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 […]Read more "Horseman 980 vs Horseman 45HD"
The weather has been bad lately and quite a lot of the Somerset Levels is still suffering from flooding. Last weekend though, the sun peeped out for a little bit so I decided to check the flood maps and head to some of the drier villages within easy reach of Bristol. I captured a few […]Read more "Somerset Towers project continues"
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.Read more "Chew Stoke"
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 […]Read more "Mini-Bristol"
Not too long ago (on the same day I visited West Quantoxhead), my travels took me to the village of Uphill, not far from Weston-Super-Mare. There is a semi-ruined church which sits on the edge of a cliff, overlooking the sea. It was a pretty building so I took a picture. I like it; this […]Read more "Old Church of St Nicholas, Uphill"
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 […]Read more "West Quantoxhead"
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 […]Read more "Tintern Abbey et environs"
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 […]Read more "Second pinhole test"
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.Read more "Pensford"
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 […]Read more "Zoom pinhole"