Thursday, 16 April 2015

I lost my head and found it

So for my birthday Laura had a cake made for me which included a mini version of me made out of icing. I found the head quite amusing, for one I don't have curly hair!!! but I liked the beard.

I decided to carry the head around with me for a day and photograph it in different places. Im always carrying the X-Pro 1 around much like I did the Fuji X20 before it, so what's a small comedy head taking up extra space in my pocket!?

Look out

When was the last time anyone used one of these???

All images taken on the Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 lens.

Stay tuned.

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Photography Show 2015

I used to go to car shows, now I go to photography shows.

Being a bit of a camera geek I was quite excited about going to this.

The show itself covers one of the halls at the NEC, so it could be bigger but the size also shouldn't be sniffed at as the place was crammed with stands and stalls and absolutely buzzing with people. In fact I don't see a need for a larger show as it took me 6 hours to walk round it all.

I purchased a new lens for my X-Pro 1; a 35mm f1.4, so far im liking it!

I also picked up a few memory cards for my 5Dmkiii.

All ready for the summer weddings.

The show is a mixture of large manufacturers such as Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon etc and smaller traders hoping to make it big. There are also talks, seminars and practical guides.

All in all a good day out. Laura even got a free massage so that kept her happy.

Im pretty sure its going to become an annual visit for me.


5 fingers

10 fingers

its rude to point....did your mother not teach you that?

I feel sorry for you mate

cool but overpriced

A wall of colour

Laura got herself on TV. I didn't think that the sour sweets were even that sour


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Gedney Railway station; waiting for a train since 1959

Gedney railway station was a station in Gedney, Lincolnshire. It was a station on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway network. It opened on 1 July 1862 and closed on 2 March 1959.

Good ol' Wikipedia helped me with that info, hardly an essay but useful and to the point.

I've driven past this building many many many times over the years and a couple of years ago I visited it and took a couple of snaps of the outside. As the weather was mild on Saturday, I thought it was finally time to go in.

The building as I found out last time is a wreck, though I suppose any building that's been left for 56 years probably will be. Especially those that have been used a rubbish tip.

The place is not safe to walk around and I really should know better; the ceiling is caving in and in some places it's already fallen down, the floor has holes in it so you HAVE to look where your walking, the stair case is rotten and moves when you take a step.....the list goes on. The building really hasn't got much time left before it really does collapse.

The best thing about the site, is the platform that's still there, however the brambles have taken over so there's not too much to see. There's also still the station name board but again its hidden behind 6 foot tall thistles that are guaranteed to give you a bad time.

As far as the camera goes, I used my Fujifilm X-Pro 1 and I still continue to love the thing. It has its downfalls, in particular the way Adobe Lightroom renders it raw files, they're so smudgy and no real sharpness or details. Oh well.

I used an old Canon FD 50mm lens that I mounted via an adapter. Shooting with an old manual lens is difficult when shooting in a dark environment as its tricky to get the focus spot on when using a wide aperture to let the light in. I also used the 18mm f/2 which I purchased with the X-Pro 1.

Taken with the Canon FD 50mm;

I love the softness of this image.

You always find a chair when urbexing.

Taken with the Fujifilm 18mm f/2

I thought this was pretty cool. These people left a discrete little reminder of their presence. I wonder who they are?

Monday, 23 February 2015

The hotel; there's no life in the dark

My 2nd trip into the hotel with my friend Stuart was just as good as the 1st, its great to explore with someone else who's armed with their camera. Its good to bounce ideas off of each other and too help each other where needed.

It was another 2 hours spent walking around showing the sights that I had already seen. This time already armed with the layout in my mind, I knew of different rooms I wanted to revisit to get shots i hadn't before.

The abundance of dead flies in the rooms upstairs is immense.

Would you want to stay in this room?

Empty corridor


Joke's on you.