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Monday, 31 December 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR

As the clock ticks away the last few remaining hours, minutes and seconds of the year 2012.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy and happy 2013 (the Chinese Year of the Snake). I personally know of some of my family and friends who have lost loved one's in the past twelve months, and some who have had serious health scares.

I hope that time proves to be a great healer, may you have fond and good memories of the loved one's that have crossed-across-to-the-other-side.

There are plenty of decent, good people out there but also be aware of the vindictive, manipulative, arrogant and corrupt individuals out there (and in cyberland as well).

Thank you for following my blog, posting comments and clicking onto my ad feeds, links and blog roll etc over the past twelve months.

Take care, stay warm and dry, stay safe and have a Happy New Year's Eve.

Best Wishes

Trevor David Betts BA (Hons.)

Sunday, 30 December 2012

HE CAN'T SAY THANK YOU...


A poster displayed in a People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (P.D.S.A) Charity Shop, which is basically saying that animals don't always have a voice but animal charities like the P.D.S.A will speak for them. For more information on this national charity just click on: For the Animals

The P.D.S.A Charity Shop, Holderness Road, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From my 'For the Animals Project' and also for a social documentary module that I successfully completed for a City & Guilds Certificate in Photography, 1989.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

THE OVERGROWN GARDEN No.4


The final monochrome photographic print from this particular series. Taken on a MPP large format camera on Ilford film.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

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

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

THE OVERGROWN GARDEN No.3


Another monochrome photographic print from this series, taken on Ilford film with a MPP large format camera.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment that I did for a course that I did at Hull College, 1995-98.

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

ROBIN


The man himself (well kinda of). An actor playing the part of the most famous resident of Sherwood Forest. During the Sherwood Festival. For more information on this location just click on Forest

Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Thursday, 20 December 2012

SEASON'S GREETINGS

May I take this opportunity to wish all my Blog Visitors, Followers, Linkers, Commentators and Fellow Bloggers a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Thank you all for your visits, comments and for clicking onto my ad feeds during the past twelve months.

Stay safe, take it easy, take care and keep warm.

Seasons Greetings

From Trevor David Betts BA (Hons.)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

WILD FLOWERS


Wild narcissus flowers are featured in this monochrome photographic print.

The Humber Bridge Country Park, Hessle near Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From an assignment for a City & Guilds Photography Course, circa 1993.

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Monday, 17 December 2012

THE OVERGROWN GARDEN No.2


The second monochrome photographic print from this series of photographs about decay in a urban garden.

Taken on Ilford 120mm roll film, rated at 100 asa. With a MPP large format camera.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From a series of photographs for an assignment for a National Diploma in Photography & Related Studies course at Hull College, 1998.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

THE OVERGROWN GARDEN No.1


Taken on a Large format MPP camera on Ilford 120mm monochrome film. Then printed up on Ilford matt finish fibre based photographic paper at the 12 x 16 inch size. Working on the theme of decay I took a limited series of large format photographs.

The Alliance Avenue Area of Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

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

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

PATIENT


The little chap in the photograph above was a patient at The Hull Hedgehog Hospital.

The Hull Hedgehog Hospital, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1994.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

CAUTION VET AT WORK!


In this monochrome photographic print one of the duty Vet's at this PDSA Animal Treatment Centre operates on a sick dog. Taken on Ilford HP5 400 asa film uprated to 3200 asa and developed in Microphen film developer. Using only available artificial and natural light (no direct on-camera flash). The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) relies on public support, it receives no financial aid or support from the government.

For more information on the PDSA (and how you can help). Just click on: For The Animals

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

From my For The Animals Project and City & Guilds 9231 Certificate in Photography for the Social Documentary module, 1989.

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

THORNTON FORCE


One of the waterfalls in this monochrome photographic print which is located on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. This one is called 'Thornton Force.'

Ingleton, North Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1994.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

BUNNY


A wild rabbit. This monochrome photographic print was taken with a 70-210 mm telephoto lens with a 2 x converter fitted, thus in effect doubling the focal range of the lens.

I had been visiting this particular location for research into a City & Guilds Natural History module that I was undertaking. I did not hand in my completed portfolio.

Hessle near Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From a personal project, circa 1993.

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

ROOTS...


The roots of this tree can be clearly seen due to the soil erosion in this old former chalk quarry (known locally as Little Switzerland). To find out more about this location just click on: Country Park

The Humber Bridge Country Park, Hessle near Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1993.

Copyright of all images displayed upon this blog spot are the exclusive property of Trevor David Betts. All rights reserved.

Monday, 3 December 2012

LOOKING TO PICK UP A BARGAIN


A lady sifting through the goods for sale at this PDSA Charity Shop. A monochrome photographic print taken on Ilford HP5 400 asa film, uprated to 3200 asa. No on-camera flash just available artificial and natural light. The film was then developed in Ilford Microphen developer.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Charity, Holderness Road, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside, England. For more information about Ilford photographic products just click on: Ilford

From my For The Animals Project, 1989.

Copyright of all images displayed upon this blog spot are the exclusive property of Trevor David Betts. All rights reserved.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

IVY


A monochrome photographic print of some ivy.

The Humber Bridge Country Park, North Humberside, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1994.

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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).

Click onto the links in some of my posts which will then take you to the relevant website link where you will be able to find out more about that location, charity or organisation etc featured in the post and which is relevant to that specific image.

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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