Fujifilm are running a portrait competition. The prize is a ptofessional session and it closes on the 12th of june. enter here

I may enter some of my low fi tat.


Halloween is an ancient festival currently celebrated by wearing Joker masks.

Canon EOS 5, Ilford HP5+

The Hits

I was looking at some of the search engine terms produce hits on this blog and I came across three standout categories that seem to bring traffic my way.


This one makes a lot of sense.

The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

Not sure why this one pops up so often.  It is an iconic piece of architecture and it’s coming up to its centenary, I think.  Perhaps ex pat Smoggies spend a lot of time on the web looking for pictures of ‘The Tranny.’

Climax Wind Pump

Don’t get this one.  I can only guess that people with a need for low-carbon power generation like to see pictures of this in monochrome.  To that end, I repost the Climax Wind Pump at dusk.

So in theory, I need to persuade some one in a bikini on the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge to climax with a wind pump and I will have one of the most popular photographs in history.

Ten Other Search Terms That Landed Here:

  1. over designed structure
  2. 0.00039
  3. nose art on vulcan
  4. lute reenactor
  5. medieval babe
  6. royalty free tardis
  7. small girl with beautyful dark brown eyes
  8. bath house jew
  9. toy cars crash in water
  10. cone of circular cross section opening downward and with its vertex at

Coffin Dodgers

Facing the sun.

Long Hair

Nothing wrong with men having long hair, but you have to know when to stop.

Jesus had long hair, but he didn’t have a hair drier.



I’m not incredibly happy about the crop on this image, mainly because I clipped her head a little bit.  There was a lot of movement at the scene so I had to set the shot up quickly.  The image appears to give her a detached air but she was very involved with talking to people about the birds.  It’s the freeze frame that creates this effect.

I am pleased with this picture of a falcon because I managed to keep its eye in focus while the wings were moving.  Apparently, these birds can spot the ultra violet glow of a trail of mouse urine from the air and then use it to hunt the rodent down.


When I took this picture, I had a split second to get the image before she moved.  But I was thinking that it would make a great portrait because although half the face is covered by the bars of the cot, it emphasizes the eyes and makes them even more prominent than usual.


Kate Day of the Telegraph said, “I really liked the composition of this image, which seems to emphasize the vulnerability of the little girl and draws your focus to those big brown eyes. It is also an interesting example of how putting something between you and the subject can actually make you feel closer to the person in the picture.”



Too much colour stuff but I only had colour stuff on me that day.  No Ilford, just Fujicolour.

This lot are called The Stillwells.  They played an interesting acoustic guitar rock with a female vocalist who adds some smutty lyrics. Worth a listen although the band is no more.  They are another worthy entry in the annals of bands who have a go but don’t quite make it.  Glad to have caught them.


Chinese Dancer

Unusually for me, a colour picture.

A dancer taken at last year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.  The cloth is a stark contrast to the rest of the costume which is quite ornate and the striking make up.

This year it’s the Year of the Tiger starting on 14th February and festivities can go on for up to fifteen days in some parts of the world.

Medieval People

This medieval reenactment enthusiast is walking around the grounds of a castle playing a period instrument.  I’m not sure what it is but it might be simply called the Medieval Bagpipes – I should have been paying more attention.

This medieval babe is playing a lute.  This gentleman is also dressed in period costumer.  He appears to be taking a sly glance at his peers, perhaps thinking up some intrigue at court?