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Images, reviews and general ramblings about film and digital photography

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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Themes: Geometry

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For a long time I have been shooting geometric patterns but it wasn’t really until the last few years that I identified it as a thing.  Up until then, when asked I would have described my photography as being mostly architecture and then added a caveat that I don’t really shoot buildings, its more the details I see; which didn’t really help.  Now I could describe this as abstract architectural photography but Continue reading “Themes: Geometry”

7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital

I’m not really one for product reviews other than trying to document my own collection of old cameras but I got this lens recently and I am impressed.

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7artisans appeared on my horizon only very recently and I have to admit I was almost completely ignorant of them, I guess because I don’t really follow the latest equipment publications and reviews.  I don’t know why but I was browsing B&H and saw this lens, thought “oh that’s that manufacture I have seen recently” then I saw the price;   Continue reading “7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital”

Themes: Rust

This is the first in a series of posts which discuss the various themes of my photography to date and to help me find a path to where I want to go with it.  Here is my previous post kicking this of with the reasoning behind this method.

So, rust…

I have always been fascinated by rust, well I say “always” certainly for many many years and I can’t help taking pictures of it when I see it.

What is it about rust? Continue reading “Themes: Rust”

April was Yellow

This is the fourth post in my series for Colours of 2018, focussing on specifoic colours for each month of the year. April was the colour of Yellow.

My sunglasses on the passenger seat; I liked how the sun was hitting them.

Continue reading “April was Yellow”

Themes and styles – a journey

I have read a few articles recently about photography styles and also had a couple of conversations about influences and what my photography is.  It is something that lately I seem to struggle with and it relates to my current photography confusion.

One post I read suggested that to find your ‘style’ make a collection of all your favourite images by trolling the web then analyse any commonality.  Where there are common themes, try to put some words describing what it is about those images and Hey Presto! you have you style.

This is interesting but I decided an amendment to this approach is to look at my own work and determine any common themes there first.

So I have scanned through the last 12 years of digital images in my archive and have indeed found some common themes.  Continue reading “Themes and styles – a journey”

Walking DTLA with a Mamiya C330

It was my birthday last week and my fiancee asked me what would I like to do.  I didn’t really have anything that I could really think of other than photography time.  So, she agreed to accompany me on a photography walk downtown in LA and as she was looking for a few things we started in the ‘fashion district’.

My fiancee is someone who likes to have a plan and ideally an itinerary, by the very least a goal to aim for.  By contrast I am happy to wander aimlessly just looking about and seeing what I see.

Continue reading “Walking DTLA with a Mamiya C330”

This is hard

Ugh

This year does not seem to be going as I expected/hoped it would. A combination of my daughter’s surgery battle and wedding planning not to mention various DIY challenges have meant I haven’t had time to think properly about this blog or progress the projects I intended.  I’ve also been distracted by a couple of new acquisitions along the way.

The result of this has been patchy posting and posts which probably haven’t entertained, informed or shined in any way.

Reviewer or creator?

Continue reading “This is hard”

Evening wisteria

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I think that wisteria is my favourite flower and if I ever own my own property again I will certainly find a place for one to grow.  I had one before and it took a few years for it to mature and produce those lovely lazy looking blooms.

I spotted these recently on a post work walk and the warm late evening sun really brought out the best in them and the hung from this garage.

Not sure I captured it perfectly as I didn’t want to wander onto someone’s property.

Cameras: Miranda Sensorex

I mentioned this a couple of times in recent posts here and here.

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I have put two films through this camera and it has quickly become a favourite.  I have been eyeing up Mirandas for some time but I didn’t really have what I felt was a justification so not taken the plunge and then I saw this one for $20 and thought “why the hell not?”

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It arrived shortly afterwards and although its not the cleanest example it’s in pretty good condition. Continue reading “Cameras: Miranda Sensorex”

Cameras: Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL

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I had no expectation of buying this camera and it is not a camera that I sort out.  In all honesty I almost literally stumbled across it.  I was out for a lunchtime walk with my Pen-F and came across a house running an estate sale.  I am someone who likes to rummage in this kind of thing and see what interesting things I can find.  As I walk in the door the first thing in front of me is a table with a few cameras on it; this one, a 500 DTL and a compact which I can’t now remember.  The condition of this one is excellent (as was the 500) and everything seemed to function.

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As I said I had no desire for a Mamiya/Sekor SLR although I have a slight need for a suitable M39 (or M42) body with TTL metering to attach to my macro bellows.  Continue reading “Cameras: Mamiya/Sekor 1000 DTL”

I’m not recommending you do this

I’m not exactly sure why I am posting this, maybe as a warning to others… I love spreadsheets.  I know it’s sad but I find them incredibly useful… and, as in this case perhaps, sometimes sobering.
I recently compiled a spreadsheet of all the cameras I have and have had (as far as I remember).  I listed the purchase price and status etc etc. yeah I know I’m setting myself up here but here are some interesting facts.  Well I say interesting, I thought so but it is highly possible that it no one else will.

Continue reading “I’m not recommending you do this”

March is Aqua

I have to admit that I struggled with this this months colour.  Mostly because of an unexpected trip to the UK as my daughter was taken seriously ill so three weeks were lost in that respect.

Here are a few meagre offerings;

Rubbish bins and bus stops are aqua in the area I work

Continue reading “March is Aqua”

Which would you save?

This post is aimed mostly at the those of you who have collected a number of cameras and switch between them.

Here’s the question;

If you could only keep one camera/lens combination which would it be?

Let’s put a little detail behind that; say that for some reason (for example a cataclysmic event happens)  you have to pack you bags and leave your home taking only one camera with you with no expectation of ever coming back.  What would you choose and why?  I’m assuming you already have loved ones and important things covered and in reality picking a camera might be the last thing on your mind, but anyway…

I have already narrowed down what I think is my favourite; 35mm rangefinder, 35mm SLR, Medium format, TLR and also my favourite digital but if I had to leave almost all my cameras behind I would be left with a difficult choice. Continue reading “Which would you save?”

World on Film post – Joshua Tree

Firstly apologies for not posting for a few weeks, I had to fly urgently to the UK as my daughter had a medical emergency and so blogging was low on my priorities.

Just getting back into things again and thought I would post a link to an article that Stephen Dowling has just published for me on his World on Film site about shooting in and around Joshua Tree and Palm Springs with my Voigtlander bessamatic;  HERE.

I wrote this last year after a visit to Joshua Tree which I also wrote  about separately here and here using digital shots I had taken.  Stephen’s site focuses on places shot using film cameras so the shots taken with my Bessamatic were exclusive for him and my article.

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