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Sunday, 28 June 2009

SUN DROPLETS

In this sepia and selenium toned image, the late afternoon winter sun casts it's glow onto the sand and water of this small creek that runs into the North Sea. Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire, England.

From The Next Wave Project, 1996-98.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2009

OBER WATER

Reflections from trees situated on the banks of this small river are seen in the water. Ober Water, The New Forest, Hampshire, England.

From the Tree Stories Project, 2003-.

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RUST SCARS

A section of old metal fencing over a drain shows welding and rust scars detail in this sepia toned print. Barmston Drain, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From the Barriers Project, 1997-98.

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Saturday, 20 June 2009

COMING ROUND

An injured wild owl recovering from treatment given by the duty vet, grips his finger with one of it's talons. The People's Dispensary for Sick Animal's (PDSA) Treatment Centre, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From the For the Animal's Project, 1989.

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NOTICEBOARD

Photo Shocker.

A family portrait ended up on a supermarket advertising poster thousands of miles away after it appeared in an internet blog. The Smith family from the United States said that no permission was sought from either them or the photographer over the use of the image, which was spotted on a poster by a friend in Prague, Czech Republic. The store owner promised to remove the advert.

From the Snap Shot column in Amateur Photographer magazine 20 June 2009.

Friday, 19 June 2009

PHOTO STORIES No.5

Quotations about photography:

"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera". Lewis Hine.

"The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance". Ansel Adams.

"It's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don't even amount to a couple of hours". James Lalropui Keivom.

"The world just does not fit conveniently into the format of a 35mm camera". W. Eugene Smith.

"A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into". Ansel Adams.

"Photography deals exquisitely with appearences, but nothing is what it appears to be". Duane Michals.

From the Quote Garden web site @ http://www.quotegarden.com

Sunday, 14 June 2009

WAITING FOR THE TRAIN

An elderly lady waits for the 10.40am to Sheffield in the Station's Waiting Room. Paragon Railway Station, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From the Chasing Shadows Project, 1998.

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WINDY DAY AT REDCAR

Two black plastic bags blow in the wind on a windy day on the coast. Redcar, Cleveland, England.

From the Traces along the Edge Project, 2003-.

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Saturday, 13 June 2009

WATER-JET CLEANER

The RNLI Humber Lifeboat has it's hull cleaned whilst in dry dock. By a worker using a high pressure water-jet cleaner to remove barnacles and other debris. Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England.

From the In the Wake of the Bow Project, 1995-96.

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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

PATTERNS UNDER THE PIER

In this sepia and selenium toned print you can see the patterns created by the tide in the sand underneath this Pier. Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England.

From The Next Wave Project, 1996-98.

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Saturday, 6 June 2009

GETTING READY

It is very apt and appropriate that I have uploaded this particular image to-day of all days. It is of British D-Day and Normandy Veterans getting ready to participate in a service of remembrance, you also have sailors from the modern Royal Navy in this photo as well. Bayeux, Normandy, France.

From The Normandy Veterans - (Lest We Forget) Project, 1998-2002.

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Friday, 5 June 2009

LEST WE FORGET - 6th June 1944.


The Cenotaph, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.


Arromanches, Normandy, France.


The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London, England.


Paddington, London, England.


St.Aubin-sur-mer, Normandy, France.


Kensington Gardens, London, England.


"THE NORMANDY VETERANS - (Lest We Forget)"

A collection of images from The Normandy Veterans - (Lest We Forget) Project which I did circa 1998-2002. Which is very fitting considering it is the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings tomorrow - Saturday 6th June 2009.

Over the course of four years whilst taking photographs of surviving British D-Day and Normandy Veterans from the Hull & District Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association I came to know many individuals very well. Sadly due to the ravages of time a lot of these old warriors are no longer with us. So I will take this opportunity to say thank you to a select few from this band of brothers who are no longer with us (these are just a few of the many individual's who I came to know very well).

If they were still with us, I have no doubt at all that they would be in Normandy to pay their respects to many of their former young fallen friends and comrades who landed from the air and sea onto Normandy soil on the evening of 5th June and the morning of 6th June 1944 (the Longest Day).

ROLL OF HONOUR

Maxwell Vernon Hearst - East Yorkshire Regiment.
Tom Lyons - Royal Army Medical Corps.
Bob Thompson - Royal Military Police.

Len Pounder - Pioneer Corps.
Ben Bainbridge - RAF Regiment.
Alf Mellor - Royal Navy.
John Smith - Merchant Navy.


I should point out that I fully realise that Operation Overlord did not just involve British forces (even though Hollywood does tend to change history). Our allies included Canada, America, Poland and many other countries. Over 150,000 soldiers landed on five designated beaches on the morning of 6th June 1944, in what was and still is the largest military operation of it's kind.

Another 20,000 landed from the sky in gliders or by parachute. At the end of this day some 10,000 Allied servicemen were either dead, wounded or listed as missing (over 2,000 of those were casualties on Omaha beach alone). German forces suffered over 35,000 casualties that day. The battle for Normandy took another ten weeks and cost some 500,000 casualties on all sides. In May 1945 the war in Europe was finally over.

Trevor David Betts BA (Hons.)

Former 24296655 Cpl, 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, British Army (1979-1988).
7th (V) Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment TAVR (1972 -1979).

5th June 2009.

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Thursday, 4 June 2009

WALKING INTO THE SUNSET

Two British D-Day and Normandy Veterans take an early evening stroll, whilst in the capital to attend a service of remembrance at Westminster Abbey. Kensington Gardens, London, England.

From The Normandy Veterans - (Lest We Forget) Project, 1998-2002.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2009

JUNO BEACH

The late afternoon sun falls onto a section of beach creating shadows of a nearby beach hut onto the sand and a part of the sea wall. This beach was codenamed "Juno" and it was the assault landing area for Canadian troops on the morning of 6th June 1944. Coursellues-sur-mer, Normandy, France.

From The Normandy Veterans - (Lest We Forget) Project, 1998-2002.

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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.

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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.

DON'T FORGET

"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.
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