Archive for the ‘35mm’ Category

Wedding Day

May 13, 2011

I am delighted to say that I was married to my beautiful wife on April 30th in Brooklyn, New York. Thanks to everyone who helped us make it such a joyous event.

Here are some pictures I took around on the trip.

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The seaside, the seaside!

January 6, 2009

Liz and I went for a bracing (in other words bloody freezing) walk on Gullane beach last week. Despite the temperature we saw both man and beast paddling in the water.

These were taken with a new panoramic camera I bought from Ebay – it is a Praktica CM1000 which is a slight step up from previous panoramic cameras in that it has a flash (which I havent been able to get to work yet) and also motorised winding. It also detects the film speed although I am not sure why because I think it only has two shutter speed / aperture combinations! Also you can switch between panoramic and normal modes which basically removes the mask. Anyway from what I can tell the lens is not as wide as the other panoramic cameras I have used so it gives a slightly different look. Also the lens seems a bit sharper to me…

Here are the pics as a slide show…

[Edit]: for the proper camera geeks such as myself here is the lowdown on this camera. Turns out it has 1/125 sec. ,1/60 sec. and 1/6 sec shutter speeds.

There be Dragons (in the back garden)

April 11, 2008

These were taken playing in the back garden of my parents house with assorted Nieces an Nephews.

Zoe got into a proper panic about dragons for some reason … I was not sure whether she was pretending that Holly was a dragon or if it was an imaginary dragon but she was running about as fast as she could screaming about dragons.

… shortly after these were taken I became the dragon…then she had something to be scared of!

In the meantime Iver decided to drag his little car thing about the place…

My First Wedding

March 19, 2008

I photographed my first wedding recently. I think I did a pretty good job but I definitely think it was a learning experience so I thought I would just put down some of the things I would do differently if I had a time machine:

  • Follow the bride. I had intended to do this but I made the mistake of assuming I knew where she would be arriving….this meant I was not there when she arrived at the church and I missed some shots. I am still kicking myself about this because a few quick questions at the right time could have sorted this out.
  • Look for moments. The shots from the day that I am most keen on are ‘moments’ rather than stagy posed shots. I did get some but I think if I do it again I will be much more on my toes for these. In general I think its a great idea to shot as much casually as I can – this is where my strength lies I think.
  • Shoot as much as you can. Don’t be shy to shoot away…you only get one chance so better to take some extra shots than not enough. As it turned out I think I ended up with enough good shots but I can think of some that I saw but missed and there must have been a load more I didn’t even see.
  • Use your creativity. I think I was quite focused on documenting the event and thats good but I think I could have used my creativity a bit more.
  • Trust your photographic instincts. When the ceremony was over and it was time to do the ‘formal’ pictures the light inside the church was wonderful.
    My first instinct was to do the formal portraits and group shots inside but I decided to go outside. What I got was fine but I cant help thinking that posing them inside would have been better. I think the main reason I did this was just that there were so many people milling about inside but I could have worked round this / moved people away from where I wanted to use.
  • Spend more time with just the couple. I don’t think I spent enough time with just the couple – I think I should have tried more shots with them and also tried to take a mixture of formal and more impromptu ones while I had them alone.
  • Pay attention to what going on around you when you are doing the formal shots. I spotted these while lining up the group / formal shots but these are the only 2 like this. I am sure there must have been dozens of moments like them. Having your 35mm camera to hand while using my Bronica is a good idea.
  • Find way to have your film to hand – I was constantly searching my pockets for film!
  • Learn to use a flash! I would have liked to shoot at the reception too but it was far too dark for anything but 3200 speed film and even then only in some places and its very grainy and I think less suited to wedding photography. I have been putting off learning about flashes but if I want to do any more of this I just have to bite the bullet and learn a little bit about lighting.
  • Get more of the kids. It occurred to me a couple of times during the day to get some good ones of the kids but I never quite got round to it.
  • Be in the right place at the right time.

    Easier said than done I know but I think if I had asked more questions about the running order I could have planned my movements a bit better.
  • Shoot the parents.  Well, take some photographs of them anyway 😉
    I had actually thought of this before hand and intended to get at least one good impromptu portrait of each of the four parent but I forgot somewhere along the line…
  • Em, I knew I should have written this sooner … can think of the rest of what was running through my head the day after right now! I am sure it will come to me and I will come back to this…

Cheapskate

February 14, 2008

Camera: £1.99 + postage

Film: 7p

Processing: £1.50

Crappy panovision: priceless! 😉

This is the first colour film I have put through my fake panoramic camera and I was pleasantly surpirsed with the results. The film is expired Jessops own film that a friend and I bought from ebay. It was 4.52 for about 60 rolls of film. I also got the processing done at the supermarket. When I use nice film I tend to take it to a pro-lab but I think I may try getting the supermarket to do it from now on because I think its just the scanning that isnt very good there.

Jog On


Some Christmas Piccies

January 19, 2008

Some Christmas pics tasken with my Leica….

Christmas!





Happy New Year

January 7, 2008

This Hogmanay my friend Liz was visiting from New York and a group of us spent a few days staying in a youth hostel on Bernary in the Outer Hebrides. Its a stunning place and I ended up using a lot of film which I will be processing for a few weeks I think. The full set is here on flickr and I will be adding to it as I process the films.

In the meantime here are a few holiday pics. This is the beach directly outside the hostel. We saw seals swimming right here but I didn’t have a lens longer that 50mm so didn’t try and photograph them.

The view from the hostel one morning. The hostel is a converted crofters house – basic but has everything you might need.

Liz on a beach in North Uist – she is in good spirits despite the fact that about 120 minutes before this she fell on her bum in a quagmire of mud.

Yum, seabirds!

Seabirds!

Claire being all ghostly in the dunes.

The view from a dirty window on the way home…

Clair dishing out the gossip ojn the way home.