The Runner

Kate Day of the Daily Telegraph said of this image, “The viewer feels like a observer, watching a private battle – with the rain, with the runner’s body, perhaps even with their mind. And the reflected light around the hunched figure puts them in the spotlight even more. Beautiful.”

The runner

That was very nice of her.  I was working with a manual 500mm lens and it is difficult to keep it from wobbling.  So I grabbed the image as best I could, considering it was a moving target, and then played a little with Photoshop.  I turned the grain and the contrast up and made the image seem grittier.  It was quite a bright day, but the picture looks like it might be raining and it looks dark which is probably why Kate mentioned the private battle.  Overall, I’m quite pleased with the image because it shows that you can work a picture into something better than the initial exposure.

A bulb, yesterday

Somewhat anachronistic, this shot will be a piece of history in ten years.

Cross Processing

These photographs were taken at Tynemouth and are cross processed.  It’s an effect that you can’t so with digital photography directly, you have to simulate it.  All film is processed through a batch of chemicals but the chemicals are different depending on the type of film.  These pictures are taken on slide film which is normally used to produce slides for projection.  Instead of using the usual chemicals, I used the ‘wrong’ ones and processed them as if they were normal colour film.  The resulting error is a strange contrast in the colours.  The beach scene below looks as if it is an old print or as if it has been hand coloured.

The picture below is another cross processed negative but it is teamed with a long exposure which made the fog take on an unusual illumination.  Sort of apt for a Victorian mental hospital.

One of the things I like about film photography is that you can mix it up and use film in ways it wasn’t designed for.  Here is a more detail description of the process although I didn’t read too much about it and just tried it out.

The Cone

A cone is a pyramid with a circular cross section. A right cone is a cone with its vertex above the center of its base.  However, when used without qualification, the term “cone” often means “right cone.”  So there.


Which way is up?

Canon EOS 5, Ilford 200 ISO



Too much colour stuff but I only had colour stuff on me that day.  No Ilford, just Fujicolour.

This lot are called The Stillwells.  They played an interesting acoustic guitar rock with a female vocalist who adds some smutty lyrics. Worth a listen although the band is no more.  They are another worthy entry in the annals of bands who have a go but don’t quite make it.  Glad to have caught them.


Tyne Bridge


Time to Redecorate

The writing is on the wall; it says ‘redecorate.’

peeling-paintbrick-wall abstract-(9)

Super Sunday

In celebration of this year’s Superbowl, here are some images from the 2008 NFL game held at Wembley between the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers.


The fans were in fine mood.  Unlike many sporting events, the crowd was unpartisan.  The ages of the London crowd went from school child to pensioner and the atmosphere was great.  There seemed to be shirts from every NFL team and lots of college, World League and Britball teams as well.

This is New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees taking the snap.

One of the issues with the UK broadcast of the Superbowl is the international commentary you often get.  As broadcasters believe that lots of new people who don’t know the rules will be watching, they use a dumbed down play by play which explains what’s going on.  The biggest game of the year and you get told what a forward pass is.  Can you imagine watching the FA Cup and the commentator tells you why the referee has a whistle?

Also, you tend to get ‘special guests.’  All year long, the TV company has coped with two men in the studio but now it feels the  need to bring in an ex player or two to change the atmosphere.  Even worse is the guest without football experience.  Don Johnson springs to mind as an example of a guest who spent four hours in the Sky Sports studio with only his experience of Miami Vice to see him through.

Chinese Dancer

Unusually for me, a colour picture.

A dancer taken at last year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.  The cloth is a stark contrast to the rest of the costume which is quite ornate and the striking make up.

This year it’s the Year of the Tiger starting on 14th February and festivities can go on for up to fifteen days in some parts of the world.