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Oxford: Happy Valley

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Some pictures from an evening walk around Happy Valley in March 2021. I was experimenting with depth of field as the sun was dropping. I keep meaning to go back here with a larger format camera and feel the pond there has potential in different seasons.

[Tech info:] Nikon FA, 50/1.4D, Ilford FP4, developed in Kodak HC110 1+31, Pakon scans.

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Endeavour 8: FILM 2 – part 2

Monday, April 4th, 2022

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour 8 episode 2 in Oxford, April 2021. The first two images show a character who sadly didn’t make it into the final edit which is a shame because it was an intriguing scene.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, (can’t remember which lens), Eastman Double X film, developed in D96 for 7.30. Pakon scans.

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Endeavour 8: FILM 2 – part 1

Friday, April 1st, 2022

Behind the scenes photography during filming of Endeavour series 8 episode 2 in Wellington Square, Oxford. April 2021, lockdown restrictions had eased enough to allow filming to commence. I limited my photography to the exterior scenes. A nice little detail to look out for is the box of matches inside the taxi with the C. Dexter Matches brand.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, Eastman Double X motion picture film, developed in D96 stock for 7.30, Pakon scans.

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Oxford: Foggy Boxing Day

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

Here are some shots made during a foggy night in Oxford on Boxing Day last year, between 10pm and 12am. I chose to develop the film in 510 Pyro to see how well it held the highlights and I’m pleased to say it did exceptionally well as you can see from the pictures. The dynamic range between the street lights and the dark shadows in these night shots is huge but it didn’t seem to give 510 Pyro any problems. One of the last shots I calculated to be a 4 minute exposure with reciprocity but in hindsight I feel I miscalculated and overexposed the shot by at least 1.5 stops but the shot it still totally usable.

[Tech info:] Pentax 645N, 55/2.8, Ilford FP4, developed in 510 Pyro 1+100 for 11mins.

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Oxford: quiet morning in Jericho

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Here are some pictures from a recent walk around Jericho with a mate of mine. I wanted to test out a camera and it’s been quite a while since I walked around Jericho so it was nice to combine the two. This roll of FP4 film is part of the blotchy batch I have and rather than throw it away, I use it for testing.

[Tech info:] Mamiya 645 ProTL, 80/2.8N, Ilford FP4, developed in HC110 1+31.

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Endeavour 8: FILM 1 – part 3

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

These behind the scenes pictures from Endeavour 8 FILM 1 show scenes which were not used in the final edit.  The shots of the Royal Mail postal workers on the picket line was most likely intended for the opening sequence. I’m not sure about the scene with Jack Swift and the Jaguar sports car. Merton Street, Oxford.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, Eastman Double X film, 50/1.4 and 75/1.8 Voigtlander lenses, developed in D96. Pakon scans.

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Endeavour 8: FILM 1 – part 2

Sunday, April 25th, 2021

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour 8 | FILM 1 in Exeter college, Oxford. For a change I decided to use Kodak Tri-X because the weather was mostly cloudy and it allowed me to use a slightly deeper depth of field than usual when I’m using Eastman Double X. I like how the tones have come out with nice rich blacks.

[Tech info:] Leica M6, 50/1.5 Voigtlander Nokton, Kodak Tri-X developed in HC110 1+31, Pakon scans.


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Endeavour 8: FILM 2 – part 1

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Behind the scenes during filming of Endeavour 8 | FILM 2 in Wellington Square, Oxford. Quite a hot sunny day with lots of contrasty light, a perfect opportunity to try out some Fuji 400H to see how it would cope. This was recent fresh stock compared to the expired rolls I usually use.

[Tech info:] Mamiya 6, 75mm/3.5, Fuji 400H, Frontier scans.

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Endeavour 8: FILM 1 – part 1

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Behind the scenes (socially distanced) photography during filming of Endeavour 8 episode 1 on Merton Street in Oxford. I can’t remember the last time the streets were this empty while the Endeavour crew were here – it was rather nice.

[Tech info]: Leica M6, 50/1.5 Voigtlander Nokton, Eastman Double X film developed in D96. Pakon scans.

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Oxford: flooded meadow

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

During December 2020 the UK saw a lot of rainfall and some parts of the country were flooded. I don’t remember Oxford receiving enough rain to cause flooding but as the massive volume of water from other parts comes rushing through Oxford the rivers swell which in turn causes some areas to flood, especially a local meadow. I made the most of the flooding and did some photography with a large format camera I’ve been wanting to try out for a while. It’s custom made with a 75mm Schneider lens which is fitted to a helicoid for focussing and the back rotates – something I found out by accident which was a nice bonus. There is no branding on it but it’s extremely well designed and made.

I wanted to fill the frame with sky and the reflection in the water so I had to stand in the water because a 75mm on 5×4 film gives an extremely wide angle of view. The Benbo Mk 2 tripod is perfect for this because the legs extend upwards from inside the bottom part of the legs and is designed to stand in water. What a didn’t realise was how easily one of the feet would end up coming off in the mud because it had a split in it, something I only noticed once I got back home. Fortunately Paterson in the UK still sell spares and supply them in a pack of 3. I’ve included some behind the scenes pictures below.

[Tech info:] Custom red dot 5×4 camera, 75mm Schneider lens, FP4 film (expired), developed in Kodak HC110 1+31 (-1 minute to prevent the highlights blowing out).

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Oxford: Foggy New Year’s Eve

Monday, January 4th, 2021

During the evening of New Year’s Eve 2020 a thick fog descended on Oxford and it was the most atmospheric I’ve seen especially with the empty streets and shops and restaurants closed. Here are some pictures from that evening which I made on b&w film. I shot two rolls of colour but they haven’t been developed yet. I should’ve packed more film.

The roll expired in 2019 so I didn’t expect there to be any problems. Unfortunately there is a mottling on these images which has been caused by the film being in contact with the backing paper, something which I haven’t experienced with Ilford film before. Apparently this is a common problem.

[Tech info:] Pentax 645NII, 45-85mm, Ilford HP5 (expired), developed in Ilford Ilfosol 3 1+9 for 6min 30sec in a Jobo.

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Oxford: Moonlit meadow

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

On 29th December 2020 there was an unusually bright moon so I ventured out to do some moonlighting. The moon was possibly a day away from being full and the sky was completely clear. Here’s a shot of a flooded meadow I had been photographing at the end of December (more of those pictures to come). The exposure time for this was 2 minutes. I bracketed exposures and made a 3 minute exposure which has a brighter sky but the reflection in the water is not as clear.

[Tech info]: Mamiya Universal, 50/6.3 lens, Fuji Across 100, 6×9 back, developed in Ilford Ilfosol 3, 1+9 for 6m 30s in a Jobo.