Yakovlev 52

Sometimes as a photographer you get some amazing opportunities… This was really amazing. Back in 2002 while I was managing a photographic lab a man, looking absolutely desperate came into the shop. He explained that his wife had accidentally washed his jeans with a roll of film in a pocket. A roll that had photos of his new aeroplane in them. I explained that they may be ruined but I’d[...]

Experiments In Colour #1

Experiments In Colour #1

Spring Blossom Fujifilm X-E1Fujifilm XF50mm f2Astia (-2 shadows) The principle idea of this strand of posts is to better understand colour, its use, its form and its control. So on a wonderful sunny spring morning what better than photographing the blossom on a tree. My idea for this experiment is to capture the delicate light pink blossom in a very delicate fashion. An idea fixed in my head of a[...]

JJC Extension Tubes

For Christmas I was fortunate to receive the JJC extension tubes for the Fujifilm X system. Extension tubes allow a normal lens to act as a Macro lens by shortening the closest focal point of the lens. The set of two tubes allows 3 levels of extension11mm, 16mm and a combined 27mm The tubes are electronic so providing auto-focus & TTL metering to be used Now it has be remembered[...]

Old Glass

Old Glass

Briefly I had a wonderful obsession with Mamiya. It started by accident, I had taken my beloved Leicaflex SL in for a service back in 1999 and whilst waiting to be served I came across the Mamiya NC1000s sitting in a cabinet on sale for £90. I was slightly confused, I never knew Mamiya made 35mm cameras. I had to have it. Perfect little camera, never let me down, never[...]