How I shot this: Star field – 25 September 2018

I am mesmerised by stars, always have been. But why would anyone use film to photograph them? Here I show how I exposed the above photo and how I processed it post, including to remove those dreaded star trails.

Hasselblad PC Mutar T* 1.4x Converter – 20 March 2018

The Hasselblad PC Mutar is a 1.4x teleconverter with 'perspective control' for the Hasselblad V system of single-lens reflex cameras. I have had this accessory for a few years now and use it regularly with my Hasselblad 203FE. There are many other cameras which offer greater control over perspective in an image, but for a package this small the PC Mutar is an extremely capable piece of kit.

How I shot this: A Spotless Sun – 18 March 2018

This is the first in a series of articles describing how I have shot certain photographs. In this one I describe shooting the Sun through a filter made with Baader Planetarium Astro Solar Safety Film. Oh, and through not one, but two Hasselblad 2x extenders plus the PC Mutar for that extra bit of reach.

My scanning and post-processing workflow – 9 June 2017

This article describes my workflow from the point the film is mounted in the film holders for the Nikon Coolscan 9000 through to the final TIFF or JPEG. It describes using Vuescan, Photoshop, ColorPerfect and Adobe Camera Raw for scanning and processing scanned film. In a subsequent article I will describe my workflow with the Hasselblad Flextight X1 scanner.

Slide film: Why I don’t use ColorPerfect – 7 March 2014

I am a big slide film fan ever since I began photographing in the 80s and typically go through a lot of it at any given opportunity. I always strive to have as simple and straightforward a workflow as possible across film types and for a long time used ColorPerfect as my go-to plugin. But I have concluded that ColorPerfect simply does not give great enough results when used with slide film. Here’s why.

How I load a Barnack camera (with video) – 29 June 2013

Film vs digital is a heated debate which bears similarities to the strong feelings some photographers express regarding whether to card or not to card when loading a Leica Barnack camera. I’m firmly on the card side in that debate and in this short step-by-step guide (with a half-minute video) I will show how I load film my Leica II(D). It is a lot easier than one might think.

Going to the movies in Pristina – 14 August 2018

What does one do when alone in the middle of the Balkans? Go to the movies, of course. I visited Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, in November 2017 and spent an evening going to the cinema, and making a mini photo project of that cinema, the Kino ABC.

Extension tubes on the Hasselblad – 13 June 2017

Extension tubes are the cheap man’s way to macro. Sure, there are some drawbacks as compared to dedicated macro lenses, but nothing beats them for bang for the buck simplicity and image results. This article describes the use of extension tubes in general, but with a particular focus on the Hasselblad V system.

Cleaning the mirror and lens on the Nikon Coolscan 9000 – 20 February 2015

The Nikon Coolscan 9000 is an amazing scanner with an image quality that rivals much more expensive scanners and still today, years after being discontinued, has not been bettered by current scanners in the same price range. But buying one means buying used, which in turn entails the risk of buying dust. Here are two suggestions to help anyone considering cleaning the mirror and lens on this scanner.

Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH : The Most Versatile M Lens? – 2 February 2014 (revised 4 February 2017)

The 35mm Summilux ASPH is a lens full of superlatives and a truly magnificent achievement by Peter Karbe and his team of lens wizards. Here are some notes on the performance and handling of this exceptional lens for the Leica M system, from someone who doesn’t even like the 35mm focal length very much.

Leica Digilux 2 ISO test – 21 May 2012

I don’t mind digital in the slightest, but just don’t like to use it myself. That being said, I once owned a Leica Digilux 2 and put it through various tests to get a feel for this camera, which even today remains a capable camera due to the amazing lens that Leica decided to plonk onto it. This is a comparison of the camera’s RAW performance from EI25 to EI1600 using the camera’s rather limited ISO settings, ISO100-400.