A combination of bad weather, having a toddler and generally being busy has meant I haven’t done much photography recently. When I have taken pictures, it’s never been enough to finish a film. Last fortnight, though, I finished a roll of film in my Canon T90 that’s been in there for ages, and I had […]Read more "Photo catch-up"
Although St John the Baptist church is not far from my house, I’d never been past it and didn’t know it existed. Over the last few weeks we were invited to both a wedding and a christening at this lovely church, and I vowed to return with my largest camera to do it justice. The church stands […]Read more "St John the Baptist, Frenchay"
Recently I’ve had an inkling to dabble in large format portraiture rather than medium format. In particular I’ve wanted to try using older lenses with their various flaws. So far my only large format lenses have been high-quality Schneider lenses of (relatively) modern design and wide-to-normal focal lengths, so I decided to pick up some old lenses. […]Read more "New large format lenses"
Last week I published a picture entitled The Black Dog, which was a reflective piece on the subject of depression. I’ve had a few people ask how it was done, and while a magician never reveals his tricks, fortunately I am a photographer rather than a magician, so here goes. In order for this idea […]Read more "The Black Dog – behind the scenes"
This week’s Photo Challenge was entitled The Black Dog and it asked participants to take a picture on the theme of depression. This is my entry. This is a self-portrait with a two-second exposure time so I could move my head and blur my face. The negative was taken with a large format camera (my […]Read more "The Black Dog"
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"
There’s a fantastic Facebook group called Bristol – Then and Now Photographs. For ages I’ve wanted to contribute something but I haven’t had a suitable “then” photo to recreate. Recently, I came across a picture of the Computer Centre at the University of Bristol. This unremarkable structure on Tyndall Avenue was completed in the early […]Read more "University of Bristol Computer Centre"
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"