A combination of bad weather, having a toddler and generally being busy has meant I haven’t done much photography recently. When I have taken pictures, it’s never been enough to finish a film. Last fortnight, though, I finished a roll of film in my Canon T90 that’s been in there for ages, and I had […]Read more "Photo catch-up"
I don’t usually use zoom lenses with 35mm film cameras and instead I prefer to carry a selection of prime lenses and change as I go. I prefer primes because the image quality is usually better and the aperture is usually faster. My kit bag would usually contain the FD 50mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2.8 and […]Read more "Testing the Canon FD 35-105mm lens with sample pictures"
A few weeks ago, I visited Sherborne Abbey with some friends who were singing with the choir In Ecclesia Exon. While they rehearsed, I photographed the beautiful building and some of its contents. I’ve photographed cathedrals and abbeys many times before but on this occasion I was trying to find something a bit different from […]Read more "Sherborne Abbey"
I had a busy bank holiday weekend. I travelled around and shot three rolls and two sheets of film. I’ll try and break these photos down into distinct events. First there were a couple of test shots using my new Canon FD 200mm f/2.8 lens. The cranes stand in Bristol’s floating harbour and the other view […]Read more "Busy bank holiday"
These pictures were taken during a short break to Dunster for my birthday. Dunster is a tiny village near Minehead which has a wonderful castle and also a church that is one of the Somerset Towers. We also called in a Lynmouth, Lynton and Minehead. Driving to Lynmouth and Lynton involved crossing Exmoor. It was […]Read more "Mini-break in Dunster"
I know everyone who has several lenses for their camera does a comparison, but that isn’t going to stop me from having a go too. Here is the same view, seen through every compatible lens in my collection. I decided to use my Canon FD manual focus gear as I have most lenses for that, […]Read more "A comparison of focal lengths"
At the weekend I visited Liverpool with a few friends. It’s the first time I’d been and for the mostpart we hung around the two cathedrals – Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican) and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (Catholic). The weather was ideal. Contrary to popular belief, clear blue skies are not great for (most) photography because the sky […]Read more "Liverpool"
Netham (in Bristol) and Glastonbury don’t really have anything in common, except that they shared a film in my Canon T90. At Netham there is a lock and a weir, and further upstream, there is Brunel’s Avon Bridge. The bridge is a Grade I listed building but unfortunately it has a steel-frame bridge built alongside it on […]Read more "Netham and Glastonbury"
Today it snowed! We had quite a few inches, which is unusual for Bristol. After I had performed my Snow Warden duties I headed up Troopers Hill into the nature reserve to take some pictures. I started out early while there weren’t many people around and took some pictures of the unspoilt snow. Later on, there […]Read more "Snow on Troopers Hill"
Released 1986 My Canon FD-mount cameras are probably my most-used film cameras. Quite often on outings I’ll take the AE-1 Program and the FTb and load each with a different type of film. Sometimes, the FTb’s crude metering isn’t quite up to the job in challenging situations so I wanted an FD body with slightly […]Read more "Canon T90"