4th week of June 2015 I’ve been copying other artists work recently in the hope that I will pick up some of their talent. Maybe I … Continue reading Create your own
3rd week of June 2015 I found my sketch book from a family holiday in Egypt. Here are some quick watercolours that I did mostly sitting … Continue reading Sketches in Sharm el-Sheikh near the Red Sea Egypt
2nd week of June 2015 John Pike (in my opinion) is one of the all time great master watercolour artists. And yes, I spell it with … Continue reading After John Pike
1st Week June 2015 I was watching the Isle Of Wight ferry sailing across the Solent when a freak wave drenched me through. I’ve had this … Continue reading Quick sketches #3
4th Week May 2015. Greyfriars Monastery Dorset coast Dorset tide Quick sketch
3rd Week of May 2015. Driving back from a meeting in Manchester up the M61 past Chorley in Lancashire, UK, I had to stop and take … Continue reading Preston England Temple
2nd Week of May 2015. As I traveled around the English county of Lancashire during May, on varies work trips, I gave myself time to stop … Continue reading Whittingham Asylum, Lancashire, UK
1st Week of May 2015 Another beautiful evening messing on the beach. All shots taken on my 12 year old Olympus C-310 Zoom 3.2 Megapixel. A … Continue reading Fun on the beach
4th Week of April 2015. It was a sunny afternoon and I decided to paint this vase of roses, and show each stage. The finished painting. … Continue reading Flowers in steps
3rd week April 2015. With a bag full of chocolate eggs we took the troops to Fairhaven Lake and hid a stash of goodies in trees, … Continue reading Easter week
2nd Week April 2015. An old day boat that took people around Fairhaven Lake in Lytham St Anne’s in the 1900’s, sits half covered in sand … Continue reading Watercolours
1st Week April 2015. Off we went to the beach on a sunny evening during a school night and set up our BBQ and enjoyed grilled … Continue reading BBQ on the Beach
4th Week March 2015. I used my charcoals to copy some photos I took last year. And I took my new pastels out to make a … Continue reading Quick sketches #1
3rd Week March 2015. I bought a handful of Agfa rolls (24exp) from Poundland for, yes you guessed it, £1 each ! I shot a roll … Continue reading Pro Film : Agfa Vista Plus 200 ?
2nd Week March 2015. Last week I found my old pastels in my art box and decided to give them a go. I’ve had them since … Continue reading 30 year old pastels
1st Week February 2015. I bought a Zuiko Auto-W 35mm f/2.8 from Ffordes in the UK. A guy called Steve was very helpful and gave very good customer … Continue reading Olympus 35mm f2.8 Zuiko lens
4th Week February 2015. The last couple of days of our trip to France in January was spent exploring some of the WWII beaches and eating … Continue reading Normandy Landings and Caen
3rd Week February 2015. We ventured around the area of Parthenay in Deux-Sèvres which literally means “two Sèvres” or rivers in Western France: the Sevre Nantaise and the Sevre Niortaise. It … Continue reading Around Parthenay and La Rochelle in France
2nd Week of February 2015. We went to France mid January, travelling by Brittany Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen. It was a good voyage. All shots … Continue reading Sailing from Portsmouth
1st week of February 2015. I can’t resist knocking up a few drawings of colleagues and things, when I’m in meetings. The minute somebody else starts … Continue reading Oodles of doodles.
4th week of January 2015. It is not exaggerating to credit Olympus OM-1 as a camera that sets new industry standards for SLR in terms of … Continue reading Olympus OM1n
3rd week in January 2015. I picked up this camera from eBay UK for about £15 and when I got it home I thought ” oh … Continue reading Yashica Electra 35 GS
2nd Week January 2015. I found my gran dad’s 35mm camera. It still had some Fujifilm C200 film in it from 12 years ago, so I … Continue reading Yashica AF Mini
1st Week January 2015. Minolta AF-Tele 60 with light leaks using Fujifilm 200. I took some shots at the local boat club the week before and … Continue reading Minolta AF-Tele 60
April 2014. Taken on Mamiya 645 Pro with Kodak Portra
23rd April 2014. He had a great life swimming in his tank. He was fed every other day and had a ring side view of the … Continue reading Fatty the Fish is dead
15th April 2014. I have converted another digital colour image to monochrome, using basic methods in PSE10. And in case you didn’t notice, I like my … Continue reading Digital monochrome #2
10th April 2014. A friend of mine asked if I would send him a copy of a digital colour image that I converted to monochrome using … Continue reading Digital monochrome #1
1st April 2014. Processed at Ilford Lab Direct UK. Scanned prints and tweaked in PSE.
