Small Film Cameras
The Leica CL is a beautiful small rangefinder. With the Summicron-C 40/2 lens fitted it will slip in a large coat pocket. The 40mm Summicron-C lens came with a collapsable rubber lens hood. These can perish over the years but if you rub baby powder (talc) into them (twice a year) they will retain their suppleness and last for many years. Another collaboration for Leica, this time with...
I only have two camera bags! One is a Troop messenger bag with a Billingham Medium Hadley insert. The other bag is an Artisan & Artist “Evans Walker”. TROOP MESSENGER BAG I really love this bag, heavyweight canvas cotton, roomy, front pouch pockets and full length rear pocket. With the medium size Billingham Hadley insert I can get the MP + lens, the M2 + lens and the...
Digital Love - 1
Despite film being my first love, I do have two digital cameras. The Digilux 2 has a killer lens. Despite being “old” in digital terms - it was introduced in 2004 - and only having 5 megapixels, the images it produces are just beautiful. Sure, if you want to shoot DNG’s you have to wait 5-6 secs, no big deal. Some people do not like the electronic viewfinder, again no big...
Digital Love - 2
There has never been a day when I do not have a camera on me. Either over my shoulder, in a bag or in my pocket. My favourite pocket film cameras are my XA’s, XA2 or XA3. I waited a long time for, what I think of, as a “digital XA”. The Ricoh GRD fits the bill just perfectly for me. I love the look of the 400-800 asa setting, very gritty. I regularly have this in one pocket...
Friday Fotos 1
Double Act. Digilux 2 Speaking in Tongues. Leica MP | Summicron 35/2 | Tri-X | Diafine 3+4 Verticals. Olympus XA | Tri-X | Diafine 3+4 Rest Room. Olympus XA3 | Rollei Retro 100 | Diafine 3+4 God’s Waiting Room. Leica MP | Summicron 35/2 | APX 100 | Rodinal 1:50
Friday Fotos 2
Abandoned, Discarded and……… Olympus XA3 | Delta Pro 400 | Diafine 3+3 …..Unloved. Olympus XA3 | Delta Pro 400 | Diafine 3+3 Waiting for the Tube. Olympus XA3 | HP5 | Rodinal 1:50 Reading Tree. Olympus XA2 | HP5 | Rodinal 1:50
Three for Wednesday
Legendary Rock Photographer Photo copyright: Henry Diltz Read on the Rolling Stone web site this morning that Jim Marshall died yesterday in New York. I so wanted to be him earlier in my life. Marshall Photo web site. Back to the Fifties This was posted on the Daily Mail web site last night. 50 year old negatives producing beautiful images. Just love it. Newly discovered pictures...
Me and My Shadow(s)
One! MP | Nokton 40/1.4 | Plus-X @ 400 | Diafine 3+4 Two! MP | Nokton 40/1.4 | Plus-X @ 400 | Rodinal 1:100 (stand dev 1 hour) Three! MP | Nokton 40/1.4 | Plus-X @ 400 | Rodinal 1:50 Four! (Spot the giant Bunny) Digilux 2
Photo Day - 2
Early Summer Morning. Ricoh GRD Homage to Cornish China Clay Workers. Ricoh GRD Jack. Digilux 2
Photo Day - 1
South Bank - London The Wobbly Blancmange (City Hall). Digilux 2 Flour Power! Digilux 2 Bleak Expectations. Digilux 2 The Navigators 1. Digilux 2 The Navigators 2. Digilux 2
Paul Talling has been documenting “Derelict London” for several years now. I love the side of my city that the tourists never see. Derelict London online
Margaret Moth (1951 - 2010)
Some people quietly get on with their life’s work without complaint or proper recognition. CNN’s camerawoman Margaret Moth was one of these. Sadly she died today at just 59 years of age. Read her obituary here. Watch the CNN documentary “Fearless”
Queued for posting Sunday 21 March 2010. A friend of mine is involved with this.
Peter Gowland - (3rd April 1916 - 17th March 2010)
Queued for posting Saturday 20 March 2010. Just learned another inspirational photographer has passed away. Not only a fine photographer but a very fine camera maker.
Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work
John Maloof has created a site in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1990s. Vivian went to the USA from France in the early 1930’s and worked in a sweat shop in New York when she was about 11 or 12. She was not Jewish but a Catholic, or as they said, an anti-Catholic. She was a Socialist, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is...
Fun Fair Figureheads
MP | Nokton 40/f1.4 | Double-X @ 800 asa | Diafine 3+4 Restored fun fair figureheads at a fairground heritage museum. They have lots of your favourite rides from your childhood and teens. Some restored and working, some waiting to be restored when the funds are available. All housed in massive barns the size of aircraft hangers so no problems with the weather and mud!
VDub - Drive-by shooting
Olympus XA | Tri-X at 400 asa | Stöeckler Two Bath 4+4 Discovered Oleg Andreev over the weekend. Listening to: Christine McVie “In the Meantime”
Al Kaplan News
In a previous post - I mentioned the sad passing of Al Kaplan and that as well as donations there were T-Shirts and Mugs available to celebrate the memory of Al. Well, the good news is that Al’s family has established a memorial scholarship for photography students at Barry University in memory of Al and in honour of his lifelong love of film-based photography. Barry University was chosen...
MP | Nokton 40/1.4 | Plus-X rated 400 asa | Diafine 3 + 4 MP | Nokton 40/1.4 | Plus-X rated 400 asa | Diafine 3 + 4 Listening to: Easy Star All-Stars “Dub Side of the Moon”
1954 Franka Solida IIR folding camera. Uncoupled rangefinder, coated Ennagon 75mm f3.5 lens, shutter 1 sec - 1/300 and B setting. 6x6cm on 120 film. Made in Germany in the Post-World War II US Zone. 1955 Coronet Ambassador made in beautiful Bakelite and metal. 6cm x 9cm pictures on 120 film. The brilliant finders have hinged chromed covers which both protect the finder when not in use and...
Following on from a recent post where I said if the house was on fire I would grab my 1963 Leica M2 with 1959 Elmar-M 50/2.8 over all my other cameras. Well, these are the three books I would have to grab from my photographic library. My favourite has to be The Film Developing Cookbook. Well thumbed, loads of my hand-written notes and just indispensable for me as I process and print my own...
Rita Mary Bell. As I mentioned some days ago Rita, my mother-in-law died swiftly, quietly and took us all by surprise on Thursday 18th February. We finally held the funeral yesterday - 1 day after her and Jacgues 59th wedding anniversary. Not easy and very emotional but a big gathering and lots of stories and memories at the reception afterwards. Special memories of the Dorchester Hotel, where...
Drive-By Shootings was published in 2000 David Bradford is a taxi driver who takes photographs, or a photographer who drives a taxi, six days a week—and has been doing so since 1995. One hand on the wheel, camera in the other - art on wheels. He was art director in an ad agency in Manhattan, but gave up his day job to drive a taxi - and shoot photos. Freedom instead of security, art...
XP2 in Diafine
Leica MP | Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH | XP2 @ 400 asa | Diafine 3+3 Ilford XP2 Plus C-41 process black & white film works beautifully in standard B&W chemicals. I really like it in Diafine 3+3, really fine grain with tame highlights, detailed shadows and prints fine on B&W paper. The Kodak version is BW400CN but when developed still has an orange mask in the film and doesn’t scan...