This group of people on the Tube in London caught my eye and I decided to take a quick candid. The Sure Shot Telemax isn’t the quietest of cameras and makes a quite audible camera noise as the motor winds the film on, but I took the chance of getting the shot. As the camera’s frame counter seems to be on the fritz a little, I was unaware that this was actually the last frame on the roll, so itnstead of a single, quick motor noise, I instead got about 10-15 seconds of loud motor noise as the film automatically rewound! No-one seemed to notice though.

FILM - Commuting

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 17 April 2019


On a foggy day last year

One from last autumn on a wonderfully foggy day. It was taken from the car park at the top of Porter Clough on the outskirts of Sheffield. I took a digital version of the same scene, but also grabbed this shot with the Sure Shot that I had with me as well.

FIM - Foggy day trees and puddle

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 25 November 2018

An empty seat

So, the big, scary carousel-thing is back in Sheffield at present (it’s been there for a few weeks, in fact). I took a few photos on a disposable Ilford XP2 camera, but this isn’t one of those – although, by coincidence, it’s also on XP2. It’s slightly tricky to get an appealing composition without bits of building creeping into the edges of the frame, and I ended up focussing on just the top of the ride when the pasengers were at the very top. Even then I’ve cropped this in a little.

FILM - Up there

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 29 March 2019

Round the bend

A benefit of having a camera on you at all times is that you can grab a photo whenever one presents itself to you, as I did with this little scene that caught my eye while out walking a few weeks back.

As a point of interest, the phrase “being driven round the bend” comes from the layout of the grounds of old mental hospitals and asylums, which would not have a direct line of sight to the road they were accessed from. Therefore, a person being taken for admittance would be “driven round the bend” to get to the facility

FILM - Round the bend

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 31 March 2019


Silhouetted figures sit inside St. Pancras railway station in London.

It was the guy on the end of the bench that caught mye eye for this shot. I liked the position he was sat in and the way I could just make out the frame of his spectacles.

FILM - Travellers

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 17 April 2019

Boot sale

Ah, the good old British car-boot sale. What beats getting up at 6:30am on a misty Sunday morning on the off-chance that someone is selling a Leica for a quid?

I didn’t get a Leica on this occasion (as I haven’t on all the occasions I’ve ever been to a car-boot sale, oddly enough), but I bought a Vivitar V635 with 28-70mm and 80-200mm lenses, and an Olympus OM-10 with a Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 for the princely sum of £12.

The Zuiko lens was faulty, so that went on eBay for spares / repairs and I got enough for it to cover my initial £12 outlay. The Vivitar was tested and, while it worked perfectly well and was in great condition, the lenses weren’t as sharp as others I already own for other systems, so that is being sold off too. I replaced the light seals in the OM-10 and finished a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 200 in it the other day, so should get the results back from that test roll this week. If all is well, I might keep hold of that as a spare body to complement my OM-1.

FILM - Boot sale

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 7 April 2019