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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

IN THE TREATMENT ROOM


The duty vet, assisted by a veterinary nurse helps to treat an injured dog. In one of the Treatment Room's at this PDSA Animal Treatment Centre.

The film used was Ilford HP5 400 asa uprated to 3200 asa. Developed in Microphen. No on-camera flash was used (for obvious reasons), only the available natural light (coming in through the windows) and the artificial overhead lighting. That's the beauty of using monochrome film under these conditions - you do not get a green/yellow colour cast (which you would if you were using colour film).

Just click on: PDSA to find out more on this UK based charity.

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

From my For The Animals Project and Social Documentary City & Guilds module, 1989.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

SHADOWS IN THE WAITING ROOM


Strong contrasts between the dark shadows and the highlights in this monochrome photographic print of a mature person with her dog, waiting to see the duty vet at this PDSA Animal Treatment Centre.

It was taken on Ilford HP5 film 400 asa, and taken with no direct on-camera flash just the available light. The film was uprated to 3200 asa then developed in Microphen film developer.

To learn more about the incredible work that this charity does please just click on PDSA

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

From my selected project for a City &Guilds 9231 Certificate, 'Social Documentary' module. Which I took and successful completed in 1989. This was also entitled 'For The Animals.' It was on exhibition at The PDSA Animal Treatment Centre, Hull, Artlink Exchange, Hull and Stephenson's Car Showroom, Brigg, South Humberside and on Hull Community Artworks web site, please see the relevant project post on here.

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

MEMORIAL


This statue and the surroundings are located in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. It was featured in the opening and closing sequences of the film "Saving Private Ryan, by Stephen Spielberg. Where Private Ryan's character visits the grave of Captain John T. Miller of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. In actual fact no-one of that name is actually buried here. But two of the Nilland brothers are, which the story of the film is based upon. For more information on this location please just click onto: Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France.

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

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Friday, 23 November 2012

CRAIG H.


I took this studio portrait in 1991 (at least I think it was then). When this young man was only aged about 3 or 4 years old. He is now in his early twenties and the father of two children himself.

He is my eldest nieces second oldest child and a great young man. I think that I used just one studio light for this shot, with two reflectors to bounce some light back into his face. A light fixed with a large white diffuser. I have perhaps printed it slightly too dark to bring out the tonal range (especially in the skin tones).

It was printed up on Ilford fibre based glossy photographic paper (no toning).

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

From no specific project as such, circa 1991.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

THE HULL HEDGEHOG HOSPITAL


This monochrome photographic print features a little patient from The Hull Hedgehog Hospital. When I took this photograph (circa 1994) Mr and Mrs Bone were looking after the welfare of these little creatures then.

Like a lot of native wildlife species hedgehogs are facing an uncertain future with their numbers dropping on an annual basis. Hedgehogs have long been regarded as the Gardener's friend because they eat slugs and other insects that cause damage in the garden.

If you have these little visitors to your garden then please remember to keep your dog or cat away from them. If you want to leave food or drink out for them a small bowl of water is fine (never milk) along with a small amount of tinned cat food.

The Hull Hedgehog Hospital is now based in Anlaby near Hull, and it is one of the departments of the local animal charity - Hull Animal Welfare. For further information about this wonderful organisation and hedgehogs please click onto: Hedgehogs

Bricknell Avenue, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1994.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

LEONARDO DA VINCI

TEN DRAWINGS BY LEONARDO DA VINCI

I do not normally post articles on here about art exhibitions (mainly photographic exhibitions only) But this one is an exception. Ten drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, from the Royal Collection. A Diamond Jubilee Celebration. 10 November - 20 January 2013. Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull HU1 3RA.

Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sundays 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Tel: 01482 613902. www.hullcc.gov.uk/ferens


Saturday, 17 November 2012

REFLECTED LIGHT



This monochrome photographic print looks it might have been taken at night. But it was photographed during the day. A sunny summer day in fact. Sunlight bouncing of a building's window opposite has highlighted the tree and reflected it's shadow onto this brick wall. For more information about trees and how you can help them, please just click on: Trees

English Street, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

GET FELL IN...

Normandy and D-Day Veterans getting ready to attend a service of remembrance during one of their annual pilgrimages to Normandy. To find out how you can help all British Veterans just click onto: British Legion.

Bayeux, Normandy, France.

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

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

SEALS


Grey seal's ashore and in amongst the sand dunes and mariam grass at this RAF Bombing Range and Nature Reserve. During late autumn, and early winter up to 3,000 seals can be seen here during the breeding season. To find out how you can get involved with and/or help the wildlife trust that covers this area just click onto: Seals

Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, England.

From no specific project, 2004.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

11-11-11

I have uploaded this monochrome photographic print from perhaps my most important project to-date. It is of the late Maxwell Vernon Hearst. I had the honour and privilege of knowing Max. He had a great sense of humour. I once spent a very warm summer's evening in a public house with him and several of his Normandy Veterans comrades sharing a few ice cold pints of beer in the process. I asked a couple of young American ladies if they would pose with Max (as you can see they agreed).

Max was called up in WWII and spent his service in the East Yorkshire Regiment has an infantry soldier. Seeing action in Dunkirk, North Africa and Normandy and Eastern Europe.

Today of all days I thought it proper and right that I uploaded this image in memory of not just Max but all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our present day freedom.  Old soldiers don't die they fade away.  Sadly Max faded away in 2002 (he was in his 80s). Rest in peace Max and all the others who I have known, who are no longer with us.

Suffolk Arms Public House, London, England.

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

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Friday, 9 November 2012

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN...




...We Will Remember Them. Seeing has it is near to the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month. I have decided to post these triptych. The first sepia toned monochrome photographic print is a still-life study of a 1939 issue 'gas rattle.' The middle print features a row of WWII medals that belonged to a RAMC Medical Orderly and Ambulance Driver who landed at Sword Beach on D-Day, he was also one of the first Allied soldiers to enter and liberate Belsen concentration camp.

The final print features two postcards of The East Yorkshire Regiment marching near Beverley. This is from the First World War. All monochrome photographic prints were then sepia and selenium toned on matt fibred based photographic paper.

IN MEMORY OF

Major A. French
Private A. Anderson
Private M. Bertram
Private C. Davies.

All late of 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment. All killed on tours of duty in Northern Ireland (1982 and 1986).

Maxwell Hearst, East Yorkshire Regiment
Tom Lyons, Royal Army Medical Corps
Alf Mellor, Royal Navy
Bob Thompson, Royal Military Police
Len Pounder, Pioneer Corps
John Smith, Royal Navy.

All late World War Two D-Day Veterans. RIP lads.

24296655 Cpl T.D. Betts 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (1979 to 1988) and
7th (V) Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment (1972 - 1979).

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

From my The Remembrance Series Project, 1999-2000.

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Monday, 5 November 2012

BARRIERS No.10


This monochrome photographic print is from my Barriers Project. It is of Wilmington Bridge, a old turntable type swing bridge over the River Hull. Close to here used to be Wilmington Station part of the Hull and Barnsley Railway Company which back in the early 1960s used to have numerous stations located throughout Hull. Then Doctor Beeching came along.

Wincolmee, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From my Barriers Project, 1997-98.

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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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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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