In The City as darkness falls

A photograph I took last December before meeting with colleagues in London.

FILM - As darkness falls

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Tmax P3200.

Taken on 18 December 2018


My first try at studio-style portraits

My local photo society had a studio-style model shoot this week which gave me my first ever chance to shoot professional models in this sort of environment. To be clear, this wasn’t a true studio setting, it was more a case of those members with studio-lights, backdrops etc. bringing them along, and then a session of organised shoots with each of the four models, so each member got a few minutes to photograph each of them.

I took along a couple of cameras: the Yashica Mat (which I remembered I’d loaded with 100asa film at the weekend, rather than the Delta 400 I’d bought for this session!), and my Nikon F80 with a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 and a 50mm f/1.8. I brought along a couple of film choices for the Nikon, but quickly decided on a roll of Tmax P3200 that I gratefully received from my Emulsive Secret Santa last year, and which I’ve not had opportunity to shoot until now. I figured the 3200asa film would give me plenty of leeway with shutter speed and hopefully produce some nice gritty portraits.

It became quickly apparent that I wouldn’t have enough time to faff around with the Yashica Mat, tripod, light meter etc, so quickly fell back to the F80 for the task at hand. Having never worked with models before, I didn’t really have a clue on how to direct them (and being somewhat shy didn’t help me either), but I was able to direct them in some poses I wanted to shoot, and I also heeded some advice I’d heard on a YouTube video once: That you should trust the model to pose for you. It’s their job, and they’ll know what works better than an inexperience photographer. This was good advice.

Anyway, not knowing quite what results I would get, I was very happy when I got my processed negatives back. While I’m sure there are many points to criticise, for my first attempt I was really happy with what I’d got. I’m not sure it’s something that I’m interested in pursuing further, but it was a good experience.

Anyway, here are a small selection (and there are a few more on my Flickr stream if you want to see the rest).

FILM - WPS Model Session-3

FILM - WPS Model Session

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FILM - WPS Model Session-12

Nikon F80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM (except the shot with the tattoed arm in the foreground, which was the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D) & Kodak Tmax P3200.

Taken on 19 March 2019

See you later ol’ fella

We had to say goodbye to our cat, Luigi, last night. He was 19 years old, so had enjoyed a pretty long life for a moggy, but his health had been failing over recent years. He was pretty much totally blind and deaf, and was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure last year. He’s been on a special renal diet and daily blood pressure medication for the past few months but over recent weeks had started to lose a lot of weight and suffer from stomach upsets.

We took him to the vets yesterday probably expecting the worse, but also hoping for the best, but the diagnosis was that he had contracted a secondary digestive illness, possibly IBS or lymphoma. While steroids can be given to help relieve these, this isn’t possible for a cat with renal problems, so there was nothing to be done.

We love him very much, but didn’t want him to suffer, so agreed with the vet that it was time to say goodbye.

Farewell old buddy, we have so many happy memories of you. You were loved and will be missed so very much. 😦

FILM - Old fella

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Tmax P3200.

Taken January 2019


The Gherkin (or 30 St Mary Axe as it’s otherwise known), one of the more distinctive building on London’s ever-changing skyline.

FILM - Gherkin

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Tmax P3200.

Taken on 18 December 2018

St. Paul’s looms in the background

This small pedestrian street in London has an amazing composition of St. Paul’s cathedral, with the dome and columns perfectly framed between the buildings. The Tmax P3200 allowed me to get this shot handheld.

FILM - It looms

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Tmax P3200.

Taken on 18 December 2018

Skyline abstract

From a walk around the City of London before a Christmas get-together with colleagues. Although dusk was settling (it was a gloomy, rainy day) when I took this, the P3200 has rendered everything nice and bright.

FILM - Skyline abstract

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Tmax P3200.

Taken on 18 December 2018