I recently went on a trip to Oahu, Hawaii and we visited the memorial at Pearl Harbor. Not being an American I wasn’t really sure what to expect; other than a few general facts here and there I didn’t really know very much about it; I am guessing if I had been raised here, much more of that history would have been ingrained in me.
This the second film from the recent UK trip (see the first here). I took used a roll of Ilford FP4 this time; one of my favourite black and white films.
I only took the one film camera on this trip so again this is using the Voigtländer Prominent.
Took these around the beach are at Southsea Continue reading “The Thirty Six: Film #20”
I went on a trip back home to the UK last month and took my Voigtländer Prominent with me. I started the trim with a roll of Porta 400.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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(?)
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.
We recently visited Germany and spent a Day in Koblenz which is just South West of Frankfurt. It was freezing cold and a little damp being the beginning of February but there was enough to interest us for some exploring.
We started with the fort (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress) which overlooks the city from the top of the hill, just across the river. There is a handy cable-car that takes you straight there avoiding the steep climb (and a cold swim across the Rheine).
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.
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”
I took these whilst visiting Plymouth recently. They are painted signs of which there are many around this city that celebrate the historical industries of the city.
I believe there is a tour you can do to see all of the signs.
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.
At the edge of Griffith Park next to the i5 is the LA Zoo, a modern establishment housing animals in somewhat reasonably humane conditions (depending on your overall opinion on zoos) but just around the corner the other side of the hill that the LA Zoo now sits upon in the site where the zoo once was and much of the old place is still there to see. Continue reading “LA’s Old Zoo”