Monday, March 21, 2011


Extended exposure with 10 stop ND filter. Nikon D3X exposed for 90 seconds.

Shadow Chasing

Yesterday I set myself a mini challenge - do a B&W series without stepping outside the house! It was late afternoon and the sun cast interesting shadows everywhere, creating bold graphic designs.  Visually, the thirty minute shoot proved to be quite challenging but the results were rewarding.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Paddock - Deserted Railway Siding

On Thursday Cathy and I drove down to the coast for the day. The little siding of Paddock, marked only by a rusted old sign,  has always been on my list of places to explore. What a sad, rundown but incredibly photogenic place it turned out to be.

During the 1960's and 70's a narrow gauge railway line ran from Port Shepstone to Harding and was the main means of transporting sugar cane and timber. Paddock was obviously a busy little community in it's day but all that is left are deserted buildings, rusting metal and an air of total despair  -  all the ingredients for great pinhole image making!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Potter At Work

Yesterday Cathy threw some test pieces. I am always fascinated when she works on the wheel  -  watching a lump of clay being coaxed into some or other recognizable form  -   almost as good as watching an image emerge in the developer  -  almost!

Captured with homemade magnifier lens on Rollei SL66.

Fuji Acros rated at 200 ISO developed in Caffenol.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Homemade Lens

For some time I have been experimenting with homemade lenses. Using the single double convex element from a magnifying glass, adapted to fit a Rollei SL66, I shot my first test roll yesterday. "The most appealing features of the lens are the glowing highlights, limited depth of field and the soft focus effect towards the edges."