Caught out

Caen, Normandie in France.

While visiting the city which turned out to be their market day, I saw this homeless man begging in front of a fish and chip market stall. Quite amusing character, I thought I’d take a few shots. Just as I framed up, suddenly he turned and put his hands up as I pressed the shutter. Thinking I had been caught trying to get a candid street image, the real reason become apparent, as behind me was a couple of police officers standing there looking at him.

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I don’t know what the French law says about begging on the street, but just after he moved on. My wife and I later saw him in a different location in the city and she gave him some change.

Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens with my Weston Master V meter on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 for stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Holiday Bus

Taken at Minster seafront, England. While walking the dog one Sunday morning last summer, I came across this old Ford Transit mini bus parked on the shingle by another van. I couldn’t not take the shot having noticed the vans decorative bodywork, lights and mirrors. The tandem bicycle leaning against the van topped off the shot just nicely.

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Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai red Hoya filter on Fomapan 100 Classic, pushed two stops and developed in Kodak D76.

Leaving our mark…

‘Leaving our mark on the world for new generations to clean up’.

Which for me sums up the state of some of our beaches in Britain today with all the junk and rubbish left behind from past and present around our coastline.
This is the beach at Warden, Isle of Sheppey, England. The pebble beach is mainly covered in chalk and hard clay from the eroding cliffs behind, which why the old World War Two defences have toppled into the sea, never to be removed. The old motorbike, well you can have a guess how that got there. The same can be said of the sofa behind me in this shot.

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The Leica M4-2 has been sent off for a full CLA service at cameraworks-uk.com I’m back to using the old Nikon for the next eight weeks or so.

Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film in the morning.

Marsh Ponies

I really like this picture, must get it printed sometime. I took this shot back in February 2015. Taken at late afternoon at marshland by the River Medway at Raspberry Hill, Iwade, England.

A bitterly cold day, I wanted to capture their winter breath in the sunlight. As soon as I stopped the waters edge to get a shot, they wondered off, typical! Curiosity got the better of some of the ponies and these four came back to the waters edge, so got the reflection as well.

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I decided to crop the image in a sort of letterbox format because the foreground was little distracting from the image and the sky was completely burnt out by the sun despite using a Cokin red filter. In hindsight, I had a grey graduate filter in my camera bag at the time, maybe I should of used it.

Nikon F80, with a Nikkor 28-100mm F3.5-5.6 AF-G lens on Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film.

Rest Stop

Tenterden, Kent, England. Lovely June summers day, while waiting for the wife (in the shops… again!) I spotted this gentlemen taking a rest from his cycling, I walked closer I could see the dappled light from under the tree and the pub opposite, and the man taking the day in. The shot was made to be taken.

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Shot on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 using Fomapan 400 Action film and
Developed in Kodak D76 for 1:1 for 13 minutes at 20ºc.

Last Rays

These two old derelict farm houses are just down the D179A road from where I was staying in Saint Germain de Montgommery, France.

I wanted to capture the light late in the day, as I had already seen the buildings being lit up by the sun low across the valley a couple of evenings before while driving by them. The evening I choose to shoot, I found that when I got to the scene I was looking for, there was a large cloud bank had covered the sun over the valley. Annoyingly I decided I had to wait, hoping the cloud would clear before the sunlight got to low. Thirty minutes later, my patience paid off! As the cloud cleared, the sun was really low coming though the trees to the right of the buildings, giving an almost stripped affect to the scene below.

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Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a yellow B&W filter on Kodak Tri-X 400 film, using my Weston Master V light meter. Film developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 13 minutes at 20ºc.

Third Class

Shot in 2016, I liked the detail on the door handle with the word ‘Third’ behind. Picture shot inside the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway museum shed, Kent, England.

Still amazes me that we had a third class on our railway system for many years. In 1844, Parliament passed the Railway Regulation Act. It stipulated that passengers in third class must be sheltered from the elements and be provided with seats . The upper class would repose in the comforts of first class. The middle classes went about their business in second, and for the workers, there was third, and remained that way until 1956.

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Taken on Nikon FE with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai on Fomapan 400.
Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 12.5 minutes at 20ºc.

Charlie

This is my dog Charlie who’s now a year old. I took this picture in the house we stayed at in Vimoutiers, France. I don’t often shoot colour film, mainly because of the subjects I like to take pictures of tend to lend themselves to black and white images really.

Sunlight was coming from the window behind the sofa over his head, and more from the patio doors opposite. The light reading was not easy with my Weston meter to get this shot, so I took the reading from the sofa it self, which is a brown leather and out of direct light. Charlie is a not pure black like when he was a puppy in the first image ‘Welcome’ his coat is more a smoky grey colour now so the image of him looks a little washed out with the light coming from behind, although I am very pleased with the result of the picture.

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Taken on Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 using a Weston Master V and taken on AGFA Vista 200 film.