Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Isle of Mull

May 7, 2010

Recently my in-laws visited all the way from Brooklyn. It was great for me to have them here and especially for them to meet my family.

One of the other highlights of the visit was a long weekend in Mull…

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Zoe Turns 5

November 30, 2009

My niece Zoe turned 5 recently so we had a party!

More here (I am still scanning so no doubt more will appear over the next few days).

Nostalgia

July 30, 2009

Liz and I spent a nostalgic (for me – not for her!) afternoon at Mudeford Beach in Dorset when we were on holiday. My family used to stay in a holiday camp near there when we went on our summer holidays. We would rent a beachhut in Mudeford and spent a lot of time down there…anyway here are some pics I took when we were there. As usual here is a slideshow with a few extra pictures….

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.

Maid of the mist (or Preparing for the Feared Banana Cream Pie Wars)

October 28, 2008

Here are some pictures from a film I shot with my toy panoramic camera on Liz and I’s recent trip to Niagara falls. I think these look best as a slideshow (there are also some extra pictures here)

The center of Niagara is tacky beyond belief – the automated voices that blare out incitements to come and see a wax work of the world tallest man etc. were a first for me. The falls themselves did not disappoint though and the Maid of the Mist boat trip really is a lot of fun.

I shot 2 rolls of film on the short boat ride – this one and what thought was a roll of tri-x pushed to 1600 with a deep red filter on it. Unfortunately I had actually loaded that camera with portra so the results are terrible – 2 stops under exposed and red coloured! Oh well at least I am pleased with the toy camera pics.

Actually one of these pics got a comment that really tickled me, hence the title of this post 🙂

New York Digital

October 24, 2008

As I have mentioned before I am trying to use my digital camera more for financial reasons. One thing I enjoyed while using it in New York is being able to play with slightly more unusual exposures (for example trying to go for deep black shadows). Shadows are a novelty for me – the light in Scotland is often not strong enough to cast strong shadows because it is overcast so much of the time.

Anyway I still love film but maybe I can find room in my heart for my neglected digital SLR again 😉

Arran

September 15, 2008

Here are some pictures from Liz and I’s trip to Arran this August. I liked some of the pictures I got from the trip but overall I was kind of disappointed in myself … lots of the pictures were just not as good as I wanted them to be. Also that the trip over on the ferry presented some amazing opportunities for photographs – out on deck there were a wealth of characters, there were a pack of jet skiers chasing the boat, there where some particularly bold seabirds chasing the ship and swooping down taking stuff from peoples hands. I took a whole roll of film and expected great things … but then discovered my camera had chewed up the film 😦

Also I am kicking myself about this picture (a repeat from my last post I know):

… this was the last in a roll of film and while I was changing it a girl on a horse galloped past leaving the family staring after it … it could have made a really great picture. Oh well maybe digital does have some merit…

Anyway here are some pictures…

Diversity Delivers Exhibition

September 2, 2008

Yesterday I had an exhibition of a few of my pictures (along with 2 other photographers). It was part of the Launch of Diversity Delivers which is an initiative by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Apointments in Scotland ( http://www.publicappointments.org/ ) aimed at enhancing equal opportunities in Scotland’s ministerial public appointments process. The venue was the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the high street which I think is a rather cool building.

I chose ‘people’ pictures where possible, mostly my attempts at street photography. I thought it went pretty well and was impressed by the other 2 photographers work.

Here are the pictures I had on show …. ( and here as a slideshow )

Meet the parents

August 31, 2008

These are all photogrpahs from the day I took Liz to meet my family in Penicuik. Actually she had already met my Mum, Dad, Mark, Lorna, Zoe and Robert. I was a bit worried it might be overwhelming for Liz to meet everyone at once but thankfully everyone seemed to really get on.

More here…

Dusting off the holga

August 28, 2008

I have started using my holga again a bit lately and have been enjoying it so I thought I would post some recent pics here since its been a while since I posted anything. I have cropped all of these to roughly a 35mm aspect ratio. It is not something I usually do but I think for these pictures the cropped versions are much better…

These first two are from a kind of soggy Fringe Sunday.

This one is from the garden of the Dean Gallery where Liz and I went to see the Foto exhibition.

And these two are from Arran where we went for a few days. It was also a bit soggy here but we had a great time despite the weather.