A few years ago, I visited Caen Hill locks near Devizes for the first time. The steep flight of locks is one of the iconic sights of Wiltshire, so when I heard that my friend Matt’s parents were bringing their narrowboat down the flight, I volunteered as a deck hand. I’ve never operated a lock before […]Read more "Caen Hill"
At the weekend I went for a walk around the Tintern area with a friend. We walked about eight miles, starting from Tintern Abbey and heading up to the Devil’s Pulpit which overlooks it. It’s quite a steep climb to the top! Much of the walk was in shady woodland and there weren’t many opportunities […]Read more "Tintern"
Yesterday I went for a stroll around Prior Park and the Bath Skyline walk. Well, it wasn’t so much a stroll as a hike, since I was carrying about 12kg of camera equipment on my back. It seemed to pay off though, since I returned home with ten pictures, and this is my favourite. This is […]Read more "Prior Park"
Mist + Bristol = Mistol. Well, I thought it was funny anyway. These two shots were taken on a roll of film that’s been in my Zeiss Super Ikonta A 531 for a few weeks. Many of the pictures didn’t come out, because I forgot that the 1937 Tessar lens is not coated, and flares very […]Read more "Mistol"
This was the inaugural roll of film through my new (to me) Canon AT-1. It’s not a very exciting camera, having only shutter-priority or full manual exposure, and a fairly inaccurate match-needle meter. Nonetheless, its procurement was necessary for me to complete my collection of the Canon A series and there’s nothing I hate more than […]Read more "Another roll"
Long ago, before there was colour film, it was possible to create full colour pictures using black & white film with a set of coloured filters. This is exactly how three-strip Technicolour works. For movies, you have to use a beam-splitter to split the image into three. Each image is then passed through a different coloured […]Read more "Colour pictures from black & white film"
In October 2014, the University of Bristol completed its new Life Sciences building. I’ve been wanting to photograph it since then but until now there has been continuing groundwork outside with an array of temporary fencing. The last of the fencing was removed this week, so I popped out of my office with the camera and […]Read more "Life Sciences"
During an IT site visit at my workplace, I had to go into a well-hidden cellar. The person who let me in said he hadn’t been in for twenty years. I suspect not many other people have been in, either. The cellar sprawled out under the foundations of a large building with interesting alcoves and […]Read more "Long forgotten store room"
This week’s Photo Challenge is entitled peace. I’ve wanted to try using my large format camera indoors for a while now, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to capture the peaceful interior of a cathedral. I used my Horseman 45HD camera with Schneider-Kreuznach Super-Angulon 65mm f/8 lens, which really is extremely wide angle on the […]Read more "Bristol cathedral"
I’ve been busy this summer so I haven’t spent as much time as I would like taking pictures of the Somerset Towers for my project. Yesterday I went out for the first time in over two months and I photographed four churches. I’ve now got 32 of the 73 churches on my list. This is […]Read more "Somerset Towers update"