleanly, and tape the paper to it. Mark the side of the paper that has the emulsion, then roll the film back up so just the tip of the paper is poking out.

3. Using bits of foam, jam that thing inside the 120 back. I compressed the foam quite a bit, so it was pretty sturdy – though it doesn’t look it.

4. Wind the film as normal, only winding enough paper around the take-up spool to ensure that it’s “grabbed” it.

5. Jam that thing closed. I used an extra bit of foam to make doubly sure the 35mm roll wouldn’t move; as you can see, i had to jam it in with my thumb whilst closing the film back.

6. Load the camera as normal (on a normal 120 roll, there is about 30cm of paper leader, which the camera will wind up ready for the first frame).

7. I used some black card to make a guide for the viewfinder.

Pictures should be forthcoming!

Doodlebug Doodle (NSFW)

I work at a newspaper, and one of my roles is to write the content for the kids page, as well as judge the entries for the weekly ‘doodlebug’ competition. Every week a new doodlebug is published in the paper, and the kiddies will make a drawing from it. Two winners are selected and their drawings and photos are published.

This one, by little Jacob, was outstanding. You have a big career ahead of you Jacob!

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Perth Arena Timelapse

Shot on 14th May 2010, of the Perth Arena as the roof is raised. This was shot for and broadcast on a local TV news station.

To take the photos, I used a home-made intervalometer, built using a Picaxe 08M microcontroller.

Using Cactus V4 wireless flash triggers as a wireless camera shutter trigger

I briefly searched the internets, but did not see that this had been discussed before.
It turns out that you can use a Cactus V4 (and maybe V2) flash trigger as a wireless shutter trigger.
In other words, you can remotely trigger you camera’s shutter from afar! Triggering the camera is as simple as pressing the button on the Cactus transmitter.

Using Cactus V4 radio triggers as remote shutter releases.

Aside from the coolness of just being able to trigger a camera like magic, one other use that comes to mind is triggering a second camera whenever a first is fired. You could document the lighting setup for every studio shot.

I can also combine this with my intervalometer to remotely fire my camera every x seconds; no need to attach the intervalometer to the camera. Could use a laptop etc for the timing.

The Strine Dictionary

The Strine Dictionary :

Assprad: Excessively preoccupied with domestic order and cleanliness. As in: She's very assprad - she keeps Rome looking lovely.' This is a feminine adjective only; there does not appear to be any exact masculine equivalent, although the noun Hairndiman conveys something of the same meaning. Strine women may be assprad; Strine men may be hairndimen; or clever with their hens.’ (See also Gloria Soame.)

New lights

I bought a set of Bowens 400 W/s monoblocs from PRA – I was so keen to test them out, I took them to a party and forced everyone to do cheesey faces :


The kit came with two biggish softboxes, which I really prefer over umbrellas, especially for portraits.

DIY super lapel mic

I’m doing a project which requires a lapel mic be used to record voice alongside video on my Pentax K7, while the camera is some distance away. The project’s budget doesn’t stretch to actually buying anything – let alone using a dedicated sound recorder – so I modified a cheap little electret condenser mic, which was $3 from DealExtreme – This one, infact :

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Camera Recycle Project

Camera Recycle Project is an initiative which aims to put cameras in the hands of socially disengaged or disadvantaged kids. I’ve been involved in it – in a few different ways – almost since its inception. It’s really taking off now, but still needs donations of equipment or money.
I’ve done a quick logo, which I hope to revisit later.

Camera Recycle Logo

Skull Probe

Scanned one of my grandfather’s old images; he worked at State X-Ray Lab.

Max Dellaway – Pentax Repair

I had some Pentax bits and pieces in need of repair; the go-to man in Perth is Max Dellaway. Not only does he know his stuff, he has badass 645N gear too.

He was gracious enough to permit me a portrait.

Suggestive Ad

Perth Antenna man will fix more than just your antennas:

Edit – bugger, beaten by TWOP.

For Sale

I’ve got camera lust so am hoping to offload some gear :

Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 DF Pentax Mount

An impulse buy from Camera Electronic. Purchased 11/3/10. I already own an 18-55 f/2.8 so this one is redundant – I find the extra 10mm wide more useful than then extra 20mm reach this has. Only used half a dozen times, if that.

– Comes in box with all documents + receipt
– Purchased from C.E. 11/3/10
– Comes with soft pouch (shown), lens hood, and lens cap

For Sale

Asking : $300 ONO.

Sigma 55-200 f/4.5-5.6 DC Zoom Pentax Mount

Bought this off ebay over a year ago. It was supposedly new when I got it. I bought a 70-300 at the same time as this, and so only ended up using this lens maybe three times since I’ve had it.

– No warranty
– In box with all documents (no receipt).
– Includes lens cap, lens hood, and UV filter.

For Sale

Asking : $150 ONO.

PIP Photowalk timelapse

PIP Perth City Photowalk Timelapse by Jeremy from Jeremy Hall on Vimeo.

Taken at 6 second intervals between about 4:15PM and 1:30AM. Stopped the camera sometimes, but ended up with 3500+ shots.
Jon picked me up and we drove into the city and waited for some others outside boost juice, then went for a wander around the city. We dropped into a little exhibition down wolf lane, then adjourned for chinese for dinner (then bubble tea!)
Afterwards, Jon and I developed and scanned some film.
Music : ‘transfattyacid’ by kruder and dorfmeister.

The camera was triggered by a home-made intervalometer that I built using a Picaxe 08M microcontroller.

Negative Photography (digitizing negatives on a DSLR)

A few months ago I was going on about how I reckoned I could scan negs by just photographing them – anyway, today I finally got around to it and voila:



Dave generously and kindly lent me his 100mm f/2.8 macro to have a look at (I’m looking to buy one) – attached to it is my K-7, and a cactus set is triggering a sunpak flash, firing directly into a box with a window for the neg. The negs slide along in a ‘V’ shaped channel of cardboard.

I shoot them as 24-bit RAW files and have made a simple action in PS that inverts the curves, then desaturates. I can tweak the curves and then save back into lightroom.


Even by hand, the process is really quick, I just ‘scanned’ three rolls in about 10 minutes. The photoshop bit takes ages; it would be good to just leave it running for a few hours.


These first ones are a bit dodgy, but I’ve refined my technique now. The camera’s exposure of 1/180th, f/3.5 at ISO100 seems to capture heaps of dynamic range.4297362933_c99317a816_b

There is a bit of a ragged edge, but that doesn’t really bother me.
Someone with the right gear could easily knock something like this together, with reproducible distance and light, and really burn through a few rolls. I’m convinced that this is possible.
This was just a proof of concept, really – though I’m happy enough with the scans, there’s a few too many variables. Call it ‘artistic’.

Telwest Business Cards

I did a small branding and logo job (including the sketch of the man!) for a local business and then designed and printed this generic business card.


Portait using “Brenizer” panoramic method

I have been experimenting with a technique called the ‘Brenizer  Method’ where a panoramic stitching technique is used with a telephoto lens.

The portrait of Nick was taken by stitching together about eight photos, taken on a Revuenon 135mm manual focus f/2.8 prime lens. Each image is ~6MP, 16bit RAW so the image is insanely high resolution and quality.




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