Contax AX back in service (despite mirror slip), Zeiss Planar, Sonnar, Distagon & Yashica lenses; back-up, Yashica FX-3

My photography, and therefore posting on this blog, being severely limited over the past year by health problems, I’ve been thinking seriously about reducing my ‘user’ camera collection and concentrating on just a… Continue reading

Seats. Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Table and Chairs, seating of any kind

Above: Yashica 24mm, f/2.8 legacy lens on Olympus Pen E-PL3. Colour image desaturated, inverted and curves adjusted in Photoshop. One Victorian mahogany chair and one modern bar stool. Below:  Same seats, same lens… Continue reading

Doorways (Cee’s Travel Theme)

I had decided to limit myself to taking part in Cee’s Black & White Challenges, but having just received an email with her latest posting on her ‘Travel theme – doorways’, I decided… Continue reading

Texture (Cee’s black and white challenge). Yashica legacy lens on Olympus Pen digital

Yashica 55mm (110mm equivalent on 4/3), f/2.8 macro legacy lens on Olympus E-PL3 with VF-4 viewfinder. Focus set at 0.255m, f/22, ISO 200, about 1.5sec. Contra jour natural sunlight. Colour image desaturated and… Continue reading

Wood (Cee’s black and white challenge); classic film cameras

  my long fallen friend hacked down from your majesty  rest awhile with me This picture was previously posted on my first ever blog (grumpytyke) as one of what I call my ‘picture haiku’,… Continue reading

Rain (Cee’s black and white challenge)

Rain An experiment: Olympus E-PL3 with manual Contax Zeiss Planar 50mm at f/1.4, 1/125 sec. Raw file desaturated and contrast manipulated using ‘curves’, etc in Gimp. I recently came across Cee’s challenges through… Continue reading

Views and pictures on my blogs in 2014 – WordPress report: an interesting lesson

Originally posted on Grumpytyke:
Fascinating to read the stats produced by the WordPress monkeys for views etc of my blogs in 2014. I had not realised just what an effect my bout of…

Beauty; and I found another photographer who writes something!

I’m not too bothered about whether my posts on this blog get a ‘like’ or persuade people to follow; what is exciting and rewarding for me is when the ‘liker’ has been so… Continue reading

Why do you blog?

Originally posted on Grumpytyke:
A recent post on a forum of UK freelancers to which I subscribe asked “Why do we write?”. Not surprisingly, given the context, most answered “To make money” but…

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