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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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  • Focus scales

    If youíve been taking pictures since before autofocus arrived, youíll be very familiar with focus scales Ė they are one of the primary controls on an old-school camera, and just one more of the things that you really needed to get right. With autof...0


    27 Dec 2022 7:01AM  |  Read


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  • 18Porcelain processing

    People commented on the look in my last post and it seems like a good idea to share the secrets for Christmas. I learned the technique several years ago: a modelís boyfriend told me about it, and a website that described it in detail: I tried it, l...1

    23 Dec 2022 10:47AM  |  Read


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  • You develop your own films donít you?

    If you have your own darkroom, or if you use film cameras regularly, there are always a few people who mention the attic. As in ĎGrandpaís cameras are in the attic. I donít even know if they have film in them!í This leads me to ask if I can have a l...0


    16 Aug 2022 11:17AM  |  Read


    Views : 328

  • Choose your pond

    Thereís an old saying about being a big fish and a little pond. Do you want to be the most important person in a small organisation, or are you content being a relatively small cog in a big machine? Itís the same in photography. With relatively mo...0


    3 Jun 2022 2:25PM  |  Read


    Views : 554

  • Graduated filters

    This is for Hannah, and anyone else who has come across the casual way that a lot of togs talk about one or two types of filter that landscaper photographers use a lot: graduated filters and neutral density filters. A graduated filter is one that i...0


    25 Apr 2022 12:18PM  |  Read


    Views : 440

  • Drive carefully - and port to port

    I remember the maritime rule from a Sixties TV series called Misleading Cases, adapted from stories by AP Herbert. The central character delighted in exploiting the quirks of British law. In the case in question, he explained that a flooded road had...0


    22 Apr 2022 8:21AM  |  Read


    Views : 418

  • More thoughts from the Guest Editor chair

    There are positive consequences of being Guest Editor, as well as a requirement to spend time online. Iíve adopted the approach that dark_lord mentioned in a response to my earlier blog, and I look at the images full size, not just the thumbnails. A...0


    13 Apr 2022 11:26AM  |  Read


    Views : 512

  • GEA - day 2

    Iíve decided how to deal with the idea that one shouldnít just give awards to oneís friends. Along with GE awards for pictures that I think meet the highest standards, Iím using my own user awards for pictures that are a bit more niche. I donít kn...0


    12 Apr 2022 6:10PM  |  Read


    Views : 347

  • GEA Ė first impressions

    Once or twice over the last couple of years friends here at Ephotozine have suggested I try a stint as Guest Editor. Iíve always balked at the idea, because I realized quite a long time ago that I never wanted to be absolutely in charge of anything...0


    11 Apr 2022 2:31PM  |  Read


    Views : 459

  • Droning on

    It occurred to me, looking at the comments on my recent drone post, that Iíve written an article about drones Ė but that the little device itself didnít figure (well Ė it was so much less interesting than what Steve does with one!) So Iím setting ...0


    3 Apr 2022 4:02PM  |  Read


    Views : 384

  • The Ethical Stripper

    This blog involves uncomfortable truths, harm reduction and the difference between lived experience and theoretical moralising. That's a trigger warning... Iíve been reading a book about the legalities of lapdancing clubs in the UK, The Ethical Str...0


    24 Mar 2022 11:03AM  |  Read


    Views : 415

  • THAT lens

    Those who share my upbringing, middle-class British, within living memory of two world wars will possibly also share my knowledge of Biggles books and Airfix models. The two were often linked! For those not in the know, James Charles Bigglesworth w...0


    20 Mar 2022 10:42AM  |  Read


    Views : 423

  • Iain T

    How do you write an obituary for someone you have never met, and who most of the people you are writing for will never have heard of? I know about Iain Thompson because so many models have spoken well of him: a genuinely nice chap, who had followed...0


    17 Mar 2022 8:14AM  |  Read


    Views : 855

  • Where the tune matters more than what you do with

    Iíve been listening to a Radio 4 Extra programme about Ďlight musicí Ė easy to listen to, and hard to define. Weíve all heard it, even those of us too young to remember the BBC Light Programme, its natural home. Many TV and radio programmes use it: ...0


    14 Mar 2022 8:43AM  |  Read


    Views : 417

  • And itís over to you

    Part of my modus operandi when I photographed models is that I send them small and unedited copies of all of the images, so that they can choose which ones I edit for them to post on their profiles. Sometimes, nothing comes back: sometimes the mode...0


    11 Mar 2022 9:50AM  |  Read


    Views : 382