Spring and Summer Round Up

WARNING: Possibly a bit self indulgent in places... 


I didn’t realise it had been so long since my last blog, so I thought I’d do a quick round up of the last few months, which have been a bit of a rollercoaster! 

I’ll start with the lows.

I hate summer. Never thought I’d say it, but summer is a pain in the derrière. Sunrise is too early for me. I’ve done it a few times, but with family and work, I feel like a dead man walking for at least 3 days afterwards. Golden hour is very fleeting and then it’s harsh sunlight for the rest of the day. Rubbish. Bring on Autumn!

The bright days have also made me regret selling my IR camera. I have definitely missed photographic opportunities due to not having it anymore. Using IR Film has been good, but it’s a sensitive blighter and does come with a few practical issues that digital didn’t. On one accession, leaving the film in the back for too long between sessions, left me with me with some really poor negatives. However, I did get out and take a few IR shots using Rollei IR400 that I was happy with, so it isn't a lost cause. 

A combination of the weather, and reaching the delivery phase of some big projects in the ‘day job’, has meant that I’ve been fighting and scrapping for every opportunity to take photos and I simply haven’t been out enough.

ON the film front, I’ve decided to give up on using colour negative film. I’m not sure I’ve had a single successful frame that I’m happy with. The only exception to this is the wonderful Cinestill 800T film, which I love. Once I’ve finished the 2 rolls of Portra I have, it’s slide and b+w film only for me going forward.

If you like cinematic shots, then it's hard to beat Cinestill 800T and a Hasselblad Xpan

If you like cinematic shots, then it's hard to beat Cinestill 800T and a Hasselblad Xpan

A great example of what effect the removal of the anti-halation layer has when strong light sources are in the image. Check out those light bulbs! I really like the effect though

A great example of what effect the removal of the anti-halation layer has when strong light sources are in the image. Check out those light bulbs! I really like the effect though

Despite the above frustrations, I’ve actually had a pretty good few months. At the beginning of the year, one of this year’s objectives was to get something into a magazine. Therefore, I was really pleased to feature in Amateur Photography Magazines’ Readers Portfolio. I submitted a mixture of film shots, hopefully showing the range of variety of images that can be created with different formats, and on that front I think it was a success.

Readers Portfolio, Amateur Photographer Magazine.

Readers Portfolio, Amateur Photographer Magazine.

In addition to this, I was over the moon to have my picture picked for ‘The Last Frame’ in Black and White Photography Magazine. I’ve been buying Black and White Photography magazine religiously for a couple of years, and this definitely pull a smile on my face..

Black and White Photography Magazine

Black and White Photography Magazine

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy getting my first #wexmondays win, because I did. The weeklies may have their flaws, but I still enjoy taking part. I’ve taken the odd break which I think has helped. The winning shot was a multiple exposure of St Pancras station, and is part of a series I’ve been slowly putting together over the summer.

St. Pancras Station Multiple Exposure, and my first #wexmondays win.

St. Pancras Station Multiple Exposure, and my first #wexmondays win.

I also notched up a #sharemondays win, courtesy of stuie. This is one of my favourite shots from this year, and Stuie’s feedback and critique was the icing on the cake.

One of my favourite images so far of 2017. Not my usual subject matter, but once again, movement plays a key role in the final result. 

One of my favourite images so far of 2017. Not my usual subject matter, but once again, movement plays a key role in the final result. 

Last, but by no means least, I won a new pinhole Camera courtesy of Ondu Pinhole cameras with this shot from the beach. Thanks Ondu!

A pretty quick exposure (1 second) for pinhole, but it was an extremely bright day at the beach with the kids. Complete with scratches and dust too!

A pretty quick exposure (1 second) for pinhole, but it was an extremely bright day at the beach with the kids. Complete with scratches and dust too!

By the time I post this blog, twitter may be in meltdown over the first round of #LPOTY. FWIW, I did enter, but do not have any expectations. Good luck to everyone that did!