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One Word Sunday

Old

One Word Sunday: Old

A double old. One of my older photos dating back to the late 1970s.

A row of old Fordson farm tractors at a veteran and vintage vehicle display in Cheshire, England.

This is my contribution to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Old prompt.

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Month of Squares

Bright Reflection

This is my day 12 contribution to Becky’s April Squares on the theme of Bright.

A bright reflection off ice on a frozen puddle in a muddy wheel rut on farmland at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

April Squares: Bright Reflection
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Archives

Ice on a Puddle

This is the first in an occasional look back at some of the film shots in my archives.

This shot dates back to the mid 1970s. Judging from the soft corners of the shot I’m guessing it was taken with the Zenit E camera I used back then.

Ice on a puddle in a muddy wheel rut on farmland at Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England. The lines in the ice always make me think of contour lines on a map.

Film Friday: Ice on a puddle
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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: Nostalgia

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: Nostalgia.

I’m going to take a sideways look at this challenge with a post partly about nostalgia and partly about camera equipment.

It’s now 40 years since I left art school after studying photography. In those 40 years there has been huge advances in equipment and techniques.

Sometimes I will look back at shots in my film archives and consider how much easier some of the shots would be to get today. Or I will be aware of how much better the quality of the images would be compared to the film stocks available when the shots were taken.

So this post is about looking back at some favourite photos and considering how some of my photos could be improved with modern equipment or techniques. As an interesting aside, after writing the post I realised that all the images have been published in a book or magazine despite their faults.

Tuesday Photo Challenge - Number

In the late 1970s and early 1980s I was photographing a variety of motorsports. In those days 200 ISO was the highest colour film speed a lot of editors would accept. One of my current mirrorless cameras has a base of 200 ISO. Also, lenses are faster with better anti-reflection coatings.

Weekly Prompts: Story

Nowadays I would build a LED panel into the top of the nestbox for more even, diffused light.

One Word Sunday: Drama

Nowadays there are techniques for dealing with high contrast lighting like this. I can take multiple exposures and combine them to keep detail in the highlights and open up the shadows.

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Photo Challenges

Friendly Friday: The Colour Pink

This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: The Colour Pink.

When I read the prompt some of my photos from mid 1980s came to mind. Taken on high speed film for the film grain and using soft focus filters I was trying to get a greeting card publisher interested in the photos.

 

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

A Fuchsia flower.

 

Weekly Prompts: Aesthetically Appealing

A Rose.

 

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CBWC

Abandoned crofters cottage

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty.

When I read the prompt I thought of a favourite photo that would work well for the prompt. An abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye I photographed 40 years ago.

The problem was I only had a low quality digital version, a copy of a slide that was a copy of a print from the negative. I had gone through my negative files twice without finding the original negative. So I went through the files a third time, determined to find the negative which I eventually did.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage in Elgol on the Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountains across the bay behind the cottage.

 

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Monochrome Monday

Early one Sunday morning

Monochrome Monday travels back to the very early 1980s. I was one of the field testers of a new black and white film, Ilford XP1. It differed from conventional black and white film in that it could be processed in the same processing line as colour negative film.

I went for a walk around central London early one Sunday morning as part of my testing of the film. This is the Houses of Parliament from the South Bank of the River Thames with some light mist over the river.

Monochrome Monday: 9th March 2020