Ghetto Film Scanning

Film scanning is a pain. Some scanners have attachments for 35mm stock and only the really expensive ones can scan 120mm. You can send your film off to be fingered by proffesionals, but thats expensive and time consuming. You’re also relying on royal mail, which is never a good plan.

Ghetto Scanner MK1
As negative film is transparent, you need to have some backlight before you really see the detail. You can stick your negatives to the window and let the sun do all the work, but your prone to funny colours & patterns reflecting off whatever is outside

However frosted glass provides a even diffuse light, which averages out the colours reflected from outside. Nine times out of ten frosted glass produces a nice even white-ish light. Perfect for illuminating film.

20100905_004.jpgIts not very elegant, and there isn’t much space. but its better than nothing.

and here are some results:



Heygate Estate, innit?

I entered a Photography competition last week, one of the themes was “Urban Views. I decided to go out for a quick 1 hour Photo session. I was initially going to take a panorama of Trinity square, because it wonderfully twee.

However I figured that everybody else will be doing that so I decided to do something more “edgy” (I use that word ironically.)

So here is the finished article:
koopman02.jpgEverything is grey and dull, just like the Heygate estate. There is only one flat in that block that is still occupied. Apparently they are going to smash it down and start again in the coming years, in an attempt to make things better.

Sexy sunset season

Sadly I can’t show you photos of my new house just yet, however I can show you some arty shots of the setting sun:Willem Koopman (12 of 12).jpgIt really was that colour, I’ve not fiddled with hue at all. London pollution really does look like that.

All moved in!

After months of late night, stress, shingles and other such lovely things; We have finally moved into the secret batcave! Its now just a case of emptying boxes and finding places for things. Easier said than done, considering the sheer amount of stuff we’ve both accumulated. T’other half has 3 boxes of shoes.


As a moving in present, the parental unit purchased a sheevaplug: 1.2Gigs of floating pointless fury. Whilst not a speed daemon it is very cheap ~£80 from newit and low power. The nearest equivalent would be the IGEPv2 Beagle board clone. It has a lower power consumption and a floating point unit, but is two thirds more expensive, and has no casing.

Eventually when all the dust has settled, I’ll use some arduinos as I/O expander for the sheevaplug and start logging temperature/power/environment data again.

Bonfire night

A bit late obviously. Heyshott Bonfire is possibly the best bonfire night you can go to. You pay £2.50 for a torch. Once they’ve sold them all you “precess” down the only road in the village. To aid proceedings you are of course led by a Scots band. Once the signal has been given, everyone lights up.


At the end of the precession you jostle for position round an unlit bonfire.
some brave marshals oversee the “touch bearers” as they line up. Once everyone has got into position and the marshals have mounted the guy, the word is given to throw touches onto the fire.

fireLady.JPGIt doesn’t take long for the fire to catch hold.

Backyard view

Or “Vooo” as its pronounced in Norfolk
Yes, I know its massive, but you need to get the full majesty of south london on a cloudy day. On the extreme left is the railway line from london bridge, a useful source of white noise late into the evening.

I borrowed a Canon 5D mark II from work. Its a nice camera. Unlike the
previous Canons I’ve tried the thumb wheel goes in the right direction.
(unlike the light meter.) I also borrowed Canon’s £90 50mm lens, which
is utter shite.

I did some night shots to see how well the high ISO sensor performed. I’ll post some pictures later.