My Blog

My blog is a place of idle ramblings that may help other photographers, and act as a diary for myself. Nothing too serious and maybe, occasionally, helpful.
  • Shetland ponies photographed using Berger Pancro 400

An Equine Photography Shoot of Shetland and Miniature Ponies

By |October 28th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

I have recently ventured into the terrain of equine photography; aka "horse photography". A friend of mine has several ponies located at a nearby rural spot. He was kind enough to let me have a go at photographing his horses. It's nearly November, here in the UK. Which generally means cold and wet. On this particular weekend day the sun was, however, shining....after it

  • Es Canar Harbour at Sunrise

The Photographers Purpose

By |September 20th, 2019|Categories: Film Types and Reviews|

It's 2019 and lets face it...the capacity to take a photograph is within almost everyone's means. Whether it's a large format camera, medium format camera like a Hasselblad, SLR like a Nikon F5, a DSLR like a Nikon D5, an Olympus Tough point-and-shoot, or an iPhone...the capacity to take a photograph is there. But is that so different to, say, the 1980s? Compare the

  • Beagle dog photographed in black and white

Photographing Max the Beagle Cross Dog

By |September 16th, 2019|Categories: Film Types and Reviews|

A few weeks ago I had the most distinct pleasure of taking care of a dog belonging to a good friend of mine who was holidaying away. Now this is a dangerous scenario for me, because there is little in life I love more than a dog, other than my own immediate family of course (official disclaimer!), and given the responsibility of dedicated care

  • Kodak Portra scanned by me

How to Scan Kodak Portra 400 Negatives and Convert them to Positives…using Linux

By |September 1st, 2019|Categories: Film Types and Reviews|

Introduction This article talks about using negative2positive script to automate the conversion of raw Kodak Portra 400 negatives to positive TIFFs, ready for post-processing using Darktable. The sample above is BEFORE and further post-processing in Darktable...just a direct conversion from negative to positive. Not bad? Read on to learn how... Main Body I write to you as a frustrated and bewildered photographer who only

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier in Black and white

Photographing Blu – the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy

By |August 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

I was asked if I might be able to capture some photographs of an especially amazing puppy this weekend called Blu; a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Dogs, and taking photographs? What could be better!!? So I headed over with the Hasselblad 501CM and two rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400. Met Blu and spent some time getting associated. That's an important step with canine photography. You

  • Adox Silvermax 100 developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X

Adox Silvermax 100 developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X. The result.

By |August 14th, 2019|Categories: Film Types and Reviews|

Like many analogue photographers, from time to time, we experiment with a new film stock. I say "from time to time", because many photographers I know use a different film stock for each day of the week. That is certainly healthy, and ensures a good overall awareness of what each film emulsion on the market can deliver for your photographic needs. However, for me,

  • Batch of exposed film

My Exposed Holiday Film Stash

By |August 10th, 2019|Categories: Film Types and Reviews|

So, a few months ago I was fortunate enough to be a joint winner of a competition run by Analogue Wonderland and Kodak Alaris. The prize for that win was a significant haul of Kodak film! It came at a good time, because I was heading out for a summer holiday to the family side of Ibiza for 10 days with the family. I