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Monday, 30 January 2012

MULTIPLE EXPOSURE


Another monochrome multiple exposure (again produced in the camera) this one features a section of a canal (drain). And a gas storage silo.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment for a City & Guilds 9231 Certificate in Photography for the Constructed Image module, that I did at Hull Community Artworks, 1993.

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Saturday, 28 January 2012

BARRIERS No.3


A depressing site for sore eyes. An underpass under a major urban road, complete with vandals artwork. All the photographs from this series were taken on a loaned Mamiya 645 camera, fitted with a standard 50mm lens.

Mount Pleasant, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Barriers Project, 1997-1998.

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

MANY EXPOSURE'S


A different multiple exposure of this well-known local landmark. Done in camera (as always). The church is reflected in the windows of an office block opposite.

Holy Trinity Church and King William House, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, 1993.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

SURF'S UP


One of my colour photographic prints for you to view this cold damp winter morning. It's of someone windsurfing just off  'Nipple Beach' (don't think it was called that really). In the warmer climate of Cyprus. In the now booming holiday resort of Ayia Napa (this is before it became well-known).

Ayia Napa, Famagusta District, Cyprus.

From no specific project as such, 1984.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

BARRIERS No.2


Another photographic print from this series. Not sure if all these allotments and tin buildings are still  located here. It's on the banks of Barmston Drain, just off Fountain Road.

Barmston Drain, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Barriers Project, 1997-1998.

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Monday, 23 January 2012

PAINTED DOOR REFLECTION


A reflection in the gloss paint work of an interior door. Another very minimalistic image. Sometimes less is more.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment that I did for a National Diploma in Photography & Related Studies course at Hull College, 1995-1998.

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Sunday, 22 January 2012

FULL TONE REVERSAL


This young lady is a full tone reversal print. Full tone: all shades and tones in this case, black's, white's and grey's. Reversal: type of film and method of processing that yields a positive original. Film negative = print positive. You can use lith photographic paper to achieve this effect.

Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From an assignment for the City & Guilds 9231 Certificate in Photography for the Image Derivation module that I did at Hull Community Artworks, 1992.

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Saturday, 21 January 2012

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE



Here you are, another example of how the simple act of chemical toning can change and alter a monochrome photographic print. The top photograph is a straight forward monochrome print, the second and bottom print is one that was sepia toned. Toning changes the perspective of any photographic print, it also increases the overall tonal range of the print and both sepia and selenium toning gives it archival protection. In other words it will not fade like normal monochrome prints when subjected to sunlight for long periods of time.

The items depicted in this still-life study are a red rose, a British metal ammunition box, six 7.62mm dummy rounds and two postcards from the Peace Museum, Caen, Normandy, France. The sand is Builder's sand contained in a wooden frame that I constructed to represent the sands of the D-Day Beaches from WWII.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Remembrance Series, 2000-2002. This was also the final assignment for the Higher National Diploma (Design) Photography course that I did at Bradford & Ilkley Community College, 1998-2001.

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Thursday, 19 January 2012

BARRIERS


This grey urban scene depicts a crash barrier, metal fence, vandalised wall and terraced houses in the background.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Barriers Project, 1997-1998.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

FLOWERS FOR THE FALLEN No.4



Another set of images from this series of acetate sheets and photographic prints. Please see the post of 12 January 2012 for details of this series and techniques used.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment I did for the Higher National Diploma (Design) Photography course at Bradford & Ilkley Community College, 1998-2001.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

THREE CLOCKS


Another example of a multiple exposure shot (done in the camera). This was well known local clock on the exterior wall of a bank. What makes this shot work for me is the sunlight glinting on the metal surround (bottom right of the print).

Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From a City & Guilds 9231 Certificate in Photography for the Constructed Image module, which I did at Hull Community Artworks, 1993.

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Monday, 16 January 2012

CHECKED OVER


A canine patient gets checked over before surgery in one of the treatment room's at The Animal Treatment Centre, P.D.S.A, Hull.

The Animal Treatment Centre, People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (P.D.S.A.), Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my For the Animals Project, 1989. This was also the assignment for a Social Documentary module in a City & Guilds 9231 Certificate for Photography that I did at The Posterngate Photography Workshop.

