Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (Sunday 27th April) has come round again so quickly it seems and I have a new toy to use this year. Last year I used a homemade bodycap pinhole on my Canon DSLR and this year I have something similar but purchased. I will be using a Wanderlust Pinwide on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera.
The advantage of using the Pinwide is that MFT cameras are of course mirrorless and so the bodycap with the pinhole can be recessed into the camera without fouling anything. This gives a 22mm (35mm equivalent) focal length compared to approximately 50mm on my Canon bodycap pinhole.
Heres one I prepared earlier.
I did not only photograph landscapes while in Scotland last month; I stumbled upon an abandoned house and just had to take some photos. On the outside it looked rather ruined and I took a few exterior photos and continued wondering along the road. On my way back curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a look inside, and I was glad I did.
It was a bit of a mess in places, with water dripping into the lounge, but in many ways you got a glimpse of how the occupants lived. It is a creepy fascination to walk around these kind of places and raises many questions in your mind; who was it who lived there and why are they not there now? How long has it been since someone lived there? I did not see anyone else in the tiny village and there were no shops to ask so it is still a mystery.
Here are a few images I took while I was there.
‘Central Reservation’ – Oxford Street, London.
I am slowly working through my images from my trip to Scotland. Here’s the latest one from the first day when I stopped at Rannoch Moor. It was lovely and sunny if you looked to the west but turn the other way and there were some moody dark clouds with breaks for the sunlight to shine through and light up the landscape.
Mountains bordering Rannoch Moor, Scotland.
‘Wildfire’ – burnt trees near Torridon, Scotland.
On Wednesday March the 12th, 2014, I went to Fenton House, the Royal Photographic Society headquarters in Bath, for my ARPS distinction assessment… and I was successful, I gained my ARPS! I will probably write up my ARPS experience sometime but as I have had a few people ask to see my ARPS panel online I thought I had better get on and do that first!
Here’s an image I prepared earlier, October 2013 in fact. I entered it into my local club competition (Amersham Photographic Society) and it did OK I seem to remember, it gained a Highly Commended I think. Towards the end of the year we have a Print Finals evening where you enter two of the prints that you entered in this year’s print competitions. I entered this one and a tree image, and this one came third in the Advanced Class. Not bad really considering it was Gillian Morgan and Chris Palmer who gained first and second place respectively. We’ll done to Laurie Turner though who took overall first place with his lovely ‘Into the Light’ image.
I had one heck of a job printing this image due to so many dark tones. I think I spent about £30 on paper just for this one image. I don’t normally have such difficulties. I use the Imageprint RIP and their excellent profiles coupled with an calibrated Eizo monitor and rarely print an image more than twice.
‘Nighttime Stroll’ – Self portrait!
‘Raining’ – Loch Assynt, Sutherland, Scotland