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Back to Front
Where: Ashridge,
When: 6.27am, 10-5-2016
With What: Canon M2, Canon FD 35mm TS mm Lens,@ f11, 5 Secs

Oh.....

I posted a shot of these bluebells from last year using a 4x5 camera and some Kodak Ektar I called this The Discovery, I also took my Canon M2 along as my backup shot. 
Well it is actually 4 shots in portrait mode stitched together in PS.

This is the backup shot!

I noticed a few things.

1. I have also realised that I must have scanned the 4x5 film the wrong way round as the shot is back to front. Oops.

2. The Canon M2's raw files are pretty good for a tiny little camera.

3. I went to a alot of effort to set up the 4x5 camera and take the shot and the M2's shot was considered a back up but is equally as good. So I'm wondering if the effort of taking a picture on film on a 4x5 camera was worth it given that the amount of effort and heartache it took to make the shot.

While that is going around in my head in revisiting this shot I have also added some warmth to the shot via a split tone setting in the highlights to boost it up the suns glow in the background a bit as I thought it was maybe a little too pastel like.

I suppose I should also do this to the 4x5 shot as well at some point to be fair to both pieces.

I hope you like it.

Put into photoshop to fiddle with and put a signature on it.

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The Discovery
Where: Ashridge,
When: 6.20am, 10-5-2016
With What: MPP 4×5 Large Format Camera, 85mm Lens,@ f16, 10 Secs on Kodak Ektar 100

It’s Bluebell season in the UK and I’m so missing them being in Sweden.

I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and look at what I shot last year.

It was only then I had totally forgot about the 4×5 camera I had briefly owned or the Kodak Ektar I’d shot with it. I’m also wondering why I sold the 4×5 camera or my trusty Canon M2?

Amazingly from the shots I’d taken on film I had developed some, which like this shot, came out really well. Weird, I’d totally forgotten all about them and from my notes last year had probably convinced myself that they were all bad.

Here are the notes from another shot I posted last year called Belt and Braces.

"I was not even going to go out that morning, I’d been going to the Bluebell Woods in Ashridge pretty much every day since the lovely little flowers started to appear. I’d tried to dance around the mountains of photographers over the last two weeks and did my level best to keep out of their way by heading off in the different direction.
So that morning I thought, “why not walk the dog locally and forget popping up to Ashridge?”
Besides, the weather did not look up to much either, as I glanced out of the window, so for me it was an easy decision to not go.

Then I stupidly took one look at the dogs face and he looked back at me with pleading eyes, which meant I was not going to fob him off with a short run around the local park. Damn.
So I slowly packed my camera 4×5 MPP camera in begrudging readiness for the off. I did the pat down check list, keys, check, wallet, check, film, check… Then looked at the Canon M2 sitting on the dining room table, and spent the next 10 minutes picking it up then putting it down, sadly I still don’t have the confidence to leave the digital camera a home and go film only.
I wanted to leave it at home but kept thinking about all the myriad of disasters I’ve had in the past. The more I pondered the Canon M2’s fate, the more the dog kept jumping up at me in a direct attempt to break me out of my crisis of confidence.

It worked, as my sleep addled brain snapped back to reality I decided to pick up the Canon and shove it in the camera bag. I left the house with the dog and headed off to Ashridge.
Well, what a surprise, I’m glad went in the end as there was only one other car parked in the Car Park and the mist was thick and the light was glorious. Spurred with enthusiasm I set up the 4×5 camera to take a shot, the dog meanwhile was standing there looking at me, so in between taking light readings, I’d throw a stick or two for the him to run after them. The first shot was a disaster as I’d forgotten to close the shutter on the lens before removing the dark slide. Doh. The next shot the dog returning at high speed with a stupidly long stick I had not thrown ran into the tripod and more than likely blurred everything as I was mid 50 seconds of exposure, Fc&K!!

At this point I turned to the little Canon M2 and took some back up shots, this is one of the back up shots made up of 8 stitched shots at a very slow shutter speed.

Sometimes it’s good to have belts and braces in the form of a digital camera back up as sometimes things don’t go according to expectations."

So from what I wrote last year it would seem I had no hope of getting any film shots worth posting. Thankfully I was wrong.

I hope you like it.

Put into photoshop and put a signature on it.

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While my back was turned

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: April 22nd, 2017, 6am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV 39, Zeiss 50mm C Lens, tripod, 200th Sec, f4, iso 50 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

I love walking Fletcher our dog as there is never a dull moment. His heart is in always in the right place but his smarts are sometimes left at home, very much like mine.

He, like most Springer Spaniels, are ball crazy, which is why I tend not to take one unless I want his full and undivided attention.
The short walk to the lake next to the house is only 3 minutes walk. Normally the road is very quiet so it’s rarely a problem to go down there without paying too much attention. There is the odd occasion when a vehicle comes past but as it’s logging season, huge trucks laden with logs come thundering past at all times and speeds. This is why I needed Fletcher to heal so on the way out the door I grabbed a few plastic balls in a bag with other props for picture I was hoping to get. I grabbed another tennis ball for him to keep an eye on while we walked to the lake.

