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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

MRS & MR


And another monochrome photograph. From the previous posts and event.

Family event, 2015.

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Monday, 28 December 2015

BACK TO MONOCHROME AGAIN




Here's a triptych study of monochrome film based photography, from a recent family event. The young couple in the centre portrait are Lee (Kevin's youngest brother with his partner Louise, Lee was one of three best men and chief bridesmaid respectively). Louise did a superb job of arranging this event and ceremony.

Family event, 2015.

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BACK TO MONOCHROME


Carrying on from the previous photographic post. This time it's back to monochrome, for this portrait. You will no doubt know if you have followed my posts on this blog that I prefer monochrome to colour photography. To me it has more soul, depth, mood and feeling.

Family event, 2015.

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Sunday, 27 December 2015

A BUM DEAL?


This is just one of the many photographs I took for my eldest niece's eldest son's Wedding (Kevin the bride groom is the third one from the left).

I only recently found out why they were all laughing and smiling. Craig one of Kevin's brother's and best men (second from the left) had told Rachel (the beautiful bride) that she should be careful not to break wind because her backside was facing him. Well it certainly had the right effect and made for a very relaxed and happy portrait.

This is one actually one of my favourite photographs from that day.

Family event, 2015.

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

COMMENT

'Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so, some have entertained angels unawares.'

From the book of Hebrews. And an article in the Daily Mail newspaper 26th December 2015.

There are some things that I have always thought we should not discount, disregard nor ignore. Because has human beings we do not know and understand everything.

I personally have always believed in angels. And I am positive that I have my own 'Guardian Angel.' Hence the reason for the above comment at this time of year.

Trevor David Betts

Thursday, 24 December 2015

SEASON'S GREETING'S

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my Blog Followers, those who have posted constructive comments and all Visitors to my blog a Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2016.

Kind regards

Trevor.

Monday, 21 December 2015

STILL HERE

Just in case some of you where wondering - I am still alive and kicking. I have not had any new monochrome material to post on here the past year, hence the lack of posts. I have concentrated on some of my colour photography for a change. I intend to get back on track early in the New Year.

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

OH WELL!


Are you sitting comfortably, oh well some one has to do it! Now I could get accustomed to photographing beautiful women on a daily basis, but sadly that is not the case.

However I feel that I have photographed some special people over the past 30 years. Some who have made a difference to our present way of life, others who have saved life at sea, and others who treat and help our animal friends on a daily basis.

Mind you saying that I do wish that I had done more studio based and portraiture type of photography.

Open Day at Hull Photographic Society, Kingston upon Hull, North Humberside circa 1988/89.

From no specific project as such.

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

'PHOTOS'


My little madam - Bonnie (she allows me to live with her). Photo's (or Four Toe's), it depends upon how you pronounce it, now think about it. It's a bit like the 'Two Ronnie's: Fork Handles - Four Candles.'

People who have cats will know what I am talking about.

Bonnie my female DSH adult cat, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, just personal photo's.

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

OLD GANG SMELT WORKS IN COLOUR


There are several monochrome images of this location posted on this blog. These three images are different in the sense that they were taken in colour.

This location is a listed ancient monument. Deep in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Old Gang Smelt Mills, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 2008.

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

ANOTHER ONE GONE!!!

This has nothing to do with photography but it's important to me. Once you get to a certain age, you start to see all your childhood heroes pass away. Hence this article. I have just heard today of the sad passing of a former Hull City Goalkeeper - Ian McKenechnie.

No there was a character and a footballer (not like today's generation of pampered and sticking rich mega stars). He was seen eating a orange after a training session so in subsequent home matches every time he took up position between the goal posts a load of oranges were thrown to him.

There was another character similar to Ian, Charlie Wright of Charlton Athletic, if nothing was going on in the match and his team was attacking he used to chat to supporters behind his goal. They don't make them like him and Ian any more.

I remember seeing Ian play a number times. Along with Tony Norman, he was perhaps the best Goal Keeper that City have ever had.

