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If you want to use any of my photographs displayed upon this blog, for inclusion in an essay, presentation, talk, or for posting on your blog or web site. Or for use in any other way or means. Then it would be very much appreciated if you could contact me first (as a matter of courtesy and decency) to seek my permission to use any of my photographs. Failure to do so is breach of my copyright and rights.




Monday, 31 January 2011

NOTICEBOARD

FACEBOOK USERS 'BREACH COPYRIGHT'


Facebook user's breach copyright and deprive professional photographers of revenue they are entitled to - by posting images plucked from the internet without permission, warn legal experts. Professional photography is 'creeping onto social network sites more and more with a growing number of people using professional shots as their profile picture, in shared wedding albums or even submitted as competition entries', claims In Focus, a photography insurance provider that works with photographers across the UK. Keith Arrowsmith, intellectual property and media partner at law firm Ralli, said 'I have been involved in cases where consumers have been faced with demands for hundreds of pounds of licence fees after unwittingly using unauthorised photos online. There is a certain amount of naivety regarding what can and can't be used without permission. The facts speak for themselves, however, and people get into trouble for using images they have found online without seeking prior permission'.  Steve Hewlett, a director of In Focus, added: 'People mustn't presume they can do what they like with professional images; permission must be sought. You can't just take a photographer's work off their website or online proofing albums - it lowers the value of their work. Photographers are entitled to ask facebook users to remove their images and take legal action if they refuse'.

From an article in the 4th February 2011 edition of Amateur Photographer magazine.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

SEA SHORE FENCE

In this sepia toned image, a wooden-picket style fence and a more robustly constructed fence enclose the sand dunes and marriam grasses near the beach.

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve, Nr Skegness, Lincolnshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-97.

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

JILL-ANNE

A weather worn fishing boat on the shingle beach at this Eastern Coastal location.

Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2003-.

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Monday, 17 January 2011

NOTICEBOARD

STRANGE EXPOSURE?


A photographer in the USA caught taking pictures of himself in a cemetery, without any clothes, was trying to photograph spirits. Robert T. Hurst 47, was recorded by security cameras set up to catch vandals at a cemetery in south Mississippi.

He said he was in the cemetery conducting his year-long hobby, orb photography, which involves capturing circles of light at night, some of which appear to be faces. Hurst claimed he was naked because the skin can be the best canvas for such photography. The photographer faced a charge of indecent exposure.

From an article in the 21 January 2011 edition of Amateur Photographer magazine.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

WREATH LAYING

British World War II Veterans prepare to lay wreaths in an act of remembrance, whilst today's generation of young Royal Air Force and Army Cadets stand guard around the memorial.

Eden Camp, Malton, North Yorkshire, England.

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

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Thursday, 13 January 2011

THE COXSWAIN

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute's Humber Lifeboat. Wheelhouse and tower.

Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, South Humberside, England.

From my In the Wake of the Bow Project, 1994-95.

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Saturday, 8 January 2011

SPITFIRE WHEEL

A still life studio study, which consists of a rear wheel from a WWII British Spitfire. A soldier's pay book. Completing the scene are some white lilies.  This was produced for a project I was doing for my Higher National Diploma Design Photography course (my final assignment actually).

It is to do with the act of remembrance and the symbolism and association of certain species of flower. I constructed a sandpit (which represents the sands of various beaches, where allied landings took place). Members of the local and regional public had responded to a media request to loan me items from this period (to photograph and return).

Hull Community Artworks, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Remembrance Series Project, 2000-2001.

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Thursday, 6 January 2011

FRENCH SALUTE

Appropriate really, considering my last post (pardon the pun). A French Navy Sailor salutes the playing of the last post.

The British Military Cemetery, Bayeux, Normandy, France.

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

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Monday, 3 January 2011

PHIL FISHER




I heard the sad news this morning that Phil Fisher had passed away aged 94 years old. I knew Phil from my time photographing D-Day and Normandy Veterans from the Hull & District Branch of The Normandy Veterans Association for my documentary project (1998-2002).  Phil was a tall, quiet and modest man, in short a gentleman. He and his late wife Ena lived in a Bungalow opposite my eldest niece. Ena used to give football magazines to my nieces young sons. I visited Phil and Ena a number of times, Ena was always quick to put the kettle on, whilst Phil sat in an arm chair smoking his pipe.

Phil and Ena married in 1937, they had 5 children, 16 grand children and 13 grand children. Phil served in the Coldstream Guards during WWII. He was in a Reconnaissance Platoon (and often found himself behind enemy lines). He also did sentry duty outside Buckingham Palace (he remembered it getting bombed once whilst he was on duty). He was a very tall man who for many years acted has the Standard Bearer for the Hull Branch.

Sadly Phil and many others like him from this 'Special Breed' are now fast fading away. It was my pleasure and honour to have known him. Rest in Peace Phil.

A Special Tribute to a British WWII Veteran, and a Gentleman.

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Saturday, 1 January 2011

STEPS AND TOWERS

A dusk shot of the two domed structures that are located either side of the entrance to the Pier and Theatre.

Cromer, Norfolk, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2003-.

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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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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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