Saturday, June 30, 2007

Leadburn, Scotland

Friday, June 29, 2007

River Tweed, Peebles, Scotland

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Cycling Time Trial Peebles

cyclingCharlie Brindley and Clive Adkin race past the finish at Peebles Cycling Club's 25 mile TT on Wednesday evening. Your correspondent finished in 1 hour 9 minutes about five minutes off his personal best.

Monday, June 25, 2007


Not good news, I see I was right about South St David's Street, Edinburgh:

"The group has been aggressive at opening new outlets in recent years. In October, it doubled its Scottish presence by snapping up the 19-strong Photo Factory chain. Some of the recently converted shops, including the outlet on Edinburgh's South St David Street, are among those being axed."

This taken from the Scotsman. It had to come to this as surely cities the size of Edinburgh cannot support four stores.

What a shame Jessops strayed from its beginnings as a store for enthusiasts and chased the digital dollar, a short term unsustainable boom.

Incidentally I have served a fair number of my former customers since moving to Calumet. One, In particular, William ?, who previously bought all his digital kit at Shandwick Place. Yesterday bought a 17-55 f2.8 lens.

That new Jessops area manager Steve Hodson, who thumped the table as he spoke to me and denied it within two minutes, is just the sort of bu***** staff Jessops needs to make redundant but will undoubtedly survive. He even made former manager Alan Thompson's position untenable and brought in a completely lazy replacement who happened to be a friend of a friend of Mr Hodson.

Calumet do it slightly differently:

"Putting the peddle to the (pro) metal: selling to the professional photographer is no small task, but if you know your market, hire knowledgeable employees, and stock only the most cutting-edge equipment, you'll be well on your way to sales success."
Photo Trade News
May 1, 2005
Zumpano, Jennifer Gidman

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Fairground Attractions 1

Fairground attractions

Hasselblad X Pan

"Film is not dead!" says the advertisement in Calmet's catalogue for June/July.
So for the weekend I am taking one of the perks of the job to have a play around with a rental XPan. Now I know two owners of these superb panoramic cameras, at the risk of sounding elitist, neither is a professional photographer, although one is a serious semi-pro. Both seem to use if for landscapes.
As the fair is in town for Peebles' Beltane festival I am going to try some late dusk motion panoramics, long exposures, you'll have seen the stuff in photo magazines, at the night-time lecture on my courses or on this site tomorrow.
One advantage is that I'll check out my exposures with the D100 before proceeding to the Xpan and blowing film!
Even at staff discount film is still more costly than its digital cousin particularly with this camera as i will get it processed by Peak Imaging at £20.16 a roll! + £6.50 for a CD.
Wait for the results - maybe I'll have to eat my words and this page.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Buyer Remorse

"Hi I'd like to look at that Sony HC45," said the customer on Wednesday afternoon, "I'd also like a firewire, case and two tapes but the budget is £240," he added.
The camera was £216.99, so a bit of adjustment brought the total to £240. My customer seemed very happy, what happened this morning confounds that opinion.
He was even smiling as he said:
"The wife doesn't like it so I'd like my money back," he said, adding "I've opened one tape to test it so I'll keep it. Decode all of that and you have:
"Just after the reception, my wife took an instant dislike to the camcorder but liked the tape." My customer might be her next rejection..........................................

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Self Publishing for Photographers

Most photographers want to create collections of stunning snaps. Chris Dickie says, in this week's British Journal of Photography (BJP - 20/06/07), this is now affordable using a web based service provided by . He claims a 64-page softcovered book would cost you just £7.50 for a single copy.
Do not be confused this is not a "photobook" like those provided by many process firms, this is a professional looking book similar to those you can buy in shops such as Edinburgh's Beyondwords photographic bookshop. It is not as good as lithographic printing but very close, claims Mr Dickie, " is toner on 120gsm paper, not ink." Now I have an idea for a book which I think is unique and I need just one dummy copy to hawk round publishers, this might be the solution.
If you are in Edinburgh on Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th October then Chris Dickie is running a workshop on self publishing. More information from

Sunday, June 17, 2007


A bit of photography from my garden, two roses and below a Japanese Primula and Geum. All taken on manual mode, 1/160th f8/11 with a dash of flash from a (1970s) Vivitar 283 + manual adapter set to -5 stops + Stofen diffuser.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Little Shop of Horrors

Retried my hand at stage shooting on Thursday night at Peebles High School. When I was the Sevenoaks Chronicle photojournalist dress rehersals and the like were a staple part of the job. But until this week I'd not tried it out with digital. Setting was ISO 800, 1/60th f2.8 and 180mm lens so some shake and movement in some shots!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007

Peebles Pussy (Cat)

Paws for thought: One of the many strays which finds its way to our step enjoys a free feed.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Brindley Burn-up

Charlie Brindley, riding a Trek 5200, wavers slightly as he heads for the line in Peebles Cycling Club's Wednesday night time trial.