Problem is, though he sticks to me like glue, if I don’t throw the ball, he gets crazy, including whining and shaking. By the time we got to the lake he was simply beside himself with anticipation. On the off road track to the lake he was sprinting to the lake and sprinting back to where I was then sprinting back to the lake again.

I knew Fletcher would be in the lake at any minute so I found and threw a stick I’d found, I threw it as far away from the lake knowing that I had at least a few seconds of time before he would come back with it for me to throw again, this went on for 10 minutes. The super still lake had this gorgeous mist and the light was just coming up over the tree’s while I tried to set up the camera and tripod on the jetty while throwing sticks for Fletcher. I did not want to give him the ball just yet as I knew he would go straight into the water with it.
I managed to take 3 shots for stitching the scene together, all the while I am listening to Fletcher scrabbling backwards and forwards behind me up and down the icy plastic jetty back to the shore.
The ripples of the jetty on the still lake were thankfully minimal from the movement of the dog and myself.

I reset the camera and pre focussed the shot to where I and Fletcher would be standing then moved into position at the end of the jetty beckoning on Fletcher to sit beside me. He clattered up to where I was standing, narrowly missing the tripod and slipped slightly on the frosty surface coming to a land at my feet and almost knocking me off the end, I managed to grab the pole at the end to steady myself which shook the jetty and sent ripples billowing from beneath us. The camera seemed to stay in position which was a heart stopping moment.

I snapped a few shots, but Fletcher could not contain his excitement as he knew I still had the ball in my pocket. He stood up and looked at me, I looked down and took some shots. He was so excited he now refused to sit down, tail wagging in expectation sometimes drinking the water and slapping me with his tail.

I just kept shooting various different positions while looking out into the lake and left Fletcher to do his own thing beside me, while the major ripples faded I concentrated on shooting different poses. Fletcher was still whining, oddly more so than usual, but as I’d grown so use to hearing him whine and scrabbling around me I’d paid less attention to him.

The next thing I know I hear a splash and the jetty rocked again.

What seems to have happened was the bag I’d brought with the props and spare balls in had fallen over next to the tripod when Fletcher almost knocked into me. One ball fell out and started floating beside the jetty heading out in to the lake with the gentle breeze that was picking up.

From the multiple pictures I have there is a point where he spotted the ball and then spent a few minutes whining scrabbling to fetch it back by leaning out at the left edge of the jetty as if to reach the ball with his paw. He then gave up and just jumped in as it was floating too far for him to reach.

He triumphantly swam to shore with the ball.

After reviewing the shots the jump was caught just a bit too late as it was just a splash of water and the tail of the dog in the shot. It did give me an idea though, I ended up taking another 20 shots all the while throwing the ball in until the shot of him launching from the jetty was perfect.

I stitched that shot in to the rest of the scene later. Along with the passing goose in the background for effect.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched 5 shots of the scene together. Turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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Ice Capades - Squared

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 29th, 2017, 9.06am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Velvia) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 30th Sec, f11, iso 200 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

My morning starts early. I have a fire to start before the household gets up, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs to feed and walk, breakfast to make for the family (sometimes when I remember) and a daughter to get off to school.

I was slightly jaded this morning as one of the dogs we look after (a huge Leon Berger called Ronja) decided to take a long drink in the middle of the night, 2am to be precise, the slurping woke my wife and I up and it seemed to go on forever. The devastation of left over saliva in the bowl was in itself and work of art and at the same time totally disgusting.

Breakfast was hard to eat so I decided after my chores to go out and take some photos and walk the dog. I rounded up my secondhand clothing and vintage Ice Skates bought from the “Loppis” (Swedish secondhand store) the day before for the princely sum of 50SEK (£5). I also grabbed a sledge.
I did not have a plan but just needed to go out a take some photos.

Hicklinge Lake was lovely, frozen and misty. Perfect. To top it off there was this wonderful pattern in the ice that I somehow had to capture. I used the sledge to drag around my equipment on the lake while I watched an Ice luminous jacket wearing fisherman walk out into the middle of the lake and drills holes as he went. As my gaze followed him I looked at the dog who was also looking at the fisherman, he was also sitting on the camera equipment to get a better look. Ah hah, that’s the shot I want.

Piece of cake I thought, congratulating myself on a good idea for once.
Hah, like hell.

The set up and focussing took a little time, I then had to do a massive panorama with various focusing points to set the scene, I then moved the sledge into place reset the camera to the position we were supposed to be in and then tried to get the dog to sit on it as he did before. 
He looked at me as if to say “no bloody way!!” I tried coaxing, flattery, doggy charm (biscuits) and then resorted to hard stares and gesticulating.
Nothing.

All the hard stares and gesticulating did was scare Fletcher and he starting shaking. So to let him calm down I decided to get dressed up. All of this was exceptionally difficult as I had not countered on the ice actually being slippy. The dog had no issues but I was barely holding myself together and I had not even put my skates on yet.

