Archive for June, 2010

Manchesters CJC

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Couple of shots from trip to Manchester of the awesome CJC building.

5DmkII vs 4×5 neg

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Recently while shooting some new stuff for BaaBar I took a quick shot with the 4×5 on Portra 160nc. Thought it would be interesting to compare to the 5D. Not a particularly scientific test but it shows some interesting stuff. 5×4 is at the top by the way.

Check out the differences in the red light boxes, the Canon has some weird stuff going on were you can see the placement of the tubes as yellowy hotspots! I’ve not been able to get rid of them unless the image is massively underexposed. I’m guessing its to do with the spectral response of the 5D’s chip and its seeing more than the naked eye!

Click the images for larger versions on Flickr.

Back in Black (& White)

Friday, June 11th, 2010

It only took 10 years but I’ve shot some b&w film again. It’s FP4+ which ironically is out of date by 10 years! Not one of my favorite b&w films ever, but it was free and its not a bad film to ease back in with.

Fav shot from the batch is this of the new Museum of Liverpool. Can’t wait for the hording to be taken down and to get it shot on some proper b&w like Fuji Acros

Nant Ffrancon

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

View up Nant Ffrancon

Recent shot of Nant Ffrancon, Ogwen Valley. Love this view towards the Glyders

Surely all planes are the same?!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Recently I bought a new camera bag that I could use for traveling with as well as a new home for my expanding 5×4 kit. Its a Lowepro Pro Trekker 400, not a small bag but is surprisingly light and, importantly, Lowepro say its Carry-on compatible.

I was a little unsure on the size but couldn’t find anything else suitable really. I need one that can carry the 5×4, some Canon kit and a laptop. A week later i find myself panicking that really its to damn big so I do some research to see what the sizes are for Carry-on with the airlines I use. What I find is that while they are in the same ballpark there are some big differences.

Widths of bags can vary as much as 10cm, depths and heights 5-6cm.

I’m kind of confused as to why?!? I would of thought that there would be a standardization of this between airlines and aircraft manufacturers so everyone knows were they stand. Instead you end up with a bit of a lottery as to whether your bag is gonna be ok to take on the plane or not.

So I took a little trip to the airport to try the bag in a few of the cages they have there for measuring Carry-on.

It fits in Easyjet’s with out a problem, which is good because I prefer to fly with them, but it wouldn’t go anywhere near Ryanair’s and Flybe’s was a really tight squeeze, in fact so tight I didn’t bother forcing the bag in. There is all of about 2-5cm variation in depth there and its a shock how much difference it made. Maybe that’s why the variation, no-one can agree on the right size, or some airlines want to cram more baggage into smaller lockers!

So as I can’t just fly Easyjet all the time, and some international airlines spec the same size as Ryanair, the bag is up for sale and I’m back to trying to find a suitable one. Which isn’t to bad ’cause I do like a bit of kit research!

New blog, New Website, New subjects

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

So.. I’ve decided to embrace modern culture and start up a blog! All the cool kids are doing it and I was starting to feel left out. I dont know how often i’ll post and appologise now for what I might put up, but I’ll try and make it interesting!

Recently redesigned my website, which you can check out at –

I’ve also changed the focus of my work to landscapes and architectural. While I love shooting people, I love shooting landscapes/buildings even more. Nothing like being outdoors, just you and the camera. Especially if that camera is a lovely 5×4 field camera that takes an age to set up, just to capture that magic 1/15th of a second.

Hope you all enjoy my ramblings on here and I’ll try and keep it upto date!

Image of a river bed in north wales. Dense trees and blue rock.

One of my fav shots at the moment. River bed in Coed y Brenin.