February 4, 2015

As some of you may or may not know I often submit images onto Vouge Italia and recently I got to 50 accepted images! What makes it more special was the 50th image to be featured was of my wife titled "The Bride".

January 25, 2015

Recently I was very kindly given a mahogany and brass half plate camera. It came with a brass lens f/8-f64, roller blind front shutter with a top speed of 1/80th and two double plate holders.

The camera is beautiful and would make a fantastic display camera, but I am no...

January 12, 2015

I finally gave in and purchased the sought after Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm f/2.5 lens to use on the Speed Graphic. The Aero Ektar is known for it's awesome bokeh and amazing rendering and there are lots of articles out there regarding this lens, so I wont add to them!

 

As...

May 10, 2014

The Original Rolleiflex K1 612

Camera: Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5

Lens: Kalee Bloomed Projection Lens f/1.9

Film: Ilford HP5+ 4x5 Sheet

Dev: ID-11 (3+1) 18 mins

 

The original Rolleiflex K1 612, this is the grand daddy of all TLR camera's. The very first Rolleiflex K1 612 onl...

March 27, 2014

This Saturday I visited Rochester for the first time and what a beautiful town. The trip was organised via Gateway CC and a few members made the journey to photograph the Cathedral.

 

I ended up shooting only 4x5 with the Speed Graphic and taking only 10 shots in 5 hrs!

I...

March 15, 2014

Today I had a shoot with the beautiful Samar, she is only in the country for a few weeks until she returns to Africa and felt privilaged that she travelled to Dover to work with me again!

We shot at my home studio first covering a few different sets, before going out on...

February 11, 2014

Also when shooting with the lovely Zoe Kelly I took the opportunity to use the Graflex Speed Graphic for the first time and shoot some 4x5!

 

Needless to say it was a much slower pace than I am used too and a huge thank you to Zoe for her patience holding the pose while...

February 11, 2014

I blogged recently on how I had a custom new mirror and focus screen made for my Original Rolleiflex from 1929. Well I have run a roll and here is one of the results!

A real pleasure to use now the screen is at least two stops brighter and focusing is so much easier.

A b...

September 17, 2013

In September we were lucky enough to go to Paris for our first time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Now you may think, how romantic... well this is me we are talking about and although I am as romantic as they come, first thing on my mind was, 'What cameras shall...

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