Every now and then my parents present me with an old camera they’ve discovered at a car boot sale or some Freecycle giveaway. This is how last year I came to own a Kodak Bantam Colorsnap II, which were produced from 1959 to 1961. Old Kodak amateur cameras are pretty much ten-a-penny so I wasn’t initially very excited […]Read more "An Attempt at Developing Old Kodak Verichrome Pan 828 Film"
Yesterday me and a few friends were supposed to be braving the drizzle and going off for a walk around Guildford and Box Hill, but arriving at Waterloo we found autumnal weather (!) had sabotaged South West Trains services, so a quick re-think on our destination was required. Having previously researched near-London walks, I remembered […]Read more "Autumnal Walk on the Oak Trail"
A bit of a “flashback Friday” one this. I was looking through some older photos and came across this set from March 2014, which I’m quite pleased with and thought would be nice to share. This was a walk with friends through the Greenwich Peninsula, from the O2 down to the Millennium Village and on towards […]Read more "Greenwich Photowalk with my Zenit TTL"
On the back of my last post about the rarely-used-in-passenger-service Primrose Hill link on the Overground, I was doing some reading about this railway and came across the fact that my local station, Kensal Green, was opened on 1st October 1916. “That means the 100th anniversary is only a couple of days away!” I thought to myself. […]Read more "Kensal Green Station at 100"
For the last couple of weekends one of my favourite transport-works related diversions took place once again. Overground trains ran a route that appears on no official TfL maps, traversing North London by straddling two of the orange lines that most wouldn’t think linked. Yep, I’m talking about the lesser-spotted Willesden Junction to Stratford service, going via Queen’s […]Read more "London Overground Goes Off the Rails"
This post combines several of my favourite things – old black and white films, local history, social history, and photography. The 1949 Ealing Studios film The Blue Lamp (the film that invented Dixon of Dock Green) recently played out on the TV, and having never seen it before I was excited when I noticed many of the locations […]Read more "“The Blue Lamp”: West London Then & Now"
I’ve had the Panasonic LX100 for almost a year. It replaced a Fujifilm X10 which I loved very much, but the physical manual controls and the micro four thirds sensor (along with a smashing £200 cashback offer and unbelievably competitive price from Cameraworld) compelled me to upgrade to the LX100. Unfortunately I’ve never particularly taken to […]Read more "The Panasonic LX100 and the Case of the Horrible Noise Reduction"