Train Station of the 40’s

The photographers stand on one platform while the entertainment gathers on the other.  These airmen posed like troopers for the crowd of photographers.  They must have read those newspapers a thousand times.  Also, it was nice to see reenactors who looked the right age for their part.  A lot of these guys look a little bit Dad’s Army to me.

The one on the right reminds me of Doctor Who, but then again he is a time traveller so it sort of works. 

Good advice.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

My effort for this week is a pinhole photograph.  Last Sunday it was World Pinhole Photography Day and this is what I took.

I used my Canon EOS1 but without a normal lens and with a pinhole mount instead.  So there”s no real way of focusing and no aperture to control.  You place the camera and open the shutter and wait for about a minute.  It’s really guess work and its best to take lots of shots at different exposure times to experiment and give you the best chance of getting a good picture.  I’ve increased the brightness of this shot in Photoshop to try and emphasis the dreamlike quality that it almost has.

Beach Huts Under The Moon

The winter beach can be a great place for photography.  The cold sky can be clear and still and the sun is low in the mid afternoon so you get a highlighting effect from it. You can also often see the moon out early as well.  I was tempted to enlarge the moon in the photo above to add to the effect but it just didn’t look very good.  The grain increased noticeably compared to the rest of the picture.  I don’t like to do too much Photoshop because I think you should take the picture properly the first time and because I don’t know much about Photoshop.

Canon EOS1, Ilford HP5+ 400.

The View From The Bridge

Canon EOS1, Ilford HP5+, 400, long exposure



Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

My contribution to this week’s challenge is a quarterback together with his coach.  Fitting with the NFL draft going on this weekend.

Canon EOS 5, Fujicolour

World Pinhole Photography Day on Sunday

On Sunday, it’s World Pinhole Photography Day.  The WPPD website will be open for entries and if you have a pinhole you might like to take a picture on Sunday and scan / upload to their gallery.  The gallery remains open for entries but I’m not sure how long.  I’m planning to do something using my pinhole mount.

I can attach it to any of my Canons and then just take images using the camera almost as normal.  As you might imagine, the aperture control won’t work but you can take pictures using the bulb setting or better still a cable release and on 35mm film.  The advantage is that I don’t have to learn to use a new camera which I’m too lazy to do.


A two thousand year old stone carving.

EOS5 Fujicolor with some burning in on the stripes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

A sunset through the trees.  If you want to see another recent shot of the sun I took, scroll down or click here.

My contribution to

Canon EOS1, Ilford HP5+, 400


This is an example of bokeh – this is defined as the aesthetic quality of the out of focus regions of the picture and come from the Japanese word for blur.  Enthusiasts believe there is good bokeh and bad bokeh, and also they judge a lens by its performance when out of focus.

I’m not a connoisseur so I don’t know how good my bokeh is on this occasion, but I have sympathy with the idea that focus can be overrated.  Here’s the in focus version with the bokeh version layered over the top.

Canon EOS1 Ilford HP5+ 400