Around town

I’ve mentioned before that I still like the discipline of shooting on film. It forces you to slow down and think about what you’re shooting, and there’s no preview, so you can’t indulging in ‘chimping – you have to trust yourself to have got the shot without checking.

I also still think that there’s a subtle difference in the look of film compared to digital (although that difference is diminishing as digital cameras improve).

Then there’s shooting on black and white film. Now, you have to ‘see’ in black and white – there’s no option to shoot in colour and try out various black and white looks in the comfort of Photoshop.

Here are some pictures taken around my home town, all shot in the knowledge that colour could not be a factor in the final image.

I should point out that I don’t view ‘chimping’ as a bad thing—it’s an advantage that digital gives us. However, it’s also not a bad thing to deny ourselves these advantages from time to time. It’s like having a calculator, but still being able to add up in your head.

We’ll beat it one day…

Just one picture: a group of people whom I have tremendous respect for*.

A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I’d do some promo shots for a charity event he was organising—for free, of course. My instinct was to say “no”: doing work for no pay gets to be an expectation. But everyone has (or should have) one or two particular charities that they’ll always do work for. For me, it’s cancer research: both of my parents died of cancer (ridiculously early—in fact, at the age I’ve now reached), so anything that helps research into fighting this most insidious of diseases is fine by me.

So, the picture. Here we have a group of local businesspeople who did a sponsored 5km run at PureGym in Altrincham. At the time of writing, they have raised nearly £2,000, but there’s still time to increase that amount by making a donation here.

To all those who answered the call and did something for a worthy cause, I salute you.

The good people of Altrincham who ran 5km for charity.
The good people of Altrincham who ran 5km for charity.


*Yeah, yeah. “…for whom I have…”. Blah, blah, blah.

It was a bit damp out there

Some pictures taken during a heavy rain shower:

I was particularly pleased with two images that show the falling raindrops. This is quite rare when photographing rain: the drops often fail to register because they are either too small or moving too fast. Usually, you have to rely on splashes, umbrellas and cowering people to suggest the conditions, as you can see in the other pictures (it was raining heavily in all but the first one).

Massive props, by the way, to the Altrincham choir who performed through the downpour without missing a beat and never losing their smiles.

For those interested in these things:

Olympus OM-D; Zuiko 17mm f/1.8; Zuiko 45mm f/1.8


Wander around for a while with – if I may use the phrase – a photographer’s eye, and you’ll start seeing things in a new way. They’ve always been there, of course—indeed, you probably pass them every day. But once you start to really look at things, your mind form associations beyond the mundane. It may be an element of humour, it may be a connection with something apparently unrelated, or it may just simply be an ‘aha’ moment. Continue reading “Sentinels”

Do I look like a subversive to you?

I was out and about taking pictures, when I thought that it would be nice to get a few high-level shots of the town. Well, we’ve got a high-level car park that looks over the main shopping street, so I went up there to have a look.

It took about 5 minutes before two security guards approached me…

Continue reading “Do I look like a subversive to you?”