The Lock

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I recently started scanning my negatives again and, although I've never been impressed with the scans my home scanner produces, it's a good way to share the images that I'm happy with and what I'll be taking into the darkroom when I'm next in.

Here is a new image from that scanning I want to share with you. It was captured at the Kelpies near Falkirk on a pinhole camera. It is actually one image of many I made that day but the rest didn't make me smile quite like this one. I'll definitely be taking this into the darkroom.

Let me know what you think.

The Giveaway

A quick post this week to announce a competition on my Facebook and Twitter feed. I'm giving away a print from a choice of four from my Edinburgh series. All you have to do Like the post about it on Facebook or Retweet the tweet about it on Twitter. Both have been pinned to the top of the page.

You'll find more details about it on the giveaway page.

Good luck!

Berlin

Last week I never posted a weekly roundup as I was on a plane flying back from Berlin. It was our first holiday abroad with our son, Noah, who is about to turn 15 months so you can imagine what my photos comprise of this week. Berlin was a wonderful city to visit and I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't visited.

On our first day in the city, I turned to my wife and said "I could imagine myself living here". That wasn't to say I would pack us all up and head to Berlin but I felt comfortable in most of the city, it's incredibly clean, and the public transport never missed a beat. I was at ease. This feeling of ease is incredible when you look at it's history. When you visit cities on holiday, you are often learning about things that happened hundreds of years ago that you can't really connect with, but a major part of Berlin's history existed and changed in my lifetime. I was 9 years old when the Berlin wall came down and I remember it happening although didn't understand it at all. To finally learn about that and see what it did, but also how the city has recovered in the last 25 years was incredible.

I was happy I managed to shoot a roll of film when we were there and have that to process soon. I can't wait. I also managed to get out a little this week with my large format camera and it's a process I love more as I work with it. Hopefully there will be more to come from that soon.

So here are a few of my favourite images from the last week and a bit, I hope you enjoy.

Autumn colours

Autumn colours

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt

Water works

Water works

Death Strip lights

Death Strip lights

Autumn is Here

Autumn is most definitely here then. It seems that we went from a few leaves on the ground to a sharp dip in temperature and piles of leaves in no time at all. It's my favourite time of year - the injection of colour into all the trees never fails to take my breath away. It's also the last time in the year when colour photography pays dividends and it's always worth carrying your camera with you.

This week I have spent a lot of time along the Water of Leith near Stockbridge. It's a very peaceful place to be which is odd really as it is in the heart of the city, but that is Edinburgh for you. A few days this week I have set off with my DSLR and tried to capture the autumn colours and low sun peeking through trees. It's early days yet for the colours but it made me quite excited about the weeks to come. Colour film and I don't get along (something I will talk about in the future) but this week has inspired me to capture the peak of the autumn colour on a vivid colour film. Maybe we can rekindle our relationship.

I also spent a lot of time playing with black and white on my DSLR. I am looking to buy the next size up in colour filters for one of my cameras and decided to experiment with what I have on the DSLR to see which are essential. This didn't go so well and only made me determined to crack the problem of using them on a digital medium rather than film. With film I know where I am at - I know how the film will react to the filters and the result I will get. With digital, however, there are so many automatic options that are trying to correct what the filters are doing that I ended up trying to solve it rather than decide on what to get.

So this week we have lot of autumn colour, low sun, and black and white filter nonsense. I hope you enjoy.

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