Comments / critiques welcome! I'll just ignore them if I disagree ;o)
Pictures marked as "unretouched" are straight off the camera, or just cropped/rotated. Everything else has been corrected / manipulated in Photoshop in some way. I started off on Flickr trying to post as many unretouched shots as possible, just to learn the basics of photography. I'm now happy enough with my technique to be back using Photoshop to finish them off, although I am very much continuing to learn them both in parallell!
Everything shot in RAW now, developed in Capture One LE. Development in Capture One generally not indicated as "retouching".
Current toys (basically, I'm a gadget freak masquerading as a photographer):
Sony Alpha 700 DSLR
Kit lens (18 - 70mm) - now gone with my A100 to my wife :o)
Tele (Sigma 70 - 300mm APO DG Macro)
Prime (Minolta 50mm f/1.7)
Wide (Sigma 10 - 20mm APO DG EX)
Prime (Sigma 30mm f/1.4)
Zoom (Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8)
Flash (Sigma 500DG Super) - been dropped a couple of times and no longer that reliable so I don't use it as much.
I have got into film now as well; still send it all off to the lab, but I am loving the results. Basically got into a) because the old classic cameras look so much better than modern ones :o) and b) it really does have an unreproducible feel.
I have tried to go for very retro cameras in order to keep a lo-fi feel on my film shots, coupled with minimal retouching on the results, e.g. leaving scanning dust / fluff in shot. I am using the Alpha for clean crisp modern shots. This plan failed slightly recently as the Canonet started jamming and I am using SLRs at the moment.
Canon Canonet - original model, it is prone to jamming at the moment though so is hibernating in a drawer until I get it serviced.
Fujica Half - looks stunning, has beautiful build quality, simplicity personified, cool diptych effect of the half frame setup. What's not to love?
Pentax ME Super - what all SLRs should be. Solid, simple, and with a shutter click / mirror slap that sounds like a door being slammed. Using it in place of the Canonet, although it doesn't have quite the same retro feel. I have a few lenses for it but am using the 50mm exclusively.
Praktica MTL5 - I got this on a whim as it was cheap and I'd just lost the bidding on an OM2. I don't really like it that much, it's huge and the press and hold light meter and weird front shutter release are awkward. On the plus side, the viewfinder is fantastic and it sounds like a Russian-built tank firing shells at capitalists when you take a picture. It's also built like a Russian tank. I bet East German students took out most of the Berlin Wall by swinging MTL5s at it. And then took pictures of the rubble.
Olympus OM2 - Have Zuiko 50mm, 135mm and 28mm lenses for it; the 135mm in particular is stunning. The best SLR I've ever used, even given the annoying light meter switch I keep forgetting to turn off and the less than reliable shutter. Fantastic camera.
Kodak Box Brownie 620 - I got this to have a simple camera I could mess around with and generally modify, but I like the photos so much I didn't have the heart. Maybe I'll buy another one.
Polaroid SuperColor CL - Fantastic Plastic Polaroid that looks like a ZX Spectrum. Lots of fun until I run out of film.
Fuji Instax 100 - Don't use a huge amount as the Instax film is just too good; doesn't have the 70s charm of the Polaroid. And somehow, the square format works better.
Zeiss Ikon Nettar - I wanted to start playing with medium format without spending a huge amount, so got this off eBay. It's a beautiful camera and takes fantastic shots, but shortly after I got it I acquired the Rolleiflex, which is my new baby.
Rolleiflex New Standard - My father in law had this sitting in the attic and said I could use it until such time as he decided he wanted it back. It is a stunning camera in every way, but I'm still finding good photos a bit hit and miss. Practice!
Bencini Koroll 24S - Little Italian 120 camera I have not used yet.
