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Friday, 28 February 2014


The above monochrome photographic print features a white stone statue and wooden posts that represents the 302 British soldiers who were 'Shot at Dawn,' by their own side during World War One.

It is therefore perhaps appropriate that I have selected this particular image to upload bearing in mind that this country is now remembering and commemorating the 100th Anniversary and start of this terrible war.

If you have never visited this location before, then I would advise you to do so. It is a wonderful, peaceful and emotive location. Located here also is the National Armed Forces Memorial. Visit: for further details.

The Shot at Dawn Plot, The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas near Lichfield, Staffordfordshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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This monochrome photographic print is perhaps just a little on the dark side. But I feel that this enhances the mood of the print. I like the way that the sun shining through the tree on the left picks out and highlights the texture and shape of the cobbled pavement.

Charlotte Street Mews, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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As the title says. 3 trees with movement in the ferns (slow shutter speed).

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Thursday, 27 February 2014


I have deleted some of my recent posts, because I noticed that I had not scanned the prints in properly. There was a slight pink tinge to some of the scanned prints.

As such that was my mistake (I did not notice this until after I had uploaded the images). I usually use an excellent Epsom scanner that I have had for a long while now. So I am going back to using that.

I have a second scanner (that one of my neighbours kindly gave me). It's a HP 3- in-1 type machine (scan, print and copy). I had forgot to desaturate the prints after scanning, which gets rid of the pink tinge.

Also things should be much better and clearer, because a friend has re-calibrated my monitor.

I should point out that I am not the person when it comes to all this modern technology. But I get by (with a little help from my friends). Just thought I'd mention that, in case anyone was wondering what the heck was going on.

Saturday, 22 February 2014


The incoming tide can be seen entering this cave. Time to move on. This monochrome photograph has been sepia toned.

Just a note: if you are going to be photographing at a coastal location then obviously you need to be careful. Check the weather forecast and tide times in advance. Wear a strong pair of boots (that support your ankles) because it can be very difficult terrain. Make sure you have an exit route should you get caught out with the incoming tide. If possible have someone else accompany you.

Thornwick Bay near Flambrough Head, East Yorkshire, England.

From my The Next Wave Project, 1996-97.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014


Not the most exciting of photographs. But sometimes that's the way it is. A busy urban road, which previously used to be the route of a railway track (I know that because has a child I used to live in this area). The large dot in the sky by the way is a large balloon advertising a car sale.

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

From my Barriers Project, 1997-98.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014



A PHOTOGRAPHER As told how he was reunited with his first Leica, an M2, after three decades. Paul Salmon bought the second-hand Leica M2 in 1982 after finishing a documentary photography course in Newport, South Wales, run by Magnum photographer David Hurn.

Paul used it on newspaper and magazine photographic assignments worldwide - until 1984 when he sold it to a shop in Leeds as part of a plan to upgrade his camera equipment. Fortunately, Paul had decided to have his name engraved on the camera body beforehand.

'I never saw my old M2 again...until now,' Salmon told AP. On Boxing Day 2013, I received an email from the new owner of my first-ever Leica. 'It transpired that he had bought the camera from a Spanish University lecturer living in Madrid, although (the new owner) is based in Paris.

'Intrigued by the engraving on the back, he had decided to try an online search for "P Salmon" - and found my website. 'The "reunion" was certainly a joyful one.'

From an article in the News Section of the 15th February 2014 issue of Amateur Photographer magazine.

Sunday, 9 February 2014


A lone rose photographed with just available natural light. Focus was on the head of this flower, a shallow depth of field then throws out of focus the leafs and stem of this flower. It was then sepia and selenium toned to give this subtle but very effective final look and finish.

Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From an assignment for a Higher National Diploma in (Design) Photography Course, circa 1999, entitled: "Flowers for the Fallen."

Tuesday, 4 February 2014


There is plenty going on in this photograph. The very graphic and sharp edges of the metal hand rails lead you into the picture. The white lights can be seen in the Silver Birch tree (central - middle distance). Taken one very cold and damp winter's evening, just before Christmas.

Central Library, City Centre, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project 2003-.

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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.

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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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.


"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.