Breakfast with an Old Master? | 35Chronicle

50mm, black & white, Indoor, night / low-light, photography

The Escaping Rabbit & the GXR Leica M-Mount Lens Module.


Today, I cannot contain my excitement. Over ten years ago, I tried out the Leica M module on my GXR with, at that time, the best lenses I could afford. Not Leica glass, that’s for sure. I remember having heaps of fun with them too but, in my state of constant G.A.S, I think I must have tired of MF within that very same year and, well, Fuji went and released the first of their X100 series and the rest as they say, is history. Fast forward then to today, and imagine I am opening a small box, over breakfast. Inside the box is an old lens – a beautiful 1950s lens for which I forked out far less than I would on a weekly grocery shop. (Bonkers!) Bloody hell, I have missed this caper far more than I have ever realised. I’m now holding in my hand a dinky little Canon 50mm 1.8 with the LTM (Leica Thread Mount) and – a handy M adapter. Goody! As it turns out, this little prime has quite the reputation, and it’s very easy in use to see just why. (I know – I do love 35 FoV but in honesty,  most small primes make me go a bit fuzzy!)

Speaking of fuzzy then, as I get older (this is probably the same for all of us, perhaps?) I find that relaxation is easier to find, far more enjoyable and – slowing down a tad here and there becomes a natural process that requires little to no thought. No, I haven’t given it up, nor am I ready for a coffin just yet: it’s only that urgency becomes easier to measure and filter and calm takes its place far more readily. Through younger years, to savour is seldom considered. What a waste. And so it is with my approach to photography, that I measure and filter and savour. I have never been a quick shooter (ladies… please!) and instead, I have never enjoyed shooting more than when I have been able to take my time to appreciate the whole process. As I mounted the little Canon lens onto the front of my trusty old GXR, I distinctly felt a little inner sigh go through me  – savouring again. Still… time for a little fun around the house and though these are not the first of the frames I caught with it, I think they echo something of my mood today in some daft, cheeky, light-hearted way. So… just for fun, here goes. Thanks for reading and, enjoy!

-R-

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The Mono-Archives | PT.I | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, ruins, structures, trees

Castle Kennedy & Gardens (2019) | 720nm IR [PT.I]


Given that we’re all a little restricted nowadays, I have decided to do a little catching-up on some much loved scenes and places that I have had the good fortune to capture over the past year or so. Welcome to the Mono-Archives series, a proposed mix of both IR and visible light monochrome frames. I hope you’ll enjoy what I certainly hope will become a worthy collection of some of my more recent black and white work.

-R-

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Close to Home | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

black & white, infrared, photography, skies, structures, urban

Stone & Sky.


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I | The Minerva Building [The Gates are Open but, School is … Out]
GXR A16 FS Conversion w/Lens-Mounted Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter | 24mm | 1/850th | f4 | ISO:200

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II | Greyfriars.
GXR A16 FS Conversion w/Lens-Mounted Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter | 28mm | 1/320th | f4.8 | ISO:200

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III | Robert Burns & Greyfriars.
GXR A16 FS Conversion w/Lens-Mounted Hoya R72 720nm IR Filter | 24mm | 1/400th | f6 | ISO:200

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In the Eyes of Beholders | 35Chronicle

black & white, candid, colour, people, personal, photography, portraits

Bumble’s ‘New’ Camera.


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Down by the River | PT.IV | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

35mm, 50mm, black & white, infrared, photography, ruins, skies, spring, structures, trees, waterscape

Exercise Can Take Many Forms.


We have been advised by Boris that during this extended period of Covid-19 induced lock-down, we are allowed: to make essential journeys, commute to work (and thankfully, gratefully – home again), make vital trips to shops and – to engage in (for up to an hour per day) outdoor exercise. Today, I had no essential journeys to make, nor did we need to run out for urgent supplies; furthermore, it’s my day orff, and so… on seeing what a beautiful spring day it was, Bumble and I decided that we would take the kids out for a much needed leg-stretch for an hour. A perfect opportunity to exercise my leading-eye and my right index finger too, I thought. 

The streets were largely deserted (to be expected of late) save for small groups of shoppers obediently queuing two metres (or thereabouts) apart outside a local supermarket and we had absolutely no issues with bumping into anyone at all. A short walk through the town brought us to a popular spot next to the River (the Nith) more usually popular at this time of year for seagulls and – local drinkers. Today though – all was quiet, serene, picturesque and fragrant. I recall thinking to myself, “If a spring Saturday in the glorious sunshine could always be as peaceful as this, who could possibly have a problem with social-distancing?” Of course, my tongue was firmly in my cheek but you have to admit, many of you will have thought it too at some time or other lately? Surely? I have never seen this part of town so quiet (at least not before 4 a.m, that is!) As we walked towards a near deserted park on the other side of the bridge, I had an idea; one that I had had many times before, in fact. “There is a building…”

I know – I shoot a lot of buildings (and for those of you new to my pages, they include old ruined abbeys, castles, fortifications, churches, to name but some) and usually, solely in my favoured 720nm infrared output when the weather allows me to. When I’m not shooting large structures, I love to shoot around or next to water and today, I would combine the two, as we strolled. 

