I like to live within walking distance of photogenic areas. Until a few years ago, we used to live adjacent to Oldbury Court, but these days we live near Troopers Hill instead. It’s only three miles away but I’ve missed Oldbury Court as we rarely go now. For the first time in a while, we visited for a […]Read more "Oldbury Court revisited"
I recently tried out my newest camera, a 1963 Canon Demi. For those who don’t know, this is a half-frame camera, meaning that the negatives are half the usual size and you get twice as many negatives on a film. This was significant when the camera was new in the 1960s: colour photography was just […]Read more "Half-frame"
I took these photos of Oldbury Court Estate in October but it’s taken me a while to get round to processing the film, as I have moved house. The good news is my new darkroom is much larger and better equipped. The first film to emerge from it has come out perfectly. These photos are […]Read more "Misty morning"
No, not a man on a horse. My new Horseman 980 field camera! For geeks: it’s a view camera with movements. For normal people: it’s a complicated and fiddly camera, excellent for landscape work. I ran a film through the camera to make sure it was more-or-less working before taking any hard-to-repeat photos. The camera […]Read more "First go on the Horseman"
Note: This post was written in February but for some reason I forgot to hit the button publish it. Enjoy your belated Spring photo! I know that each year, when the seasons change, I get all excited. It’s like I forget about the seasons within twelve months, and get all excited when it comes around […]Read more "Spring comes to Oldbury Court"
This week’s Photo Challenge theme is square format photos, so I’ve been out and about with my LOMO Lubitel (“ЛОМО Любитель”) 166. It’s a cheap Soviet camera that takes square pictures natively. The lens is not really designed for colour use and suffers badly from softness, vignetting, chromatic aberration and coma, so on paper it’s […]Read more "Square format photos"
When I shoot film, it’s almost always black & white film. Occasionally I shoot colour but until now I’ve had to take it to a lab for processing – which is expensive and inconvenient. Yesterday I developed my own colour film for the first time. It came out pretty well for a first attempt. I […]Read more "Mainly Dartmoor"
You might think that colour photography has been mainstream for decades, and you’d be right. But for me, I rarely shoot in colour because I only have the equipment at home to process black & white film. Once in a while, I treat myself and have a few colour films developed at a lab, and […]Read more "Some pictures in colour"
Today I used my new (to me) Mamiya RB67 for the first time. It’s an excellent camera, albeit slightly heavy at around 3.5kg. The sharpness and resolution are incredible, and using larger film means it’s easier to achieve a shallower depth of field. These photos are only snaps I shot a few minutes’ walk away […]Read more "Taking the Mamiya out for a spin"
This morning, it rained quite heavily. Soon after it stopped, I headed out to the weir in Oldbury Court because I knew there would be a faster flow of water. I wasn’t wrong. It normally looks like this, with a moderate spill over the weir, and nothing escaping over the sluice gate. I took my […]Read more "Oldbury Court weir"