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

The boat sheds of Lindisfarne

On the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland, England, the fishermen found a novel way to make use of their old herring boats. When the vessel was no longer seaworthy, they would upturn the hull and convert it into a shed. Today, the island is home to a selection of sheds, all of them brimming … Continue reading The boat sheds of Lindisfarne

A Very British Day Out

Thirlestane Castle, in the Scottish Borders, is the venue for the annual classic car show by the Borders Vintage Automobile Club. I went there in 2018 with my Minolta Dynax 4, shooting Lomography 400. The first thing that surprised me was that, among all those beautiful vintage cars, I seemed to be the only person … Continue reading A Very British Day Out