Archive for August, 2007

Farewell to the Edinburgh Festival

August 31, 2007

Bye-bye street performers, bye-bye late night opening hours, bye-bye Speigel tent, bye-bye media types, bye-bye half the population of Edinburgh. And bye bye summer too. See ya…

The Edinburgh Festival is a wonderful thing that transforms Edinburgh into a large and very vibrant place for one month of the year. But as much as I love it its kind of cool when things go back to normal…


Table Manners

August 31, 2007

These are from a recent holiday in Borneo where we visited the Sepilok Orangutan rehabilitation center.

It was raining when we got there and so only one Orangutan came out of the Jungle but what a character he was. His name is Miko and myself and about 5 other people were lucky enough to get really close up to him – these were taken using my leica m7 with a 28mm lens!

He also gave us a demonstration of Orangutan table manners. Having eaten a whole bunch of bananas he selected a large leaf from nearby. Presumably to help with his digestion (who knows he might just like grossing out Scottish people?) he regurgitated all the banana onto the leaf only to slurp it all back up again a few minutes before showing us the leaf!

Stage 1: set the table
Banana Smoothy

Stage 2: better eat it before it gets cold
Banana Smoothy

Stage 3: proudly show that you have eaten your dinner
Banana Smoothy

Down in the woods

August 31, 2007

This was taken last Spring when I had just bought my Bronica s2a. Starting this blog has made me want to get out more with this camera because I have been looking through my pictures looking for things to post and so many of them are either from the Bronica or my Rolleiflex both of which I dont use nearly enough. Its also made me want to use more colour negative film…right, have to make time to get out and take some colour bronica pics this weekend!

Guess where

August 30, 2007

This is from my Rolleiflex Automat. It really is a mess, the leatherette is falling off and the metal underneath is a bit rusty and I dont have a lencap for it and I have a tatty old canon strap on it.

As much as I would like one in better condition in a way I find it liberating that it isnt in mint condition – I have very few qualms about sticking it in my rucksack when I go out. Its also the camera that has provoked most conversation with strangers – either people wondering what it is or on one really nice occasion a pensioner stopping to reminisce about when he got one when he was a young man and how much he loved it…he really did get misty eyed about it. I couldnt say for sure but I dont think that the current crop of DSLRs will ever provoke that kind of reaction.

Holga playtime

August 28, 2007

Some more multiple exposure experiments from my holga. I plan on doing a few more of these when I get time, particularly trying to do messy panoramas with shifting perspective by not winding the film on a whole frame and overlapping them. It is a bit tricky to visualise but I think thats what I enjoy about it…

I am also planning to one which is the whole width of a largish size of photo paper and do a contact print.

Party Shoes

August 28, 2007

I almost completely wrecked this film by getting interrupted half way through developing and leaving it in for far too long. It ruined almost all of the pictures but a few came out looking pretty cool in a murky sort of way….I think this is the pick of the bunch. Taken with my Leica m7 and neopan 1600 film.

Sibling Rivalry

August 28, 2007

Trying to get these two to sit still is not an easy task, especially when there is a biscuit to fight over.

Canon 300 eos film camera I bought to try out film photography. I bought it because I had heard its quit similar to the 350d in terms of controls etc and I knew my Canon lenses would work with it. Its a pretty average camera I guess but I am fond of it just because its my first proper film camera.


First time in the museum

August 27, 2007

My niece Zoe insisting that she not be carried down the stairs in the Museum of Scotland. I love this place partly because its a pretty cool museum but mostly because it makes me feel like a kid, especially this time because I was with 2 of my nieces and my nephew and they all behaved exactly as I did when we used to go as kids.

This is from my first ever film thorugh my Leica m7.

Municipality of Sandworm

August 26, 2007

The beach at low tide at Crinnan Ferry. From a lovely camping trip we had at the start of the summer.

Taken on my Rolleiflex Automat. I think this is slide film but I have lost track a bit.


August 26, 2007

Showery day in Amsterdam. I think this is my favourite picture I took in Amseterdam. Its taken with my seen better days Rolleiflex Automat which is a 1940s camera that is a joy to use.