Photos of -RobW- (9)
- alternative processes printing (read rules please) 9,570 photos, 2,733 members
- Capture One 3,702 photos, 297 members
- Insect Photography 270,378 photos, 18,481 members
- UK - Wildlife & Nature 132,964 photos, 3,591 members
- UK Bugs 16,740 photos, 625 members
- Insect Macro Photography 366,393 photos, 25,998 members
- ID Please 7,334 photos, 787 members
- live music on film 215 photos, 36 members
- Olympus OM-2 (Please read the TAG rules) 7,795 photos, 1,083 members
- The Olympus OM Crew , aka The Cult of Zuiko 54,288 photos, 3,213 members
- BBC Autumnwatch 117,655 photos, 11,884 members
- Brighton Photo Fringe 307 photos, 57 members
- Low light photography 111,917 photos, 6,684 members
- Camera-wiki.org 55,002 photos, 1,398 members
- Analogue Brighton 2,777 photos, 112 members
- Bitter Ruin 80 photos, 11 members
- facing away 1,422 photos, 229 members
- transaquatype 65 photos, 624 members
- S.S. Great Britain 361 photos, 76 members
- Green Man Festival 2,827 photos, 179 members
- Brighton and Hove - Pubs and Bars 614 photos, 22 members
- New Photo Page Preview 0 photos, 3,514 members
- National Trust 51,651 photos, 4,295 members
- National Trust - Time Well Spent 13,447 photos, 632 members
- Brighton NOT Brighton 3,963 photos, 148 members
- Polaroid Film 16,951 photos, 930 members
- Paths (Caminhos) POST , COMMENT & INVITE PLEASE 77,565 photos, 7,634 members
- The Flickr Underground 44,603 photos, 1,951 members
- steampunk 19,071 photos, 3,094 members
- J2ME Exposure Info 0 photos, 15 members
- Beach of the dead 1,310 photos, 45 members
- Brighton Zombie Walk 2009 115 photos, 12 members
- Camerapedia 25,288 photos, 3,018 members
- Brighton Festival Time 1,933 photos, 140 members
- Brighton Explore Images ( taken in Brighton and Hove, England) 527 photos, 69 members
- Brighton SOURCE Magazine 3,084 photos, 243 members
- ☂6 X 6☂ 5,055 photos, 2,146 members
- Natural Jewellery-CONTEST: Drops on Pink Flowers - OPEN! 16,851 photos, 3,033 members
- Zeiss 139,149 photos, 4,713 members
- Polaroid Land Camera 41,423 photos, 4,609 members
- The Secret Life of Toys 299,584 photos, 20,187 members
- Photographic Editing Offences [PHOENIX] 1,035 photos, 458 members
- Box Camera Revolution 8,005 photos, 1,453 members
- Technique 204 photos, 16,301 members
- Guess where Brighton? 207 photos, 175 members
- high dynamic weegies 1,471 photos, 133 members
- Sundogs, halos,sun pillars,atmospheric optics........PLEASE READ 6,297 photos, 1,229 members
- snowboard 22,897 photos, 4,532 members
- snow creatures of brighton&hove 138 photos, 36 members
- Forced perspective: catching sun, kissing sphinx, holding pisa.. 2,273 photos, 6,940 members
"-RobW- makes me laugh all over flickr: in Flickr Central, on some of my contacts flickr-streams, on his own and even on mine. Really, this man is good mojo. He likes film too, and with that, the random acquisition of cameras, the ongoing battle with focus, composition and the critical relationships all committed mad photographers must have with string.
The cork that stops some component of flickr from disappearing up it's own bottom. Truly -RobW- is a worthy bung, a fine photographer and a bloody decent bloke!"
26th June, 2009
"can't hold his red-bull"
7th November, 2006
♥ shhexy corin ♥ says:
"I've been stalking -Robw- for some time now. So far, I can tell you that he's 4' 7", has shoulder-length black hair and does power-aqua-pilates every Thursday at the the Prince Regent Leisure Centre.
He looks pretty hot in the turquoise bikini too."
19th August, 2006
"I'm a big fan of Robs pictures. They always entertain or inform. Now he's got a paid up account it means they'll keep coming."
16th August, 2006
"A Friendly, Kind & Loving & Caring artist.
His photostream is incredible and inspiring
I appreciate it.....
12th June, 2006
Marte Bonaparte says:
"-RobW- is such a honest photographer. He captures the little bits and pieces in the most clever way. I enjoy your work - keep it up!!"
7th December, 2005
"-RobW-'s photostream is a joy. I was clicking 'Add to Faves' more often than usual.
Very varied, humorous, attentive to detail, tender.
Someone please sponsor this man's pro account so we may see more !!"
3rd November, 2005
"I thoroughly enjoyed looking through -RobW-'s pics. They proved to be very varied in subject, often in technique, and always incredible and inspiring."
3rd October, 2005
- September 2005
- Brighton, UK
- I am: