Look east

This is the view eastward down 23rd Street from the High Line park in Manhattan. The road at the bottom of the shot is 10th Avenue. While I’m all for curves, the clean sight-lines, coupled with rows of high-rise buildings, make for some nice photo opportunities. The slightly faded tones of the Portra 400 have replicated the feel of the very warm day on which the shot was taken quite nicely, I think.

FILM - 10th & 23rd

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Portra 400.

Taken on 27 May 2019


Just do it

You can’t fail to be struck by the advertising hoardings in Times Square, whether it be the high-tech animated electronic boards, or the more traditional versions like in today’s photo.

I’m a little disappointed with the roll of Ektar I shot in NYC – not due to the film itself (the colours are glorious), but because of my results. Apart from a couple, all the shots (including the one here) show at least some minor signs of softness. I know the camera is capable of sharp images, so this is down to camera shake or DOF blurring when using wider apertures. Although it wasn’t badly lit on the day I shot the roll, the light meter app on my phone was giving somewhat long exposure times when I metered the shots, so I was shooting with longer shutter speeds and / or wider apertures than I’d have liked. As this was a family trip, not a photography expedition, I was also taking less time than I would have liked to compose and take many shots, which probably exacerbated things too.

I wish I’d have taken my Sekonic L-208 meter with me instead of relying on the phone app. The phone app is normally ok, but on this occasion seemed to be giving me somewhat variable results even when readings were taken in similar conditions. I think the L-208 would have been a more reliable companion.

FILM - Just do it

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 27 May 2019

Bring me sunshine

This hat shop in Manchester is striking in its own right, but I waited for a passser-by to give it additional interest. By chance I managed to get the chap in a pose not too disimilar to the classic Morcambe and Wise dance. He also has a carrier bag, Eric Morcambe style. 🙂

FILM - Bring me sunshine

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford Delta 400.

Taken on 23 April 2019


This takeaway restaurant has been a feature in Sheffield city centre for a few decades now, and it made for a nice subject for a nighttime shot. I like the glowing colours of the lights and the way they illuminate the street outside. I think it might have been improved had someone been sitting at the window seats, but I still like it empty nontheless – it adds a sense of mystery I suppose.

FILM - Chubbys

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 25 April 2019


I took a trip out to Curbar Edge in the Peak District on Sunday with the hopes of photographing people climbing the rocks. This is one of the photos I took while walking up to the main crags. You can just make out a few people perched atop and beside the rocks if you look closely.

FILM - Ridgeline

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford FP4+.

Taken on 12 May 2019