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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.

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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”

 

Voigtlander Bessamatic with Ilford Delta 400

 

Beneath the bleachers

I know that most of this image is out of focus but I kinda like it’s abstractness

Vitessa 500 SE – Kodak Gold

Excitement, fear and relief

I have been pondering the Weekly Photo Challenge of last week which is Ooh, Shiny! and I think it’s fairly obvious to anyone who follows me that, what is guaranteed to distract me? What my “Ooh, shiny!” is, is…

CAMERAS!

and I had another distraction this week which had me a little on edge.

I was browsing that auction site (again) and spotted a fairly modern Voigtländer in the form of a Bessa-R.  I know that technically this is a Cosina and they just happen to own the name but it’s still a good camera.  I don’t need one of these and until then I hadn’t even thought about buying a ‘new’ camera (just the old one’s) so….  SHINY!! Continue reading “Excitement, fear and relief”

Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant

I have mentioned this camera before but wanted to add more detail (and add better pictures). The Brillant was first sold in around 1932; early models used a simple zone style focussing method (as opposed to actual distance) with the operator selecting portrait, landscape etc.

This is a later version from around 1937 as it is made from bakelite rather than metal Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant”

Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens

Getting this camera was a little painful, I’ve written about that already here

This Voigtlander bessamatic is an early SLR with interchangeable lenses which of course is now the norm.  Back then I guess things were still being worked out and there is a noticeable difference between the functionality of this camera to how more modern SLRs work.

Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens”

Crumbling wall

Just in time for the weekend, here is my entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

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Taken on Kodacolor Gold 200 using Voigtlander Bessamatic with Zoomar lens

…also a hint for an upcoming post

 

Voigtlander Bessamatic

This is not a review more a tale of disappointment.

Recently I spotted an interesting potential addition to my collection on the auction site and decided to bid.  The auction was for a Voigtlander Bessamatic which came with the very rare Zoomar lens.  The Zoomar lens was the first zoom lens ever for 35mm cameras and was invented by Voigtlander.   Continue reading “Voigtlander Bessamatic”

Camera: Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic

I recently picked up a Voigtlander (Zeiss Ikon) Vitessa 500 SE Electronic; what a great little camera!

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I receiving it the first issue was batteries as it needed two PX825 (1.55v) batteries which are no longer available. Continue reading “Camera: Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic”

Los Angeles State Historic Park

A few weeks ago I visited the newly opened Los Angeles State Historic Park.  I understand this park has been a long time in the making and opened something like 16 years late.

Anyway it’s a nice open space close to Chinatown and Downtown LA, well worth a visit if you want to chill out.  It’s quite open and new looking, much of the trees and shrubbery still need to mature and it can only get better.  Considering it’s newly opened there was a lot of repair work going on but it was still nice to walk around for an hour or so.

I took my Voigtlander Bessa RF with me loaded with Ilford Delta 400.   Continue reading “Los Angeles State Historic Park”

Coming soon…

Apologies for not much activity this week, as well as the house move I have also had a family loss.

I have some catching up to do later as many photography related things are going on.

I have several cameras to try and post about;

  • Polaroid Colorpack II (thanks Jim at Down the Road)
  • Contax III
  • Pentacon FM (Contax FM)
  • Zeis Ikon Voigtlander 500SE
  • Ricoh 35 ZF

I have a set of macro bellows to play with.

I have some projects I’d like to start on.

Also Thanks to Jim at Down the Road I have been linked to from Petapixel.

So please bare with me and I will be posting some of the above and more soon.

 

Cameras I need! – okay want

As I am unlikely to successfully take and prep many photos during the house move I was thinking what else I could post and due to some other blogs I have been reading my mind wandered to cameras I would love to own. Continue reading “Cameras I need! – okay want”

Cameras: Voigtlander Bessa RF

I got this recently and love it so it’s jumped to the top of my list for reviewing.

Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Bessa RF”

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