Photo

During Lockdown I have been busy scanning many hundreds of rolls of film and slides dating back to 1975. It will take some months (and even years) to process these and gradually get them ready for viewing on, so expect new sets to be added regularly.

I would not describe myself as a photographer but I certainly enjoy taking photographs. I like to record events like parties, weddings, holidays and so forth. I am quite sure that back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I may have been considered a bit of a nuisance as I usually had a camera of some sort with me and at the time some people did not like having someone snapping away. In my experience though those same people are glad now that I did, as in many cases there would be no visual record of people and events.

An old girlfriend of mine once pointed out that if I am not very good at something I don’t even attempt it. This was one of those comments that could be taken two ways, either as a negative or a positive aspect of my character. In any event this was quite perceptive of her and she is quite right, whether I like it or not! Whilst I know little about the technical side of photography I am a perfectionist in all things and seem to have an eye for a good shot; I see interesting shapes, colours and juxtapositions, sometimes in the most mundane things.

Since digital photography came along everything changed. All of a sudden it did not matter how many shots you took as you were no longer forking out for film and developing. Incidentally, on the subject of developing, I used to send a lot of my films off to York Photo to be developed; they went under various names and were, I believe, the largest company of its kind for some time. They just happened to be based in my home town of Newton Abbot!

I’ve never been able to afford a really good camera and for most of the time I considered myself lucky to have one or two Canon cameras, which I really liked. When digital settled down and became good I bought a Canon camera again; it was what I was used to and I was in my comfort zone. More recently I was able to purchase a new Sony digital camera and I have to say I am very pleased with it, and especially the Sony Zeiss lens that cost more than the body!

These are two of my ‘old’ cameras that still work but which I have not used since 2016. The Canon EOS 450D was my main digital camera for many years, replacing the Canon film camera I had before that. Also in the picture is my Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7, which is a ‘bridge’ camera I thought would be handy for trips abroad or in any situation where I did not want to carry a full-sized camera. However, I have to say that I was never really impressed with the results from this camera. Since 2016 I have used my Sony A6300 and I am very pleased with it.

Like most people I take a lot of photos on a smartphone. I actually had a smart phone back in 2002 – it was an O2 XDA and well ahead of its time, but it did not take photographs. When Steve Jobs showed off the first iPhone back in 2007 I was hooked – I just had to have one! I’m afraid I’m a bit of a sap when it comes to gadgets. I’ve had many iPhone’s since that first one and I think the one I have now – the 11 Pro Max – has an astonishingly good set of cameras. Whilst the iPhone is actually very good for all sorts of photography I reach for the Sony when I need to do something just a bit special.