More Fuji X-T1 pictures from Stowe

Last week, whilst we were away on holiday, I posted a picture that I’d taken at the Stowe National Trust property with my Fuji X-T1 and Samyang 12mm combination. Well, we are back from holiday and I’ve had time to sort through the rest of the images I took and I’ve included the best of my Fuji X-T1 pictures in this post. We were fortunate the the weather was very good for our day at Stowe, which meant many of […]

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Tattershall castle in Lincolnshire

A couple of days ago we went to the National Trust’s Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire while they had a battle re-enactment and I used it as an opportunity to take pictures with both my Fuji X-T1 mirror-less and Pentax MZ-3 35mm slr loaded with colour slide film.  Although it will be  few days before I can get the colour slides developed from the MZ-3, one of the best of the Fuji X-T1 pictures is included below. This picture was imported […]

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Some samples from an Pentax-M SMC 28mm f/2.8 lens

This is a post in a series which I’ve written to show sample pictures obtained with inexpensive vintage lenses fitted to a modern digital camera. In this case the lens is an Pentax-M SMC 28mm lens fitted to a Pentax K5 DSLR. I bought this lens as part of a kit with a Pentax Program A camera a few weeks ago. Since I only paid a few pounds for both the camera and the lens I think it certainly fits […]

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Recovering negatives from found film

Occasionally, when I buy a film camera for my collection, I discover that a previous owner has left a partially exposed film in it. Because of that I now always make sure I check if a camera has a film in before I open the back because it seems such a shame to fog a film without trying to recover some pictures from it. In the past, I’ve sent these ‘discovered again’ lost films off to a lab for development, […]

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Pictures around Reading with a Ricoh GXR 28mm A12

A few months ago the office where I work moved from Stevenage where I live to Reading where I don’t. This means that my trips to the office are no longer a short bike ride away but instead involve a couple of train journeys which last for about 2 1/2 hours and as a result I only go into the office about once a month now and work from home for the most part. Wednesday this week was one of […]

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Post-processing film scans in Lightroom

A couple of years ago I wrote a post which described the steps I normally take when post processing pictures in Lightroom. The procedures I describe there are still the way I carry out post processing when dealing with digital images, but recently I’ve been taking more shots on 35mm film and I’ve found it is necessary to subtly change the way these images are dealt with in Lightroom, so these notes are going to describe this different workflow. I’ll […]

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Dover's Hill in Gloucestershire

This is a post with some pictures of The National Trust’s Dover’s Hill in Gloucestershire which I took on a recent visit there. We only stayed a few minutes at this viewpoint over the Gloucestershire countryside, so I didn’t get many pictures, but these were my favourite of the 20 or so I took. A couple of these shots were actually constructed from 3 images taken using the camera’s bracketing function and merged using Lightroom’s new ‘merge to HDR’ function […]

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Garden Insects

Over the last few weeks it’s become a bit of a habit to go into the garden at some point in the day with my camera to see if I can get any pictures of the insects and spiders which crawl and fly around the plants. Although neither my wife Janice or I are naturally gifted gardeners, we have been steadily improving the condition of the garden and introducing more plants and flowers  in order to encourage more insects and […]

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Pentax MZ-M pictures developed in Caffenol C-M

Over the last couple of days I’ve been using my Pentax MZ-M with a fomapan 200 black & white film to get some sample pictures to test the camera. Today I developed those pictures using Caffenol C-M – the pictures are shown below. Since I last developed film in caffenol, I’ve bought a film strip mount for my slide duplicator, so I was able to be a much better copy of the negatives this time, however, I’m a bit disappointed […]

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Photoshop effects – removing all colour except one

I’ve seen an effect before which isolates a single colour in a picture – removing every colour other than the chosen one. In my experimentation with photoshop I found a way to do this which may or may not be the correct way (although I’m beginning to find that there are many ways to do the same things in photoshop). The way I achieved this effect was as follows: I started a new selection using the Select -> Colour Range […]

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Repairing old photos with the Clone Stamp tool

Although I use Lightroom all the time I’ve not really used Photoshop that much since I joined Adobe Creative Cloud using the photographers cut down package last year. However a few weeks ago I had cause to try to recover some old photographs of my fathers which had been badly creased and damaged and found that Lightroom just can’t do that sort of job, so I turned to Photoshop. This is certainly quite a common procedure for photoshop experts, but […]

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Favourite pictures – Emma waiting with rabbit.

I took this short sequence of pictures while we were on holiday at CenterParcs in Woburn Forest last September and hadn’t really looked at them again since we got home but as I was looking through my Lightroom Library this evening I realised how much I liked them. I took them with my Sony Nex 6 fitted with a telephoto lens. Because we were on holiday in CenterParcs I wasn’t following my usual routine so I can’t be sure of […]

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A day in London

These pictures are a couple of years old now – I took them during a family trip to the London Aquarium in August 2011 which I posted about a while ago, but I’ve not published these particular pictures before and I’ve given them a bit of a make over in Lightroom. As I remember I took two cameras with me that day, a Pentax K-r and and Olympus E-PL1, (neither of which I now have unfortunately) and these were all […]

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Slide duplication v Slide scanning

I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago describing how I have a large number of 35mm colour slides to scan and the steps I am taking to recover the best image I can from them. Well in this follow up post I’m going to explain how I’m attempting to modify my original workflow in order to get the job done a bit quicker and better. I found after I’d scanned about 50 slides that the job was going […]

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