TOURIST BROCHURE A promotional brochure aims to show the best of a location and put a positive spin on it. Choose a location and photograph the best things that you can find and aim to arrive at a collection of images that set an upbeat atmosphere. This project can be interpreted in many ways and … Continue reading July Project
What is next for Olympus cameras and their users?
When we are taking a photograph what are we thinking about in terms of the subject? We have learnt photographic skills and techniques in order that we may best express what we see in that subject, but do we use them? With the current trend for a quick “turn around” for photographs in which they … Continue reading It starts with the subject
THE FOUR ELEMENTS Earth, air, fire (heat/energy) and water. Take one of these and make it prominent in your photographs. If you're feeling adventurous do a series of images using all four elements and comprising of several shots for each. This could be a perfect subject for a self-made photobook. This project can be interpreted … Continue reading June Project
I have placed three new images on my portfolio under Recent Work. Please go and check them out. Thanks for looking
As I have said before on this blog, I started photography many years ago and learnt darkroom printing techniques whilst I was at university. At that time I obviously learnt about making test strips to make the print with the right exposure, density, contrast and depth. Even after test prints, you might still want to … Continue reading Getting that final print right
I have added another 4 images to the "Recent" section on my portfolio website. Please go and check them out. Thanks for looking.
During this enforced period of domicile incarceration, we have the opportunity to do things that in normal times we may not have the time or inclination to do. I do read a lot anyway, but I have been probably reading a bit more now during the lockdown. If I read novels, they are usually purchased … Continue reading A good book to get.
It is my normal Wednesday off work. My two girls are already busy at their desks home working when I come downstairs. A cup of tea for everyone and then its time to restring my 2008 black Gibson Les Paul Traditional guitar. I usually have one of my guitars on a stand in the lounge … Continue reading 8th April 2020
Day 15: Monday 7th April. Well, it’s the fifteenth day since the lockdown and I should think that the whole nation is waiting now to see if it continues. It obviously will. Whether there will be even more restrictions initiated after Easter will depend on what people do during the bank holiday. I think the … Continue reading 15 days – Day 15
Day 14: Monday 6th April Back to work today, so I move my screen to the back of my desk at home and open the company laptop in its place. I worked until lunchtime when I had a very nice salad made by Mrs M. Once we had finished and had the ubiquitous cup of … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 14
Day 13: Sunday 5th April. Today was another slow start. Breakfast in my jim-jams, back to bed for a leisurely read, a cup of coffee then shower and up. I had determined today to get the camera out into the garden and do some closeups of some of the plants we have. Not that we … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 13
Day 12: Saturday 4th April. Well, it’s the weekend and that means a little bit of a lie-in. It seems a little easier to sleep in these days as the traffic down the road is a fraction of what it was. Once up and about it was time to complete some chores and then … Continue reading 15 days – Day 12
Day 11: Friday 3rd April. It was somewhat of a varied day workwise. Paperwork involving pensions, HR stuff, IT assistance on a laptop with a faulty camera and software shenanigans. It was a relief to end the week that has felt so strange. I think we, I mean I, think about the work side of … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 11
Day 10: Thursday 2 April Back at work this morning and a trip into the empty office to get some paperwork. I managed to get quite a bit done with no interruptions until 11:30 then a conference call via Teams. Back home for the afternoon and finish off some of the work started this morning. … Continue reading 15 days – Day 10
Day 9: Wednesday 1st April. No work today as I don’t work Wednesdays. This morning I spent the time printing out some colour photographs. This is unusual for me as I predominantly take black and white images. The images today dated from 2013. I am gradually working through past work creating monochrome portfolios for each … Continue reading 15 Day – Day 9
EXPLORE A LENS Choose a lens you don't normally use or a single focal length on a zoom lens and find photos and angles which use it effectively. This project can be interpreted in many ways and the instructions are deliberately not detailed so that you can do them in your own way. Try not … Continue reading April Project
Day 8: Tuesday 31 March. This morning I had to go into the office to get another laptop ready for a home user. The office was freezing. I was there for the whole morning and despite sitting on top of a portable heater I could not get warm. When I left, despite it being a … Continue reading 15 days – Day 8
Day 7: Monday 30th March It was our first day back at work today after our week off. Work laptops were set up, PC's were plugged in and powered on. We were away. The day actually passed quite quickly and a lot of the time was spent acclimatizing to MS Teams which is being used … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 7
Day 6: Sunday 29th March The realisation that today is the last day of the week-long holiday myself and my family have had initially made me feel a rush of depression. Even though we were all self-isolating, it was nice not to have to think about work things. Tomorrow its “back to work”, my work … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 6
Day 5: Saturday 28th March. Today we look back on a holiday week that we have never seen before – and hopefully will never see again. It has not been unpleasant, but plans were dashed. Today the weather has turned wintery again. There are flashes of sun, but the clouds soon got in the way … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 5
Day 4: Friday 27th March The last day of our holiday and it’s been the strangest break I’ve ever had. We have been blessed with nice weather but reading a book outside today was not on the agenda. It is sunny but cold. The temperature has been dropping all week. We’ve never particularly worried about … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 4
Day 3: Thursday 26th March Once again the day was very sunny, but there was a chilly wind from the east which took the warmth away that we had yesterday. Mrs M spent the morning working on her laptop, even though she is on holiday this week. I made us a coffee grabbed a book … Continue reading 15 days – Day 3
I have just added another three images to the “Recent” section on my profile. As I add three I remove three of the older posts. As all of these images were taken in 2019, once I have run them all through the “Recent” section, the best of them will be put into the Archive gallery … Continue reading Portfolio Update
Day 2: Wednesday 25th March It’s another glorious day again today in the UK midlands. The sky is completely blue and if you get out of the slight breeze it’s very warm. The first job today was to set up Emz’s workstation in the study. Both Mrs M and I use laptops, but Emz bought … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 2
Day 1: Tuesday 24th March The whole of this week was supposed to be a celebration of our daughter’s 30th birthday, with the family being involved in an event every day. Obviously, in the last week, the plans seemed doomed because of the awful Covid-19 virus. Everything that we have planned has now been cancelled. … Continue reading 15 Days – Day 1
It’s Monday here in the UK and we are looking at the inevitable total lockdown throughout the country after the moronic activities of the thousands of people who congregated on the coast and in National Parks over the weekend. With this terrible contagion all around the world, it’s sometimes difficult to look at mundane and … Continue reading Keeping busy – photographically.