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Sunday, 15 January 2012

FLOWERS FOR THE FALLEN No.3



The third in this series for the Fallen. Please read the post of 12 January 2012 for further details about this project and techniques used etc. The flowers depicted are red roses.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment for the Higher National Diploma (Design) Photography Course I did at Bradford & Ilkley Community College, 1998-2001.

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THAT BRIDGE (AGAIN)


The Humber Bridge, this time from the southern approach road. The lights twinkle as the sun sets.

Barton-upon-Humber, South Humberside, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1990.

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Saturday, 14 January 2012

SHADOWS ON THE SILL


Another photographic image from the same project as the rain drops on the window (12 January 2012). A long exposure reveals this slightly strange reflection on this white painted indoor window sill. I like the abstract nature, and the weird, almost surreal feeling of this image. An every day subject that suddenly implies a very sinister feeling.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment that I did for the National Diploma in Photography & Related Studies Course at Hull College, 1995-98.

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Friday, 13 January 2012

FLOWERS FOR THE FALLEN No.2



Another tribute to The Fallen. For further details on this particular project please see the post of 11 January 2012.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

For an assignment for the Higher National Diploma in (Design) Photography Course that I did at Bradford & Ilkley Community College, 1998-2001.

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Thursday, 12 January 2012

RAIN DROPS



A street light shines through the dark and outlines the rain drops on a window in this very atmospheric shot. I like the brooding intensity of this image. It's very minimalist but it is also one of my all time favourite photographs that I have ever taken.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment for the National Diploma Photography & Related Studies course that I did at Hull College, 1995-98.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

FLOWERS FOR THE FALLEN



This is presented in a booklet, the first page is a clear acetate sheet which was produced in the following way: My own DPM British Army Combat Jacket was scanned on my flatbed scanner. Then having gained the actual service numbers of soldiers from my former Battalion who had fallen in the service of their country, their numbers were added in red. Then this was printed out.

The next stage saw a pure white piece of paper added behind this acetate sheet (to accentuate the jackets pattern and colours and the vivid red 8 or 5 figured service numbers).  The flowers were photographed on monochrome film and then the finished print was selenium toned for a long period of time to give the finished desired effect. The print was then mounted in a green coloured card window mount.

The flowers are red roses, I printed them slightly darker than normal to add to the mood and atmosphere of the finished print and to be in line with the sombre nature of the assignment.

All Non-Commissioned Soldiers in the British Army (that's those of the rank of Private all the way up to Warrant Officer First Class) are issued with an eight digit number when they join. Those who are Commissioned Officers (from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant all the way up to Field Marshall) are issued with a five digit service number.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

For one of my assignments for the Higher National Diploma (Design) Photography Course that I did at Bradford & Ilkley Community College, 1998-2001.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2012

ANOTHER TRIPLE EXPOSURE


Another Triple Exposure (in camera) monochrome photographic image. This is a well known local landmark reflected in a office building opposite.

Holy Trinity Church. Lowgate, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From a City & Guilds 9231 Photography Course, Certificate in the Constructed Image module, circa 1993.

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Monday, 9 January 2012

TRIPLE EXPOSURE


This photographic image features a British Army Combat Jacket (disruptive pattern mode) with Corporals chevrons (stripes). Then the silver metal dog tags. This technique was done in the camera, the camera was mounted securely onto a tripod and then with a 70-210mm large telephoto lens fitted to the camera the lens was zoomed in on three separate occasions to create the triple exposure.

Again this is another simple technique to use. However the more exposures you make the less the quality. I would say that three exposures is enough, other wise you start to lose clarity and quality in the photograph.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment for a City & Guilds 9231 Photography Certificate for the Constructed Images module that I did at Hull Community Artworks in 1993.

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Sunday, 8 January 2012

DOG TAGS AND COMPASS


The two items featured here are a Silva Compass and a set of Army dog tags (identification tags). This is a photo gram. Another darkroom technique. Under a red safe light the photographic paper is placed under the lens of the enlarger, then selected items are place at random upon the photographic paper, then in the normal way the paper is exposed to light through the enlarger's lens.  The print is then processed as per any normal photographic print.

