The start of August saw the return of my favourite big event in Bristol – the balloon fiesta. We popped along one evening and were very lucky with the weather – 102 balloons take part in the mass ascent!
He ran a film through his Olympus Trip 35, and then I ran it through my Olympus XA2.
This guy seems to be everywhere in Bristol. He sometimes has something to say.
Photographing squirrels is always fun, if not a little difficult at times.
Bristol Kite Festival is another of my favourite events in Bristol. Hundreds of brightly coloured kites take to the sky over a weekend. Continue reading Bristol Kite Festival – 2011
At the end of May 2011, Lomography launched a branch new camera – the Lomo LC-Wide. It is an updated version of their existing LC-A+ with one major new feature – a massively wide 17mm lens. I’ve always been a fan of ultra-wide lenses so knew that I had to have this camera one day!
I already have a Wide Angle Lens attachment for my LC-A+ so I was interested to see how the new LC-Wide compares. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the new LC-Wide camera and Lomo LC-A+ & Wide Angle lens. I’ve also included shots with the LC-A+ to show just how wide the Wide Angle Lens and LC-Wide are.
I think Bristol Balloon Fiesta is my favourite big event in Bristol. Seeing so many hot air balloons in the same place and taking off at the same time is quite a spectacle. This is the third year in a row we’ve been.
Here are some photos of dogs.
I don’t find it very easy to photograph dogs – they’re usually with a human and I struggle dealing with those! If a dog is tied up outisde a shop, I manage ok
Bristol Harbour Festival is a massive event that takes over the whole of Bristol’s harbour area. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the festival. Hundreds of colourfully decorated boats, navy ships, tallships and narrowboats fill the harbour. The surrounding areas are packed with stalls, music, theatre, fairgrounds and other activities.
The Diana F+ SLR Adapter is an interesting little accessory. It screws on to your SLR and allows you to use a one of the many lenses for the Lomography Diana F+ on it. It is currently available for Nikon and Canon EOS SLRs (both digital and film).
Fuji has a wide range of slide films, all of which look pretty amazing when cross processed. Generally their ISO100 films have a red-ish shift. Sensia 100 is no exception.
There are currently 57 large decorated gorilla sculptures lurking in and around the streets of Bristol. Sixty gorillas are involved in the trail, but three are quite a long way out of town, including one 85 miles away in Birmingham. I don’t think we’ll be getting them unless they return one day!
Kodak Ektachrome EPJ320T is a Tungsten-balanced film. The idea of this type of film is to make subjects under yellow lighting look natural. It achieves this by shifting colours towards the blue. I hoped that cross-processing the film would make the colours crazy, and it did.
Continue reading Kodak Ektachrome EPJ320T Tungsten slide film
At the start of 2011, a few new animals joined our little family – three ex-battery hens!
Fuji Provia 100F is an ultra-fine grain slide film aimed at professionals who want smooth, rich and detailed rendition of tones and colours.
On the outskirts of Bath, one of the UK’s most popular tourist cities lies this crumbling derelict military barracks. It opened in the 1940s and closed over 50 years later in 1993. A few years ago there was “news” that the site would be converted into retirement homes – nothing seems to have happened with that plan though.
Continue reading Derelict Military Barracks
In a time when more and more people are converting to digital photography, and film manufacturers are discontinuing films; it came as a great surprise when Kodak launched their ultra-fine grain Ektar 100 film in 2008.
The Royal Bath & West Show is one of the west-country’s premier rural/agricultural shows, and a jolly fun day out.
We went along and saw all sorts of things including farm animals (including alpacas), machinery, vehicles, steam-powered fairground rides, terrier races (the highlight as always), rural crafts, army displays and yummy food (such as traditional kangaroo and ostrich burgers).
The biggest spectacle this year was the “Monti Show” – a German chappie who climbs to the top of a 60m high mast and balances on top of it on one foot! Crazy!
Continue reading Royal Bath & West Show – 2011
Bristol’s floating harbour is always full of colourful boats.
Here are some bits of them.
Continue reading Bristol Boat Bits
Several of my photos will be on display at the “flickl Multiplicy Exhibition“. You can see the exhibition in The Photo Gallery, under Photographique (Baldwin Street, Bristol) between 12 February 2011 and 23 February 2011.
Continue reading flickl Multiplicity Exhibition – February 2011
This is one of my most successful multiple-exposure experiments to date. During 2009 I shot a roll of film at a local fireworks display (and some fairground amusements that were also there) using my Lomo LC-A. Towards the end of 2010 I shot over it in my Lomo LC-M. I used Kodak Ektachrome E100VS film (also known as Elitechrome EBX) – reknowned for it’s vivid colours when cross-processed. The results were amazing. Continue reading Fireworks Multiple Exposures
This is a great technique for doing multiple-exposures.
First of all, I shot a roll of film through my SLR using a custom bokeh mask. The basic idea behind the mask is that it changes the out-of-focus areas from standard circle-ish shapes to fancy shapes such as stars, faces, hearts etc. It works particularly well in dark situations with lots of lights in the background. Here is a great tutorial on how to create your own custom masks.
When I first started (re)shooting film, one of the very first cameras I was given was a “disposable” Konica WaiWai. This crazy little super-wide lens camera came loaded with a fast Konica Centuria 800 film. Unfortunately Konica has stopped making films a few years ago so it’s no longer available, but occassionally you can find them in markets or internet auctions.
During October we visited Brighton. The main aim of our trip was to visit some exhibitions for the Brighton Photo Biennial and Brighton Photo Fringe. We only saw a handful of exhibitions – most of them were shut on Monday (we should’ve checked times when we arrived on Sunday!). Three exhibitions stood out and inspired me – two were some night photos by Argentinian artists (link) and another was a typology of 1950s/1960s litter bins! (link).
Continue reading Brighton
Fuji Provia 400X is a slide film aimed at professionals who want fine grain and sharpness in their photos. The film is very good for push/pull processing which means you can shoot it as if it were an ISO1600 film.
Here is a selection of friendly cows… Continue reading Cows
A few photos of the planetarium in Bristol. Continue reading Planetarium
Fuji Velvia 100F is a slide film aimed at professionals who want ultrafine grain, high contrast and high saturation in their photos.