Week 4 (2012-01-27)


First Startrails Attempt of 2012

Posted on January 27, 2012 by admin

Despite an awful start to the day, it turned out nice and clear this afternoon.  This evening was particularly crisp and clear and so I though I’d try taking some startrails again.

This was taken using a Sigma 10-20mm @ 10mm.  Exposure consists of 71 individual images taken at ISO800 using an exposure of 60secs @ f/5.6.  The images were merged using the startrails.exe program.

I couldn’t be bothered to mess around with a custom white balance and so shot in B&W using RAW.

Images were brightened by 1 stop in Canon DPP and I used the batch convert option.

Let me know what you think, but I’m quite pleased with the result. Hopefully things can only improve from here.

All cameras have now arrived!

I’ve been having a bit of a film revival lately, and have managed to acquire a few classic 35mm camera bodies and lenses, some of which I have lusted after since I got interested in photography in my teens.

My current collection consists of the following cameras and accessories:

Canon A1 & Winder A (1983 Vintage)
Canon T90
Canon EOS 600
Canon EOS 3
Canon Speedlite 300TL
Canon Speedlite 299T
Canon Speedlite 199A
Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 (x2)
Canon FD 35-70mm f/3.5
Canon FD 35-105mm f/3.5 constant

Ricoh XR-P & Motor 3
Ricoh XR-X
Ricoh XR-X 3PF
Ricoh Speedlite 300P
Rikenon 50mm f/1.7

Tamron AD2 28mm f/2.5
Tamron AD2 28-70mm ()
Tamron AD2 70-210mm ()

Tokina 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 (PK A/PK R)

I am amazed that some of these cameras are are almost 30 years old, but still work perfectly.
The T90 is an absolute beauty and has none of the problems normally associated with this camera (yet) so I am regularly putting film through it to keep the shutter operating nicely.

Likewise, the A1 has no sign of the shutter cough and is a lovely little program camera that has given me a lot of pleasure already.

The XR-P never seems to have been sold in the UK, Aand it is a real beauty, it tells you absolutely everything you need to know (and more) in the viewfinder. The only downside with this camera is that the +- exposure compensation symbol keeps flashing in the viewfinder even when exp comp is set to 0.

Can’t wait to get out and play with them some more.

Week 1 (2012-01-02)

I’ve decided to take the pressure off myself a bit this year and attempt taking what I think is a pleasing photograph every week.

This is my attempt for Week 1, taken at Chesil Beach in Dorset (the Portland End).

Aaarrrgghhhh Stratford!!!

Its not that I don’t like work, I love my job and changing careers was the best decision that I’ve made in recent times, but I really could do without having to travel from Weymouth to Stratford in London on the first day back after the Christmas break.

Problem is that its an 08:00 start which means leaving Weymouth at 04:00, oh well, I guess thats the price I have to pay for living in such a wonderful part of the country.

Photo Resolutions

Well, I can’t believe it, but here we are at the start of 2012, so I guess that its time for some more New Years Resolutions.

1) Shoot more film
2) Focus more on B&W
3) Shoot one good photograph every week of the year (more achievable than a photo a day)
4) Get decent amount of use out of all my “new” 35mm bodies
5) Try to sell some work
6) Keep blog & website updated
7) Use flickr regularly

I think thats more than enough to keep me occupied.