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dudler

Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
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  • The Patent Etui

    I think I paid £6 for this lovely little camera, while I was still at school. I havenít used it very much, for lack of a way to feed it photosensitive materials. The thing is that it came with six single-sided plateholders. Not cut film: plate. Ver...

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  • Fifty Ė still nifty

    Last weekís edition of Amateur Photographer was the Lens Special, with a series of articles about lenses of different kinds. And one of these was about legacy glass, centring on six photographers using older lenses on digital cameras. One was using...

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    27 Oct 2020 11:15AM | Read

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  • Feel

    I have written about the feel of certain cameras many times, in all sorts of places. Maybe one or two people wonder what I mean, and maybe others understand something different from my interpretation. Iím not entirely certain that everyone gets the...

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    26 Oct 2020 11:51AM | Read

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  • Wet

    It rained a lot in Walsall yesterday, and I nearly didnít go out for a walk. But around five it stopped pouring and abated to a drizzle, so I went round the block, and I wondered why we worry so much about waterproof cameras. I'd taken my Pentax Spo...

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    25 Oct 2020 12:45PM | Read

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  • Instant wins

    Iíve realised, lately, that there seem to be some models who provide me with instant votes, and often awards. They are striking in appearance, and capable models Ė but there seem to be some who gather quite disproportionate votes. And there are oth...

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    24 Oct 2020 8:31AM | Read

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  • What is it about film?

    Yesterday, I wrote about a photographer who uses (or at least seems to me to use) film. What is it about film that appeals to some of us so much? Well, the more I learn about digital picture-making, the more I think that itís the realm of control f...

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    23 Oct 2020 8:56AM | Read

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  • Captivated

    Iíll be putting a link in a comment once the blogís posted Ė for some reason, links in the body of a blog cut off the words that follow. Iíve been captivated by a series of portraits by Robert Pranagal, in Poland. They look to me to have been shot ...

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    22 Oct 2020 9:23AM | Read

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  • sRGB

    I keep getting the colour profile of files I save wrong, and Iím hoping that if I write about it, even if it does nothing for anyone else, itíll stop me cocking it up. So letís begin with definitions. In digital photography there are a number of di...

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    21 Oct 2020 9:24AM | Read

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  • Courses and tutors and learning

    What are you looking for when you sign up for any sort of course? You may be after specific solutions to a particular problem, or wanting to get a start so that you can gain traction in a new area. Almost whatever you do, you are going to be buyin...

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    20 Oct 2020 9:39AM | Read

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  • Monday morning

    One of the filters in Nik Color Efex is called Monday Morning: and it feels very right today. Itís chilly, and I must have slept in an awkward position, because my neck aches! Heading out for a walk feels like a big deal. However, Iíve done a shor...

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    19 Oct 2020 10:39AM | Read

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  • Focus through film

    Iíve been reading a couple of articles from Amateur Photographer about mindfulness, and this set off a thought. Mindfulness is, essentially, about paying full attention to what youíre doing. The complete opposite of multitasking. Giving all of your ...

    18 Oct 2020 12:08PM | Read

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  • But I donít need it!

    I used to say this a lotÖ There was a time, before a compact camera could outcompute a NASA Moon Module, when every extra facility in a camera had to be engineered in, with more design work, more parts, and more careful assembly. Extra complicatio...

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    17 Oct 2020 7:31AM | Read

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  • Top trumps

    I suspect Iíve said this a few times before, maybe even in this concentrated form. You donít need the best, the fastest, the longest or the widest. Probably. My daughter gave me a set of Camera Top Trumps Ė I think it may have been last Christmas. ...

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    16 Oct 2020 7:53AM | Read

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  • Pushing it?

    I wrote about Bob Carlos Clarke a few weeks ago. Heíd have been 70 around now, and his Estate and The Little Black Gallery in London is marking the event with a new book, Studio. Itís a collection of Polaroids, notes and so on, and there are 132 page...

    15 Oct 2020 8:32AM | Read

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  • Mirrorless - and why theyíre (arguably) better

    In late 2013, I bought my first mirrorless camera: because it was new, I admit. It seemed to be something Sony were keen on, and I admit to being taken by the hype. In retrospect, Iím not sure that Sony really understood what they were doing with th...

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