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dudler's Blog


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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  • Young (at heart)

    Photography is – at least as a hobby – all about capturing and remembering beauty and joy. It’s about exploring the world, seeking out new ideas and people and places. Therefore, it seems entirely logical to me that it should be a way in which one ...0


    16 Apr 2020 8:22AM  |  Read


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  • X-rays

    You know those annoying people who always have to go one better? You’ve just bought a secondhand 85mm f/1.4 lens, and they have found their ‘good old f/1.2 – no Bokeh like it. Don’t get that with a Sigma!’ Well, if you have a camera converted for s...0


    15 Apr 2020 7:49AM  |  Read


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  • Waterhouse

    Specifically, John Waterhouse of Halifax, who thought up the idea of having a slot in the side of a lens to insert plates to control the aperture of a lens in 1858, according to Wikipedia. Previously, it was necessary to unscrew the lens to insert ...0


    14 Apr 2020 8:51AM  |  Read


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  • Voyeurism

    As the poster for Sharon Stone’s film 'Sliver' put it, don’t you like to watch? A couple of years back, I bought a C-mount 35mm lens, made and marketed at under £20 for CCTV use. I discovered that using it on a full-frame camera, there is significa...0


    13 Apr 2020 7:44AM  |  Read


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  • Unitol

    It’s Silly Sunday, so here’s a bit of a throwback: I developed my first roll of film in a Paterson tank on Christmas day 1967 (I think it was) in Johnson’s Unitol. At the time, Johnson’s of Hendon were ubiquitous as suppliers of chemicals for the d...0


    12 Apr 2020 10:49AM  |  Read


    Views : 412

  • Telephoto

    It’s that lens thing again. We tend to think of telephoto lenses as just being photographic telescopes – they bring things closer. We usually forget that the lens itself is telescoped – that is, it is physically shorter than its focal length. If yo...0

    11 Apr 2020 9:02AM  |  Read


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  • Snowdon

    This photographic alphabet hasn’t included many photographers, so it’s probably time for another one: one of the elite who are known by a single name: Snowdon. You may have seen a dashing and possibly disreputable character in The Crown, but the glo...0

    10 Apr 2020 12:06PM  |  Read


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  • Rectilinear

    Not rectilinear, but spectacular: the Millennium Bridge on the River Tyne show tih a 16mm Minolta fisheye lens. And for the letter R, we’re back with the Ilford Manual of Photography and lenses, even though the book doesn’t actually define the word...0


    9 Apr 2020 10:17AM  |  Read


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  • Questionable practice

    So much of life is about establishing and maintaining certainty. It often makes things boring, and almost all of us are happy to settle for that, because the opposite is hard to live with: we want to know that there will be food tomorrow, and a plac...0


    8 Apr 2020 6:54AM  |  Read


    Views : 395

  • Planar

    It took a few minutes’ thought to decide on my photographic ‘P’ – but in the end, it was a no-brainer. P is for Planar. One of the great loves of my photographic life. The lead image is Alaria, photographed on Delta 3200 with my Planar 85mm f/1.4 on...0


    7 Apr 2020 10:05AM  |  Read


    Views : 370

  • Open aperture

    In the Critique Gallery, we often warn people about the problems with shooting with the lens wide open: focus is critical (and easily lost if you don’t shoot immediately, as you sway slightly), and the lens may well deliver the worst performance of ...0


    6 Apr 2020 8:33AM  |  Read


    Views : 351

  • Negative space

    I’ve tried hard to write this blog day by day. Sometimes, I know what each word I’ll be exploring, and sometimes not. So this morning I was scratching round for a photographic N. Negative space is an odd concept in composition… It’s about using wha...0


    5 Apr 2020 9:12AM  |  Read


    Views : 274

  • Movies

    When I started taking photographs as a hobby, it was entirely normal for everyone with a still camera to have a movie camera as well. Bolex C8 and Kodak M2 lens to lens My first ciné camera was a Kodak Brownie Standard 8 – clockwork, and with Wate...0


    4 Apr 2020 8:51AM  |  Read


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  • An “L” of a choice

    I hadn’t got a specific idea what my photographic “L” would be. I wondered about low-key, light meters (I’ve just rediscovered my 1969 Johnsons of Hendon Photographic Diary, with the built-in exposure calculator)… And then, I thought of a Location...0


    3 Apr 2020 9:03AM  |  Read


    Views : 282

  • Kiss

    An entrancing – but difficult – subject for a picture, and also an acronym to live by as a photographer: Keep It Simple, Stupid. When I bought my first SLR in 1970, even a really keen and competent amateur aspired to an outfit with three lenses, a t...0

    2 Apr 2020 5:29AM  |  Read


    Views : 310