Standing half-way along Devorgilla Bridge, you’d be forgiven for believing that my intention here was to capture the New Bridge (otherwise known as the Buccleuch Street Bridge) but in fact it was indeed the large willow which attracted me to making this frame. Seeing it draped over the water, newly budding – between me and the stonework, to my mind makes a very pleasing frame.

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Buccleuch Street Bridge & Willow | Ricoh GXR A16 Full-Spectrum Conversion w/Front-Mounted Hoya R72.
[50mm – 1/380th – f6.8 – ISO:200]

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Rosefield Mills is a Grade B Listed disused woollen mill, situated right on the bank of the Nith and, it’s in a sad and sorry state. I have been wanting so much to capture this beautiful, old Venetian style building under IR light for many years but have never, ever arrived to shoot it and been blessed with enough natural sunlight to do so, at each attempt. Today’s encounter with it was down to pure chance that I bagged my camera before setting off, oddly – not something that I always do (there’s a lesson here, don’t you think?) I did manage a good series of images here and, this one is a preview, I guess. 

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Rosefield Mills (from a Deserted Park) | Ricoh GXR A16 Full-Spectrum Conversion w/Front-Mounted Hoya R72.
[35mm – 1/140th – f8.4 – ISO:200]

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Douglas Adams once wrote that nothing turns a seemingly ordinary human being into an incredible musician more quickly that the knowledge of the rapid approach of impending deafness. I feel that there’s an echo here – that to not be able to exercise one’s freedom to roam inasmuch as we have always been able to prior to current times, all of a sudden there’s an urge to find, to see, to create – to enjoy. To the full. 

And so – I hope that you will enjoy these two frames as much as I have enjoyed making them. Stay well and, I hope you’re enjoying a great weekend. 

R.

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Taking Time Out | Ricoh GR III | 35Chronicle

black & white, colour, nature, personal, photography, rural, skies, spring, sunset, trees, waterscape

A Change of Rhythm.


In some ways, we can all do with it – albeit enforced of late but, I have other reasons to feel the benefits of little changes here and there. For those of you who follow my pages here, you’ll know very well that I am a devout fan of monochrome output for my own personal photographic endeavours. Colour has mostly (since I first picked up a proper camera over twenty years ago) remained a constant source of confusion, distraction and dare I say – annoyance, too. I’ve discussed these feelings somewhat in previous posts so I won’t be waxing on about it here; suffice to say – I have often struggled with colour photography. Recently however, I managed to get my hands on a new GR III – a camera that for me would supersede all others when it comes to black and white shooting. Then, yesterday evening, Bumble looked out through the living-room window and remarked upon the sunset across the other side of the Nith. A short, gentle walk was suggested, and, (in keeping with current restrictions of course) – we happily stepped out.

I grabbed my GR on our way through the door. What a treat! But though I have, as so many photographers – naturally, had little opportunity to get out and shoot this camera (any camera) I am nevertheless extremely happy to share these few frames.

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I do hope that you’ll enjoy these few captures and, that you are all remaining safe and well. Sending my very best wishes to every reader; to you and to yours. 

R.

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Lockdown Blues | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, colour, people, photography, portraits

It’s Can’t be Easy, Being Seven!


Two weeks of lockdown before the school Easter holidays commenced and guess who’s had his fill of it all, already? Homeschool is tougher than he’d bargained for, he’s not allowed to visit the new local play-park, the shops have all run out of his favourite sweeties and through it all, I keep sticking my new GR III in his face! It’s tough, being a little ‘un, I can see that. To make matters worse, my Windows 10 laptop has all but died on me after a recent Windows Update (thanks for nothing, Mr. Gates – or whoever is running the show at Microsoft, now) and I have had to find a complete new way of processing, editing and saving my shots. To top it all, I have to use the WP app my iPad – which is not as simple as it should be and I can see a few corrections to formatting in Safari, coming right after I publish this. Anyhooz, all is not lost – it’s all about adapting, I guess.

Speaking of adapting, I know I said I wouldn’t do it, but yes, I did – and I am loving the latest iteration of Ricoh’s GR. All of these frames were captured on it at my favoured 35mm internal crop mode and to round off on a good note – young Flynn was only feigning in shot one. He’s coping just fine and can even tell the time now! Onwards!

Though I am certain that nobody has ever pegged the GR series as a serious portrait tool, I reckon it’ll pass. Keep smiling, keep well and, I hope you’ll appreciate the annoyance I have had to endure this afternoon to bring you these! One has to laugh, eh?!

R.

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The Water Cure, Perhaps? | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, skies, waterscape

It Has Been Said…


… that to aid in the finding of true inner peace, one must be able to enjoy the calm of a sizeable area of water for at least thirty minutes, each day; I can’t possibly know how true this really is, but hey, it works for me. Therefore, here – I wish to share four separate frames with a watery theme, caught with three different cameras, all at my favoured 35mm FoV.

I do hope that you and those you love are all well and, that you’ll enjoy these few captures. 

R.

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Seven Tonics [One Slightly Used] | 35Chronicle

black & white, close-up, photography, still life

Whatever Gets You Through.


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Hermitage Castle | PT.II – 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

35mm, black & white, infrared, landscape, photography, ruins, skies, structures

Monumental | II.


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[All frames: Fujifilm X100 – Internal 720nm Infrared Conversion / f8.0 – ISO:320]


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