I was all dressed up and the dog was now sniffing around in the long frozen grass behind me, it sounded like a scene from Jurassic Park when the Velociraptors were chasing those dudes, crash, crack rustle went Fletcher, slip crunch bang I went as my legs headed into the sky and left me crashing down onto the Ice. Winded I lay there catching my breath, the dog then ran over to see what the fuss was about and sat on my chest licking my face.

So I got up and lead the dog to the sled saying to myself “I’m taking the picture if it kills me”.

Trying to get the dog onto the sled was an art, much like trying to put an unhappy baby into a car seat when they so don’t want to go. Several try’s made me realise he needed to sit on something so I found a towel and bingo he jumped up onto the sled sending it careering across the lake and Fletcher in the other direction. Shit!!

Well you can imagine, Fletcher was never going on that thing again.

An hour later I finally got him to sit for 5 shots, all the while he is shaking and trembling while I talked to him to keep him sweet. I then quickly shoved on my skates. It was at this point I realised I’d never been on Ice skates before nor a frozen lake in Sweden.

It’s actually a lot harder than Torvill and Dean make it look.

So finally I’m in position, camera is at the ready, I’m trying desperately trying to stand still long enough for the 30th of a second shutter, hoping the dog is not distracted by the loud shutter slap of the camera echoing across the lake. I took a few shots with film as well for good measure which I’m looking forward to seeing when I can find someone in Sweden to develop them.

I managed to take a few more shots before the dog had had enough, we were both quite cold by this point and I was looking forward to getting home in front of the fire. So ended my Ice Capades for the day.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched together, Dodged and Burnt the foreground, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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Ice Capades

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 29th, 2017, 9.06pm
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Velvia) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 30th Sec, f11, iso 200 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

My morning starts early. I have a fire to start before the household gets up, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs to feed and walk, breakfast to make for the family (sometimes when I remember) and a daughter to get off to school.

I was slightly jaded this morning as one of the dogs we look after (a huge Leon Berger called Ronja) decided to take a long drink in the middle of the night, 2am to be precise, the slurping woke my wife and I up and it seemed to go on forever. The devastation of left over saliva in the bowl was in itself and work of art and at the same time totally disgusting.

Breakfast was hard to eat so I decided after my chores to go out and take some photos and walk the dog. I rounded up my secondhand clothing and vintage Ice Skates bought from the “Loppis” (Swedish secondhand store) the day before for the princely sum of 50SEK (£5). I also grabbed a sledge.
I did not have a plan but just needed to go out a take some photos.

Hincklinge lake was lovely, frozen and misty. Perfect. To top it off there was this wonderful pattern in the ice that I somehow had to capture. I used the sledge to drag around my equipment on the lake while I watched an Ice luminous jacket wearing fisherman walk out into the middle of the lake and drills holes as he went. As my gaze followed him I looked at the dog who was also looking at the fisherman, he was also sitting on the camera equipment to get a better look. Ah hah, that’s the shot I want.

Piece of cake I thought, congratulating myself on a good idea for once.
Hah, like hell.

The set up and focussing took a little time, I then had to do a massive panorama with various focusing points to set the scene, I then moved the sledge into place reset the camera to the position we were supposed to be in and then tried to get the dog to sit on it as he did before. 
He looked at me as if to say “no bloody way!!” I tried coaxing, flattery, doggy charm (biscuits) and then resorted to hard stares and gesticulating.
Nothing.

All the hard stares and gesticulating did was scare Fletcher and he starting shaking. So to let him calm down I decided to get dressed up. All of this was exceptionally difficult as I had not countered on the ice actually being slippy. The dog had no issues but I was barely holding myself together and I had not even put my skates on yet.

I was all dressed up and the dog was now sniffing around in the long frozen grass behind me, it sounded like a scene from Jurassic Park when the Velociraptors were chasing those dudes, crash, crack rustle went Fletcher, slip crunch bang I went as my legs headed into the sky and left me crashing down onto the Ice. Winded I lay there catching my breath, the dog then ran over to see what the fuss was about and sat on my chest licking my face.

So I got up and lead the dog to the sled saying to myself “I’m taking the picture if it kills me”.

Trying to get the dog onto the sled was an art, much like trying to put an unhappy baby into a car seat when they so don’t want to go. Several try’s made me realise he needed to sit on something so I found a towel and bingo he jumped up onto the sled sending it careering across the lake and Fletcher in the other direction. Shit!!

Well you can imagine, Fletcher was never going on that thing again.

An hour later I finally got him to sit for 5 shots, all the while he is shaking and trembling while I talked to him to keep him sweet. I then quickly shoved on my skates. It was at this point I realised I’d never been on Ice skates before nor a frozen lake in Sweden.

It’s actually a lot harder than Torvill and Dean make it look.

So finally I’m in position, camera is at the ready, I’m trying desperately trying to stand still long enough for the 30th of a second shutter, hoping the dog is not distracted by the loud shutter slap of the camera echoing across the lake. I took a few shots with film as well for good measure which I’m looking forward to seeing when I can find someone in Sweden to develop them.

I managed to take a few more shots before the dog had had enough, we were both quite cold by this point and I was looking forward to getting home in front of the fire. So ended my Ice Capades for the day.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched together, Dodged and Burnt the foreground, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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