|I have always had a passion for photography
even from an early age. Using a camera has been a continuous learning curve
from day 1, and I'll still be learning on the day they put me in a wooden
There have been times when I have put the camera aside and taken up some other hobby, but I have always come back to it. It seems to be in my blood. There is something about capturing a moment in time that will never be repeated.
I suppose like everyone of my age, we have seen the development of new technologies for image making over the years. No doubt the biggest change has been the development of digital and the dominance it now has in the photographic industry, both with cameras and software editing suites.
I have hopped on the bandwagon and use a 35mm Full Frame digital camera, but I still try to keep the post editing to a minimum. The reason is mainly because I like to keep the image as close as possible to the original shot, and also I get a bit lost with digital manipulation.
This is a photo that I took of my Dad with my first camera. It was a Zorki 4K. I processed the film myself and made the print with an old Russian made enlarger which looked like a large egg on a stick. I was absolutely thrilled with the result.
|I have recently wandered back to spending a
lot of time with my medium format film cameras. I put them aside a few
years ago simply because processing was expensive and inconvenient and at
the time I was all excited about digital. I have recently discovered that
processing colour film at home is now as simple as it used to be with
black & white in years gone by. I don't have the facilities for colour
print processing so I decided that scanning negatives would be the next
best thing. Unfortunately the results have been disappointing. I'm
guessing that a consumer film scanner is never going to compete with
industrial laboratory scanners. Still I am un-deterred. Using my old
Hasselblad (and Bronica although that's metered) is a trip back to the
good old days where you have to start learning forgotten skills all over again.
There is more to worry about then just lighting and composition. In military terms, the Hasselblad is like an
old musket. You have to predict a potential opportunity and set the
camera up for it. Many a time I have waited for a shot to come along and
then mis-fired because I had forgotten to take the dark-slide out. There is something to be said about a camera and light
meter that do not require batteries. But that is another story for a
I decided to construct this website to allow others to see some of the images I have captured.
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