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I love Keld Helmer-Petersen

My new favorite photographer is ‘Keld Helmer-Petersen’.  I don’t think I was aware of him until recently, at least I wasn’t consciously aware, some of the images I have seen in the book that I recently purchased seem strangely familiar.  Maybe I have seen them in other books or in a gallery or perhaps online and not registered the artist.

Last month I responded to a post by Blake Andrews at B  about Erata photography books on offer and went to look on Powell’s site; indeed there were discounted books so took the plunge and bought ‘Keld Helmer Petersen 122 Colour Photographs‘  for under $20.

Until then I had never heard of Errata Books on Books; Continue reading “I love Keld Helmer-Petersen”

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Investigating and diagnosing light leaks

After my recent experience with a light leak on a TLR and another leak on a compact 35mm, I realized that there was very little information online about how to go about diagnosing these kinds of issues and thus fixing them. Most of the tutorials online that mention “light leaks” seem just to talk about replacing the foam seals around the door; which is fine for a certain age of camera and if that is where the light is coming in.

With both of my issues this was unhelpful and so I thought perhaps I would share my thought process in tackling these leaks; apologies if this is a case of ‘teaching your grandmother to suck eggs’ and maybe a lot of this is obvious for some of you – please chime in if you have techniques I don’t mention.

So first off, if the foam seals are deteriorating then of course replacing them is a fairly simple and cheap exercise that is worth doing anyway and may well resolve the issue. In my case this was not required for either camera.

let’s begin Continue reading “Investigating and diagnosing light leaks”

The Thirty-six: Films 1-3

I decided to spend much of 2019 shooting the stock of 36 various films I have in stock and hope to shoot all of them before the end of the year.

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The first film was already loaded in my Voigtländer Prominent (currently fitted with the Ultron 50mm 2.0 lens) and was the Fuji Pro 400 film.
I decided that as I was heading to the West of LA anyway for an evening get-together with Cameras and Beer, I would spend an hour or two at the Getty Center. They were running an exhibition of Sally Mann that I was keen to visit and also I love the architecture around the Getty.

Empty tables Continue reading “The Thirty-six: Films 1-3”

Whats in store for 2019?

I’m a little late in getting this out as it’s already mid-January but hey I’m busy OK?!

Last year kinda petered out for me; photography (and blog)-wise hopefully 2019 will fair a little better; with a baby on the way though I am not making any promises 🙂

So, for the purposes of this blog, this is my 2019 right here…

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That is my stock of film, half of which is old expired stuff and my plan is to shoot all of this this year with a limited a set of cameras, no more than 5.  I may still do some digital shots but those will probably be more limited.

The plan is simple;  There are 36  films (in three formats) so shoot 3 films a month… post images here.

3 films a month will be a challenge but as many of them are medium format I am hoping those will help me catch up if I get too far behind.

I have some things I wanted to do more of last year but didn’t get around to which I will try to do this year like developing my own film; mostly as a cost saving exercise.

Camera-wise I am reducing my collection; I’m at around 45 right now and have 5 or so ready to go over the next few weeks – aiming to get down to the lower 30s.  I am trying not to accumulate any more and will only buy those that I am specifically looking for that fit into my collection – those are mostly unlikely anyway as they are not common and will likely be out of my price range; I have way more than I need anyway and costs this year will be tight.

Last year I switched the blog to be wholly photography and debating whether that worked, sometimes I have other things which I think might be post worthy and haven’t posted them.  I am aware a blog needs material and perhaps I have limited myself unnecessarily here.  Life moves fast and is changing for me all the time and maybe that is of interest to people.  Having said that I have always kept this blog fairly anonymous and non-personal so that in itself is a limitation but one I still struggle to get around.  I will ponder that more…

As this is a photography blog it would seem remiss of me not to post an image so here is one I took recently in cotton fields near Phoenix.

Summertime and the living is easy...

Union Station, Los Angeles

I’ve visited this station just off of downtown LA a few times and I love it features.  It was built in the 1930s and is a mix of Art Deco, Mission Revival, and Streamline Moderne styles.

Art Deco clock by the East entrance
Great typology

For this visit I happened to be meeting a friend coming into town and decided it would do no harm to arrive a little early and see what shots i could find; as it was her train was delayed and I had a couple hours to wander around. Continue reading “Union Station, Los Angeles”

Waiting for the Bull

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I went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving and we were invited out to see bull riding; which is kinda what an ignorant person like me would refer to as Rodeo.

This was a somewhat casual/for-fun event and it happens every Friday night at the Buffalo Chip Saloon

I didn’t know quite what to expect and definitely didn’t dress appropriately for the cold evening in November, but is was a fun event for sure and worth a visit.  I would advise getting to your seats early if you want a decent view; it is extremely popular and busy.

Of course I took a camera; my trust Pen-F Digital and managed to capture this picture of a young boy with (I think) his Grandfather

Can I still call myself a photographer?

