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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

PADLOCK AND KEY HOLE

A sepia toned photograph of a section of a locked old Warehouse door.  The sepia toning has increased the tonal depth of the print.

Old Warehouse (now demolished), on the West Bank of the River Hull, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From a City & Guilds 9231 module - Photographing Buildings, 1989.

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

SHADOWS IMAGE III

And another one from the shadows range.  This time, metal railings near a bridge.

Kingston-upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, 2009.

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Saturday, 24 April 2010

CRAZY DIAMOND

This is actually a drawing that I did many years ago.  I then purchased a plastic skull mask, fitted a small flashgun with a slave cell attached, used masking tape to position this behind the skull mask on the drawing. Used a larger flashgun, fitted off-camera to take a series of photos (this flashgun then set off the slave cell in the flashgun positioned behind the mask).

The featured monochrome image was then used for a City and Guilds 'Constructed Images' module which depicted the music of 'Pink Floyd'.

Colchester, Essex and Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

For a City and Guilds 9231 Constructed Images module, 1984 and 1993.

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Friday, 23 April 2010

SNOW IMAGE III

Another snow scene from along the river bank of the Ancholme.

River Ancholme, South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire, England.

From no specific project, 2010.

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RIVA-BELLA

White painted Beach Huts on a sandy beach.  This scene would have looked entirely different on the morning of 6 June 1944. This beach near Ouistreham was one of the landing zones for British troops on D-Day.  Codenamed 'Sword'.

Riva-Bella, Ouistreham, Normandy, France.

From my 'The Normandy Veterans - Lest We Forget' Project, 1998-2002.

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Friday, 16 April 2010

ROOTS AND ARMS

Strange title?  Perhaps, but I have always thought of trees as living things.  There is plenty of mystery, legend and folklore associated with trees to suggest this.  Roots and fallen branches on the woodland floor are depicted in this photograph.

Near High Force Waterfall, Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2003-.

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Thursday, 15 April 2010

SHADOWS IMAGE II

Another image from the Shadows series of images.  This time it is the footbridge that runs alongside the River Hull and up to, and then over the footbridge to the Deep.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

2009, from no specific project as such.

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SNOW IMAGE II

Another photographic image from the frozen south bank of the Humber.  To be more precise the banks of the River Ancholme.

South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire, England.

2010, from no specific project as such.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

SHADOWS IMAGE I

A mild autumnal day, with the early morning sun shining. Plenty of dark shadows and bounced reflections created by the sun.  You can just make out the very top of the Tidal Barrier on the River Hull nearby.

The High Street Area, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

2009 (from no specific project as such).

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SNOW IMAGE I

I think the day that I took this particular image must have been one of the coldest days ever that I have ventured outside with my camera gear.  My fingers were freezing.  It was minus 4 degrees C. This is alongside the River Ancholme, most of which was frozen over.

South Ferriby, North Lincolnshire, England.

2010 (from no specific project as such).  Just photographing the landscape covered in this blanket of snow.

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Monday, 12 April 2010

NOTICEBOARD

CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON


Having just seen Tim Burton's recent cinematic epic 'Alice in Wonderland'.  It got me thinking about the writer and author of 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Through the Looking Glass', and 'The Hunting of the Snark'.  Known to everyone has Lewis Carroll. The pen name/writing name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.  Dodgson was actually an accomplished Photographer.  Taking many portraits of Alice Hargreaves in the period 1856-59 (the inspiration for Alice,  in Alice in Wonderland).

Dodgson was born in 1832.  The first edition of 'Alice in Wonderland' was published in 1865.  'Through the Looking Glass' was published in 1871. 'The Hunting of the Snark' was published in 1876.

There was some controversy surrounding Dodgson's photography, eventually he gave this up and concentrated upon his writing.  He died in 1898.  The grave of Alice Hargreaves is located in the grounds of St.Michael and All Angels Church in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, Hampshire, England.

Some quotes from Lewis Carroll:  'No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise'.  'But I don't want to go among mad people; said Alice. 'Oh, you can't help that, said the cat. 'We're all mad here'.


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Sunday, 11 April 2010

LIFE BELT

This rather isolated Life belt is just off a path leading down to the beach, close to a residential area.

Alnmouth, Northumberland, England.

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

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Friday, 9 April 2010

SAGGING FENCE

This sepia toned image is of a wooden picket style fence that acts as a barrier between the sand dunes/marriam grass and the beach.

Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-1997.

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RAINY DAY AT SCARBOROUGH

A wet and dismal day at this popular East Coast resort and town.

Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England.

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

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STORM CLOUDS

Storm clouds gather has the sun manages to shine through the clouds on the North Sea side of this remote sand and shingle Peninsular that reaches out from the Holderness countryside.

Spurn Point, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Coming at me in Waves Project, 1993 - 1994.

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Monday, 5 April 2010

THE POINT

Another sepia toned monochrome image from the Lincolnshire Coast.  I particularly like the way in which the toning has brought out the contrast in the grass against the water.

Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-1997.

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TWIN POLES

A sepia toned image of a section of wooden fence.

Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-1997.

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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).

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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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