Flower display

I got my OM-1 off the shelf the other week thinking that I haven’t used it for a while (since my holiday in Sorrento last summer, in fact) so I fired off a couple of shots just playing around and noticed that the mirror was staying up when the shutter was fired. I decided to investigate and discovered a partially used roll of Ektar still in the camera! Shutting the back as fast as possible, I quickly realised that this was the roll that I thought had gone missing at some point, clearly having forgotten that I’d loaded it on holiday and taken a few shots.

I decided that, given that the holiday shots were probably ruined, I might as well finish off the roll and see if I could resolve the shutter / mirror business. The same problem kept occuring intermittently, so I was sure that I was losing multiple frames – I’d have to wind on twice before the shutter would cock again – and expected them all to be blank.

What I actually ended up with was several frames that are badly out of focus where the camera had mis-fired in some fashion. All the other frames were ok, and even the holiday snaps hadn’t suffered much in the way of light-leak damage from the opened back (although most of them are nothing to write home about anyway). After removing the roll of film, I test fired the camera at multiple speeds, but couldn’t get it to re-occur. Loading a test film caused it to happen once or twice, but nothing like as much as before.

So I now have a roll of expired film in the camera to test it out properly. So far, fingers crossed, it’s been fine (12 shots in). Maybe the camera was sulking due to my inattention? 🙂

Here’s one of the shots from the roll of last year’s Ektar.

FILM - Trough display

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken 3 August 2019


Magazine stand

I really wish I’d waited a split second for the lady to step into the light. I think it would have improved the shot a lot. Alas, there were so many people walking back and forth in front of me, this was the only chance I got without a blurry person in the foreground.



Olympus OM-1,  F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 21 August 2018

Man With a Pram

John Burkhill, the “Man with a Pram”, is a well known figure in Sheffield, tirelessly fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you can, please donate here:


Thank you.

FILM - Man With a Pram

FILM - Man With a Pram

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Fujifilm Acros 100.

Taken on 3 August 2018