Wow what crazy times these are –  times a few years ago I could never have foreseen.  It’s already November and I am not really sure what happened to October at all.

It’s all been happening for me here… Continue reading “Can I still call myself a photographer?”

The Smith Family Garden Luau

This will (I think) be the last of my posts of the Kauai trip.

We couldn’t be in Hawaii with all our friends without taking them to a Luau.  And the one we found most recommended was with the ‘Smith family‘.  They have a large estate and so there are a few options that can be a part of your package as well as the Luau itself; we went for the whole thing that included a boat ride to Fern Grotto, time to explore the extensive gardens, dinner and the luau show.

Vintage weight and horoscope machine amused us whilst we waited for the boat trip

The event started with the boat ride which is a large floating platform holding something like 100 people.  The captain gives a talk through of the sights along the way which to me at least sounded very random and odd in places and I think amused him more than some of us (or maybe that is my British-ness); you could tell he’d been telling the same stories for a long time, anyway it was a fun ride with beautiful landscapes.

Tree

The boat takes you to a landing stage where after a short walk through jungle-like scenery you find yourself at the grotto.  It is very picturesque with a small stream of water tumbling over a cliff with a small cave at the bottom.  Unfortunately because of the other 100 people its a little crowded and you aren’t allowed too close which is understandable.  Interesting white birds (long-tails?) flew around overhead and a small Hawaiian band played, it was very nice. Continue reading “The Smith Family Garden Luau”

Come fly with me…

This is another post from my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii.

One thing that we promised ourselves when we were planning this trip as a wedding present to ourselves was a helicopter flight around the island.  There are quite a few operators doing this but we chose Jack Harter; firstly they offered the longest flight time (only by about 5 or 10 minutes but enough) second they offered doors-off flights and lastly well with a name like Jack Harter you’ve got to just go with it 🙂

Continue reading “Come fly with me…”

A white September

So September came and went super fast; so much happened and it went by in a flash.  As a result focusing on taking shots of white things for my ‘12 colours of 2018‘ challenge just didn’t happen.

So the below shots are a selection of shots I took on the Kauai trip that just happened to be of white things.  Apologies as most of them are (predictably) of flowers.

I will try to do better in October looking for Purple things to shoot.

Continue reading “A white September”

Hanapepe

On our trip earlier this month to Kaua’i, we visited the small town of Hanapepe.  The town sits on the southern side of the island between Lihue and Waimea and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it.

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

It’s a small one street type of town that could easily fit into some Western style movie.  The old dilapidated buildings are great for us photographers and I enjoyed walking around taking shots.  However that dilapidation although interesting is surely not healthy(?)

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

Continue reading “Hanapepe”

The chickens of Kaua’i

If you have been to Kaua’i (one of the islands of Hawai’i) you will quite likely think instantly of chickens; not beautiful beaches or hot weather or even Mai Tais… Chickens

Chickens on Kaua’i are like pigeons of London Continue reading “The chickens of Kaua’i”

Transition from tester/reviewer back to Photographer

A couple of years ago I embarked on a journey with the intent to document the small collection of cameras I had, as more or less a personal project. As I progressed the collection grew and the end of the process rather than getting closer seemed to extend into the distance. In the last few months I have reached a point where I don’t feel I have to complete this exercise and I have reduced my collection down to the ones I want to keep and use and am slowly selling off those that don’t meet my criteria of Voigtländer or beautiful or useful.

Building 201 Voigtlander Prominent

So I now have before me (and upon me) a struggle to change the way I shoot and write. For me “struggle” appears to be the right word. I seem to have slipped into a process of shooting purely to test the particular camera I was using and less so looking for really good images that I would be proud of. That is not to say that I didn’t take good pictures I am quite happy with a lot that I have taken over the last year or so. It is just now that I am back to taking photos for their own sake I feel like I have forgotten somewhat where I left off.

Railing Voigtlander Prominent

Continue reading “Transition from tester/reviewer back to Photographer”

July was Blue and August too

Another colour themed post

So for many reasons the July hunt for Blue was a bit of a wash out, actually wash is probably not the right word more the opposite as a primary issue was that it was so hot here getting out to shoot was uncomfortable.

As I was thinking of switching the colours slightly anyway (monocrome is not a colour) I decided to extend blue into August.

As it was I didn’t fair much better in August but here is my selection for your enjoyment.

Hemosa Beach with Voigtländer Vitoret

Continue reading “July was Blue and August too”

Cameras: Nikon 1 V1

I have no real idea why I bought this; it was completely on a whim.  I have a perfectly good (better) digital camera that I love so this really is a mystery.

It happened in a kind of blur… I read a couple of reviews and then fatally checked out that auction site…  some days later a package arrived on my doorstep.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Apart from my Nikonos underwater cameras I have never been a Nikon owner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I guess what interested me about this camera was the look it has; very simple minimalist lines (a sleek black slightly round cube).  Continue reading “Cameras: Nikon 1 V1”

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