The Long, ‘It’s Been Forever and Here’s Why’ Post

14 09 2013

I considered titling this ‘Art Therapy’, but, rejected that on the grounds that it was too vague. This is certainly the longest, and most personal, post I’m ever going to make on this blog, but rather than leap right back into posting about cameras and techniques without a word about, well, the last 8 or 9 months, I thought I’d write a combination update/things that help when your life’s imploding kind of post.

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Kodak Brownie No.2

14 10 2011

A little while ago, I bought a Kodak Brownie No.2 from an antiques shop in Richmond, close to where I live. It was only £3, and I had originally assumed it took an obsolete film format. That in mind, I planned to either have it as a display piece, or use it as a small handbag – the inside area is large enough to hold a small purse, mobile phone and cigarettes, and the catch is tight enough to make it secure enough.

Upon closer inspection, it turns out that the No.2 models accept 120 film, so of course, I had to run at least one roll of film through it. This was intended to be black and white, so I could develop it at home quickly. However, after shooting, I realised I’d used C41 process black and white, like an idiot, so it’s taken a while to get around to processing it.

From what I can find out, my Brownie appears to be a 1931 UK model F, making it the oldest camera in my collection. This in mind, I’m pretty impressed with what I got out of a camera nearly a century old. A lot weren’t in focus, but that’s more my fault than the camera. Every frame contained something, and of reasonably close exposure. I’m going to have to wait for bright days to use it in future (all these were shot on sunny days through the summer), but I’m inspired enough to experiment further with it, and hopefully shoot some more interesting subjects next time round.





Infrared Flash Part One

8 08 2011

Recently, J and I have been looking into infrared flash photography.
After some careful research (mostly done by J, it has to be said), we split the cost of a ten pack of Rollei Infrared from AG Photographic.

Next step was deciding on a camera, and flash, setup. In terms of flashguns, I’m currently limited to a choice between a Metz hammerhead, and the little Cobra manual. For the sake of size, I went for the Cobra. Easier to mount and carry, slightly less conspicuous (which is kind of the point) and less flash area to cover with the IR filter. Plus, it comes with a diffuser attachment, from which the piece of diffuser plastic pops in and out of, onto which I can tape the infrared filter rather than taping it directly onto the flash itself.

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Lomo Fisheye One

2 08 2011

Brighton Lanes

Over the weekend, we were in Brighton visiting friends and generally having lots of photographic related fun in the utterly glorious sunshine. It must have hit 35 degrees, easily. It’s been close to 30 degrees some days recently up North, and the temperature definately felt warmer in the South.

Every time I visit Brighton, it’s like recharging my batteries. I feel inspired and invigorated by the sheer amount of colour and energy, the creative atmosphere, and the relaxed feel. This time next year, I plan to be tying up loose ends up North, and starting to pack up for the permanent move down there, which I’m hugely excited about.

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35mm Through a Lubitel 166B

15 07 2011

Yes, I intentionally purchased a medium format camera in order to shoot 35mm film through it. There’s something incredibly pleasing about using the whole width of the film, sprocket holes and all.

I only shot a few frames, since it was a test roll, and also because I was sure the film had messed up on the hacked up spool I used to get the 35mm canister into the Lubitel (it hadn’t, as it turned out). But these two I feel were a success.

35mm Through a Lubitel 35mm Through a Lubitel

I’ll be doing more of this. The Lubitel is such a fun little camera. Light as a feather, and cute as hell. The only thing I find a bit of a chore is the focussing screen. It’s not particularly clear, and it’s difficult to see what’s in focus, even with the magnifier raised. Still, the shots I took all turned out in focus, so obviously it’s not been as much of a problem as I’d thought it would be.





Something a Bit Different

1 05 2011

I read this tutorial the other day, and it got me thinking about printing my work onto alternative papers. So, over the weekend, I visited my local art shop in search of handmade papers to experiment with.

For the first try, I used a fairly plain, light coloured paper, and a bright, vivid photograph with plenty of colour and just enough detail to be interesting, but not overly fussy. It came out pretty well, in my opinion. Not wanting to frame it, to preserve the look of the paper texture, I added a hand sewn black border around the image.

The second print was done on a deep red (although again, relatively plain) paper, with gold flecks throughout. I went with a contrasty black and white image this time, since I doubt colour would work very well on such a vividly coloured paper. You can see in the corner that I’d added a little white stitching too, pretty much purely for the sake of experimentation. I don’t like the idea of stitching too far into my actual images. I have seen it done, and with beautiful effect, but for my own work, I prefer the idea of bordering and enhancing, rather than messing with the main focus of the photograph.

I like the effct of them both, although the first is my favourite. I’m not quite 100% about the red paper, although no doubt I’ll experiment a little more with the remainder of the sheet, and perhaps some more contrasty, or simpler, images.








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