My first time – Kodak HIE High Speed Infra Red film

Ooh it’s exciting getting your hands on a roll of this stuff and it’s little canister rather sternly advising not to open the pot in daylight at all. Naturally of course the previous owner did just that, so despite my best efforts with this film it’s fate was already partly decided. How my heart sank when I pulled it off the developing spiral to see a black film leader. Never mind, it pales into insignificance when you see in all it’s glory the weird and wonderful world of HIE.

Here are the results. Not too bad given a) The film expired in 2003 b) God knows how it’s been stored c) I’ve never used it before, and there is no box speed d) I develop in Caffenol, which comes with no fixed list of developing times!

There is also e) I shot it in an OM4 Ti which has a patterned pressure plate,I knew this may cause problems but I had to find out what exactly – it’s pretty damn obvious now in the form of the textured appearance and even dark spots. I will have to source some backing paper for my next attempt.

Llanddwyn cross (HIE) Bastion (HIE)
Grassy Knoll (HIE)

The technicalities: All shot on OM4Ti in automatic mode, Zuiko 24mmf2.8 lens, metered at ISO200 through a Pentax red filter. Some also featured a Hoya CPL. Developed in Caffenol CH (Reinhold’s recipe) diluted 1:1 for 22 minutes at 25°c. The base was fogged throughout, and there are signs of streaking through the sprocket holes in underexposed portions.

Infra Red on Film

Finally got round to developing some Rollei IR 400 that had been sat waiting since October. Not only was this a good thing to finally see the images, but it was my first ever home development and the first attempt at using Caffenol.

The first film was given 16minutes, wrong move unfortunately, but the 2nd at 25 minutes was just right. There is also a 3rd at 30 mins but it’s not got a lot of interest on it. Luckily Film no.2 was a real cracker!

Windy Rollei IR 00019
Rollei IR 00010 Rollei IR 00013 Rollei IR 00023
Rollei IR 00017

Now I just need to perfect my Negative handling as I’ve noticed a fair few drying marks and so on, although dust is considerably less than the labs I’ve previously used!

Gorseddau Slate Quarry

On a fine and bright day such as this it’s hard to get dark and dramatic with your photos. Still, worth a shot, and I need to loose some weight so a walk up Cwm Ystradllyn it is!

I made an attempt at taking Lexie there years ago, that was defeated by the mudy wet pathway, well I say path, it is of course the bed of the Gorseddau tramway.

I’m happy to report I made it all the way to the quarry today, and I’m glad I did! Perfect Infra Red weather up there, so naturally the filter came out and a few long exposures later, a few crackers emerged. Well at least I think they’re crackers.

I shall return with some more interesing light, I promise! I will also have some of the film shots from this occasion by then too. (Using the new Pentax Super A and 19-35mm for all the shots the Panasonic’s 28-90 equivalent can’t handle)

Wreck of the Amy Summerfield

There’s a lot of jagged rusty metal in Nant Gwrtheyrn, never really paid much attention to a lot of it as kid, except the obviously railway related bits. One of the bigger collections of scrap iron is ‘Amy Summerfield’, a coastal steamer built in 1921.

Wreck of the Amy SUmmerfield

Amy Summerifeld

The full strory can be found on, along with some archive photos.

Boiler & Bow

I first visited last year, duinring my E520 Training day, and took a few photos but none that I was really that impressed with, but today I finally returned, this time brandishing an OM2 + 25-50mm and a GH1 + 14-45mm and an all important Infra Red filter, used on both the photos here.


There isn’t a lot left to see. Her bow has been half buried by sand since the 1980s pics on, but is still there. You’d certainly never guess that anything there today was originally a boat!