Since around October (after the day the colours fell) I’ve been shooting almost exclusively in black and white. Aside from there being less colour around to capture, I realised again that shooting in b/w makes it easier to focus on the core aspects of photography - light and shadow, composition, geometry, texture. Regular readers will… Continue reading Why Photograph In Colour?
In recent weeks I've been immersed in the delights of Ricoh's digital compacts, most specifically the utterly joyful 28mm GR Digital III - probably the most intelligently designed camera I've ever used - and its very similar zoom (24-72mm, but for me, 24 or 28mm) sibling, the GX100. But sometimes, still, a distraction comes along,… Continue reading An Impulsive Instructive Interlude – Sony W570
Following the magnificent twin revelations of the Ricoh GDR III and GX100, I inevitably looked further into Ricoh's back catalogue, and found the GX100's successor, the GX200. On paper it's not a radical overhaul, just a fractionally larger and higher spec'd sensor (12MP vs 10MP), bigger and greater resolution screen and an additional custom "MY"… Continue reading Broken Camera, Rise Victorious!
Before we begin to this courageous tale of dragon vanquish, for context we require a brief update of my photographic hunting of the last decade - Played with camera phones for a few years, got a "proper" phone, a Nikon CoolPix, loved it and shot thousands of images over seven months. Then discovered film via… Continue reading All Hail The Dragon Slaying Ricoh Brothers
Shooting with film for the last five years or so has given me huge pleasure, taught me a great deal about the basics of composing and taking photographs, and created a small body of work I'm very happy with. But there came a point some months back where I deconstructed what film photography gave me,… Continue reading Dances With Digital Dilettantes – Pt 1
Lomo photography is an itch I periodically get and have to scratch. Here's how I came to it, the allure it has, and how I scratch that itch these days... Though I was using camera phones to intentionally make photographs from the mid 2000s, my first film camera, in 2012, was about as Lomo as… Continue reading The Lomo Itch (And How I Scratch It)
Ever wanting to minimise my camera kit, it's crossed my mind more than once than a camera phone could be the only one I need. Which would be ironic, as this is how I began photographing with intention over a decade ago, years before I discovered film, or knew what any of those intimidating and… Continue reading Why An iPhone Can’t (Yet) Be My One And Only Camera
Traditionally I've been a prime lens kind of photographer. I just like the simplicity of having one less variable to consider. Plus the journey of getting to know how the world looks at a fixed focal length and field of view - so you can visualise the part of the scene the camera will capture… Continue reading Champion The Wonder Zoom?
This feels something of a confessional. I started writing 35hunter in late 2015 with the following intentions - 35hunter is a diary of my photography hunting adventures. The three things I’m hunting for are – Beautiful objects and scenes to capture with a photograph. Usually using 35mm film cameras. The ideal camera. Or, more realistically, a small collection… Continue reading Guilty Secrets And The Great Film Fallout 2017