November 21 / Photography

This is a used Philips PF1 flashbulb. It used contain magnesium wool – now it contains magnesium oxide splattered over the inside, and the glass has cracked with the heat of…

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November 16 / Photography

A few weeks ago I wrote about converting an old 116 format folding camera to accept 120 film, and using it to take (almost) 6×12 format panoramas. My modification with…

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November 8 / Photography

I display my collection of cameras in a glass cabinet, laid out roughly by type. Some time ago I added small signs with the camera’s make, model and date. Originally…

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October 18 / Photography

Last week I visited some friends to take some photos of their new baby. I was distracted by their friendly cat, Daisy. She’s extremely friendly and wanted attention, so of…

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September 24 / Photography

I collect film photography equipment and I also use it to take photographs and make prints. I’m also a massive nerd so there’s a database to help me record every…

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September 24 / Photography
September 13 / Photography

A few years ago, I visited Caen Hill locks near Devizes for the first time. The steep flight of locks is one of the iconic sights of Wiltshire, so when…

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August 18 / Photography

It seems an age ago now (June) that a group of us visited the Severn Valley Railway for Fraser’s stag do. It basically consisted of a group of overgrown man-boys…

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August 17 / Photography

Digital camera lenses are expensive, so it’s no wonder people are turning to much cheaper second-hand manual focus lenses. However these older, mechanical lenses behave quite differently from the electronic ones…

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August 13 / Photography

Last night I went up Troopers Hill to watch and take pictures of the Perseid meteors. Unfortunately after 30 minutes I’d only seen one meteor and needless to say, that’s…

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