25th March 2014. I decided to try posting my XP2 400 medium format film to Ilford’s lab in the UK and let them develop and print … Continue reading Ilford Lab Direct UK : Mamiya 645 Pro and XP2 Super 400
20th March 2014. The Trip 35 is an easy camera to use, if you want quick shots.
8th March 2014. The film was processed and printed by One Vision Imaging, UK.
26th February 2014.
24th February 2014. A high tide at Lytham St Anne’s, UK.
10th February 2014. All prints taken around Lytham St Anne’s, UK, scanned and cropped in PSE10. I will be uploading this to One Vision Imaging for … Continue reading Nikon F80 + 50mm f/1.8 and Kodak Portra 400
31st January 2014. I shot this image of Tracey and Ben in 2012 on the Mamiya Pro 645 (120 Medium Format) camera with Kodak Portra 160 and … Continue reading Mamiya 645 Pro and Kodak Portra 160
14th January 2014. I tried a new combination using a Mamiya 645 Pro and 80mm lens, shooting on Kodak T-Max, developed in Ilford DD-X. I asked … Continue reading Mamiya 645 Pro and Kodak T-Max 400
December 2013. Shots taken with my Nikon F80 on Ilford HP5. Printed on Ilford paper and scanned and tweaked.
Indie Film Lab & Kodak teamed up and created this awesome short film about various film shooters and why they have stuck to shooting almost exclusively film despite the … Continue reading Long Live Film.
26th October 2013. I bought a brand new Nikon FM2n black body this weekend. It’s never had a single roll of film through it ! It … Continue reading My ‘brand new’ Nikon FM2n
12th October 2013. The heavens opened on Saturday for a bride just about to get hitched. The famous White Church in Lytham St Anne’s, England. Taken … Continue reading Married in the rain
28th September 2013. XP2 These first two shots were taken with Ilford XP2 (400) and processed at a local lab and printed on 7×5 glossy. Taken around … Continue reading XP2 (400) or Delta (100)… Which is best?
21st September 2013. The third weekend on the farm and the tree den is officially open for fun. Rue and Matt relaxing in their new crib. … Continue reading Tree den finished
20th September 2013. Three quick shots using my Nikon F80 with flash on Ilford Delta 100. Developed and printed on Kentmere VC Lustre.
16th August 2013. Every year in August the 1940’s war re-enactment fans camp on Lytham common by the sea and spend the weekend having a jolly … Continue reading Wartime Weekend – Lytham St Anne’s UK
21st July 2013. Every year Fleetwood hosts the traditional Tram Sunday event. They bring out all the old trams that ran from south shore Blackpool to … Continue reading Tram Sunday – Fleetwood, Lancashire
31st August 2013. Another great weekend down the farm working on the kids tree den. Matt and Rueben check out the den so far. Grandad making … Continue reading Tree den (nearly) finished
These guys were on the wall at my local bar in Lytham, UK.
30th August 2013. Just arrived this morning. The photo club opens again on Thursday and I’m going to give the old Fox Talbot guys a run … Continue reading Ilford material
2nd August 2013. I took Rueben and his mate Matt to dad’s farm for the weekend to build a tree den and get some fresh air. … Continue reading Weekend down at the farm
17th July 2013. I was passing St Anne’s C Of E Church and stopped to see a new couple come out of the church grounds and … Continue reading A snap shot of life
10th July 2013. I used my Nikon film gear again, shooting on Kodak Portra 400, exposing for the flash (aperture and flash power/distance). The film is … Continue reading Fun with Film.
1st July 2013. I had the film dev’d at my local lab. I scanned the 7×5 prints on my pc/SCANNER and tweaked with auto corrections. (Click to … Continue reading Kodak Portra 400…..on Manual Flash
23rd June 2013. I tried the technique of setting my Nikon F5 camera on f/8 and my Nikon SB-80DX flash on 1/4 power (8-10ft) at 85mm … Continue reading Is Flash on Manual the best way..?
17th June 2013 I decided to put my light meter in the drawer and only use my camera meter on TTL flash. I shot a roll … Continue reading Can I trust TTL flash to deliver?
2nd June 2013 Following on from my last post, using the same kit and technique, I have finally nailed sharp 35mm film printing at 8×10. Shrub from … Continue reading Sharp 35mm film….. nailed it !
25th May 2013 I have gone full circle back to the Nikon F5 with Nikkor 24-85mm F2.8-4 AF-D lens that I bought at Christmas, which I … Continue reading Sharp film….. Have I got it ?
