Friday, 30 September 2011
'The Lock-up' is a multi-faceted cultural centre encorporating the recently refurbished lock-up Museum (1861-1982), historical information and relics relating to the penal history of Newcastle, the john paynter gallery (an artist-run space), an artist-in-residence programme (accommodation for visiting national and international artists) and an Education Centre (programmes for school excursion groups).
I haven't been inside yet but the wonderful sandstone architecture looked brilliant this night bathed in the light from the street lamps.
A 3 exposure HDR and processed in Picturenaut and PS Elements.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
I am very happy with the way this has turned out! The dark and light side meeting right on the corner, the texture of the bricks. The corner has a slight bend as it ascends because I used my wide angle on it.
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Saturday, 10 September 2011
My Dads Camera.
This is where my interest probably got started. Dad did all his own film processing and printing.
This is his Voigtlander Bessa II bellows camera with accessories.
The item on the left is a separate viewfinder. The Viewfinder on the camera was very small and did not line up the subject very well. The separate viewfinder had to be used with both eyes open as the viewfinder was not transparent! The free eye would view the subject whilst the other (looking through the viewfinder) would view broken or unbroken lines which formed a rectangle that indicated the edge of the 'frame'. In a weird way, the subject could be seen within the frame. The other item on the right was used for calculating distance. Looking through the small hole, the photographer would see 2 images; one clear and the other a ghost. The dial would be turned to bring both images together. When this happened, the distance would be indicated on the dial and the camera set accordingly.
The camera is still in wonderful condition. I would love to put a roll of film through it but I can't seem to get the 120 film it required.