Recently I wrote here about how I had started to shoot 35mm film again and that I had bought a Canon EOS 5. Well this seems to have really given me the bug for film as I now have a second 35mm camera to add to my collection. This one though couldn't be more different from EOS 5, it's a Russian built Fed 2 (Type C2) built around 1958 and I have to say that this little camera has blown me away. The Fed 2 is basically a clone of a Leica, or to put it more accurately the Fed 1 was a loose clone of the Leica I and the Fed 2 evolved from that. So similar is the Fed 2 to both the Leica I and Leica II that sadly it is not uncommon for fake Leicas to have been constructed from the body of a Fed 2. Whilst these little cameras do not offer the same quality of a Leica they are packed with charm and can produce some surprisingly good results and whilst a Leica can cost anywhere from £200 to £3000, you can pick up a Fed 2 for around £25.
We all have lots of old family photos but what do you do if they are all on film? When I was a child my dad would take photos of the family and always shot of Kodak Ektachrome slide film. The vast majority was shot on 35mm film using his Nikkormat FT2 cameras but some where shot on a very basic camera using 127 film. For nearly 40 years these have been stored in their original slide carousels and boxes and recently I decided that I wanted to try and scan them all in order to make sure that there was another copy of these irreplaceable family memories but also to try and restore them to how they looked when they were first shot. Clearly this would require the use of a scanner but which one?
In January 2012 Kodak announced that it was filing for bankruptcy protection, a company with a 133 year history in photography was going out of business. So film is finally dead? I don't think that could be further from the truth. Over the past few months I have been scanning all of my dad's old 35mm slides that he took of us as kids (see my article here) and during this process I have grown to really love the look, feel and quality of film. So much so in fact that I have recently bought a 35mm cameras! Using this cameras has done several things for me. It's made me passionate about photography again, it's taught me a lot about photography, it's changed my view on digital photography in a way I didn't think it would and it's confirmed to me that film is far, far from dead but actually a quietly thriving area of photography.
How do you carry your camera? Perhaps you've not thought about it much or perhaps you've just never thought that there was any other choice other than to hang it around your neck or off your shoulder? It's probably fair to say that most photographers haven't really given much thought to their choice of camera strap but I would think that it is also fair to say that a large percentage of photographers don't like the standard straps that come with all cameras and who can blame them, what's to like about them?
I'm pleased to announce that I am now able to offer prints of my work through this website. I have teamed up with Photobox, one of the best online digital labs in the country, to offer a range of print sizes as well as Acrylic & Canvas prints. Photobox handle the entire order, from processing your payment (all credit and debit cards are accepted), to printing and posting of your print and so your orders are entirely safe and secure. You can access my gallery on Photobox from where you can order your prints by clicking on Buy Prints in the menu above or by clicking here.
In September 2005 my wife and I made our first trip to the Lake District and we loved it so much that we vowed to return. Well almost exactly 4 years later we did just that and have just returned from a two week holiday up there. Whereas last time we stayed in the tiny village of Troutbeck close to Windermere, this time we stayed practically on the banks of Ullswater close to the lovely village of Pooley Bridge.
- Lake District
- St Martins Church
- Church of St Martin
- St Peters Church
- Aira Force
- Aira Beck
- Heat of the Lakes
- Wreay Mansions
- Pooley Bridge
- All Saints Church
- Scale Force
- Honister Pass
- Slate Mine
- Derwent Water
- Lantys Tarn
- Brougham Castle
This weekend we made a trip to Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent primarily as a birthday treat for my wife's niece but I also took my camera gear with me in the hope of getting some new shots of the animals. So I took along my Canon EOS 30D and my Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L USM along with my Canon 2x Teleconverter and a monopod to see what I could get.
Last weekend we visited Standen which is owned by the National Trust which is a lovely house set in beautiful grounds in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Not only is it a nice place to simply look around but it also meant that I could try and get a few photos of the many flowers there as I don't often photograph floral subjects.
Memory cards can be a hot topic among photographers with many staying loyal to one brand whilst others will buy whatever is available. What is for certain though is that it is often a case of 'you get what you pay for'. Prices for the same capacity memory card can vary wildly with differences of over £20 between the cheapest and most expensive, a difference so large than often you can buy 2 cheap memory cards for the price of one expensive one. Often you will read reports of cheap memory cards either being so much slower or unreliable with high failure rates compared to their more expensive counter parts but is that always the case?