12th May 2013 CANON I tested my Canon FD 200mm f4 lens on my Canon AE1-P. It’s a really nice combination and the Canon is a … Continue reading Old Portrait Lens… Canon v Nikon
1st May 2013 I bought this Nikon 135mm f2.8 AIS manual focus prime lens from Mr Cad at 50% off. Only cost me £66. What a great … Continue reading 30 year old manual focus prime lens
22nd April 2013 I’m trying to get the same sharpness using film, as I do using Digital. Can it be done? I used a Mamiya 645 … Continue reading Sharp film?
12th April 2013 I am fascinated how you control flash and ambient light in the same shot. I experimented shooting against the ‘Golden Hour’ sun with flash to … Continue reading Flash & Ambient light
7th April 2013 I shot a roll of Delta 100 on my Nikon F80 on the sea front at Lytham St Anne’s. The sun was warm, … Continue reading Lytham in the Golden Hour
2nd April 2013 I printed the Star Fish on Ilford Pearl (12×16) RC paper and have given this shot a sense of perspective. And yes, I … Continue reading Star fish : Wine glass
1st April 2013 I’ve started using Ilford Delta 100, with my new Nikon SB80DX flash on manual settings, for the fill light, on my Nikon F80 … Continue reading Delta 100….is great !
30th March 2013 This shot was taken on my Nikon F5 with 24-85mm f2.8-4D with Ilford FP4+, developed in Paterson and printed with Ilford, on Ilford … Continue reading Winter tree
17th March 2013 I spent this Sunday afternoon in my darkroom and printed a few 35mm negatives… BIGGER ….at 16 x 12 inch. And why not? … Continue reading Print… “BIGGER”
11th March 2013 The sun was out for Mothers Day and I tried my new (to me) Nikon F80 which came in the box in superb … Continue reading B&W film portraits
9th March 2013 Photos taken in natural light with out flash or reflectors on Ilford FP4+ on my Nikon F5. All exposures where metered in the shadows and … Continue reading Family prints on Ilford paper
24th February 2013 Hannah has decided to work in Oz for the next 12 months and before she went I agreed to take some last minute … Continue reading Bound for Australia
18th February 2013 I got my Canon AE-1 Program back from being serviced for £35 to get rid of the funny shutter squeak. It works perfectly … Continue reading Canon AE-1 Program – serviced
9th February 2013 Grabbed a couple of hours to print some 8×10 pictures on Ilford multi-grade paper, taken on my Nikon F5 with Ilford FP4+ film. … Continue reading Real photos
20th January 2013 I spent a few hours today printing ‘contact sheets’ from 4 x rolls of Ilford FP4+ BW , ISO-125 film. (Click on the … Continue reading What a Birthday…in my darkroom…great !
Welcome to my new darkroom, and some of my first black and white images…..I haven’t printed for 21 years ! 19th January 2013 All the rest … Continue reading Fumbling in the dark
28th December 2012 Tracey’s brand new bike. And I took these shots as we bathed in the Xmas glow and enjoyed the colours. And look what … Continue reading One night inbetween Xmas and NYE
Late November to early December 2012
19th November 2012 I got in to the “Official Souvenir of the Preston Guild 2012″ magazine with my shot of the Harris Museum and Global Rainbow, lit up … Continue reading I’m in the news !
3rd November 2012. Bonfire Night (traditionally 5th November) was at the farm with family and friends. The slide show below shows the prep work in the … Continue reading Shooting flames
27th October 2012 Half term trip to Southsea, UK. A stormy morning watching the ferry crossing the Solent. On the last morning before we drove home, … Continue reading Stormy weather and sunny days
18th October 2012 I took this shot of my wood burner in the lounge on a time delay of 15 seconds on my Canon 400D. I did … Continue reading Late night study
20th October 2012 I purchased this camera off the web for a staggering £28 including delivery. I shot a roll of Kodak Porta 400 and have … Continue reading My new Canon AE-1 Program with Kodak Portra 400 film
11th October 2012 I got to the farm for 7.30am in time to see my Dad and Peter teasing the young bulls in to the cattle … Continue reading A trip to Gisburn auction
9th October 2012 at Preston Photographic Society club house. The model was Laura, but I got a better shot of one of the members, Harry Mountain, … Continue reading Portrait night
25th September 2012 I grabbed my trusty Pentax MX with a 50mm 1.7 SMC lens, and loaded some Fujicolor Superia 200, and made my way around … Continue reading Shots from my Pentax MX
15th September 2012 All of these pictures were taken on the same day in Preston using my Pentax MX on Fuji Superia 200 film, process at … Continue reading No wonder we Brits talk about the weather !
