a trip on the minehead railway

the proper way to start a trip on the west somerset railway
crossing the a358
a farmhouse near stogumber
passing another train
a small cliff near williton
a keen photographer waits patiently for the train
waiting for the train at watchet
sheep near blue anchor
caravans near blue anchor
beach cottages at blue anchor
traffic stopped at minehead
on the way back

the bigger picture

from a trip to london aprox april 2012 – this was pretty much the first time i used my nikon fm2 & 28mm f/2.8ai


at the tate modern top floor restaurant


i seem to remember massively over exposing this shot as i left the shutter speed on something absurd like 1/16s after shooting a darker part of the museum


it did not turn out as badly as i had expected

this seemed to come out quite green – the lights must have been quite green as if i try to balance it back to white it makes the image very dark, so there must simply have been a lot of green light, or the film might have been more sensitive to green light – it was fuji superia 200




A mural that has recently been painted on Taunton’s “third way” – it cost £1000 to paint but it does seem to brighten up an otherwise rather featureless bit or hoarding

just noticed capture nx2 has a feature to set the grey point which is handy compared with setting colour temperature which seems a bit hit and miss sometimes – it also allows output size to be set via size & dpi rather than pixels – i just selected 1200dpi and 36mm on long edge and it calculated the pixels for me


looking at some of my old 35mm films


This is a small arcade of shops at the plymouth bus station – scanned at 1200dpi on an epson 4490 – with holga i can get away with 600dpi with the huge negatives – have selected 90% jpeg quality rather than 100% to avoid massive file sizes – as far as I can remember it was shot with cheap & cheerfull fuji superia 200 film on my nikon fm2 with 50mm 1.8 E series lens (silver version not the plasticky black version) – the e series came “free” with the fm2 that was an ebay purchase, but it could do with a cla service no doubt