Saturday, October 31, 2009

Peebles High Street

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Panasonic Competition today announces a photo competition:

Panasonic's eighth annual online LUMIX Award digital photo competition is now open for entries. Participants can submit one image per month under this year's theme 'Visualize music'. Each month a winner will be chosen and awarded a DMC-ZX1 digital compact. The overall winner for the single best digital photo will receive a DMC-GF1 Micro Four-Thirds camera along with tickets to see the Blue Man Group performance theatre troupe, while two runner-ups will receive a DMC-FZ38 compact. Entries can be up to 1200x1600 pixels and must be smaller than 2MB. The competition runs until April 30 2010.
To enter go to:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

UK Autumn Focus 09

Calumet's New Interactive catalogue is now available here:
UK Autumn Focus 09

Medium Format Digital Price Drop

Mamiya medium format photography is back in the digital market with a 22 Mega Pixel camera.
For the astonishing price of just under £6,100 the new camera will use virtually any Mamiya 645 lens AF, and MF in stop down mode.
Mamiya is also seeking to steal territory from Hasselblad as it has developed an adapter to use Hasseelblad V series lenses, also in stop down mode.
The newcomer was announced on the respected dpreview site.
Raw file compatibility is with Capture One software and the camera uses CF cards.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Above Scotland

The information and article below is taken from Edinburgh, Photographic Bookshop Beyond Words

Above Scotland - The National Collection of Aerial Photography

Beyond Words, 42 Cockburn Street on Thursday 5 November, 6.30 pm

Our next book event will be the launch of Above Scotland: the National Collection of Aerial Photography to be held at Beyond Words, 42 Cockburn Street on Thursday 5 November, 6.30 pm. The Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments in Scotland holds the national collection of aerial photography with millions of images dating from the 1920s to the present day. These photographs – many of which have never been seen before by the public – tell the remarkable story of a changing nation, from stone circles, Roman remains and ruined castles, to the growth of villages, towns and cities, the rise and fall of heavy industry, the country at war and the proud engineering and architecture of the modern landscape. For the first time in one volume, RCAHMS has brought together the finest images from its collection in a stunning illustration of Scotland’s past, present and future.

Co-author David Cowley will give an audio-visual presentation to celebrate the launch of this new title. This event is free event but, in order to guarantee a place, please email

Why Film Might be Better

At home in Peebles we are waiting for two films sent to Peak Imaging by my step-son. There's a palpable sense of anticipation in the household, as we wait for the postman (the strike helps!!).
Waiting for results from a mail order processor is much more fun than just glancing at an LCD screen often at the time of snapping an image.
Using film encourages proper camera work as the photographer aims to make the best possible exposure and thus minimise costs.
Although I have been away from Calumet for more than five weeks, this summer there seemed to be a noticeable increase in customers buying both 35mm, 120 and 5 x 4 film.
Could it be that people are becoming tired with the big camera companies bringing out more and more models? Which always have more megapixels than the last but also invariably, especially at the top end of the market, demand an investment of a few thousand pounds.
A Rolleiflex like that pictured left, made in the 1950s, more than 60 years ago will produce just as good results as a 40 Megapixel back and is available second hand for a fraction of the price.
The results on 8 x 8 prints or even 5 x 5 prints are always a joy to view from the Rolleiflex. The colours, using films which were not available when the camera was made knock spots of most digital cameras.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Autumn accelerates in Melrose

Across the foot suspension bridge above the River Tweed is this leafy lane leading to Gattonside.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Eildon Hills from Bank of River Tweed

Taken with my 3mp phone ans sent direct by email, uncropped apart from in my mind conceiving the image.