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Saturday, 22 August 2009


Just after some rain on a winter evening, the traffic lights are reflected in a puddle on the pavement, along with the wheel of a bicycle.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From a personal project about urban nocturnal photography, 2007-.

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  1. Very nice urban abstract texture shot! Interesting lightning.

  2. Thank you Henrik.

    It was shot on a winter's evening at about 6pm just after the rain had stopped. The lighting is street lights.

  3. I appreciate all your photos. My husband was a professional photographer for 30+ years before he passed away and prefered B+W shots. Excellent site.

  4. Thank you,

    Sorry to hear that your husband has passed away, I hope that he had a good life taking photographs and having you as his wife.

    Yes I must agree with you there, b + w does have a certain mood, intensity and feeling to it. Thanks for the kind comments, glad you like the site.

    Take care.

  5. I love how everything else in this shot is a little fuzzy. All but the reflection of the traffic light...

  6. Thanks Nikki.

    I do tend to focus on the reflection when I am taking photographs like. That way the reflection, be in on glass, metal or in water is then in focus and fairly sharp. Also when I do night-time photography I usually set an aperture of say F8.

    F16 or 22 would mean far longer shutter speeds and on a night in a city centre you do not want to draw attention to yourself (not when you have a pro tripod and camera gear with you.

  7. Now this is dramatic!!! I like the contrast between the pavement and the street light in the puddle...


  8. Thanks again. There is something different and kinda surreal about photographing at night. I really should do more of this type of photography but personal security is a major concern.

    Where ever possible I get someone else to accompany me on these shoots. I think the recent rain fall and the street lighting all add to the sense of drama in this image.

  9. I can understand that (re. last comment) but I really like these night shots so I'm really glad you can take them from time to time.

    Oddly, it's the shadow of the bike tyre I especially like in this one. It reminds me of all the wet, moonlit pavements I've walked down, reminds me that this kind of beauty is real.

  10. Thank you once again for your comments and input.

    Glad you like this particular image. But even though I would love to do more of this type of photography, personal security is a major issue when photographing in an urban area after dusk.

    But come autumn I will be out there again.




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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.


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