It's very similar to an X-Ray effect. Transparent items work best when experimenting with photo grams. There are some other examples of this technique on the 21 November 2009 post, on this blog.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From work for a City & Guilds 9231 Certificate for Photography in the Constructed Images module that I did at Hull Community Artworks in 1993.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012

TWO MEN IN A BOAT


Another rare colour photographic print on this mainly monochrome blog. It does look very much like a monochrome shot, but it's not. This is a silhouette shot (against the back drop of the sun shimmering on the water) of two lads in a boat. It was shot in the spring, from a beach near Dhekelia, Cyprus.

Dhekelia near Larnaca, Cyprus.

From no specific project as such, circa 1984.

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Friday, 6 January 2012

SHADOWS IN THE WAITING ROOM


A dog and it's human owner wait to see the duty vet, whilst shadows abound in this monochrome photographic print. Taken on Ilford HP5 film which was uprated to 3200 asa (available and natural light only) then developed in Ilford Microphen film developer.

There is another image of this scene very similar to this one (but not the same) on this blog which was posted on the 25th October 2009.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), Animal Treatment Centre, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From my For the Animals Project, 1989. The assignment for a City & Guilds 9231 Certificate for Photography in the Social Documentary module at The Posterngate Workshop, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

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Thursday, 5 January 2012

SOLARISATION AGAIN


Another monochrome photographic print that has been solarised. The same female model is featured. For further details on this technique please read the previous post.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From a City & Guilds 9231 Photography Certificate course in Photography for the Image Derivation module that I did at Hull Community Artworks, 1993.

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SOLARISATION


The darkroom technique of solarisation is fairly simple and easy to do. It just needs a little bit of patience and experimentation. Made famous by the Photographer & Artist Man Ray. Select a negative, place in the enlarger, expose the photographic paper normally (under red darkroom safe lights). Then turn on the main room light for just a few seconds (to expose the photographic paper and print) Then develop, stop and fix as per a normal print. Then wash and dry the print as normal.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From a City & Guilds 9231 Certificate Photography course in the Image Derivation module I did at Hull Community Artworks in 1993.

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Wednesday, 4 January 2012

FULL MOON OVER THE HUMBER BRIDGE


At the start of a another New Year I thought for a change that I'd upload and post a colour photographic print of mine. This one needs no explanation. It's a full moon shining high above the Humber Bridge. If anything it's slightly over-exposed.

Taken on a Canon A1, with Fuji colour negative film. Camera mounted on a tripod and obviously a long exposure.

The Humber Bridge, Hessle near Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1989.

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

PAINTING WITH DEV AGAIN


Another example of painting with developer (perhaps that should be spraying with developer). It's a pretty simple technique to use. See the previous post for more details on this. A monochrome photographic print that was exposed under the enlarger (as normal) then placed into a tray where the developer was then sprayed randomly onto the print (as opposed to been fully immersed into the developing solution).

You perhaps have noticed the different effect the background and studio lighting has on the finished print, eg the darker the background the more pronounced the splatter of the developer is.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From a City & Guilds 9231 Certificate in Photography for the Image Derivation module I did at Hull Community Artworks in 1993.

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Monday, 2 January 2012

PAINTING WITH DEV

This studio portrait was taken when this young lady was only three years old. She is now a grown-up beautiful young lady with twin girls of her own. It's one of my great nieces by the way.  It's a monochrome photographic print. It was given the correct timed exposure under the enlarger.  Instead of then fully immersing the print in a tray of photographic developer (as you would normally do). I then mixed up the developer and water at the correct temperature.

Then this mixture was poured into a simple empty and cleaned plastic bottle (with a suction hose and a nozzle head trigger) and then the developer was sprayed randomly onto the photographic print. Then put it in a tray with stop bath solution and then a tray of fixer, and then washed thoroughly before drying.

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

It was for the City & Guilds 9231 Certificate in the Image Derivation module I did at Hull Community Artworks back in 1993.

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MISLEADING

This is another studio still-life study. This one features a fictitious document of non-existent British Army units in an attempt to fool the Germans. Also featured is a set of British WWII campaign medals with red carnations completing the study. It's another monochrome print which was sepia toned and lit only by candles.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Remembrance Series Project, 2000-2002. The final assignment for the Higher National Diploma (Design) Photography course I did at Bradford & Ilkley Community College 1998-2001.

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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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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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