Kurashiki

I have been completely buried with work for a few weeks - getting my business going for the 2015 business year. I have also been on a marathon scanning and catalog building effort having shot dozens of rolls of film during my Christmas vacation to Shikoku. So I apologise for being quiet and hope that a larger than usual post makes up for it.

The first place I went in Shikoku was the town of Kurashiki near to Okayama. This town is famous for being largely intact - unlike much of Japan - from a bygone era. It used to be the centre of a thriving business in Rice and cotton- and still has many of the old warehouses and canals used in that trade to show. It as a fascinating way to start the week off. 

I took along 2 film 35mm cameras - a Nikon F100 and a Nikon F6 - one for Black and White and one for colour. My eyesight has become a bit of a challenge so often I like the surety of autofocus over manual focus to ensure I don’t waste a shot. I took quite a few different types of film - and still need to draw conclusions about the film. For larger format I took my Mamiya 645 Pro TL with a large selection of both film backs and different types of film. You can see some from each on this post.

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The wonderful colours of Fuji Astia in dull light. Such a shame this film is no longer made. Nikon F100 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4G.

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More Fuji Astia moodiness. The colours really match the mood of a very cold December day with light rain. I am hoping I can get similar results from Provia 100F, as that is about all that I can get these days. Nikon F100 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4G.

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A door to the cotton warehouse that is now preserved as a art museum. Fourth Fuji Astia on the F100.

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Many walls are made from wood with clay panels like this. Seem to be easy to repair - vital in a land beset with earthquakes. Fuji Astia on Nikon F100 again.

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A very complex solution to a simple problem. Fuji Astia on F6 again.

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Traditional ways to store Sake - a great drink. I was very happy with the local versions I found while here. Fuji Astia on Nikon F6 again.

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Vines around a window. Fuji Velvia 100 on Nikon F6 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4G.

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Narrow lanes are everywhere. Fuji Velvia 100 on Nikon F6 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4G.

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Children shows. Fuji Velvia 100 on Mamiya 645 Pro TL with Mamiya Sekor 80mm F1.9 lens.

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Main street at night. Nikon D810 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4G.

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These balls show that sake is available fresh inside. In this case a very impressive sake shop. Fuji Velvia 100 on Mamiya 645 Pro TL with Mamiya Sekor 80mm F1.9

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At the end of this lane is a very famous modern art museum. Fuji Velvia on Mamiya 645 Pro TL with Mamiya Sekor 80mm F1.9 lens.

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A rickshaw runner with very few customers. Fuji Velvia 100 on Mamiya 645 Pro TL with Mamiya Sekor 80mm F1.9.

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The fire tower. Given all the wooden buildings in traditional Japanese building, a high level of paranoia about fire is a good thing. Fuji Velvia 100 on Mamiya 645 Pro TL with Mamiya Sekor 80mm F1.9.

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Old trees pruned for winter. Fuji Velvia 100 on Mamiya 645 Pro TL with Mamiya Sekor 80mm F1.9.

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Lantern. Fuji ACROS 100 on Nikon F100 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4 AF.

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Friends walking.  Fuji ACROS 100 on Nikon F100 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4 AF.

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Umbrellas drying.  Fuji ACROS 100 on Nikon F100 with Nikkor 50mm F1.4 AF.








© David Runacres 2014