Start of a new series – my photographs

This is first of a, hopefully, regular series of posts highlighting the photographs that I have been taking. I will give some background information on the camera(s) / app(s) used and any other relevant information.

I have been using the app Filmborn on my iPhone to take photographs with a film look.

One of my favourite film emulations is “Ilford HP5” Black & White.

I took some “street” photographs using this setting on the 7th May 2017 in Birmingham. The photographs were taken while walking around the city on a Sunday morning and I was mostly looking at interplay of light and shadow. The exception to this is “Summer Savings” where I was drawn to the contrast in build between the man and the store dummies and the matching horizontal stripes on the man’s shirt and the dummy behind him.

Some of the photos were later cropped for use on Instagram and the “Instagram” crops are shown below.


Street Photography Workshop

A couple of weeks ago I attended a street photography workshop with Birmingham street photographer Kris Askey. The workshop was in association with IGersBirmingham

The workshop started with a talk from Kris and his passion for street photography was obvious. The workshop participants learned a lot from Kris and then we were sent out onto the streets of Birmingham to put the learning into practice. After an hour taking photographs we returned for some Lightroom editing tips from Kris.

I found the workshop very useful and managed to take some, what I thought were, reasonable photographs. Some of these can be seen below.


I normally use an Android phone but I was so intrigued by the, iOS only, photography app Hipstamatic that I brought a used iPhone so that I could try it out. Hipstamatic is an app that allows you to select different “equipment”; “lenses”, “films” and “flashes” that control the final look of your photograph. There are a limited number of these available initially but more can be added via in-app purchase.

The earlier version only had an interface that looked like a “toy camera” as can be seen below. The original interface forced the user to select the lens, film and flash before shoting and gave no possibility of changing this later. The app has a “shake to randomise” feature that allow a random selection of the “equipment” from a selected range of lenses, films and flashes.

20151227_131402The latest “300” version of Hipstamatic add many more facilities. There are manual options for the camera (shutter speed, focus, etc.) and the possibility to change the equipment post shooting. There is a new shooting interface to control this (although the old interface is still available if required).

20151227_131533_001As with all things photographic the real proof of the app is in the photographs that it takes. Below are a selection of my own photographs showing some of the effects that can be created with Hipstamatic.


Whitley Bay and Newcastle

Last week I was on vacation near Whitley Bay and also visited Newcastle. Below are some of the photographs that I took beginning with the iconic Spanish City dome.

Spanish City

St. Mary’s Lighthouse


Digital Holga

Although I have never really gotten into the whole film Lomography thing, I have been having some fun with “Digital Lomo”. I brought a Holga lens (HL(W)-OP) for my Olympus E-P1 and have been trying out for the last couple of months.

The lens looks and feels like a toy.


However it can produce some interesting shots.


More shots can be seen on my flickr pages  – Flickr Holga Set

Cameras for Street Photography

Just lately I have been doing quite a lot of street photography and this has influenced my choice of camera equipment. I have been using my EOS DSLR less and my smaller cameras more. This includes by existing Canon G12 and two new acquisitions.

I had been thinking about the Fuji X20 for a while because of its features and good looks but had not been able to find one to try. I finally found an X20 at a branch of London Camera Exchange and, after trying it out in the shop, decided to buy it. The size, fast zoom lens and optical viewfinder make the X20 a good camera for street photography. The camera is not intimidating and this combined with it’s good auto-focus performance makes getting those “people” shots much easier than with a “big, black” DSLR.

My second “new” camera is an Olympus E-P1 that I picked up second-hand at the Wolverhampton Camera Fair. I had been wanting to check out the whole mirrorless scene, and Micro Four Thirds in particular, for a while but could not justify the cost. Going for a second-hand camera was a first step on the M4/3 ladder. The E-P1 came with the 14-42 kit lens but there are obviously other lenses available, more of this in later posts.

I have really enjoyed using both of these cameras. You can see some of the results on my Flickr Photostream.