7th September 2012 A weekend in Southsea, Portsmouth with friends (and a night at Caroline’s 40th birthday party). These shots were taken with my Olympus Trip-35 … Continue reading My Trip-35 to Southsea
11th September 2012 Tina came to the Preston Photographic Society portrait night as a stand-in model and did a great job and was very enthusiastic and … Continue reading Tina was a natural model
After the 3rd Proclamation and the Trade Procession in the morning, it was the turn of Winkley Square to host the food festival in the afternoon. … Continue reading Preston Food Festival
The 3rd and final Proclamation opened the Guild 2012 week festival And was followed by the Trade Process of 100 local businesses Saturday 1st September 2012 … Continue reading Preston Guild 2012 – 3rd Proclamation
I took these black & white shots over the August bank holiday week using my Trip 35 and scanned the negatives and adjusted the levels in … Continue reading Out with my Trip-35
After the 2nd Proclamation we moved to the Military Show at Preston Fulwood Army Barracks with the 42nd (North West) Brigade. Saturday 25th August 2012 All … Continue reading Military Show
You remember last week we celebrated the 1st Proclamation. Today we celebrated the 2nd Proclamation. Saturday 25th August 2012 This shot was taken as the officer … Continue reading Preston Guild 2012 – 2nd Proclamation
In 1179, King Henry II granted Preston the right to have a Guild Merchant and gave the town its first royal charter. The Guild was an … Continue reading Preston Guild 2012 – 1st Proclamation
My brother Richard and his fiance Joanna got married in Rumia, Poland in July. About 30 relatives and friends flew over to join 50 from Joanna’s side, and we spent the weekend in this fabulous country villa. We didn’t speak a word of Polish as I presumed everybody would speak English. We Brits are so lazy. Luckily my dad could manage a few phrases and Joanna was on hand to translate. Her dad Edmund could speak English like a tourist, and I was impressed that he made the effort. Joanna’s mum, Grazyna made a fantastic effort to make us all … Continue reading A wedding, a new family, and a great place: Poland took me by surprise.
You remember I also bought this Olympus Trip-35 from the Internet for £11.50. I gave it a whirl with a new roll of Kodak Ekta 100. 1-hour processing at ASDA again followed by minor corrections in PSE. I think the expired Fuji 160 NPC from my last post is better than this new Kodak Ekta 100. And I’m not convinced the old Trip-35 doesn’t have the odd light leak, which makes for a more interesting picture.
Following on from my earlier post “Look at my new FILM camera’s!” you can see the results from my VOIGTLANDER Vito C, 35mm film camera, with a f2.8 lens, which cost me £2.71. Remember it’s completely manual, and I put an expired roll of Fuji Colour 160 NPC through it. This film is superb. Much better results than the Kodak Portra 100. And a great camera to use. I took these shots at Preston Dock, Lancashire, UK. I did minor corrections in PSE after I processed it at ASDA – of all places – in 1 hour. Only cost £8 … Continue reading Long live expired FILM !
Preston City held the 2012 UK Corporate Games weekend event on the 13, 14, 15th July with 4,500 competitors from 50 corporations in UK competing in 27 different games across 12 sites in the Preston area. We (the Preston Photographic Society) sent 10 men and women in to action to capture 1,000’s of shots. Here are my personal favourites from the 3 days.
These images came back from the lab this week, printed on Fuji lustre paper and CD. They were taken on my Voigtlander Vito BL using Kodak Portra 160 (35mm), and my Ensign 1620 using Kodak Portra 160 (medium format 120). See my previous post and remember, both camera’s are fully manual, including a manual focus ring – you have to guess! I wasn’t so much disappointed, as unimpressed by the images on paper. I had built my hopes up to expect outstanding colour printed images. It’s Portra, right! I have avoided any post editing for this slide show because you might … Continue reading My new FILM camera’s – the results
I bought this VOIGTLANDER Vito C, 35mm film camera, with a f2.8 lens, for a massive £2.71 from the Internet this month. It is completely manual, including the focus ring at the front of the lens. You need to measure (or guess) the distance from your subject and turn the dial to match it. If you’re really clever you can use hyperfocal focusing. I’m running a roll of Fuji Colour 160 NPC through it and will up load the results next week. I will send them to DS Colour Labs in Manchester as they do a good job at reasonable … Continue reading Look at my new FILM camera’s !