Cowley Road Carnival, 2016

Cowley Road Carnival, 2016

Cowley Road recently saw it’s 16th annual carnival and parade on Sunday, 10 July. I am the husband of a dancer in the community band, Sol Samba, so I’ll admit, the coverage is a bit samba-heavy.

So where does an introvert spend a carnival, so well attended? Why, right in the middle of the street parade, of course, hiding behind a camera, and going with the flow of traffic. By far, the quickest way from one end of Cowley to the other during a carnival like this one.

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The Lunchtime Portraits

The Lunchtime Portraits

Sometimes the photo walks right up to me and asks to be taken.

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* Rolleiflex 3,5F Planar *
* Orange filter *
* Ilford FP4 Plus *
* Developed in Kodak TMax *
* Epson V500 scanner *
* Photoshop CS6 *

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Film Roll, 15 December 2014

This roll of film had a rough end to it. I don’t remember having any trouble, but I must have fumbled it, taking it out of the camera, because I definitely lost a few frames to light damage. For others, some shown here, I had to do some pretty hefty repairs in Photoshop. As well, I think that something must have rested against the emulsion side as it was drying, otherwise, I can’t explain some of the distortion in the last frame, below.

Steam Train at Oxford Central

I received a tip, back in December of last year, that there would be a steam train pulling into Oxford Central. So, there I was, on the day. I had myself planted and ready to take a great money shot of the locomotive pulling into the station, when some woman stepped out, right in front of me to take a mobile phone snap. Thanks, lady. Well, I still got a few shots that made me happy, even still. (Ha!)

Steam Train at Oxford Central

Steam Train at Oxford Central

This guy above was being scolded by the platform attendant for going over the yellow line, despite repeated warnings.

Ashmolean Museum

This last shot was taken in the Ashmolean Museum, and it took the most light damage. Even though I liked the composition and the weird effect of the emulsion damage that I mentioned earlier, I was still going to write it off. When my wife saw it and immediately mourned for it, I decided to do some tinkering with the scanned image. I usually don’t spend much time digitally manipulating my images, so I enjoyed the attempt to save this one. Think of it as my tribute to Escher.

* Rolleiflex 3,5F Planar *
* Ilford Delta 400 *
* Developed in Ilford DD-X *
* Epson V500 scanner *
* Photoshop CS6 *

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The Lunchtime Portraits

The Lunchtime Portraits are an ever expanding accumulation of portraits taken while exercising my favorite lunchtime activity …

Puppies | The Lunchtime Portraits

… No, not illicit puppy-trade. Let me explain.

In 2009, when I found myself settled with an hour-long lunchtime and Oxford all around me, I found it nearly impossible to leave my camera in my bag. There couldn’t have been better moments, in any of those first given moments, and there I was, holding the camera, and it quickly dawned on me that I could do this every day. In fact, it could even be a habit! Nice.

Sometimes they are close ups, a bust shot, sometimes there is a scene being played out with several people. They’re portraits of the life that happens to pass before my eyes. Despite the daily rush of tourism, the subjects are often the people living and working in Oxford.

The Columbo | The Lunchtime Portraits

Those who work to keep Oxford alive and functioning, people shopping, people who mind shops or build scaffolding, or one of many who busk daily in some manner or another. Even the occasional shot of a student. The photos aren’t posed; there has never been any need. From time to time, I’ve asked for permission to take a photo, especially when I can see that it will help accomplish my goal, but not every time, and the photos have otherwise just happened. And happened, over and over again, so that the potential for the project was obvious, and five years later, I continue to have lunchtimes and I always have a camera.

Once in a while, the accompanying description doubles as an equipment review, because that’s what I was doing when I took the photo, testing equipment. What better way to get the measure of your equipment than by doing just exactly what you would do anyway? There is also at least some technical information included with most of my photos, those details I always wish to know when viewing the photography of others. If I have neglected to include anything that you had hoped to know, just ask.

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Whittingham & Baché, Against the Grain

The 18 October launch of Against the Grain, the Whittingham & Baché 2015 Autumn/Winter Catwalk Collection at The Old Library in The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, UK. Also featured were the art and poetry of SigA and the jewelry of Anna Lorenz.

I chose CineStill 800T film for the night. Cinestill is Kodak Vision 3 5219 500T cinema film that has been converted for C-41 color film processing and subsequent use in still cameras. Although it gave me just the look I wanted when the subject was well lit, it was unforgiving at the fringes of the room or even at the edges of the stage. When poorly lit, subjects were often lost in the dark, lost in the film grain, or both. When I shoot this film in the future, I will bear this experience in mind, and I will also try to meter more often.

* Leica M6 *
* Canon RF 50mm f1.4 *
* Zeiss Biogon 2/35 *
* Pentax Spotmatic F *
* Zeiss Pancolar 1.8/50 *
* CineStill 800T *
* Developed at AG Photolab *
* Epson V500 scanner *
* Photoshop CS6 *

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Whittingham & Baché, Against the Grain, Pre-show

Whittingham & Baché, Against the Grain

Setting up for the 18 October launch and catwalk of Whittingham & Baché, Against the Grain, the new clothing line of recently partnered designers Maurice Whittingham and Stuart Baché, with exhibitions of painting, ceramic, sculpture and words by SigA and jewelry by Anna Lorenz.

* Pentax Spotmatic F *
* Zeiss Pancolar 1.8/50 *
* Ilford Delta 3200 *
* Developed in Ilford DD-X *
* Epson V500 scanner *
* Photoshop CS6 *

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BBC Oxford, South Today | The Lunchtime Portraits

BBC Oxford, South Today | The Lunchtime Portraits

One-woman news team, Helen Catt, of BBC Oxford’s South Today reports …

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A Street Sitting | The Lunchtime Portraits

A Street Sitting | The Lunchtime Portraits

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*  Photoshop CS6  *

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Shoot out … | The Lunchtime Portraits

Shootout ... |  The Lunchtime Portraits

Preparation | The Lunchtime Portraits

… on Broad Street, Oxford, England. Friend and fellow film photographer, Nasir Hamid, testing a 100 year old Ross 12 inch lens in his Speed Graphic. On me. His results from that day can be seen here.

*  Rolleiflex 2,8F Planar  *
*  Ilford FP4 Plus  *
*  Developed in Kodak TMax  *
*  Epson V500 scanner  *
*  Photoshop CS6  *

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Coffee and Music | The Lunchtime Portraits

Coffee and Music | The Lunchtime Portraits

*  Rolleiflex 2,8F Planar  *
*  Ilford FP4 Plus  *
*  Developed in Kodak TMax  *
*  Epson V500 scanner  *
*  Photoshop CS6  *

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