• Photograph of main road in Spondon at night

Photographing….the main road, of all things, at night with Kodak TMAX 100

OK, so it sounds weird. Who on Earth photographs their main road near their house? Well, I do. I live on a road that is quite busy in Spondon. It's a through road to several significant storage facilities and larger towns about 5 miles north east. So in the day, it gets heavy vehicles passing through and lots of cars. However, by night, it is remarkably quiet. And, this time last year, it was not only resurfaced, but effectively

  • Magpie Mine

Photographing Magpie Mine and a Photowalk with friends

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to at last get the chance to meet up with two big names in the film photography world : Simon Forster and Michal Tekel who are both based in the Midlands here in the UK and entirely splendind people and photographers. We met early doors at 06:15 in the small village of Earl Sterndale in the Peak District, near Buxton and Bakewell. This was the start of our journey that had been designed with

  • Es Canar Harbour at Sunrise

The Photographers Purpose

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 1980's to the 1930's, and I suspect serious photographers of the time would be thinking

  • Beagle dog photographed in black and white

Photographing Max the Beagle Cross Dog

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 means the chance of dedicated photography of a dog. So, all bets are off...it's happening.

  • Kodak Portra scanned by me

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

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 recently attempted home colour development of Kodak Portra 400 film. Like many of us, I

  • Adox Silvermax 100 developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X

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

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, it's not typically something I do that often at all. In a given period time,

  • Batch of exposed film

My Exposed Holiday Film Stash

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 was tempted to take all the film I had, but I culled it to a

  • Photographing Edinburgh Crystal tumbler glasses with Kodak Tmax 100

Photographing Whiskey Tumbler Glasses…why not?

I guess like many parents, I face frequent challenges getting my two young kids (both under the age of 11) to do things with me! More often than not, they just want to use electronics. The problem is, they're still to young to be left alone, so if my significant other is out or busy, I am somewhat ham-stringed when it comes to photography adventures! It's at times like these that I find myself looking at the light, and

  • Lomography Lady Grey 400 Sample Image

Lomography Lady Grey – my 3rd attempt with it

Further to my previous two posts about this film stock (HERE is the first, and HERE is the second), I shot my third roll of Lomography Lady Grey 400 the other day at the weekend. Again, nothing too serious - just some snaps of the kids playing in the garden. The light was bright and largely clear skies, similar to the first time I shot with it. My conclusion this time, like the first time, is that I can't

Lomography Lady Grey 400 – My 2nd Attempt With It

About 6 months ago I wrote an article (HERE) about my first experience of using a film stock by Lomography called Lady Grey 400. If you read the article, you'll see I didn't get very good results but, seemingly, that was because I pushed it to EI1600 which, if my results are anything to go by, this film does not handle so well. However, this past weekend, I shot another roll under different conditions. Firslty, I shot it at