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Saturday, 12 May 2018


The Antarctic legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

I was unaware that this splendid exhibition was on until a friend mentioned it to me. It is closes on 3 June 2018 so get down to the Hull Maritime Museum (also known has the Town Dock's Museum), Queen Victoria Square, Hull, East Yorkshire. Admission is free. Australian born Photographer Frank Hurley was the expedition Photographer, and his photography in a very cold climate is exceptional using a number of different camera's (but mainly a large format plate glass camera).

The fact that he took and developed all his own work in a cold room on the 'Endurance' makes his photography the more remarkable, along with the text and the fact that 6 of the crew have local connections make this exhibition a must see for anyone who is a Photographer and/or who loves photography.

The story of this expedition has rightly gone down in folklore and history. Frank Hurley's photography contributes massively to this story.

After the expedition Hurley photographed Australian troops on the Western Front.

The following links can be visited to view the full exhibition and learn about the expedition and the Royal Geographical Society:

Exhibition supported by:

United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust
British Antarctic Territory
Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Rolex UK Ltd
Walter Scott and Partners Ltd
Heritage Lottery Fund

Copyright of above article belongs  to: The Royal Geographical Society and Hull City Culture and Leisure Department

Trevor David Betts BA (Hons) 12/05/18.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017


My sincere sympathy to all the victims, their families, friends and colleagues in the Las Vegas mass shooting.

I spent 6 weeks in America with the British Army back in 1985, we were based at Fort Lewis in Washington State. I was looked after by members of the Chino Police department (brilliant individuals).  I had gone to visit my relative who lived in Chino at that time. He now lives in San Bernadino.

There are areas, neighbour hoods (Chino and Riverside spring to mind) that I know of mentioned in the long list of deceased and injured.

At times like these words seem so weak. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Trevor David Betts.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

UP DATE I am still on this mortal coil, just not posted anything for a while. I hope to be back in action and posting plenty more new posts soon.

Kind Regards

Trevor David Betts BA Hons.

Friday, 23 December 2016

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my blog followers a Very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017.
As such I have not been all that active this past year on my blog, I hope to improve on this next year. I need to get into the darkroom and develop around 30 rolls of film that have been in my fridge for nearly two years now, then get some prints done and posted on here.

Kind Regards

Trevor David Betts BA (Hons)

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Back in 1979-80 I was based in Berlin with the British Army at Montgomery Barracks (Kasserne) in Kladow. Berlin is a beautiful City, perhaps the best city in the world (if not then certainly one of the greatest) I know this area around the Blau Kirche.
My thoughts and prayers this morning go out to those killed, injured and their families and friends.



To my Photo Blog,

All my monochrome photography is darkroom produced. This portfolio consists of photographs from several of my projects, assignments, personal and course related work. Some of these monochrome photographic prints are then selectively toned.

Take a look at the slide show, or the popular posts. Click onto some of the many excellent blogs that I have listed in my blog roll. I welcome constructive feedback (post a comment).

Click onto the links in some of my posts which will then take you to the relevant website link where you will be able to find out more about that location, charity or organisation etc featured in the post and which is relevant to that specific image.

Also please click onto my links. Join my blog and my Google + followers. If you would like to know more about any particular photograph or project then please send me an email. My email address is at the foot of this page.

Also from time to time I will post videos that are of interest to me, mainly from my military background.

Yours sincerely

Trevor David Betts BA (Hons)




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All the photographs featured on this blog spot were taken on Canon analog 35mm SLR cameras which included: Canon A1, Canon AE1 (non-programme) and Canon T90. The Canon A1 was rendered useless after prolonged exposure to salt spray residue, and the AE1 suffered a malfunction, and one of my T90s just packed up on me during a photographic shoot.

Most of my camera equipment was initially purchased brand new, then as the years have past I have purchased second-hand equipment. But the vast majority of equipment I currently possess is well over twenty years old.

Canon FD lenses used were: 28, and 35mm wide angle, 50mm standard, 35-105mm short telephoto zoom and a 70-210mm large telephoto zoom lenses. Also used was a loaned Mamiya 645 with 50 and 80mm lenses. My favourite combination is a T90 fitted with the 35-105mm lens with an Hoya orange filter. I use Hoya orange, red, neutral density, and skylight filters. Hoya and Canon lens hoods. A Canon remote cable. I have used a great Metz 45 CT-4 flashgun for many years. I used this for the bounced and fill-in flash for some of the documentary and portraiture work.

Studio flash used was Courtenay brolly flash (just two heads fitted with soft boxes) at Hull Community Artworks studio (sadly this excellent local arts facility closed in 2001). Billingham and Tamrac camera bags (the Billingham is a old model that I have had for years - wonderful bags). The Tamrac one is a medium sized back pack type bag. Slik Black Diamond 88, and 500 DX Pro tripods. A Cullmann touring set (which consists of a light tripod, ball and swivel head, all-purpose clamp, suction cap, and a ground spike). I presently have three Canon T90 and one A1 SLR cameras.

Film used was mainly 35mm (with some 120mm). Ilford Delta monochrome negative print film, 100 asa (a few rolls of 400 asa as well). Ilford HP5 and FP4 (400 and 125 asa respectively). Fuji Neopan 400 asa. Various Fuji colour film. Photographic chemicals: Ilford ID-11 and Microphen film developers. Agfa Rodinal fine grain film developer, and Ilford Hypam fixer.

Photographic paper: Ilford Multigrade IV VC paper, Fibre based VC paper including warm and cool tone. Kentmere Velvet Stipple and Art Document papers. Kodak selenium toner. Barclay and Fotospeed sepia toners, and Colorvir blue toner. Durst M60 and Meopta 5 enlargers fitted with 50 and 80mm Schneider lenses. Kenro negative sheets and Jessops negative folders.

Most of my photography involves the use of the camera being securely mounted onto the tripod, with the shutter set to the 10 second delay. I bracket my exposures (relying on the excellent Canon in-camera meter). My aperture settings are usually between F5.6 and F22. In the vast majority of cases the very first exposure I take is usually the correctly exposed one.

Finished photographic prints (spotted if needed). At the 10 x 8 inch size are then scanned on an Epsom 1660 photo perfection scanner using Adope Photoshop CS2 at the 5.5 x 3.5 inch image or canvas size, 150 dpi and at the 750 x 550 pixels size, and saved as for the web. The only thing that is manipulated is the brightness balance and contrast levels.


"It is the soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair protest.

It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

From: "Fighting for Queen and Country,
by Nigel 'Spud' Ely. Blake Publishing London, 2007.