Netham weir is a place I’ve been to regularly before. The water level is very variable due to the tidal Avon and often you can’t see the weir at all. This time, I checked the tide times and waited for a dry day when I would expect the greatest drop. As I hoped, the water […]Read more "Netham weir"
Still life photography isn’t usually a field I dabble in. You might think it would be easy, but it’s actually quite hard to make an arrangement that looks good. I’m quite pleased with this arrangement, although I’m hopeless at making up titles so it is simply called keys, music and rose. This picture was taken […]Read more "Keys, music and rose"
These panoramas were taken with a medium format film camera (a Mamiya RB67) loaded with 35mm film. I’ve taken panoramas in this way before, but this time I used a 3D-printed spool adapter. I managed to squeeze 11 panoramas onto a film designed for 24 exposures. These are my favourite two – scanned without the […]Read more "Panoramas"
Yesterday I went for a stroll around Prior Park and the Bath Skyline walk. Well, it wasn’t so much a stroll as a hike, since I was carrying about 12kg of camera equipment on my back. It seemed to pay off though, since I returned home with ten pictures, and this is my favourite. This is […]Read more "Prior Park"
This weekend I achieved quite a few firsts in the field of film photography. Here are the headlines: First attempt at pulling film to control contrast I shot some Ilford FP4+ (nominally rated at ISO 125) at ISO 50 in bright sunlight. Under-rating film in this way is called pulling, and in this case I […]Read more "Lots of firsts – and a fail"
On Sunday I had a strong desire to head out into Somerset and photograph some more churches and other old structures. I always enjoy photographing buildings in rural settings and I’ve now got quite a collection of churches such as the beautiful church of St Etheldreda in West Quantoxhead. For a while I’ve been thinking […]Read more "Objet d’art"
Last weekend we visited our friends Fraser (my best man to-be) and his partner Suzie at their new flat. Fraser specifically asked me to bring some camera and lighting equipment so I could take his picture with Suzie, as they don’t have many “couples” pictures. Needless to say, I obliged. I don’t often do portraits, […]Read more "Portraits"
For ages I’ve had the idea of producing a themed set of three black & white prints to display on the wall on my stairs at home. This evening I finally had the inspiration (the three classical states of water) and motivation to take the pictures and develop the film immediately after. I wanted to […]Read more "Ice, Water & Steam"
I just developed another film from my trusty Mamiya RB67. These pictures are from “here and there”, not too far from Bristol. The garden wall is in my own garden. As the sun shone down the side of my house, the gate cast an unusual, shimmering shadow on the wall. The picture didn’t quite capture […]Read more "Bristol et environs"
I decided to take a close-up picture of a rose. I wanted to challenge myself, so I took the picture on my Mamiya RB67, which has no metering, no electronics, or in fact anything at all – apart from a gurt massive piece of film. The RB67 has built-in bellows so any lens becomes a […]Read more "Of a rose, a lovely rose"