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  • Basking at the Beach: Beaches I Went To and Things I Saw

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-05-22 in #lifestyle
    Basking at the Beach: Beaches I Went To and Things I Saw

    Whenever I go to a beach I never just lie down and start tanning. I get bored. I go and wander about exploring. In Scotland, tanning is very rarely an option; if we had sun all year round I might be content to just lie in the heat. When I’m at a beach I love the sound of the sea and the feel of the sand. Here are some interesting shorelines I’ve been to and the sorts of things I’ve seen.

  • Monochrome Madness: Developing Black and White Film

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-05-15 in #gear #tipster
    Monochrome Madness: Developing Black and White Film

    You’ve got a film camera; you’re shooting loads and costs are starting to mount up. I know that story. I’ve been there myself. I understand how you feel, because I felt that way when I was paying £20 for b/w dev, prints and scan per roll. I found that developing and scanning my own negatives not only cut out way more than half the cost – it taught me more about photography to boot.

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  • Glasgow's West End Festival in Film

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-05-10 in #news
    Glasgow's West End Festival in Film

    Each summer, there is a massive festival in Glasgow's West End. We celebrate music, dance, art and singing. There's always something exciting to see. Last year, I only managed to catch the main parade. This year, I will be going to more events. The city floods with artists wanting to showcase their respective talents.

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  • Strange/Beautiful: Stop Working So Hard to Get Good Portraits

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-04-20 in #lifestyle
    Strange/Beautiful: Stop Working So Hard to Get Good Portraits

    If you like another photographer's style then try incorporating it into your own. Diane Arbus posed her subjects - they were all aware they were getting their picture taken. Current convention and tastes seem to be more concerned with taking candid shots that don't interrupt the subject. Mayeb it's time to start interrupting people again....

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  • Analogue for a Day: The Day We Left the Digital Grind Behind

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-04-19 in #lifestyle
    Analogue for a Day: The Day We Left the Digital Grind Behind

    Sometimes the overwhelming nature of reality becomes too much and as individuals we are lost in the mire of Twitter, using an online supermarket, mobile phones, iPads, Facebook statuses, traffic jams, signing up for your exclusive club card -and of course... internet banking.Sometimes you just need to let that go. All of it.

  • Portraits of Strangers: Ask and Get Some Awesome Shots

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-04-04 in #lifestyle
    Portraits of Strangers: Ask and Get Some Awesome Shots

    I mainly take photographs of my friends and family. I want to be able to have photographs of good times with them. However, sometimes I'll see (or maybe even meet) someone who makes an impression on me - enough so that I take their picture.

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  • Super Selfies: A Rare Treat

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-04-02 in #lifestyle
    Super Selfies: A Rare Treat

    Self-portraits are important to me. Sometimes I need a subject to test film on; other times I want to record myself in a specific place. Whatever the reason, self-portraits allow you to be both photographer and subject simultaneously - a rare treat!

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  • Portraiture Made Easy

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-04-02 in #gear #tipster
    Portraiture Made Easy

    If you get frustrated when taking photographs of people, then help is at hand -- human beings are one of the most photographed subjects in the history of photography!

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  • The Gap Years: I Went to Work!

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-03-21 in #world #locations
    The Gap Years: I Went to Work!

    I knew, when I graduated, I didn't want to go traveling yet. I also knew I didn't want to dive head-first into a career in just anything. I decided to spend a year living back in Glasgow and working in a pizza shop until I decided what I wanted to do.

  • Simple Composing Tips for Square Shooters

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-03-20 in #gear #tipster
    Simple Composing Tips for Square Shooters

    Medium format film is often shot in cameras with a 6x6 square aspect ratio of 1:1 (as opposed to 3:2 in many 35mm cameras). Composing your shots for a square is often quite different to shooting a rectangular image.

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  • Braving the Winter Cold at Glasgow's Riverside Museum

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-03-18 in #world #locations
    Braving the Winter Cold at Glasgow's Riverside Museum

    My friend @andybaba and I went for a freezing walk to Glasgow's Riverside Museum during a spell of rather slippery ice over Christmas. The Riverside Museum was built to replace the city's outdated Transport Museum complex at the Kelvinhall. Construction work was completed in June last year (2011) and Zaha Hadid architects designed the building. Adjacent to the building sits 'The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour' - The Glenlee.

