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Daily Archives: October 5, 2011

Jeremy Blincoe – photographer

I came across a gallery of Jeremy’s work on the photographyserved.com site which is always worth a visit in an idle moment. His pictures have had a lot of work done to them and create an odd other worldly atmosphere, I like them. It was difficult to find out much about the photographer, this is a statement from his behance notes

“I’m a Melbourne based photographer and artist. I’m currently working on two new series. One is focusing on Indigenous Australians and the other explores childhood, imagination and the degradation of the environment. When not exploring and creating pictures I love to go surfing. “

I did manage to find his website but apart from more fascinating images it didn’t tell me much, have a look yourself here

Stretching and freezing time……

Just a minute, no this is nothing to do with the LHC at Cerne. This article, by one of our favourite writers  on the Lightstalking site is about the use of shutter speeds to stretch or capture time in the briefest moments. It is one of the things that photography allows you to do in ways that you can only conceptualise, because you can’t see it in life. Here is some of what Tom has to say

“One of the fundamental tools that a photographer has at his/her disposal is the ability to record time. This isn’t just the moment in time, or the ‘decisive moment’, as Cartier-Bresson called it, but the duration of the time interval as well. It’s a matter of when and how long We can not only get the sense that we are witnessing a precise moment in history but there is a passage of time, an event taking place that requires of the viewer, an understanding of progression; moving from one place to another, moving forward in time and space”….more

Camera Shake and how to avoid it

This article describes a problem I see with many beginners pictures, holding the camera still will help but there are other ways to improve the sharpness of your pictures where the problem is due to camera shake. I was only talking about this last night to a class attending one of our DSLR courses

“Camera shake is the cause of many blurry photos and a frustration to new photographers.  The photo can be perfectly framed, in focus, but still not sharp.  At the core, the result of this is a shutter speed that’s too slow.  But when is a shutter speed too slow and how can you help avoid it?”…..more  By at Lightstalking

5×4 pinhole camera

The robust HARMAN TiTAN camera has been designed in conjunction with, and manufactured in the UK by Walker Cameras who are well known for their range of Titan large format film cameras. The body is made from injection moulded ABS, finished with a very durable non-slip coating. All fittings are made from stainless steel. This combination of materials makes the camera exceptionally durable and able to withstand extreme natural elements, and rough handling.

The camera, which can be used with any photographic film or paper, takes a 4 x 5 film holder and features tripod mount positions, built-in spirit levels, and accessory mount. The kit model comes with a 72mm wide-angle cone, which is interchangeable. Separate cones of 110 and 150mm, which is the same focal length as on a 5 x 4 camera, are planned as optional extras.

Included in the kit are 10 sheets of 4 x 5 inch HARMAN DIRECT POSITIVE photographic paper, 10 sheets of 4 x 5 inch ILFORD DELTA 100 Professional film, and a Pinhole Exposure Calculator designed by Richard Koolish, all contained in a recognisable iconic ILFORD white box.

Suggestions are that the kit will cost £150 and be availablr from late October full details from the Ilford web site here