Shaldon Lighthouse

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Walking along Shaldon seafront I noticed this chap with his patient girlfriend setting up his Tripod, pulling out his gurt big camera from his oversized rucksack, he set the camera on the tripod. Out came the filters, then the light meter. 10 minutes later he was still there and finally set to take the shot. “Morning,” I said as I pulled out the ol’ Trip. A quick click later and I was on my way to the cafe with my wife to enjoy a nice hot cuppa…… And the chap? I believe he is still there 🙂

Film: Fomapan 400
Development: Paranol S 1:20 7mins

Composition

Now, before you read this little piece I’d like to make it clear that I’m no expert but I currently have my head buried in a fantastic book on composition that has made me look just that little bit more closely when peering through the viewfinder.

Below is a quick snapshot I took whilst travelling across Dartmoor.  We stopped off for a quick cuppa in the camper and I spotted this stunning mountain just begging to be captured.col259

A nice scene I thought, but surely it could be made just that little bit better.  A quick ramble around and things got a bit more interesting.

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The book is called “The Photographer Eye” and it by Michael Freeman.

Polaroid Lesson No.2

Lesson No.1 for me was to give the old Polaroid enough light to expose the image or you won’t get much of one, now moving on to lesson No.2 I have found that even though they call it a Polaroid ‘Sun’ camera don’t point it at the sun and expect it to expose your image properly, the dynamic range isn’t that great…

 

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I scanned this little chap using the new Google Photo Scanning app which was released yesterday, and I must say even though this looks like an epic fail it is actually a great representation of the original image.

Time will tell if it gains any traction or if google decide to bin it.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.photos.scanner

The shooter

A candid shot of a good old friend of mine. I enjoy taking photos of people, people rather than persons.  To have them in the shot but not to know who they are, more like objects.  Try and tag this Facebook!

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Camera:  Olympus Pen EE

Film:  Agfa Vista 400

Development: Cross-processed in Paranol S 1:20 7mins

 

Polaroid Sun 660

I’m a sucker when it comes to picking up old camera gear, when this Sun 660 turned up I just couldn’t refuse especially as it only set me back £4, the film however comes in at a whopping £17 for 8 shots!  Not a camera that I’m going to use every day but there is something magical about them, something that should be on every photographers bucket list.

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Long Exposure Testing

Back to Long Exposure testing with my trusty Gnome Pixie Box camera.
Used a lighter grade welding glass this time (grade 3) as the exposures before were way too long, 30 mins in bright summer sun! With the G3 Glass and using Fomapan 100 film the shot was taken with around 15 mins of exposure and it was a gloomy day in the woods. The negative came out really light so it could have done with another 5-10 minutes really but nonetheless with a bit of Post Production the image popped right out. We are getting somewhere now, with a nice bright day I could probably get this down to 5 minutes or so.

 

The Camera

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The Location

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Through the View finder

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The Finished Shot

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A lot of faffing around but hopefully you’ll agree that it was worth it!

Camera: Gnome Pixie
Film: Fomapan 100 120
Development: Tetenal Paranol S