The unfortunate episode with my first roll of Ferrania P30 led me to conclude the light meter on my Pentax ME-F might be off – or at least thrown off in certain lighting conditions. To test this I bought some reliable Ilford FP4 and decided to do some bracketed test shots, trying out scenes in […]Read more "EXPOSED! A check of the light meter on my Pentax ME-F"
After diddling around with some low budget black and white films recently, Fomapan, Efke and Kentmere, none of which I found to be especially different to one another, I decided to order a couple of rolls of Ferrania P30. This classic Italian film, newly resurrected from the dead, has had lots of publicity in the […]Read more "Ferrania P30: My First Failed Go"
Many weeks ago, in a time before The Virus, and before The Lockdown, I went on a non-socially distant walk with my mate David, taking in the Grand Union Canal from Kensal Town to Primrose Hill. As is often the case on these occasions, I wanted to take a camera with me. I’d been rooting […]Read more "Along the Canal to Primrose Hill with the Rollei 35 LED and Kentmere 400"
In mid August a group of friends and I decided to take ourselves out for a photo-walk along Section 14 of the Capital Ring, the 78 mile circular walking route around London. I decided to take my Zenit TTL along with me as it had been a while since I used it and I wanted […]Read more "Section 14 of the Capital Ring: Hackney Wick to Beckton (and beyond!) with the Zenit TTL, Helios 44M, Jupiter Auto 135mm and Lomography Earl Grey film"
This year I’m on secondment to MediaCity at Salford Quays and I’ve been enjoying the photographic opportunities the area affords. Having put both my iPhone and my Nikon D750 to work photographing the quays, I decided to have a go at taking some pictures with a different perspective. My old Zenit TTL had been gathering dust for […]Read more "MediaCityUK via Zenit TTL & Jupiter 135mm Lens"
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"
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"
Turn of the century Weymouth seemed an exciting place. Investment was flowing in, the town centre was expanding, and it’d just got it’s first KFC and Whetherspoons – the wonder! I took my trusty old Zenit around town in the summer of 2000 to get a snapshot of Weymouth at the beginning of a new millennium. […]Read more "Millennium Weymouth"