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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Travelsnap – Mongolia, 2008

Yellow Vest Man strikes again

I can’t work out whether he was being considerate or predatory, but he waited until I’d tripped the shutter before pouncing. I could see him out of the corner of my eye as I looked down into the waist-level finder, waiting for the figure to reach the plain of focus.  As soon as the shot […]

Moonslam – did I overstep?

Did I overstep? Did I go too far? Did I cause discomfort or embarrassment? Should I have minded my own business? I just posted a comment on a photo entitled ‘I Walk Alone’ on 500px, the entirety of which is below: I will preface this comment by saying I really like 95% of this photo […]

Paris, Photographically

I spent two nights in Paris this past weekend with a few chums. Theoretically, the reason was to see the conclusion of the Tour de France, but actually it was an excuse to drink and take photos, although not at the same time, and not necessarily in that order. At the last minute I decided […]

Note to self: shoot some FP-3000B

My semi-regular film stocktaking session is long overdue. But one thing is clear: I have enough FP-3000B. This stash is enough to see me through at least a year, maybe two.  I have a converted Polaroid 110A rangefinder that can take 100-series pack films, and high speed film comes in very handy when shooting the […]

A new ‘leader’, thrice purchased

I have bought dozens of cameras in the last ten years, but here are the camera models I have bought twice: Olympus XA – A design classic, a compact gem.  I dropped my first one in berlin, and the shutter wouldn’t close until the clamshell was shut. The replacement’s RF patch is quite weak, which […]

Polaroid negative – Merry Bloody Christmas

Streetsnap – CCTV

Shot from the hip, drive-by stylee.

Three must-sees in London town

I’d like to highlight three shows I’m hoping to see in London in the next few weeks – two recent openings, and one I should have been to a long time ago. Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century Royal Academy of Arts, 30 June – 2 October 2011, Link Brassaï – Paris at night, […]

Farewell to two Leicas

Leica prices seem to be rising, so it makes sense to hang onto those red dotted light-tight joy boxes, but finances (truthfully: other purchases) have forced my hand.  I’ve just said farewell to two Leica Ms.  Since getting my mitts on an MP, I haven’t put any film through either of these, so it seemed […]

Authenticity and an aperture chameleon

Not usually my thing, this. It’s a bit heavy handed, a bit over the top, but I was playing with the Silver Efex Pro photoshop plugin and found a variation on the ‘Antique Plate II’ setting really suited the rendering and content of this image, because it appears plausibly authentic.  Or does it? It’s not […]

Film off to the lab. What’s wrong with this picture?

I just sent this…(what is the collective noun for rolls of film?  A pile? A stash? A fridge load? A Winogrand? A Garry!)…Garry of film off to Peak Processing.  Look no further if you’re after a top-quality postal lab in the UK.  Their film processing prices are pretty reasonable, and their quality, consistency and speed […]