October, 2011

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Photo walk: Oxford

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Earlier in the year I noticed some great photography posted on Flickr from a photographer based in Oxford. After sending him a message it turned out that he works down the road (literally a stones throw away) from my office. He exclusively uses medium format b&w film and I always enjoy seeing which parts of Oxford he’s been exploring from his abstract images. A few weeks ago we arranged to meet up after work to go on a photo walk which took us down to Port Meadow. Here are some images from that trip. Unfortunately I lost some shots from the end of a previous roll of film but I don’t know how or why. The ¬†film came out blank. It might be a faulty lens, I’m still looking into it.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330 loaded with Kodak Portra 400 colour film. Processed and scanned by me.

Rainbow over North Oxford

Rainbow over North Oxford.

Empty triangles.

sinking log in water

Sinking tree.

Gold plated heart.

Gold plated heart.

Weeping willow

Weeping willow.

Street cool: Oxford

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

I like this image so much that I think it deserves a post all by itself. How cool does this guy look? This was on Broad Street, Oxford. Hopefully I’ll get to photograph him again with some other cameras.

[Tech info]: Pentax 67, 105/2.4 with Tri-X @ 200, processed in Rodinal 1:50 for 9 mins, 20C.

Smartly dressed man

Sharp dressed man.

It’s a London thing

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This set of images are from a day trip to London that I made in September. All shots are from the same roll of film, processed and scanned by me.

[Tech info]: Expired Fuji NPH 400 (2007) in a Mamiya C330.

Man drinking an iced coffee from Starbucks

It's very rare for me to photograph someone on the street without asking them first but I really liked the bright colours in this scene and as I was walking past the man was so engrossed in his phone that I decided to grab the shot - of course that's when he looked up at me!

Man holding a Leica camera

This photographer was part of what seemed like a Leica user meet up in Soho but they all had M9's whereas this guy had a film Leica so of course he was the only one that I photographed.

This lady was having a smoke break outside the beauty salon that she worked in.

Wrestling masks

These masks remind me of Strong bad the wrestler: http://www.homestarrunner.com/vcr_sb.html

Red and green buildings


Old shop exterior, London

I love the exterior of this shop and can only imagine what it's like inside.

Man smoking

Just chillin'.

Hats for sale

Hats, hats and more hats.


Misty morning along the river: Oxford

Monday, October 17th, 2011

The mornings during last week have been quite misty and the light during sunrise has been quite amazing but the only time I’ve been able to enjoy it is on my cycle ride to work. That was until the weekend. I got up especially early and braved the frosty temperature to enjoy the sunrise along the river Isis near Iffley Locke. Apart from a few joggers there was no one around and the peace and quiet was very relaxing. These images were all made with my large format 5×4 inch camera.

[Tech info]: Shen Hao 5×4 camera, 150mm lens, Fp4+ film processed in Rodinal (1:50) for 16mins, 20C.

Into the water.

The way back home.

Layered trees

Fade out.

Breaking through.

London: day trip

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Apologies for the lack of any new images being added. I’ve been very busy working through my back log of processing which seemed to be never ending as I was busy adding newly exposed rolls of film to the pile almost daily. I’ve now got a huge pile of negs waiting for me to scan in so I know what I’ll be busy doing during the dark winter months. I’ve had a quick look through and there are some real gems in there so stay tuned as I drip feed them in the weeks and months ahead.

Here are a few images from a day trip to London near the end of July. More images to come from this roll.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f. I need to check on which type of film this was.

Taking a break

Taking a break.

Watching the world go by.

Watching the world go by. This man reminded me of Stan Lee. We had a nice conversation about how London and the types of tourists that visit have changed over the past 20 years.

Leica photographer.

Leica photographer. I bumped into this fellow film photographer as I was on my way out of the British Library. I can't remember which model Leica he was using. The sun was very harsh, this is on the edge of the shadow from the building.