Tag Archives: Raffaello Palandri

Film photography 101

27 Oct

I want to start a series of blog posts about photography.

I will cover 5 different areas:

  • Photography at large
  • Film Photography
  • Developing and Printing
  • Digital Photography
  • Tech & specs

For the first post I want to start to talk about my very first passion: film photography.

Film photography, a definition

Film photography is photography that uses, as a recording medium, a light reacting film, covered by silver halide crystals. This film can be developed, after being exposed, to fix the sensitive layers so they are no more affected by light and also revealing the latent image shot.

Film photography has been the only one existing for more than one hundred year, and is still used today, by an increasing number of photographers and enthusiasts.

When using film, you have the choice between Black and White and Colour film. The difference between the two types is quite obvious: a Black and White film, which can be an orthochromatic or a panchromatic one, reacts to light creating natively an images in shades of grey, while a Colour film reacts creating a full colour image.

In the next post about film photography I will explain in detail how a film is made, so don’t worry about new terms and concepts now: you will find everything you need to master the concept following this series of posts.

Film photography is fun

Film photography is both challenging and fun: you need to take your time before shooting, you need to think about to set your camera, check for light and composition, and then press the shutter button. Also, a 35mm film canister has 24 or 36 exposures, so you cannot “waste” them in a lot of test shots.

You need to carefully select your subject, think about the desidered result of your image, so you improve your planning skills as you try to anticipate the scene you are going to photograph.

Also, after shooting a photo, you have to wait for it to be developed to see the result, so this another part of the fun. With the developed film you can go and print it (at home, too, and I will teach you how to do that) or scan it to check it on a computer.

Film photography is reliable

Also, film photography is a technology almost fully developed, so it’s stable, reliable, and will not change that much in the next year, so that once you learn how to be proficient in it, you will remain proficient.

Once you learn the differences between the different films, and how to exploit them to get the result you want, every roll of film will be consistently giving you the same results.

So, welcome to film photography, follow this blog for more and more things about it.

 

You can find more about me and my hybrid camera project at: www.randtglobalservices.com

 

 

 

Aiming high

12 Sep

Tomorrow is R&T Global Services first day at Acorn Enterprise Business Accelerator Programme, in Rosyth.

It is a great chance to meet new people, to learn new things, to share ideas.

We have a goal to achieve: making our hybrid camera. We are starting from a project, we want to have a product. It’s an ambitious goal, we know.

But if don’t aim high, you will not achieve enough.

Stay tuned.

R&T Global Services Ltd selected for Acorn Enterprise 6th intake

9 Sep

Great news!

R&T Global Services Ltd has been selected for the 6th intake of the Acorn Enterprise 20 week Business Accelerator Programme.

We are developing a hybrid camera. Now our path to the production stage has been set up.

If you want to help us with this project, go visit www.randtglobalservices.com and follow us on Facebook.

Can’t wait until Tuesday, when the Programme will start.

http://www.facebook.com/AcornEnterprise/

Traveller’s heart

15 Dec

Stuck
bound
held
kept.

Prisoner
of unpleasant memories
I cannot
escape from.

Heir
of my own
too heavily paid
debts.

Fearful
for all sadness
my heart
lived.

Oppressed
my soul
by a heavy
dark blanket.
Unable to offer
you
my deepest
feelings.

Yet,
turn to me
your caring
eyes,

listen to my
traveller’s stories
with an open
heart,

and new life
you will
bring back
to me

and new love
as a wild flower
on a windy shore
will grow.

Able
to feel again
the warmth of
life.

Image

Venus at Dusk

30 Nov

venus at dusk

Amazing Light

30 Nov
Amazing sky light at dusk

Amazing sky light at dusk

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

27 Nov

Nothing compares to a homemade yogurt, so here is my own recipe.

No special tools are required.

