Burbage Valley with a Diana

I have been really busy with my FMP and dissertation however last week on the 6th I visited the Peaks. I took some images for my fmp at Wyoming brook with a camera I built, and then used a Diana 4×4 in the Burbage Valley


Burbage Valley with a Diana

Stuff I saw this December – Last roll of 2017 with a Diana

With the realisation that it is 2018 in 30 minutes or less, I realised I have not posted in a month here. A slippery slope. I have been busy rewriting proposals and reading for my dissertation rather than taking photos. However, I have learnt more about photography this semester than the two previous years combined.

Somewhere along the line I acquired an original Diana clone named Rover (probably after the car manufacture). This was used as a carry about camera. I have tried the lomography variants of the Diana, and I disliked them, something about them, to me, seems too forced -I like the pinhole feature though. With this “original” however, I was surprised when I saw the 4×4 negatives, they have the right amount of softness and the centre sharpness I like. Other than having the loudest wind-on that has people stop and stare in the street, it produces an interesting look.

Here are a few from the roll (ilford hp5 pushed a stop):

Woods 2
Night time photography with a toy camera, easy.
Steep Hill in the snow
Steep Hill in the snow 2
An exercise in minimalism.

Hopefully 2018 will mean adventures and more photography.

Stuff I saw this December – Last roll of 2017 with a Diana

Birds – double exposure

I don’t normally do single image blog posts but, this double exposure I took with the fujipet toy camera is hard to ignore.


“The photographer is always trying to colonize new experiences or find new ways to look at familiar subjects – to fight against boredom. For boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.” Sontag, on photography, page 42

Birds – double exposure

Stuff I saw in Nottingham with a Fujipet EE

Yet another ebay find. It is essentially a fixed lens toy camera (think fuji holga). The electronics are dead but they did nothing more than move a aperture disc inside, a very narrow f stop at that. The shutter is similar to a holga, and disassembly is similar too.IMG_20171009_144321647

Anyway here is my test roll from around Nottingham today between coffee, beer and ‘States of America’ exhibition at the contemporary.

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Stuff I saw in Nottingham with a Fujipet EE

Stuff I saw with a Holga

Despite having no kitchen and limited bathroom, with bits of plaster hanging for dear life on the walls, I managed to develop some film this weekend.

This roll of hp5 is from the trusty holga. I had the holga laying in my bag for sometime, so I genuinely didn’t know what was on the roll of film. Places range from Lincolnshire to Nottinghamshire. It’s sorta like a practice for holga week.

College door
Double exposure of Lincoln
Angel cafe
A studio shot using a holga / flash experiment
Rowan tree
Wheat field
Field post
Hayley and her new friend
Wheat field / slight tram lines
ol’ tree
Stuff I saw with a Holga