Monday, 26 February 2018

Always on the lookout

I'm always on the lookout for new things to try or to get involved with photographically.

Last year; I saw an event called Photo24 but when I saw it, the date for registration had already passed. Yes; I could probably do it own my own but it's always better to do it with like minded people.

Photo24 has just announced the dates for this year, 29/30 June, with registration opening on the 12 March. The event is usually over subscribed and there is a ballot for entry.

While it is a 24 hour event, you don't have to do the whole 24 hours but being London there should be plenty of things to do in the wee hours especially riding the night tube.

Hopefully I can secure a place in the ballot.

On the lookout

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Leegate. Welcome to Britain's worst shopping district

In 2010 Leegate was dubbed the worst shopping precinct in the U.K.

 In the intervening eight years, not much has changed.

 In 2016 the site was given a green light for re-development, with ASDA on board to build a supermarket and 229 new homes, a community centre, pub and a gym.

 Last Summer it was announced that the development agreement with ASDA had expired and ASDA, and they had taken the opportunity to withdraw from the scheme.

The owners of Leegate, St. Modwen did come up with alternative plans but it now seems that all plans have been put on hold until March 2019 as, the representative of St. Modwen has said that 'anything could happen'  and we all know what is happening in March 2019.

It looks like Leegate can hold on to it unwanted title for a bit longer.

This is my project shot over a few weekends in Leegate.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Olympus mju zoom

Olympus mju zoom 105

My collection of film cameras has grow again, this time with an Olympus mju zoom 105.  This one was 'found' in the back of a cupboard indoors.

The camera came out in 1995, which is probably when we bought it, and it did get a lot of use until we bought our first digital camera.

Its DX coded from 50-3200 which means I can easily shoot with a nice fast film and shutter speeds range from up to 1/500.

When I found it, it already had a roll of film in it and the counter showed 2 plus I could see that it was 24  exp 200 iso but apart from that I knew nothing else about the film.

I took the camera out yesterday to look toi finish up the roll and see about getting it developed, although the counter showed 2 is was totally wrong as I only managed 5 or 6 shots before it started to rewind.

To my surprise when opening the camera I found the the film inside was a roll of Colorama. As far as I remember, this was given as a free roll every time you had a film developed at the chemist.

So I have no idea how long that film has been in the camera and apart from the 5-6 shots I took yesterday, what else is on the roll.  Only time will tell if the film is any good or not.

As for the camera itself, all looks to be working fine and give my another oprion for shooting film.

Talking of film; I also picked up 3 rolls of Lomography 400 colour negative film for the next One Film outing in March.


Sunday, 28 January 2018

One Film

Beer Porn

Yesterday I joined up with the One Film Facebook group.  The premise of one film is, to go out and shoot one roll of film on a given subject (yesterday's was Dusk) get the film developed at a 1 hour processing lab then pick your best three images to be judged with all the other participants. 

Yesterday started at 3pm at Charing Cross and was to end at 6pm and meet at Brewdog Soho for the judging.

There were roughly 20 people on this meet but unlike a photowalk, everybody goes their separate ways, some when to the Southbank, one even make their way out to Canary Wharf.

I decided to stay in the centre and went around the usual spots, Soho, Chinatown and the West End.

As this was a last minute decision for me to go, I didn't have a great deal of choice of that film I would use, so it was a 24 exposure ISO 200, poundland film.  As it would be dark for most of the shoot I took my Olympus XA3 mainly because this is the only camera I had that has a flash, not that it helps as I was reluctant to use it (I'm not a lover of flash).  The XA3 is full automatic so this meant a lot of slow shutter speeds as the light dropped and a lot of blurry images.

Horizontals and Verticals 

I ♥ London

Dinner for two

The real fun and social aspect comes once everybody meets up again in the Pub. It's the usual chat about where everybody has been and what they think they may have captured, its a nervous hour waiting to see what is going to come back from the lab.

Once all the films are in, everybody chooses their best three (mine are the three above) and David the organiser collects them and numbers each in a random order then lays them out for the judging to being.  The judging is via an app on the Facebook group and everybody gets to choose their favourite three, the one with the highest percentage of votes is the winner.

60+ images ready for judging. Red glow from the Beer Porn sign.

This was enjoyable event and definitely something I will attend again, though next time I will make sure I'm better prepared. 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

British Life Photography Awards 2017

Last night I attend the British Life Photography Awards, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  It was the preview evening of the exhibition that runs for the month of January, then goes on tour around the Country.

My Love is...never having to put down your phone was commended in the Street Life category and also appears in the accompanying book.


All the winners and their images can be seen on the BLPA website.

The dates and times for the Royal Albert Hall are a bit strange but I guess this is to fit in with major events happening in the hall.

The exhibition will be on display in the Royal Albert Hall’s Amphi Corridor, and can be viewed when attending a performance here between Friday 5 January and Monday 5 February, or on the following free open days:
Friday 5 January 2018: 9am – 5pm
Saturday 6 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 7 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Saturday 13 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 14 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Saturday 20 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 21 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Saturday 27 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 28 January 2018: 10am – 1pm
Monday 5 February 2018: 9am – 5pm

(These times could be subject to change so please check first with the Royal Albert Hall website).

The exhibition will be on tour at these venues

  • Redbrick Building, Glastonbury, Somerset. 12th February to 25th March 2018
  • Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar,Yorkshire. Early April to early June. 2018. (Dates to be confirmed)
  • The Auction Centre, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. 28th July to 9th September. 2018
  • Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. 13th October to 17th November. 2018

Oh yeah, my image :-)

Love is...never having to put down your phone