Monday, December 18, 2006

Drummer Boy

Sans tripod

So, what do you do when you came across a scene with the essense of lovelyness yet it's barely bathed in low-light, you have 100asa film and an old camera with f3.5 for a spot of wide openess.

You use the wall - surely. of course this does rather upset the tenets of capitalism whereby you are encouraged to own every mono-tri or quad pod known to man, have a huge rucksak to hold them and a magensium wheeled, carbon fibre and aerodynamic shopping trolley to drag the whole lot around with you.

Well I, being the cheapest of cheapskates, look around to find something to lean on or hold the camera on. here we have a case in point. the good thing is that it allows and extra Flickr grouping in 'dry-sone wall'. Cool.

Anyway, twas made in the V Bessa folding Rf [6x9] with some fp4 inside which i then sloshed around in some R09. Sorted. I came across this Jug Band later in the day

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Bourbon Biscuit snatcher

...seen here on the left.

If you see him, hold on to your Bourbons!

Houghton & Butcher box camera. Forte 200/ Ilfosol

Eve & I are hitched a civil ceremony last week. Fantastic day too. Here's a couple of snaps from the evening fromthe Pentax P30 with Era100 in R09. Proper snaps these :-)

1]. MiLady Mcglynn MBE hogging the limelight from Runner Boy and his wife.

2] Ski & Mags chillin

3] Sheila looking really lovely as usual

4] Raymond before we all went to register office

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Apologies for the lack of service

... but have been busy getting hitched!
with holidays coming up, it looks like the cameras will be getting some more use - and then I may post.
See you then

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Ultra Wide in the Highlands

My partner Eve took a trip up to the Highlands the other week and had a night in Stornoway. She took the plastic vivitar ultra with APX400 loaded. Sloshed in Ilfosol.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Kodak Twin 20

Full on Technolgy at work here. Colour film [NPH] developed in LC29, scanned into PS and presented here :-)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I still have the Hasselblad :-)

Paula, keeping work klean.
HP5+ LC29


Indoors and they are moving fast.

Little Kiev

While Big Brother kiev was put to bed for a day or two, little sister 4a took a chance to see the light of day.

This is not camera I have had much experience of so I was pleased to find I had a nice snap of me mum

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Kiev60 making a fight for it

Since the Hassie has made it's presence felt, the old Kiev60 has been itching to get used. So today I loaded ith Fp4 and took offf to Marsden - and old mill-town over t'hill.
The day was overcast but the sun shone through once or twice - but I missed that!

Local Church yard.



Framer - [one I prepared earlier HP5/R09]

Friday, November 10, 2006

Somerset Guy Fawks Carnivals

If you have not been, put it in your diaries for next year.
Difficult to snap well, here's a few of the best floats [out of the 120 that took 3.5hrs to pass].
The best by far was Ghost Ship by Gremlins Carnival club of Bridgwater . All taken with the Spotmatic with 28mm Hanimar and delta3200/LC29

Eve takes revenge

My dear partner took this picci of me - seated in chair - at the recent North Petherton Carnival in Somerset. Love my multi-coloured hat? And here is one of huge floats - 120 in all that took 3.5 hrs to pass in this the 401st edition!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Small Kiev on the river

Kiev 4a era 100/R09. Near Marsden

A Smaller Kiev

A Kiev 4a in fact with jupiter 8 lens - fresh from my chum Monty. Loaded with Era 100 and shot using both natural light and flash!!!!! An evening at the Bridgwater carnival is always great fun - even if it is cold! The morning after we went to the beach.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Nother Hassle

Seduced by a Hasselblad

A nice chap at work loaned me a Hasselblad for few days so on a trip to Somerset I shot off a couple of rolls. Nice camera :-0 Panf in R09. Burnham on Sea Pier on a foggy morning.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Kiev visits again!

After my last foray with the kiev 6c, I thought that dalience had ended. These beasts are not known for the their robustnes in use unless you have in mind cracking someones skull open. The last one I had came all the way from a former Russian state and sported a hole in the shutter curtain - that bounced in use anyway, a tempremental film winding mechanism and an aperture ring that twirled but did nothing. Still, I like portraits at f2.8 and the case was nice.
now, I have just been given another beast of this ilk - a Kiev60 and, at the moment it seems to be working - properly. Apart from the lightmeter that is.
So, seeing I didn't want to waste energy on a film shoot that only delivered overlapping frames and the like, i shot off a a roll of hp5 quickly and sloshed it up in R09 . a few hairs on the neg to liven things up a bit but we have images!
Shot indoors, wide open at 1/30th.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


A visit to The Smoke is not a usual pleasure for me but we were going up to visit the Photo Gallery - which in the end turned out to be dissappointment. The Portrait gallery made the trip well worthwhile as did visitations of various chums.
As usual, all of life is on display in the capiol - here some filming was getting ready to happen. Both vivitar ultra Era100/R09

Friday, October 27, 2006


I have one of these beasts on loan. Lovely bit of kit but so heavy!
Here's a couple shot with it on tmax400/R09 .
The older man is a chap I met while out on a walk. He had a leicaflex and most genial he was too.

Monday, October 23, 2006


I'm rather taken with platic cameras - the simple type niot your plastic digitals. I havea Vivitar Ultra Wide that uses 35mm film and has not controls but does sport a great 22mm lens.
There are a few shots on my Flickr page but a couple more here from ERA100 in R09. The second one of the cook has great slurs across it which i think adds to the effect!