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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

SHOT AT DAWN III


Another very evocative and poignant photograph from this plot at the National Memorial Arboretum. The Shot at Dawn Plot is a memorial to over 300 British and Commonwealth soldiers who during the course of WWI were tried and found guilty at military courts martial, and the death sentence was passed. They were literally taken out and shot at dawn. The above scene depicts wooden posts with the name of the soldier shot depicted on a small metal plaque. The white stone statue in front represents a young soldier blind folded, with his hands tied behind him moments before a firing squad from his own unit ends his short life.

The Shot at Dawn Plot, The National Memorial Arboretum, Arelwas, Staffordshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Monday, 28 May 2012

SIGNS


Not a film starring Mel Gibson but just information signs in this Railway Station.

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

From my Chasing Shadows Project, 1998.

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Sunday, 27 May 2012

POLISHED (ONCE AGAIN)


The sparkling clean floor of the concourse in this urban railway station. This is before the major refurbishment of both the bus and train stations.

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

From my Chasing Shadows Project, 1998.

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Saturday, 26 May 2012

PASSING PLACE


The sign says it all. A Passing Place on the narrow winding road, that runs almost the full length of this sand and shingle spit of a Peninsular. It is a dark and brooding sepia toned monochrome photographic print.

Spurn Point, North Humberside, England.

From my Coming at me in Waves Project, 1993-94.

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Friday, 25 May 2012

BRICK WORK


The fine detail in the brick work of the paving is seen here, whilst boats are moored up in the Marina in the distance. Shot from a fairly low view point with the sole intention of concentrating upon the pattern of the brick work which in turn leads your eye into the rest of the picture. A sepia toned monochrome photographic print.

Humber Dock, Hull Marina, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1993.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

WAR DANCE


A cool refreshing image now that Spring has finally arrived. A boat that is moored up in the Marina on a fine summer's evening casts it shadow and reflection upon the water.

Railway Dock, Hull Marina, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project, circa 1994.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

BARK DETAIL


The close up detail of the bark on an old Oak tree.

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Sunday, 20 May 2012

IN MOTION


A train leaving the station in this slightly dark and brooding shot.

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

From my Chasing Shadows Project, 1998.

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Saturday, 19 May 2012

BLUE TONED


A simple straight-forward blue toned monochrome photographic print. Nothing really special about this particular image it just gives you a good perception of what blue toning can produce. This darkroom process is a lot less complicated than other forms of toning.

Spurn Point, Kilnsea, North Humberside, England.

From my Coming at me in Waves Project, 1993-94.

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Friday, 18 May 2012

WATERFALL


This is a monochrome photographic print of Hardraw Force Waterfall. Made famous in the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, where Robin Hood (played by Kevin Costner) is caught bathing by Maid Marion. To access this waterfall you have to pay a £2 fee at the Green Dragon Public House and go through the bar and follow the footpath to the waterfall.

Hardraw Force, Hardraw, Wensleydale, The Yorkshire Dales, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1994.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

OBER WATER III


Another monochrome photographic print from this lovely and secluded spot in the New Forest.

Ober Water, The New Forest, Hampshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project. 2002-.

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Sunday, 13 May 2012

WWII VETERAN


This distinguished gentleman pictured here was a former Arctic Convoy serviceman. These brave souls used to take much needed supplies to our Russian allies travelling the dangerous and adverse route through the Baltic Sea to Russia. Often in appalling weather and freezing temperatures. Hence one of the reasons why they all wear the very distinctive white beret.

Cottingham near Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my A Different Time - A Different Place Project, Portraits of War Veterans for the Higher National Diploma course I did at Bradford College circa 2000.

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Saturday, 12 May 2012

AT THE BARBER'S


They don't make them like this any more. An old-fashioned Barber's shop. This one was once severely damaged when a train smashed through the buffers and into this building. It used to be situated in Paragon Railway Station just behind Platform 1 & 2. Where it once stood is now a Coffee and Snack Bar.

Gent's Barber's Shop, Paragon Railway Station, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Chasing Shadows Project, which was an assignment for the National Diploma in Photography & Related Studies course that I did at Hull College, circa 1998.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

LIGHT TRAILS


Converging verticals, road markings and traffic light trails feature in this early evening shot.

Clive Sullivan way, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1996.

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Monday, 7 May 2012

COASTAL WOOD


Trees in a wood cling to the earth has coastal erosion affects this part of the Suffolk Coast.

Benacre near Southwold, Suffolk, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

WALKWAY OVER THE BOG


A copper and selenium toned monochrome photographic print. A wooden board walk over one of the last remaining peat bogs in England.

Thorne & Hatfield Moors (The Humber Peatlands), South Yorkshire, England.

From the project "Wasteland," circa 1993. With Fay Godwin, Kate Mellor and Patrick Sutherland.

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Saturday, 5 May 2012

BARBED WIRE SKY


Barbed wire on the top of a wooden fence, with white fluffy clouds passing overhead.

Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1992.

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Friday, 4 May 2012

ANCIENT BRIDGE


The location of an ancient battle, just before the battle of Hastings, where King Harold lost his life.
A sepia and selenium toned monochrome photographic, printed on fibre based photographic paper.

Stamford Bridge, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1998.

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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

AND THEN THERE WAS LITH



The two photographic prints featured above are basically the same print (photographer minutes apart from the same angle and viewpoint). The second print was then given the lith treatment. Printed on lith paper using lith chemicals. For a more detailed account of this process, please see other relevant posts on this very subject.

Europa House, Ferensway, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

Experimental work for a 9231 City & Guilds Certificate in Photography for the Constructed Image module, circa 1993 at Hull Community Artworks.

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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.

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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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