  • Fuji Instax Wide is Delicious!

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-03-01 in #reviews
    Fuji Instax Wide is Delicious!

    After Polaroid, Fuji Instax has been an industry standard instant film for over 20 years. This integral film comes in cartridges of ten exposures and is more consistant, simpler and sharper than Impossible Project's offerings. Here we examine the excellent colour reproduction, the sharpness of the image, and look at the ease of use.

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  • Super-Sharp, Ultra-Fine Grain TMAX 400!

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-02-23 in #reviews
    Super-Sharp, Ultra-Fine Grain TMAX 400!

    TMAX is one of Kodak's two flagship monochrome films (the other being TRI-X but that's another story). It comes in 100, 400, and 3200 ISO. For this analysis, we'll be looking at the 400 speed version. I live in Scotland so 400 is the perfect film speed for general use here.

  • Resaturate Your World with Kodak Elitechrome Extra Colour EBX 100

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-02-17 in #reviews
    Resaturate Your World with Kodak Elitechrome Extra Colour EBX 100

    Elite Chrome Extra Colour EBX is a stunning highly-saturated colour slide film from Kodak. Not only do the colours pop vividly but the latitude is extremely impressive with deep blacks and bright shining whites.

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  • My Most Memorable Travel Escapade in 2011: Cadaqués

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-02-01 in #world #locations
    My Most Memorable Travel Escapade in 2011: Cadaqués

    Cadaques is a harbour town in Northern Spain near Girona. It's a half-hour drive from Barcelona. It's a popular holiday destination for locals and there were lots of French people there for the weekend (most people thought we were French as well).

  • Double Output When Scanning Colour Slides

    written by slumbrnghok on 2012-01-30 in #gear #tipster
    Double Output When Scanning Colour Slides

    If you get the exposure wrong on cross-processed slide film it can look washed out or oversaturated. Here's a tip that can breathe new life into your slides.

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  • Out to Sea in Eyemouth

    written by slumbrnghok on 2011-11-15 in #world #locations
    Out to Sea in Eyemouth

    I recently went to my uni-friend's wedding. My parents were going to Durham as well and gave me a lift. On the way, we stopped by in Eyemouth. It's a 13th century fishing town in Berwickshire near the border.

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  • Glasgow Buchanan Street Demolition

    written by slumbrnghok on 2011-09-11 in #world #locations
    Glasgow Buchanan Street Demolition

    Buildings opposite the Buchanan Galleries are being demolished to make way for ten new shops, a restaurant, and forty-nine new flats. Currently, all the old buildings are being razed, save for a B-listed façade on West Nile Street. The work has been going on for months and will continue for some time.

  • Shoot Forever on Fuji C200

    written by slumbrnghok on 2011-09-06 in #reviews
    Shoot Forever on Fuji C200

    My local lab (Jessops, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow) give me a free roll of Fuji C200 every time I have them process a 35mm film. It's a deal that makes it so easy to shoot 35mm because you can ALWAYS afford to have a roll of film on you. Fuji C200 is a negative 200iso film suitable for a multitude of Lomographic situations.

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  • Glasgow Botanic Gardens

    written by slumbrnghok on 2011-08-09 in #world #locations
    Glasgow Botanic Gardens

    The Botanic Gardens in Glasgow's West End includes an outdoor arboretum and several Victorian greenhouses. Created in 1817 and originally used to supply the nearby university; the gardens were host to all manner of concerts and events. Two abandoned railway stations are located within its grounds.

  • Shoot Portraits With Some Rock-Solid Kodak Portra 400 VC

    written by slumbrnghok on 2011-08-05 in #reviews
    Shoot Portraits With Some Rock-Solid Kodak Portra 400 VC

    Kodak Portra 400vc is a reasonably fast, extremely fine grain film. It has been specially developed to shoot portraits. At 400 ISO with Kodak's super-fine T-grain technology, it is a versatile emulsion that Kodak claim is the "finest grain high-speed color negative film" in the world.

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