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"
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"
The common mention of “ultraviolet” in photography is the use of ultraviolet (UV) filters, which specifically block UV light and allow visible light into the camera. This is less important in the digital days since UV is also blocked at the camera sensor. It was more important in the film days when too much UV light […]Read more "Ultraviolet photography"
Mist + Bristol = Mistol. Well, I thought it was funny anyway. These two shots were taken on a roll of film that’s been in my Zeiss Super Ikonta A 531 for a few weeks. Many of the pictures didn’t come out, because I forgot that the 1937 Tessar lens is not coated, and flares very […]Read more "Mistol"
I processed a handful of films today. My film database ticked over the 5000th negative and I promised myself I would publish the 5000th picture, whatever it was. Turns out the 5000th photo is a picture I took on Troopers Hill on a misty morning in October. This view is looking towards Dundridge Park . […]Read more "Negative #5000"
This weekend, the Friends of Troopers Hill hosted a free falconry display, which was put on by West Country Falconry. We were treated to an informative talk and a flying display from five different birds of prey. I can’t remember the species of all the birds we were shown but they definitely included a barn owl, […]Read more "Falconry on Troopers Hill"
Last week I was given some bits and bobs from a scientific darkroom that shut down at the university once the researchers had converted to a fully digital workflow. One of the items was a box of Kodak Electron Microscopy film (SO-163, if anyone is interested). The film comes in the unusual size of 3¼×4″, which […]Read more "High-tech meets low-tech"
I finally laid my hands on a camera I’ve wanted for ages – a Canon Pellix from the mid-1960s. Mine is the QL edition from 1966. It’s like most other manual focus Canon SLRs except that it has a fixed pellicle mirror, rather than a moving mirror. It diverts 1/3 of the light to the […]Read more "Getting to know the Pellix at sunset"
I’ve shot infrared film before but this is the first time I’ve tried digital infrared. I wrote recently that I had a DSLR converted to full-spectrum, primarily for astronomy use. With the right filter, it can also be used for infrared landscape photography. I decided to use an Astronomik 807nm IR-pass filter which is actually […]Read more "Digital infrared on Troopers Hill"
People photography isn’t something I do very often – and when I do, it’s usually in a studio setting with a (mostly) fully aware subject. But this week’s Photo Challenge was to take candid shots of people, so I decided to head up Troopers’ Hill in the late evening. I managed to catch a glorious […]Read more "Candid shots"