RIP Ian McKenechnie.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

SEEING TRIPLE - THE THREE DOMES


For a change some of my colour photography. This was taken during an experimental phase using different filters. The particular filter used for this photograph was a Hoya 3 screen filter. Now-a-days I tend to just use skylight, neutral density and orange filters (all by Hoya). Mainly to protect my camera lens and to increase tonal depth etc.

Queens Gardens, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire.

From no specific project as such, circa 1983.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

EXHIBITIONS


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

At the Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2PP.

One of the very few outside of London exhibitions of this prestigious photography prize. Takes places at the Millennium Gallery.

The prize has become a prestigious annual fixture in the National Portrait Gallery's calendar. This exhibition of 59 shortlisted photographs, from an initial field of more than 4,000, features some of today's most exciting contemporary photographer's.

Some the photographs feature the most well known celebrities and total unknown individuals and groups.

You will find David Cameron and the late Roger Lloyd-Pack sharing wall space along side other lesser known mortals.

A great exhibition to visit if you are into portrait photography.

This exhibition runs from Saturday 2nd May to Sunday 16th August 2015. Admission is free (but donations are welcome). The Opening times are: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am to 4pm.

There is a Cafe and Shop. With two multi-storey car parks located close by.

For more information visit: www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

Edited article from the Museums Sheffield Exhibitions & Events Apr - Sep 2015 Free Brochure/Leaflet.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

1-2-3 HULL CITY


The best of luck to Hull City tomorrow. They need to win the game and for Newcastle to lose, to stay in the Premier League. These three monochrome photographs are from the 1983-84 season. When I did a bit of photography for inclusion in the match day programmes.

The 1st and 3rd photos are of Hull City playing Leyton Orient at home, in the former 'Boothferry Park'. Which now is a local housing estate. The middle photograph is of Brian Marwood taking a corner kick in the 1st round of the FA Cup match at non-league Penrith.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

SPECIAL GENERATION


In this environmental portrait, D-Day and WWII Veteran Ben Bainbridge poses in his front room. Ben was a Sergeant in the Royal Air Force Regiment manning a gun position to protect an airfield behind Sword Beach shortly after D-Day. One of the RAF Squadrons landing and taking off from here included 'The Battle of Britain ace - Johnnie Johnston'.

Sadly Ben passed away in 2004. In my own humble opinion he belonged to a unique and special generation (some would even say 'Our Greatest Generation', I would not argue with them on that). I therefore thought it very appropriate to post this photograph today, in response to the remembrance events of VE Day. Lest We Forget this generation, and all similar subsequent ones who have served and fought for this country.

From my A Different Time and a Different Place Project, 2000-2001.

Hawthorn Avenue, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, 2001. Photographed with a Mamiya 645 camera with bounced and fill in flash used from a Metz 45CT Flashgun.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

HAPPY ST. GEORGE'S DAY

To all English people out there. A very happy Saint George's Day. Saint George is the patron Saint of England. The St. George's cross is on our countries flag. I think this dates back to the Crusades (Knight's Templar, Richard the Lion Heart etc).

Saint George is the mystical slayer of a Dragon (and I don't think it was the 'Welsh' Dragon either). Mind you in present day England we have to be very aware of the SNP.

VARYING CONTRASTS


Shadows and shafts of sunlight bounce around in this monochrome photographic print.

Peak District, Derbyshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

MORE THAN ONE


Carvings on a Tree. This practice (or vandalism) which ever way you look at it. Is clearly seen on this tree, where more than one carving is seen. Personally I see this has damaging a living organism (mind you it is not as damaging as cutting down a tree and/or damaging an innocent sapling).

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

THE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR MANY


In this monochrome photographic print, is an actual original section of the 'Death Railway' from Burma. Where the Japanese during WWII treated British, and other Allied POWs with utter contempt and cruelty, and used them has forced labour to build this railway line through thick jungle, which in turn resulted in the death of thousands of Allied POWs.