Ingredients for 4 cups of yogurt

4 cups of milk (it doesn’t matter its fat percentage)
3 tablespoons of plain yogurt (unsweetened,containing live cultures, purchased or homemade)
(optional but suggested) Your favourite flavoring

Equipment
1 8-cups pot
1 8-cups glass jar with lid
1 Metal spoon
1 Dial thermometer with clip
1 Heating pad or a preheated Thermos

Preparation

Clean and sterilize, using boiling water, all your equipment as well as your work surface.

Attach the thermometer to the stock pot and add the milk. Heat the milk until it reaches 85°C, stirring with the metal spoon a few times to avoid the formation of a skin (An optimal option could be using two pots, one larger than the other, to heat in a gentler way, filling the space between the two pots with water). Be careful don’t allow the milk to scald.

Remove pot from the heat and let it cool to 43°C.
To speed the cooling process, place the pot in a cold/iced water bath, stirring to avoid the forming of a skin.
Pour 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt into the milk (@43°C) and stir well but not vigorously, not to incorporate air into the yogurt.

Pour the mixture into the glass jar. Close the jar and place it in a warm part of the kitchen, over the heating pad (you can also use a pre-heated thermos). Let the mixture incubate for 10-12 hours (do not disturb jar), remembering that a longer incubation produces a thicker yogurt.

Remove the yogurt from the incubating pad, stir it, cover it and refrigerate until cold, at least 3 hours. (If you used a thermos, remember to store the yogurt into a glass jar to allow refrigeration).

Add you favourite flavoring just before serving.

Yogurt can be stored in the refrigerator, in its covered jar, for about 1 week.

I wish

21 Nov

I wish
I have words
but words I have not
to express
the deepest
into me.

I wish
you could hear
but hear you could not
my wordless speech
to your deepest
soul.

Minced Beef Wellington Recipe

16 Nov

An English Cuisine classc revisited, using minced beef.

Ingredients:

1 Medium Onion
1 Carrot
1 Stick of Celery
1 Clove of Garlic
2 Champignon Mushroom
2 Sprig of Rosemary
1 cup boiled Peas
1 beaten Egg
500g Minced Beef 
1 Puff Pastry roll 
Salt and Pepper
Flour 
Extravirgin Olive Oil

Recipe:
Heat your oven to 180°C.

Peel and chop the carrot, the onion and the celery.
Finely grate the garlic.
Chop the mushrooms and the rosemary leaves.

Place this mix in a large pan with olive oil, and cook at medium heat for approx 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add a cup of boiled peas and cook for another 2 minutes.

Remove from fire, set aside in a bowl and let cool.

Add the beef, half the beaten egg, salt and pepper, mixing all together.

Roll out the pastry and lightly dust it with flour. Place the beef-vegetables mix on the pastry and wrap the pastry around the mix.
With a kitchen brush put the other half of the beaten egg all over the edges of the roll to seal it and on the surface of the roll itself.

Put on a tray and bake in the oven (at 180°C) for an hour. 

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

16 Nov
Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe (4 serving):
Preparing this delicious Indian Cuisine recipe is a two step process.

First step: Marinade.

In a large bowl, combine: 
250 ml of yogurt, 
2 teaspoons of ground cumin, 
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 
2 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper, 
2 teaspoons freshly ground black/mixed pepper, 
2 tablespoon ground ginger, 
1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 
2 teaspoons of salt. 

Use 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces, put them into the marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hour (better for 8 hours). 

Second step: Cooking.

Lightly oil a grill, and grill chicken, after having discarded the marinade, for about 10 minutes, turning frequently.
Melt 1 tablespoon of non salted butter in a large skillet over medium heat, adding: 
1 small peeled and minced onion, 
1 minced clove of garlic
1 minced jalapeno pepper
2 teaspoons of cumin 
1 teaspoon of hot red paprika; 
don’t let them get brown. 

Add 1 bottle (750 ml) of tomato sauce and 250 ml of yogurt. 
Boil at very low heat for 20 minutes. 
Add grilled chicken, and cook for 10 minutes more.

Just before serving, add chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with fluffy boiled rice and a mixed salad.

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