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Images, reviews and general ramblings about film and digital photography

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.

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

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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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Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR

I got this only a week or so ago thanks to Jim Grey’s thinning of the herd.   I couldn’t wait to try it out and took it to Hermosa Beach last weekend with a roll of Kodak ColorPlus film (which I have no recollection of buying).

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First impressions on getting this is it sits somewhere between my Vitomatic and the Vitessa 500 SE ElectronicContinue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Vitoret LR”

It’s competition Time!

… and there is a prize too!

The image below is a 100% crop of a photo I took recently. I thought it looks interesting when viewed this close and a little abstract.

Decided that if someone could identify what it is an photo of, I would offer a prize in the form of this nice new camera strap from ‘Art Tribute‘ (Shipping anywhere in the USA)

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Red woven camera strap (image from Art Tribute)

So here is the image….

Continue reading “It’s competition Time!”

Cameras: Voigtländer Superb

This is the second of my recent acquisitions which together make me feel I can stop looking as I have exactly the core camera set I want to use (well almost).  I already posted about the Prominent this is another from Voigtländer (of course) and it is a Twin Lens Reflex.

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This has everything you could ever want from a TLR in a well designed package.

  • Good viewfinder?  Yep
  • Great lens? You got it
  • Lever based winder? Indeed
  • Spirit level? Of course
  • Parallax correction? Oh yes
  • Frame counter? Certainly

See what I mean?

 

This model was first released in 1933 and I think this actual example was a little later in the run so probably around 1936.  Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Superb”

Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent

I got this and another couple of cameras recently and, for the first time in a long time, I feel like “That’s it I am done buying, it’s not going to get any better than this.”

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I have had the Prominent on my list of desirable cameras for some time but prices have always been above what I was willing to pay.  Now I know that apparently, reasonably priced Prominents are like buses; you wait ages and two turn up at the same time. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent”

June was Pink

The next edition of my series on colours for 2018 which picks a feature colour for each month of the year; June was Pink.

Interesting mural (shot on Halina A1 on Kodak Ektar)

Continue reading “June was Pink”

Thoughts on being explored

So there I was on Sunday quietly minding my own business when a couple notifications appeared in my inbox from Flickr; the first stating so and so had like one of my pictures and another inviting my image into the ‘in explore‘ group.

My image had been selected by the mystical Flickr algorithm that puts them into Explore!

This is not the first time this has happened but last time I think I only just scraped in and dropped of the list fairly quickly (you can read Jim’s explanation of how this works here) so it didn’t really register.

This weekend however, it seems I was well in there and got a lot of attention.  I haven’t really put any effort in to developing followers on Flickr so my viewing figures are normally quite low; rarely into triple figures and fav’s in the low teens.

Suddenly my figures start climbing and the whole day my phone is buzzing as yet another fav or something comes in.  It was exciting at first and then slightly embarrassing as my phone constantly interrupted conversations or activities throughout the day. Continue reading “Thoughts on being explored”

Themes: Water

Another review of themes whilst I take a moment to re-calibrate

Water has featured a lot in my life and as such it is not surprising it is a co-star in much of my photography over the years; be it canals, streams, fountains, rivers, lakes or the sea I have shot it at some point.  I am happiest when I am near, on or even in the water and if I can combine that with a camera (or a bike) even better!

Continue reading “Themes: Water”

Themes: Shadows

Another on my look back at my photographic themes.

Well, we photographers all like shadows.

After all shadows are what photographs are, otherwise they would be just white light.  The shadows make shapes in the light that we can capture.

But more than that, I do look out for interesting shadows; this is linked to my previous post about geometry and there is a big overlap but I wanted to give it it’s own post as there is something more to shadows. Continue reading “Themes: Shadows”

Road rage

This has nothing to do with Photography.
I’m just upset about an incident recently and can’t get it out of my head so writing it down here.
On Saturday I was driving home from a trip to the post office and waiting in a turn right lane with a couple of cars in front of me.  The way that this lane is arranged with the previous intersection seems to encourage drivers to try to join the lane later than most.
As I move forward I am suddenly aware of a large GMC truck jacked up with oversize tyres and a hint of compensating; he seems intent on getting into the space my car is occupying.  He was literally an inch from making contact.  And I don’t mean his front corner into the minute gap in front of me I mean his front wheel to my car door.

Continue reading “Road rage”

Stepping out

Over the last few years I have enjoyed writing this blog and also posting my photos online, it feels good to share my thoughts and work. But all too easily one can get used to this kind of life with everything online and, apart from going out to take photos, not really mixing in the real world.

Even the going out and shooting for me for the most part is a solitary exercise. Of course I go on trips and visits with my Fiancee and I take photos, but even then it’s usually me taking my pictures and other times it is just me doing a photo walk.

So recently I have been actively seeking out opportunities to meet and spend time with other photographers; real in the flesh people – I know, shocking. Continue reading “Stepping out”

Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 2

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As part of my retrospective look at the photographic themes I have shot as a process I am doing to try to figure out in my head what I like shooting these days I last week posted part one of this pair of posts about cars;  here.

Part Two is about stationary cars or cars on display;

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Having been an owner of a few classic cars in my time I have spent many a Sunday afternoon walking about fields looking at shiny cars. I was never big on the whole polishing and detailing thing (I’d rather drive) but I do appreciate that a polished car makes a nice photograph. I will focus here on mostly  classic cars but these thoughts apply equally to modern cars. Continue reading “Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 2”

Grey May

This is another post in my series for this year called the  Colours of 2018 and the month of may was grey (not gray).

Shooting things that are grey can be a little uninspiring but a good challenge; here are my picks.

So there is more than grey in this shot I know, but I like the coloured accents and the shadow
Making the most of the depth of field on my Miranda Sensorex here

Continue reading “Grey May”

Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 1

As I look back through my archive at my common themes I find a lot of images of cars.  Cars in fields, in streets, racing, in pieces, close-up etc etc.

I have mentioned before I have an liking for cars you can read about my history with them and my thinking somewhat here so I won’t go into it again.  I think my love affair  with cars is, for now, well let’s just say we are taking a break.

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Instead then (rather than repeating myself) for this post, I thought maybe I should talk about how I take pictures of cars rather than the why and whatnot.

 

 

Let’s break this up into two categories; racing cars and concourse/display. Continue reading “Themes: Cars (and how to shoot them) Part 1”

Themes: Animals

Another in my short series looking back at my work and common themes that stand out.

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I can’t (and don’t) call myself a wildlife photographer as I see that as a certain type of photographer who studies his (or her) prey as a true naturalist would so not only can they accurately and factually describe the animal or plant that they are photographing but they are aware of it habits and movements and are willing to put themselves through physical difficulties to get the image.

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I am not that person, I like my bed too much.  Continue reading “Themes: Animals”

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