Do you have an old Android tablet?

My Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 was a fabulous tablet. Fast, powerful, and with a gorgeous, high DPI screen that enhanced any photo you cared to view. But the price of all that computing power was mediocre battery life. Even when it was new, it needed to be charged every day. Now, three years after I … Continue reading Do you have an old Android tablet?

Handa Island on Fuji Superia 200

St Kilda has its own mythology, and quite rightly. One of the remotest parts of the Outer Hebrides, the story of its abandonment in 1930 has captured the imagination of poets, artists and musicians ever since. But few people ever visit St Kilda. It's simply too far, and the weather is too unpredictable. Ever wanted … Continue reading Handa Island on Fuji Superia 200

Five more things I learned scanning 1,751 35mm negatives

Megapixels don't matter No, seriously, they don't. See that image at the top of the page? It isn't actually one that I scanned myself. It was shot on APS film and scanned, in-lab, at the time of processing. The original scan was 1326 x 746 pixels - around one megapixel. It was also the first … Continue reading Five more things I learned scanning 1,751 35mm negatives

Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6

The Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 is often referred to as the 'pocket rocket' due to its combination of light weight, great image quality, and low price. I picked one up when I bought my first Olympus body and ... much later ... I realised that I'd never used it. But, seeing as I'm shortly planning a … Continue reading Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6

Lost Aberdeen

Featured image: A traffic warden watches suspiciously as a Volkswagen Golf reverses out of an illegal parking space. This image, from approximately 1984, was shot in Aberdeen city centre. The soup kitchen is long gone. Replaced - last time I looked - by an expensive designer candle shop. Ships tied up in Aberdeen Harbour. You … Continue reading Lost Aberdeen

Five things I learned scanning 1,751 35mm negatives

In January 2018, I bought a Plustek Opticfilm 8100 35mm scanner, with the intention of scanning and archiving my collection of 35 year collection of film negatives. Friends were cynical. I'd get bored. I'd give up after a few weeks. I should wait until I had more time (which I took as code for "wait … Continue reading Five things I learned scanning 1,751 35mm negatives