I’ve often asked myself “Why would anyone want to buy a 50 year old plus Fed 2 Russian (Or any other) Rangefinder camera?” I still don’t know the answer to that, but the feelings and desires we get for some apparently inanimate objects is quite irrational. Bass guitars being my other GAS weakness.I have beenContinue reading “Fed 2 Russian Rangefinder Musings”
It’s been over a year since I wrote my longer piece about the importance of a long term photography project. My last project at The Vinyl Factory has been in the can for a few years and to be quite honest, at the time took over my though processes for too long. So, now, withContinue reading “New Project: The Craftsmen.”
I have never used expired film or used a bulk loader until now. Not however for any particular reason, probably just because I simply didn’t feel the need to. I had been given a bulk loader and a handful of reloadable cassettes in a collection of darkroom gear by a retired professional. He no longerContinue reading “Unexpected Adventures with Ilford FP4+ Expired Film”
Getting close and speaking to the people that you are about to photograph makes the experience all the more rewarding. Visceral even. I like that.
Having read on this very site a couple of XA articles, I knew that this was a camera of some reputation, with its tiny dimensions, cute clamshell case and tack sharp 35mm f2.8 Zuiko lens.
Using the OM1 brings joy to the photography process, with both shutter and aperture dials on the lens barrel, like the 35 SP rangefinder I shoot also, making adjustments with my eye to the big bright viewfinder a breeze
Some time ago I started my first photography project. This was centered around a vinyl record pressing works in West London called The Vinyl Factory. This historic place had been the former EMI pressing works and while a shadow of it’s heyday, still holds a major place in the music industry. Having taken some imagesContinue reading “Published!”
I use a camera shop in Luton, Bedfordshire England. It happens to be an Olympus service centre, useful when you have a collection of Olympus cameras. The following images however were not taken with an Olympus camera. I happened to have my antique shop camera with me. The Voigtlander CLR. Having parked up, I wentContinue reading “The Meterman”
It is often said that the best way to improve something, anything that you do creatively is to give yourself a project. A self set goal that focuses your creative energies onto an end target. This allows you to break the goal down into steps, a plan, a strategy. I can honestly say that none of that applied to how I started my own long term photography project.
After my dalliances with compact Rangefinder cameras, a very good friend of mine who is also an amateur photographer presented me with a thin strip of brown leather from a certain period in camera history, hung with a larger case and various brown pouches. Investigating further I found a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16, supplied complete withContinue reading “Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 – A Family Friend”