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Macro: Pen and ink

This is a macro shot of one of my fountain pens – well the tip of one.
Now I have to admit and you may have already guessed from a number of previous posts that I am a natural collector.  This is part of a small collection of fountain pens I accumulated many years back and this particular one was my Grandfather’s pen.  I have not used this pen until recently when the urge took me to start writing with real ink again; having put it aside for a number of years. This is a Parker 61 which was a development of probably the best selling fountain pen the Parker 51 (of which I also have an example that was my regular writing instrument for a while). This pen, rather than having some sort of squeezable reservoir, has a capillary-based self-filling system.  I didn’t understand this when I got it and could not work out how to fill it and so kept it in a box.

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Cameras: Kodak Jiffy-Six 16

I got this camera last year after finding it in an antique shop.  I realize this isn’t a rare piece but (maybe because it was more a US product) I had not seen one before and fell in love with it’s design.
The price was high (too high I think having seen a few more for sale since) and I wasn’t going to buy it, but my fiancé decided to buy it for me as a present for which I am very grateful.
It s in great condition and came with the original leather case; even the little Kodak film advertising inside is untouched.

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Time to go Macro

Last year I picked up this little beasty and haven’t yet made time to really do anything with it.  2018 is my year for going Macro (among other things of course).

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This is a Russian Macro bellows that I found for under $20.  I did test it once using my Olympus Pen-F (for which I have a M39 adapter) and was pretty amazed at the magnification possible. It currently has a Russian 28mm 2.8 lens attached which is all I have right now whilst my other M39 lens is on loan. Continue reading “Time to go Macro”

Yep it was me, I was one of those ‘suckers’

I have a guilty secret…

In the middle of last year the mostly dormant camera brand Yashica started making noises about a comeback quoting an “Unprecedented Camera“.  This caused a bit of a stir and it was months of teasing from the company before they announced what they had in mind.

The camera they are putting to the market is a digital camera with the process of film.  What this means is that rather than having a digital sensor that it set up and customised by a multitude of menu settings etc, this digital camera will mimic film by having the image settings set via the insertion of a film like canister (known as digifilm). Continue reading “Yep it was me, I was one of those ‘suckers’”

Cedarburg

On our recent trip to Wisconsin we stopped for a while in Cedarburg which is as quaint little historic city not far from just north of Milwaukee.  Originally a mill town it has a nice river running through it and some interesting stores.  Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Here are a few pictures I took whilst wandering around.

The river coming down from the mill upstream.

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5 golden rules for photography

I have been (over) thinking my photography lately and been reading a lot from (and about) other photographers.

As a result, based on my own experiences I have I have put together these 5 things to think about when taking and sharing photographs.

As I said this list comes from me sometimes overthinking things especially when I am at a popular location; here’s how it goes…

So here you are at that classic landmark or location and you have your camera in your hand.  You lift your hand, compose and snap!  There you go, you now have an image of say, the Golden Gate Bridge, for example.  Before you press that button though maybe you should ask yourself a question;

  Why am I taking this picture? Continue reading “5 golden rules for photography”

Where it all started

So the Weekly Photo Challenge last week was Favourites and specifically

“most meaningful photo from 2017. This isn’t necessarily the ‘best’ photo you’ve taken this year — feel free to post your most technically accomplished photo of the year if you’d like”

I was thinking about this over the Christmas weekend and I struggled to find something I felt as being the most meaningful for 2017 and as I pondered back at my work desk my eyes were drawn to two photos I have on the wall.

These don’t qualify for this challenge but I felt like it worth posting something about them anyway  (as you may have seen I finally decided to post this instead for the challenge).

These are pretty much my first photos. Continue reading “Where it all started”

WPC: Favourite

The Weekly Photo Challenge calls for “most meaningful photo from 2017. This isn’t necessarily the ‘best’ photo you’ve taken this year… ”

I’m not the best at looking back (through a year’s worth of pictures), so decided to use the opportunity to lay the groundwork for the next 12 months and reflect on where I am now.

I literally posted this photo only yesterday and it represents a few things for me.

Firstly, this is an unsettling time for me as a blogger as I have been struggling with what I think I am doing. This photo is in this post which I feel might be the start of better content from me and will (hopefully) be more representative of my work here.

Second, I took this with a camera I had allowed to get forgotten on my shelf and was reminded of what a great little camera it is (more images from that camera are due).

Thirdly, the figure captured seems to me to be someone contemplating and letting his mind wander.  He may be contemplating the fish he’s hoping to catch or much bigger things but I think this contemplation matches the state I myself have been in the last few weeks.

Lastly, this was shot on film and although I love love love my digital camera, I can’t help but like the tactile and physical process of using film to make images.

Chicago with film

I took three cameras with me when I went to Chicago recently; My Olympus Pen-F digital, my Voigtländer Bessa Rangefinder and my Voigtländer Vitomatic II.  I have already posted some shots from the Olympus and I didn’t really get to use the Bessa but I did manage a walk with my Vitomatic and I have to say I enjoyed it immensely.

It has been some time since I have used this little rangefinder and I had forgotten what a nice thing it is to use. Continue reading “Chicago with film”

Change

It’s time for a change.

(apologies if this is another potentially self-centered rant).

For a while now I have felt like change is coming.  I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what this ‘change’ was but it has felt like it had to happen.  I have reached a plateau with my photography (and this blog) and that I need to do something different.

I am two years into this blog now and so perhaps now is a good time anyway to review and think about what I want this to be in the future.  I’ve not become the internet sensation that I wasn’t expecting to be, so what do I want?  How much effort do I want to devote to this site?

I am reading more and more about photography; as it is now and in the past, also art in general and I can feel something brewing inside me.  It’s okay I don’t think any alien species is about to erupt from my (slightly large) belly or anything noxious is going to be expelled from my digestive system.  I am thinking about all sorts of things right now and it’s all bunched up in front of me, blocking me until I’ve got through it all.  I need some sort of Zen moment to get past it or an epiphany or something.  Right now though I can barely pick up a camera, let alone shoot a roll of film creatively. Continue reading “Change”

Launch tube

I took this one evening on a walk around the city of Chicago, feels like something from a ’60s sci-fi series.

Part of the river walk in Chicago

Moo

Whenever we are in the Milwaukee area my Fiancee can’t resist reliving her youth and stop off at Kopp’s for frozen custard.  At this location they have cool cow sculptures in the car park.

Kopp’s  N Port Washington Rd

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from a long way up

I recently visited Chicago and went up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building where tourists (like me) can find ‘360 Chicago‘ that allows great views across the city in all directions.  It also has a ride of sort called ‘Tilt’ which has a moving section of glass that when you are standing against it tilts out a few feet as if it were going to fall.  I didn’t do that part of the attraction just checked out the views.

We were there later in the afternoon so the sun was casting long shadows.  I spotted this beach below and liked the angle.  I waited to see if someone walked on so I could get a shot.  I needed to switch to my other lens which isn’t as nice as the others but gives me the longest focal length (effective 300mm) and I was rewarded when this couple wandered into shot and my steady hand didn’t let me down.

Submitting this for the Weekly Photo Challenge Ascend.

from 94 floors up

Neon and beer

I do like a good neon sign and on my recent trip to Wisconsin I saw this Blatz Beer sign.

Cedarburg , Wisconsin

As we have a tenuous link with the beer I decided to take this shot and then a theme appeared for the next few days of our trip Continue reading “Neon and beer”

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