Photo catch-up

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 […]

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Gatecrasher

OK, so this isn’t a gate, and it isn’t so much being crashed as crushed, but I stand by my title. This metal fence was bent by a large branch that fell from a tree. It is a huge branch – larger than the trunk of most trees. The tree from which it fell is just out […]

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Oldbury Court revisited

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 […]

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Kumquat tree

For Christmas, I was given a kumquat tree. Miraculously, it has survived thus far and so I photographed it for this week’s fruit-themed Photo Challenge. I had intended to make a more elaborate still life composition, but when I looked at it, I thought the contrast of the gnarly tree trunk and the smooth fruit […]

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Apple tree

I recently wrote about my new camera, an Ensign Cameo, and the fact I was going to have to cut down roll film for it. Last weekend I exposed four sheets of this film, including this one. It’s the apple tree in my parents-in-law’s garden The picture is a bit wonky because I was using […]

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Square format photos

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 […]

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Some pictures in colour

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 […]

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Taking the Mamiya out for a spin

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 […]

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