I finally got round to developing and scanning the pictures from the other week (or couple of weeks ago) after the great Devon earthquake. Needless to say the “remembered viewfinder images” didn’t quite match up to the developed, washed, scanned and cleaned up images you see here, but there’s a couple of good ones. Apologies for the big gap in posting, I’ve been busy with fish stuff, but will post more soon. Maybe even a non- bird related post or […]
“Proper planning produces picture perfect postcards” or in reality “proper planning prevents piss poor performance”. Both are apt descriptions of the last few days. The other day I went out for a wander, and before setting off I flicked through the available cameras on the shelf. The Mamiya 7 called out to me, so tucking a roll or two of Portra and Trix in my pocket out I went. It was going to be touch and go with the weather- […]
Categories: Film, Personal, Photography • Tags: Black & White, Bristol Channel, colour, earthquakes, F**** *ps, Film, Ilfracombe, Kodak, Leica, Mamiya 7ii, Photography, Portra, Postcards, rainbows, Tri X, Verity
Birds and especially seagulls seem to be a leitmotif in my work these days. I’m not remotely interested in wildlife photography per se, I’m just happy to document their inherent “birdiness” instead. This one and the one below on the holga and the bottom on on the mamiya 7ii, all with Portra.
I’ve been shooting with the Holga again quite a bit recently. I’ve posted before about how I like its simplicity. There’s a kind of framing hole to look through, two exposure settings (sunny and cloudy), and then four positions to guess the distance to the subject (one head, three people, a group of seven people and a mountain). For all those curious about camera techniques and in the absence of EXIF data, all were shot on the cloudy setting and […]
There are lots of viewpoints around here. Three hills surround Ilfracombe; Hillsborough, Capstone Hill and the Torrs. The one above is the top of Capstone Hill looking North. The one below is from the top of Hillsborough looking North East. The one below that is on the way up to Capstone Hill. I especially like the dog piss: nice addition to a public attraction. I haven’t processed the ones from the Torrs yet. All taken with a Mamiya 7II […]
Dictionary definition of a homeport is: “The port from which a vessel primarily operates, regardless of its registry”. I think the idea of a home port is a good one, it’s like a default position, somewhere where you can take stock and resupply. The past few weeks I’ve had an overwhelming feeling of calmness and clarity, which if you ask anyone who knows me well is 1. Odd, or 2. More than likely post- indigestion or lack of sleep. But […]
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Enfys- the Welsh name for a rainbow. I like the name and it seems fitting considering we see rainbows appearing over the Welsh coast from here in Ilfracombe. It’s a good time of year for seeing them; the winter sun is low in the Southern sky, whilst squalls blow in from the Irish Sea up the Bristol Channel and past us. I find them hard to photograph without it looking unnatural. Supersaturated colours don’t look right to me and […]
I guess everything has it’s flipside, the not so good with the good, the downs and the ups. It could be a lot worse I know that. We’re lucky, we have our health and we are doing what we want, where we want. We don’t overindulge too much, and we try to keep balanced with most things. Bloody seagulls: I’d just cleaned the windows, settled down to watch the sea and boom! Classy though, arts and craft shit.
A storm blew up the other day, not particularly bad, maybe a 7 on the Beaufort scale, enough to get the sea nice and foamy. It had been dead calm for several days before, so the change was refreshing. I’m not sure I like long exposures anymore. At first I loved them, the ability to reduce motion to a smear, or solid tones of grey with even longer shutter speeds. I got tired of it though, you see it everywhere […]
So the move went OK, we’ve nearly brought everything we need down to the seaside, but the rest can wait till Christmas. Only small hiccup was my MacBook lead giving up the ghost so I had no access for a few days. It wouldn’t have mattered so much if were in the midlands as the apple store is pretty close, but we ended up driving all the way to Exeter an back just to get one. Three hours for a […]