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Saturday, 31 March 2012

MANY REFLECTIONS


Many reflections are depicted on the shiny paint work of this brand new car. The car showroom ceiling lights spatter the bonnet with their brightness.

Mercedes Car Showroom, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1996.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

TACK TRADER


This mature gent is a Tack Trader selling saddles and all manner of horse related merchandise from the back of his Horse Box. Brigg Horse Fair has been held in this small market town since the 12th Century.

Brigg Horse Fair, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England.

From no specific project as such, 2000.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

THAT LOGO AGAIN



Another example of a straight-forward darkroom produced monochrome photographic print. Then the very same print but with a blue tone chemical wet-process. The success of a blue toned print depends upon a number of factors.

Firstly the actual print itself, how it is printed (how deep the shadow details are etc). Then the strength of the toning solution, the temperature of the toning solution and how long or short the time the print is immersed in the toner. The blue toning takes place in the first tray which holds the actual blue toner solution. The second tray is basically just a salt water solution to halt the blue toner and wash the print. The print should then be properly washed and dried.

Mercedes Car Showroom, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1997.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

CITY JUNCTION AT NIGHT


The road junction on Alfred Gelder Street and Lowgate. The winter evening rush hour is well under way.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 2007.

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

IN SAFE HANDS


An injured Belgian deck hand from a Belgian trawler climbs up the steps to a waiting ambulance. He had been collected from the trawler which was 12 miles out from Spurn Point by the RNLI Humber Lifeboat.

Alexandra Dock, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England.

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

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Friday, 23 March 2012

ST. PAUL'S AT NIGHT


As the title states, night-time near St. Paul's Cathedral. From the northern end of the Millennium Bridge. Plenty of bright street lights and well-lit shadows. If my memory serves me correctly a famous WWII photograph of this iconic building was taken from this very spot. To illustrate that it was still standing despite the constant enemy bombing (during the blitz). If I was honest with myself I feel that I should have perhaps printed this a little more darkly (and burned in more some of those lights).

St.Paul's Cathedral, London, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 2010.

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Thursday, 22 March 2012

TREES CLOSE TO THE EDGE


The title says it all really. Fast eroding sandy cliffs on this part of the East Anglian Coast cause the woodland above to fall onto the beach.

Benacre, Suffolk, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2003-.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

HELTER SKELTER


A Helter Skelter Ride on the sea front, on a  fine sunny summer's day.

Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2002-.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

LIFE BLOOD

A fountain that falls into a lake. The water represents the blood of American youth who fought and fell in the battle for Normandy during the Second World War.

The Peace Museum, Caen, Normandy, France.

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

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Monday, 19 March 2012

FISHING VILLAGE

A French coastal village on the Normandy Coast. Nets, flags and buoys litter the quayside.

Coursellues-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. The location for "Juno" Beach, the Canadian Landing Beach/Zone on the morning of 6th June 1944.

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

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

ANOTHER MULTIPLE EXPOSURE


This is a zoomed multiple exposure of some flowers in a window box. I have found with experimentation that it is best if you keep you multiple exposures to a minimum of three or four, the more you do the more the final image becomes cluttered.

Hull Community Artworks, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1992-93.

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OPERATION


The duty vet operates on a sick dog. In the operating room of the PDSA Animal Treatment Centre.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, Animal Treatment Centre, Brunswick Avenue, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From my For The Animals Project 2000-2002. This was the assignment for a City & Guilds 9231 Photography Certificate in the Social Documentary module, 1989.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

PEAT BOGS


A sepia toned monochrome photographic print. This photograph was taken at one of England's last remaining peat bog areas. Over a period of time these peatlands have been ravaged by the gardening industry providing peat/compost for gardener's.

The Humber Peatlands/Thorne & Hatfield Moors, South Yorshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1993.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

NOTICE BOARD

Just to let you know that I have decided to remove my Networked blogs app from this blog spot. I was not getting many people sign up for it. I'm sorry for the few that did sign up to it.

From time-to-time I do remove or change various items on here, just to update things and keep the blog interesting. It's nothing personal.

Thank You.

Trevor David Betts.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

GETTING READY TO LAUNCH


Members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute's only full-time crew prepare to lower a boat that takes them out to the moored up RNLI Humber Lifeboat.

The RNLI Humber Lifeboat Station, Spurn Point, Kilnsea, North Humberside, England.

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

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Saturday, 10 March 2012

FINAL RESTING PLACE


Posting this image now is very appropriate. Seeing has six young British Army infantry soldiers were killed in Afghanistan just recently. The monochrome photographic print seen here is the final resting place of a young infantry soldier from The East Yorkshire Regiment who fell during the Normandy Campaign in WWII.

British Second World War Military Cemetery, Douvres-la-deliverandes, Normandy, France.

From my The Normandy Veterans - Lest We Forget Project, 1998-2001.

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Friday, 9 March 2012

TINY PATIENT


The duty vet examines one of his tiniest patients in the Treatment Room at the P.D.S.A. Animal Treatment Centre, which is located in Hull. I cannot remember what this little chap had wrong with him. If you have not figured it out by now, the little patient is a golden hamster.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From my For The Animals Project, 1989. Which was on display at the Artlink Exchange Gallery and the P.D.S.A Animal Treatment Centre, both situated in Hull. Then at Stephenson's Car Showroom in Brigg, Lincolnshire as part of the Brigg Live Arts Festival circa 1998-2000.

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Thursday, 8 March 2012

MONOCHROME TO SEPIA



The same monochrome photographic print. But with two totally separate treatments. The first print is a straight-forward dark room developed print. The second is the same print but this time it has had the two bath sepia toning treatment. Sepia toning increases the tonal depth of the print and gives it an archival permanence.

Robin's Bay, North Yorkshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-98.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

FEATHER ON THE BEACH (THE BLUE VERSION)


You will find a straight-forward monochrome photographic print of this very scene in the 24 July 2009 posting on this blog. The above print was a monochrome photographic print that received the two bath blue toner chemical process. This consists of immersing the whole print in a tray of prepared blue toner solution (that had been mixed with water). Then once all the detail in the print is toned, it is placed into a separate second tray that contains a salt water solution (that cleans and stops the blue toning process).

It's fairly simple to do. Obviously with all other chemical toning techniques there is an element of experimentation. Also the final result depends on the actual print and how long (or short) the immersion time in the blue toner is.

Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-98.

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Saturday, 3 March 2012

FLOWERS FOR THE FALLEN No.8



This is the final set of images in this series. As per all the previous images, the first one consists of a scanned acetate which includes a modern disruptive pattern mode British Army combat jacket. Then in red the actual service number of one of the fallen from the infantry unit that I once served in. The flowers photographed are red roses. The monochrome photographic print was then selenium toned. For further details please read the earlier posts.

Kingston upon Hull. East Yorkshire, England.

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

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Friday, 2 March 2012

BARRIERS NO.6


Security fencing surrounding some industrial premises on the West Bank of the River Hull.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Barriers Project, 1997-98.

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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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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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