Now this is one thing that really cheeses me off , I normally don't get political or annoyed on here but this is one thing that really makes me fume. Because in my own humble opinion both the Japanese and British Government's have treated surviving British and Allied POWs with a total lack of respect, concern and indifference.

The Japanese government have never issued an apology for the way and manner in which the Japanese Imperial Army treated Allied POWs. Nor have the few dwindling POWs ever received compensation (from the Japanese).

The National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

Friday, 10 April 2015

THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS

You may not think that the following article as nothing to do with photography, but I would strongly disagree with you. It has a personal connection with me in more than just one aspect.

After browsing in a well-known local discount store, I came across a book, whose title caught my eye (not too mention the design on the front cover). Several years ago now I did an assignment for a Higher National Diploma (Design) Photography course that I was on at Bradford College.

There are prints from that assignment on here (The Remembrance Series). I was looking at the link between the act of remembrance and the symbolic link with flowers (hence me being drawn to this book). I actually had one exhibition of this assignment in a Florist's shop, so there is another tenuous link between my photography and this book.

Anyway back to this book, if you have never read it, I can highly recommend it. The saying never judge a book by it's cover is very true for this book. After reading it I can highly recommend this wonderful book.

It is entitled 'The Language of Flowers' by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Buy yourself a copy. It is an excellent read.

Monday, 6 April 2015

WOOD IN A LAKE


A large piece of wood floats in this lake. With woodland on the far bank.

Clumber Park, Near Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

SUNLIGHT AND SHADOWS


In this monochrome photographic print are blobs of sunlight and shadows inside this Church. It's very appropriate at this time of year.

Church of St.Mary and St. Hardulph, Breedon on the Hill, Leicestershire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 2008.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

TREES/SUNLIGHT/STREAM BED


In this monochrome photographic print, is a stream (known as a Clough) in woodland.

The Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

SHADOWS-RAILINGS-PAVEMENT


In this monochrome study are the shadows of metal railings upon the brickwork pavement.

Bridlington, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Traces from along the Edge Project, 2003-.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

IN A BEECH WOOD


In this monochrome photographic print I am in the centre of a Beech Wood.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

TREE SHADOWS UPON THE STEPS


In this monochrome photographic print, a series of steps lead down to the beach.

Danes Dyke, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Friday, 13 February 2015

TREE SHADOW ON WALL


This monochrome photography print came to be composed, when I saw the sun bouncing of a office window, directly opposite this row of trees. The outline/silhouette of the tree is then reflected onto the brick wall (which is behind the tree).

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

SHADOWS IN THE BATHROOM


In this monochrome photographic print the afternoon sun shining through the window casts shadows in my bathroom.

Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England.

From no specific project as such, circa 1999.

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

WHAT MEMORIES II


Just looking, a former WWII and D-Day veteran - Phil Kirby takes a wander round the gallery, looking at some of my monochrome photographic prints from my 'The Normandy Veterans - Lest We Forget' Project.

Phil served in a Scottish Artillery unit during the war. This exhibition was held at the former EICH Gallery in Hull.

The former European Illustration Collection Hull Gallery, which was part of the University of Lincoln, Hull Campus building. It has since closed. It is now the location for the Trinity House Academy.

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

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Friday, 16 January 2015

WATER FLOW


In this monochrome photographic print, the water from a stream flows over some rocks.

The Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire, England.

From no specific project as such.

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

THE 'Y' IN THE DRY STONE WALL


A natural bend in a trees trunk looks like the letter 'Y' has the sun casts shadows onto a traditional Yorkshire dry stone wall.

Malham, The Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England.

From my Tree Stories Project, 2002-.

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Friday, 2 January 2015

BONNIE


For a change some of my colour photography. This is 'Bonnie' my cat. Well she is more than just a cat, she is a right little character (people who like animals and who have cats has their owners will understand what I am talking about). She is 6 years old now.

I think that there is a slight colour cast on this photographic print because the walls are actually a light grey colour.

Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire.

From no specific project (just photos of Bon) circa 2010.

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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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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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