Horseman 980 vs Horseman 45HD

For landscape and architectural photography, there is no question that using a view camera gives you the best control over perspective, the plane of focus and spectacular resolution too. For several years I’ve been using a Horseman 980 medium format technical field camera for this purpose. It has almost all the functionality of a large […]

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Chew Stoke

Last weekend, while I was out and about in Somerset photographing churches for my project, I saw this arched bridge over a ford in Chew Stoke. No further explanation necessary; it’s a pretty scene! Horseman 980 camera with 65mm f/5.6 lens. Exposure 1/15 at f/11 on Ilford FP4+ with orange filter.

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Mini-Bristol

This week the Photo Challenge theme says we have to take a photo that looks like it has been edited – but hasn’t. I decided to shoot a set of fake-miniature shots, otherwise known as tilt-shift. These days, this is usually done with Photoshop but it’s also possible to create the effect at the time […]

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West Quantoxhead

Yesterday there was wonderful Spring weather here in the South-West, so I decided to take a drive into Somerset and visit some of the places that have been on my “to-visit” list for ages. I ended up in the tiny village of West Quantoxhead, where the church of St Etheldreda (apparently also known as St […]

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Tintern Abbey et environs

I’ve never been to Tintern Abbey before, but it has been on my list of places to go for architectural photography for a while. This weekend I decided to visit with my friend Nathan. When we arrived, I was delighted to find that the whole area is picturesque and there were opportunities for photography at […]

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Second pinhole test

After making some pinholes recently, I tested them with my DSLR. It has a tiny sensor and it’s not even the camera I intended to use the pinholes with. So naturally I’ve now tested them with my Horseman 980 view camera, which has a sensor area sixteen times greater than a crop-sensor DSLR. I was […]

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Pensford

Recently I published a picture of St Thomas a Beckett church in Pensford. On the same visit I also photographed the viaduct, which has only just made it through the darkroom.

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Zoom pinhole

I’ve made pinhole lenses for my 35mm and digital SLRs out of body caps before, but it recently¬†occurred¬†to me I could make a zoom pinhole lens. I have a view camera with bellows for focusing. The effective focal length of a pinhole is always the distance between it and the film, so a pinhole mounted […]

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