I have now updated my portfolio with another two images which can be found in the 'Recent Work' section on my website. The first is called ‘Spirit of the Woods’ and I hope it’s clear why that title came to me and why I approached the image in the way that I did. I saw … Continue reading Portfolio Update
Today I received the third volume in the monochrome photographic trilogy by Paul Hart on the Fens in the East of England. This last book in the series is called ‘Reclaimed’. The other books in this trilogy are ‘Farmed’ and ‘Drained’ and together they form an incredible body of work. The books themselves are superbly … Continue reading Paul Hart – Reclaimed
OPENINGS Doors, windows, cracks in a wall, a gap through leaves, a hole; use one of these things as the subject or as a frame to view the scene beyond. This project can be interpreted in many ways and the instructions are deliberately not detailed so that you can do them in your own way. … Continue reading March Project
The first thing I needed to ascertain whilst intending to copy my transparencies from thirty years ago, was which Fuji lens would give the best result using the MCEX-11 extension tube? From my first tests, I found that the actual distances given on the table were not very accurate, giving blurred and distorted results. So, … Continue reading Digitising Transparencies 2
I have added two images to my portfolio this evening. The first is a collection of crab pots on the quay at Craster in Northumberland. I really liked the shapes that the pots made as they lay piled up on the quay. I also tried to ensure that I retained the curved shapes of the … Continue reading Portfolio Additions
Not content with trying to keep up with my image processing with photographs I am taking now, I have decided to try and digitise my transparencies from thirty years ago. I have them all in sleeves as hanging files in a couple of small cabinets in my loft and I just think that it would … Continue reading Digitising Transparancies
A SENSE OF SCALE How do we judge the size and scale of things in a two-dimensional photograph? Use this premise to show things as : large, small, open, confined, dominant or subtle. This project can be interpreted in many ways and the instructions are deliberately not detailed so that you can do them in … Continue reading February Project
Another image has been added to my portfolio this weekend in the "Recent Work" section. Once again it was taken at the Beamish Museum in County Durham. I love the way light falls through windows and decorates the objects that lie within a room. There is a multitude of tones that are formed by this … Continue reading Portfolio Addition
Camera Punk is a documentary film made by one of the Fuji ambassadors, Mindy Tan, about the ethos behind Fuji cameras and more particularly follows the X-Pro3 from its design to final production. Along the way, various X photographers talk about the almost symbiotic relationship they have with Fujifilm and the passion they have for … Continue reading Fujifilm documentary – Camera Punk
As I add new images to the “Recent Work” section on my Portfolio I will give a heads-up to the addition on here. This image, which I call “Iron Landscape” was taken in the Living Museum of Beamish in Durham. It was originally a portrait format image of the side of a boiler in the … Continue reading Portfolio Addition
I have now managed to get within viewing distance of the completion of my outstanding image processing. There is still a little way to go, but the end is in sight (until I take some more). As a result, I have now been able to update my portfolio website in the “Recent Work” section. … Continue reading Portfolio Updates
Having just opened a new year’s worth of monthly projects for the members of my online photographic club, I was ready to leap into the additional 365, a picture a day, project. Every week, seven titles are placed on the site for members to use to take a picture a day. However, it seems I … Continue reading Stumbling about for inspiration.
OPPOSITES Try to get two opposite things into one photograph, e.g. new and old, fast and slow, bright and dull, hard and soft and textured and smooth. This project can be interpreted in many ways and the instructions are deliberately not detailed so that you can do them in your own way. Try not to … Continue reading January Project