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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

IN VIEW


Passengers stroll by on the concourse of Paragon Railway Station.

Paragon Railway Station, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Chasing Shadows Project, 1998.

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

GRASSES, DUNES & CLOUDS

A sepia toned image of sea grasses, sand dunes and clouds.

Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-1997.

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OWL AGAIN

A different image of a young wild Owl that had been injured in a road traffic accident. The duty Vet is checking him/her over has the effects of the sedation wears off.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, Animal Treatment Centre, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my For the Animals Project, 1989.

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

NOTICEBOARD

STILL GOING STRONG

From an article in the Have Your Say Letters section of Amateur Photographer magazine 27 March 2010.

A long time ago, a company made a couple of cameras, first the FM, then later the FM2. If anyone can recall, these cameras used strips of something called film that when used up, was sent away to any one of many willing processors. For a small fee it was returned with a set of 6x4 pictures.

I have one of each of these two cameras, both of which are still working, though one of them has lost its sync terminal cap. Unable to get a replacement locally. I wrote to the manufacturer, which sent me two caps free of charge. Considering the FM started life around 1977, and the FM2 around 1982, I did not expect to get parts so easily. This may explain why Nikon is well regarded today. I wonder if I bought one of today's digital marvels whether parts would still be available over such a time span?

JA Philpot, Norfolk

An edited version.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

FUN RIDE AT DUSK

I know (don't tell me). But it must be because the snowdrops and crocuses are now springing up everywhere. Hence one final colour image for sometime (promise). This is a small fun fair on the sea front. Fuji chrome colour slide film.

Bridlington, East Yorkshire, England, 1988.

From no specific project as such.

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Monday, 15 March 2010

NOTICEBOARD

TIME TO GIVE UP?

A situation recently arose whilst I was out with my 35mm film SLR. Having read some articles on street photography I decided to give it a go. In a busy outdoor shopping precinct I put the camera up to my eye to judge the light quality and the scene. It was not ideal so I changed position and tried again. Still not good enough, so I decided to go home. I spent less than 30 minutes in the precinct.

That evening, I received a visit from a police officer who interviewed me as to my movements during the day. Apparently, the police received a report from someone who alleged that I had been taking several photographs of children. In fact I had taken no photographs at all, and when I showed the officer my camera, complete with the brand new unexposed roll of film she went away happy.

It would appear that I had been followed to my car and someone had taken my vehicle registration number and contacted the police. Digital cameras attract more hostility than film, perhaps because of the former's convenience of use for illegal purposes. Unfortunately, though, all photographers seem to be tarred with the same brush and branded as perverts or terrorists.

I know it's usually OK to take pictures in a public place subject to certain restrictions, but with so many 'ponderables' and having to constantly look over your shoulder. I'm seriously considering giving it all up.

P. Carey, Hampshire.

A Letter in the 'Have Your Say' section of Amateur Photographer magazine of 20 March 2010. An edited version.

KIELDER SUNSET

Now this is the last colour image for some time (that I will upload onto here). It is a straight forward dusk shot taken on fuji colour slide film. The colours are all natural. It is of a jetty in the middle of Kielder Water.

Kielder Water, within Kielder Forest, Northumberland, England, 1983.

From no specific project as such.

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Thursday, 11 March 2010

BEACH HUTS

Heck we are pushing the boat out. Another example of my colour photography (just to illustrate that I don't always shoot in monochrome film). Beach huts just before sunset, on the Atlantic, and West Coast of Cornwall.

Newquay, Cornwall, England, 1988.

From no specific project as such (holiday snaps really).

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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

FEATHERS

Seagull feathers washed up or dropped upon the sand.

Filey, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2005-.

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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

SUN BOUNCE

A small fairground on the sea front is seen here through a plexi glass frame work. Complete with the high afternoon summer sun bouncing off it.

Bridlington, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2005-.

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Saturday, 6 March 2010

SQUARES

Looking down on the black and white chequered floor of this large room. Part of the Spa Complex.

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2005-.

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NOTICEBOARD

A CHANGE IS GOOD AS A REST

As you will have immediately noticed I have had a bit of a Spring Clean and changed the template and therefore layout.

Next month will see the 1st anniversary of this blog, so I thought it time for a bit of a make over. I would be interested to hear what people think about this change. Constructive comments are always welcome.

It is a bit like redecorating your home, you are never sure of which colour schemes will go together or complement each other. There might be a bit more tinkering about until I have got it right.

Friday, 5 March 2010

SAND HOLE SCULPTURE

This unique natural pattern I came across whilst out photographing at Redcar. I think it must have been a combination of moisture and wind that had shaped this 'sand sculpture'.

Redcar, Cleveland, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2005 -.

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ATLANTIC ROCKS

Here you are something slightly different, in the sense that's it is just a tiny example of my colour photography.

Newquay, Cornwall, England, 1988.

From no specific project as such (Holiday snaps?).

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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

SAND DUNE SHADOWS

The high autumnal sun creates and casts shadows on a section of sand dunes and marriam grasses.

Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-97.

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SLIDE SHOW

HELLO AND WELCOME

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.

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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