Monday, 30 May 2016


So a couple of weeks ago me old mate Martin and his lovely wife Kate came a-visiting.  I used to work with Martin at the University of Sussex, down there on the South Coast of England.  He's a good lad, is Martin and he likes his cameras, though mostly digital affairs.

As you can see, we all went to Portstewart, 'cos it's nice there.  There's Martin there, cradling his digital baby - rather on the large size it is, as you can see.  Note the sky - no clouds!  At first I thought that was the reason for throwing me off me exposure - as you can see I didn't let enough light fall onto the FP4+.  Actually, the truth is somewhat different.  I don't think it was the lack of clouds at all - I think I actually have FP4+ in the bulk loader and not, as I believed, HP5+.  Hence I've been under-exposing everything by close to 2 stops.  Eejit.

That was Martin outside a little cafe we went to (more of that another time, possibly tomorrow if you're lucky).  He must have stood there about 5 full minutes taking that shot.  Well, since there is a short feedback loop in these devices there was a lot of looking at the back of the camera.  And he had to change his camera's battery pack halfway through the shoot as well.  That's what happens with these sorts of cameras.

There he is explaining some button or other to Kate.  Very complicated, that camera.  Not just aperture, speed and shutter release, oh no.  Much more.


  1. Lots more, there is to these cameras than just aperture, speed and a good old shutter release! But then again all them extras is more or less just that... extras eating batteries. As we know all about, of course.
    I think you managed to make a couple of great kind of portraits on your friend Martin here anyway, and that last one is a really nice one for sure. He's got quite a long lens on that Canon I must say. That one will eat batteries as well, if I know my stuff just a tiny bit. But that's how they make things these days... it's no good if it ain't stuffed to the brim with it's own motherboard and the likes :))

    1. The lens and camera combined were huge and heavy Roy, as I'm sure you know. I think it was a 70-210 lens, with all the bells and whistles (auto focus, image stabilization). I couldn't carry one of those around all day, for sure. Made the German rangefinder look like a toy beside it.