These days I don’t always manage to come up with a Photo Challenge entry, Heat. I’m quite pleased with this shot of a match being lit. It did take quite a few goes to get something I liked. I also shot a high-speed video of the match being lit. I’m had enough photography for this evening […]Read more "Ignition!"
I recently picked up a De Vere 54 enlarger for a bargain price. It’s a 1950s machine, designed to take 5×4″ negatives. In order to use the light most efficiently when making large prints, the enlarger is fitted with a condenser to give parallel illumination to the negative. However, the flip side of a condenser […]Read more "Converting a De Vere 54 condenser enlarger to diffusion"
Cats have excellent night vision, because the pupils of their eyes can open up so wide, to let more light in. They can also see well in bright daylight because the pupils shrink and let less light in. This is exactly the same as the aperture on a camera, and it got me thinking: can I […]Read more "Feline light metering"
Being an city-dwelling astronomer, light pollution is a huge problem for me. Sure, I love the urban convenience of Tesco Extra for emergency overnight bacon but the orange glow of sodium street lights really ruins a night of stargazing. I always drive to my dark site in rural Somerset for “proper” stargazing nights and there it […]Read more "Light pollution"
For Christmas, I asked Mummy and Daddy Father Christmas for a light box, to help me review slides and negatives before printing and scanning. Today’s the first day I’ve had a chance to try it out, and here it is. It’s a box… with a light in. Who’d have thought! It works really well and […]Read more "Light box"
No, not handbags and shoes. I’m talking about accessories for my collection of film cameras. My film cameras date from the late 1920s to the late 1990s, and between them they have a variety of different methods of controlling the focus and metering. Most of them don’t have any automation at all. This is fun, […]Read more "Accessorize!"
I recently built a pinhole lens for my 35mm SLR. I took some photos over Christmas and I just got the film back from the developers. The results are good, given that this “lens” is a piece of tin foil with a hole in it. The focus is pretty good, although not perfect. The bigger […]Read more "Pinhole photos"
I took this photo for this week’s Photo Challenge, on the theme of Light & Darkness. It’s an unusually opaque bottle of wine (Fragolino, actually) backlit by a softbox. The camera was moved slightly to one side to pick up some of the reflection on the side of the bottle. The annoying mark on the […]Read more "Light & darkness"
It was an interesting challenge from Stu this week. Set up your photo of any subject. Now stop. Think. Make THREE improvements to your photo. …and finally take it. I was somewhat lacking in inspiration, but since I’ve recently become interested in how to light scenes properly, this is a perfect opportunity for some experimenting […]Read more "Stop and think"
I stole the idea for this shot from Paul Seward, who in turn stole it from John Domingo. With such clear instructions I thought “Meh, how hard can it be?”. I don’t think my result is anywhere near as good as Paul’s or John’s, which just proves it’s probably harder than I thought 🙂 Given […]Read more "Copper macro"