Further Adventures in Film

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d bought myself a second-hand SLR 35mm film camera body that I could use with my current lenses. I had learned a lot through using this camera, it helped me to slow down and think about my shots. It also introduced me to the fun of developing film.

Well I was hunting around on eBay and I saw an auction for a Yashica 635 TLR camera. It looked so different to the sort of cameras that I normally use that I was more than intrigued. Continue reading

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Experiments with Film

Earlier in the year I wanted something that would be both a new photographic challenge and a learning opportunity. Of course, when I first started to take photographs it was on film, then digital cameras became affordable and that changed the way I made pictures. But I had a nagging feeling that modern cameras were just a little too … convenient, I could afford to be more hit-and-miss with my photographs when I could see the results almost immediately on the screen. Continue reading

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Cardiff Bay

I went to Cardiff Bay on Sunday and took the Canon M6 with me, it’s my go-to camera for traveling as it’s so light and unobtrusive.

There was some welcome dry autumnal weather this weekend. There’s been such a prolonged spell of wet and gloomy weather over the past few weeks it was just wonderful to see the sun again. Continue reading

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Bonfire Night

I’ve never actually done this before, but I wanted to try to take some photos of a fireworks display so I went to a Pembrokeshire Young Farmers event in a field adjacent to Llys y Frân reservoir on Tuesday night last week. Continue reading

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Point of Interest

I’ve been using DJI drones for a few months now and I must say I’m impressed with the sheer processing power that both they and their controllers possess.

The controller contains the aerials and wireless gadgetry to communicate with the aircraft and it also has a hardware link to a smartphone or tablet. I use an iPhone, and have installed the DJI app which enables me to control both the drone’s flight and its camera. Continue reading

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A Sunday Night In

I’ve said it before, I enjoy buying a bunch of flowers and spending a whole evening taking photos of them from a variety of angles.

It’s just fun to try different lighting set-ups, different backdrops and various types of post-processing chicanery.

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Devil’s Bridge

I had a trip up to Mid Wales this weekend and I went to visit Devil’s Bridge just outside of Aberystwyth. I had just one lens with me, a Lensbaby 56mm Velvet, and no tripod. Devil’s Bridge is a series of three bridges built over a deep gorge with fast moving water running through it in a series of pools and waterfalls. Continue reading

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Mavic Air

Yes, yes, I know, I spend too much money on gadgets. But I don’t regret it … not this time anyway! I have bought a small drone. I’ve been using one at work for a year now but I wanted to have one for myself so that I could practice aerial photography.

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St Fagan’s

I was lucky enough to be invited to a presentation at the National Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagan’s in Cardiff. There are so many interesting things to look at, but as I was waiting to meet work colleagues, I found that I was drawn to some of the abstract patterns in the entrance hall (just behind the main reception area).

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I’ve spent lots of money on different lighting setups and I don’t regret any part of the expenditure. One of my favourite things is to buy a cheap bunch of flowers, a bottle of red wine, put my music on and play with different lighting arrangements.

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