Where To Start With Film Photography16/04/2014

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Oh my goodness it has been a LONG time since I have written a blog post. It is getting harder and harder as work goes on to find the time to write these posts, BUT I will keep doing it. I enjoy it, and it is a nice escape. So today I wanted to do a quick post on my thoughts on how to get started with film photography, and I will take the opportunity to show some of the photography I have been doing lately! I have said this before on this site, but I really think that more and more film photography is gaining popularity. I think that people might be getting a little tired of the occasionally stale look of digital – especially when you aren’t shooting raw or doing any post processing. The cost and ease of use of digital cameras has got a lot more people generally interested in photography, and I guess the next logical step is to try film, which many people seem to be doing.

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The Bull, Birmimgham

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Cheltenham Races in Pictures24/03/2014

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Hello everybody – it has been a long time! I have been so busy lately I haven’t had a chance to write a blog post for quite some time, but I am back today with a new set of photographs. A couple of weeks ago the Cheltenham Horse Races were on, and I went with a group of friends and had a great time. I tried betting on a horse, didn’t win. But I also took the opportunity to take photographs at the event. I thought it would be a good opportunity to try taking some ‘timeless’ looking photographs as well – there being a lack of technology at the event. It is only a small set, but I think it is made up of strong images. What do you think?

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Cheltenham Horse Races 2014

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First Roll With the Nikon FM2n04/03/2014

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As you will have seen in my previous post, I recently bought myself a second hand Nikon FM2n and Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 camera and lens of eBay. It has taken me about a week but I have got through my first roll of film and have developed it now :-) I used Neopan ACROS 100 film for my first roll because of the slow speed. This meant there would be minimal grain and I would be able to shoot as much as possible at f/1.4, even during the day (just). I was keen to see what the depth of field would be like. I know it’s the classic thing to do – just give a photograph a shallow depth of field but whatever, I wanted to do it!

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Angry Bird

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New Camera! Nikon FM2n28/02/2014

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Hello everybody – quick bit of news today! I have bought a new camera. It is a Nikon FM2n film SLR, and it is one that I have wanted for quite some time now. I am very happy to have finally been able to get my hands on one. It was half an impulse purchase, and half a plan ned one. I have been meaning to send my Leica M6 off to Germany to get CLA’d and have the viewfinder upgraded, and this presented me with an opportunity to get a new camera for cheap if possible to use in the mean time. Luckily I got this one for only £70 off eBay! Most go for a bit more so I was quite fortunate here. It has some cosmetic wear, but I think it looks all the better for it.

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Nikon FM2n

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Cheltenham Folk Festival in Pictures24/02/2014

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Cheltenham is rather famous for its festivals. There are four main ones: Literature (I have photographed this and written a blog post about it before), Music, Jazz, and Science, but surrounding those big festivals there are a myriad of smaller ones. One of these smaller festivals is the Folk Festival, which was on a couple of weeks ago and I went along and photographed it. My uncle, an excellent guitarist and maker of guitars (he made me one!!), flew over from Northern Ireland, and my parents’ friends who are also very musical came over for the festival as well. The household was very musical that weekend, with a total of four guitarists staying! This was a great opportunity for me photograph both the festival at home and the festival in town.

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