The Bird Feeder

February 14, 2012

So, my negatives just came back from the lab, exciting stuff :-) Unfortunately my scanner doesn’t  seem to like them as it adds a colour cast to every scan. I know it’s not the negatives fault (I tried the old, put the negatives against the light trick) so I need to figure out how to sort it. I think I found a solution for now but it’s a bit of a cheat :-) Until then, I suppose it shall suffice… (Click on picture to enlarge)

Fuji Xperia 400, Rolleiflex 2.8F

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Like a Boss

February 10, 2012

Welcome, welcome! If you’re reading this and also looking at a picture below, the transfer to the new server has gone according to plan “A”. Whilst I feel “like a boss” for managing to make the transfer with no apparent glitches, there’s always a possibility something was missed. Do give me a shout if you find something you don’t think it’s right (Speed, broken links, error messages etc). Don’t be afraid to report anything bad, really! When I say “I feel like a boss”, I don’t mean a mafia boss. :-)

 35mm at f/6.7, 1/250, ISO500 (Leica M9)

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I’m Moving!

February 10, 2012

No, don’t worry, not from Manchester! What I meant was, I’m currently in the process of moving the blog to a new server and whilst I’m fairly confident I know what I’m doing, I can’t help but have a little voice at the back of my head whispering: “You WILL mess it up!”. Let’s hope that’s not the case :-) If all goes to plan, the transition should be seamless, but thought I’d give you a heads up in case the worst should happen (blog: kaput).

35mm at f/6.7, 1/1000, ISO320 (Leica M9)

I can’t really say I’m dissatisfied from my old server, so the image above is probably a tad unfair to it. It wasn’t a stinky, unreliable server like the horror stories one hears when they research the drama that is website hosting. It has served me well but when the opportunity of moving to a dedicated server came up, I jumped to it with a smile on my face and didn’t let go. The new server should be a significant step up. Faster, more reliable and able to handle more visitors than I could ever dream of. I think I’ll stop here before I jinx it. Wish me luck!

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What’s your favourite film?

February 5, 2012

So far, I’ve been using Acros 100, which I really like for street photography but the slow ISO rating meant it wasn’t practical at low-ish light. I then ventured out and bought a roll of Ilford HP5+ (see picture below), a roll of Delta 3200 (yet to use it) and some colour film (more on that, when I get it developed). So, for those who shoot film, what’s your favourite film? I’m open to all suggestions, black and white and colour. Leave your suggestions in the comments box below. (Click on picture to enlarge)

80mm, Ilford HP5+ at ISO400 (Rolleiflex 2.8F)

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Self-Portrait

January 28, 2012

35mm at f/4.0, 1/180, ISO160 (Leica M9)

It’s been a bit quiet around here and I feel a bit bad about it so here’s a quick update. All is well, albeit a bit (well… very) busy, both at work and at home. It’s been a while since I managed to get out for pictures, and the few times I did, I was shooting exclusively for the next street photo assignment; unfortunately, with not much success. Elliott Erwitt makes things look so easy… I think I’ll abandon the idea of using my own pictures for it… so it’s coming :-)

There’s a few more things on the way… I want to start using film a bit more, and also, want to start posting “groups of pictures” instead of individual ones. That means the style of the blog and rate of posts might be changing a bit but I’m sure you’ll enjoy the changes.

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Rain and Umbrellas

January 25, 2012

A quick snapshot from yesterday morning while I was going to a business meeting I had in town. Not much to report from my brief outing; only rain and people hidden behind umbrellas. What a contrast to my last workday outing… (Click on picture to enlarge)

35mm at f/4.0, 1/30, ISO1000 (Leica M9)

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Groom, 37 Princess St

January 22, 2012

15mm at f/6.7, 1/30, ISO2500 (Leica M9)

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Screenshots, Photographs, Memories, History

January 20, 2012

Two days ago, the internet stood up to the world. The big nasty world of unreasonable politics and it’s recent by-products: SOPA and PIPA. Bravo to Wikipedia for standing up for internet freedom and lighting the way towards a global internet movement. “Yes, moments like these are worth noting and preserving. This, is history in the making!” I thought as I hit the Print Screen button of my keyboard when Wikipedia was blacked out for the very first time in 11 years. (Click on pictures to enlarge)

And then, I realised that is exactly why I love photography. Be it snapshots of family or friends, street photos, or even random “I like the look of it” pictures, they’re all screenshots of history one can refer back to and smile, while remembering the “good old days”. I’m a firm believer that photographs are much like wine, they get better with age.

Yesterday, I remembered I had an undeveloped film in my cupboard from a few months ago, so today, I set out to brush up my film development skills. This is one of twelve pictures from the specific roll.

Meet Kalipso, my fiancée’s grandmother and an avid story-teller. She told us all sorts of stories from her past that day. How she used to make one pound a day by knitting socks -big bucks at the time-, how she turned down the annoying neighbour who wanted to marry her, and how she was considered rich when she cooked the potatoes of her wedding dinner in oil, were only a few among many notable stories. “The other bride was so jealous when she saw my potatoes. Mine were golden, crispy and juicy. Her’s were black!”

80mm at f/2.8, 1/15, Acros 100 (Rolleiflex 2.8F)

Sadly Kalipso passed away not long ago, aged 92. She, and her stories, will be missed.

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