A new camera in the bag

During my recent visit to the Photography Show in March 2016 i decided to splash out on a brand new camera……sod the expense I had earnt it, so with no holding back i took the plunge and brought a new Konstructor camera from the nice people on the Lomography stand. Also visited the Ilford stand to splash out on few rolls of Ilford FP4 35mm film, well no good having the camera if I haven’t got a film to use in it.

So on a rainy weekend, out it came and I started to put it together. The manual reckons between 1 hour to 2 hours to build, 2 hours is closer to the mark, if you tried to do it in 1 hour, there is a chance that you could miss some important steps and screw it up.

Camera now built and loaded with film, time to find something to take picture off. I knew of  a landmark just outside Warwick, and old windmill with easy access.

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I enjoyed walking around and using the camera, did take some used to, there are only a few setting, either times at 1/60th or bulb mode, and a basic focusing ring. Fixed aperture at f10. It made a nice change from having a multitude of settings. Fixed lens was not an issue as I tend to use a 50mm or 90mm lens on my Canon.

Film exposed, and with developing tanks long since departed, it was off to the local lab to have the film developed and scanned onto CD, and then the wait to see if I had captured anything at all…..and  surprise, i had.

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So with CD in hand off to the computer and edit in Silver Efex, using the Antique Plate II setting. Kept quite simple really, no cropping no other edits.

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Not all good and not all bad. Very much a learning curve.

So with another film already in the camera, time to head off again and keep on learning.

 

An evening with….Mark Hadon

Recently had an evening session in the studio with local part time model Mark Hadon. Mark, by day, is a teacher in a local school, and as you can see from the images, really looks after himself.

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Mark Hadon
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Mark Hadon

Mark was great to work with, adept at most poses that he was asked to perform, and some of them was quite hard on his body, despite the rippling muscles.

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Mark Hadon

He even brought his own kit to use…….

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Mark Hadon

Well, he didn’t bring the tyre, that was in the studio.

 

It was a great night, Mark was so easy to work with and has a great personality.

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Mark Hadon

Mark Hadon

Hopefully I shall be working with Mark in the near future.

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Mark Hadon

 

 

An hour in the life of…….

Have been a bit quiet on the photography front, Christmas and new year got in the way, but back to normal now.

Recently tasked myself with doing a small project. I have several in the planing stages but never seem to get around to starting them, always seem to find something else more important to do, so they take their place on the back burner. So to kick start the new year and make it the year of the project I did a small project, the idea was to record the first hour of my morning from when the alarm goes of to walking out the front door.

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The images are shown in the order that my first hour takes, with the alarm going off….

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to the habitual shave…might try a grow a beard one day….to getting dressed……

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The first cup of coffee to get me going, the fresh hit of caffeine to sharpen the senses…..

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To the final act of shoes on and out the door…..

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When condensed into a few images, it seem tat the hour is being dragged out and i should be able to get up and out in a lot shorter time than one hour.

 

Well that’s the first project done for 2016…here’s to some more over the course of the next 11 months.

 

 

Immogen

Another studio shoot with a new model that I had not worked with before.

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So let me introduce you to Immogen..who’s normally seen flying the skies from Birmingham airport as she, for her day job, works for a local airline as an air stewardess.

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So for the evening I used the main studio, with just one light and kept the modelling light on, rather than use the flash head.

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Attached to the studio there is a small cafe, as we were working late this was closed and empty, so instead of letting it lie unused we tried a few shots up there, carefully carrying the light up from the studio.

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A good night was had and I look forward to working with Immogen again the future.

Camera used for the night was my Canon EOS60D with my faithful 50mm f1.8 lens, might be a cheap lens, bit produces some great images.

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A day at the coffin works

A while ago a photo shoot was organised for the historic Newman Brothers coffin works in the heart of Birmingham.

We had access to the building before it opened to the public so we were allowed to go ‘beyond the rope’ as long as we did not touch or move any of the exhibits on display.

More information then please look at their website http://www.coffinworks.org/

Below are a few of the images taken during the visit

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LRPS Distinction

Ok, so after a lot of deliberation, i have decided to apply for an LRPS distinction with the Royal Photographic Society. I have been looking through images that i have taken over the past years both in studio and location shoots and have made a selection of the pictures that i will review and get down to the required number. Strangely, the images that i like are all of portraits, both male and female, So over the next few week i will look at these at different time of the day and make my selection.

I have also posted them in this blog, please see below, so if anybody out there reads the blog, any comment/thoughts/suggestions that you my have (keep them clean) would be most welcome and helpful.

Welcome to my blog

After a while of thinking about a blog, finally got around to setting one up.

 

This is my first blog, so excuse me if not got much to say.  i am a keen photographer and this is the theme for my blogs

 

For my first one just a couple of images from a urbex location shoot with a local model.

 

Hope you enjoy.

Stacy, a local model
Stacy, a local model
Stacy, a local model
Stacy, a local model

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