tilt/shift goodness

Well, I finally got out for twenty minutes the other night and took some pictures with my large format camera. Firstly, the Manfrotto tripod is lovely and stable – so that’s good. I ended up taking two pictures basically – each shot twice, firstly on Instant film (Fuji FP100C in a Polaroid 405 back) and then on Fomapan 100 sheet film.

instant fake #1First ‘Polaroid’ was a bit marred by the fact I didn’t develop it for long enough – it was rather colder than the film likes.

instant fake #2The second wasn’t developed until I got home, and looks much better (colour-wise – actually the first composition is better in my opinion)…

W. T. F. ?

Jeremy Paxman on tonight’s Newsnight: “Let’s be blunt: without the supermarkets we wouldn’t eat”

WHAT?! Without the supermarkets we’d have thriving communities with local bloody shops.

Knob end.

A dilemma…

Just seen an advert on the TV saying that ‘A Matter of Life and Death’ is going to be available free with a UK newspaper tomorrow.

It’s one of my favourite films…

… but the paper is the Daily Mail.

Like the title says. A dilemma.

Back in the saddle…

Phew. Last night I loaded up half-a-dozen film holders and (weather permitting) I will get out this evening to use the large format camera again.

I haven’t used it ‘in anger’ for over a month now, what with travelling for work (no more of that at least) and other things. The tripod kit (Manfrotto 055XProB and 808RC4) I got at the end of February has not really been used at all.

Tonight’s project? I’m going to see if I can get some ‘fake miniature’ pictures – there’s a technique for faking a tilt-shift lens in Photoshop and, with the right subject matter, the resultant photos look like they’re models. It’s pretty cool in my opinion. And then there’s the work by Miklos Ga├íl which I’m quite taken by.

This kind of thing…

Hopefully I’ll post some results soon…