Monthly Archives: September 2011

Another Nat Geo hit


I’ve made it into National Geographic again – or at least onto their Polish web site’s section on Qatar – with no fewer than five of the nine featured images being mine:

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Spot the difference…


(Answer now beneath the photos) ONE of these was shot with Canon 5D MkII and 24-70 f2.8L lens, combined price about $4,000. The other was shot with a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 folding camera from about 1948, e-bay price less … Continue reading

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Macros with a Sekor 180


The Sekor 180 TLR lens turns out to be a stellar macro performer when used with the bellows fully extended. This was shot hand-held at f4.5 with a yellow filter on Neopan Acros 100 black and white film.

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Bellows extension exposure correction chart


This only matters for close-up/macro photography. Any object more than five times the focal length of the lens away from the camera needs no adjustment, so in the 100 to 210mm range, any subject more than 1m (or 3ft) away … Continue reading

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The Souq Porter


An aged porter waits with his wheelbarrow for customers in Qatar’s Souq Waqif. Shot on a Mamiya C33 TLR with a 180mm lens and Tri-X 400 film. (Copyright Paul Cowan; no unauthorised use)

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The city at night


IT’S NOT just the kit that gets bigger in large format, practical difficulties can be magnified, too. This was driven home to me while I was checking some night shots I took with the 6×9 film back on my Crown … Continue reading

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Large format at last


MY FIRST shots taken with the Crown Graphic 4×5 inch press camera are back from the processors. Strictly speaking, these aren’t large format photos as I used a 6x9cm roll-film adapter but they prove that everything is working well and … Continue reading

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