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)
- Best of Sony Xperia Z# Series 6,265 photos, 861 members
- Birds and Wildlife UK 507,170 photos, 12,290 members
- Wales Online Photography Flickr Group 108,897 photos, 3,012 members
- alternative processes printing (read rules please) 11,838 photos, 3,166 members
- Capture One 14,334 photos, 840 members
- Insect Photography 439,441 photos, 24,030 members
- UK - Wildlife & Nature 231,979 photos, 4,674 members
- UK Bugs 29,063 photos, 853 members
- Insect Macro Photography 517,537 photos, 29,653 members
- ID Please 10,679 photos, 932 members
- live music on film 523 photos, 81 members
- Olympus OM-2 (Please read the TAG rules) 11,806 photos, 1,619 members
- The Olympus OM Crew , aka The Cult of Zuiko 68,649 photos, 3,772 members
- BBC Autumnwatch (Official) 227,183 photos, 15,843 members
- Brighton Photo Fringe 441 photos, 57 members
- Low light photography 172,086 photos, 8,586 members
- Camera-wiki.org 74,884 photos, 1,891 members
- Analogue Brighton 3,683 photos, 135 members
- Bitter Ruin 80 photos, 12 members
- facing away 1,789 photos, 258 members
- transaquatype 58 photos, 603 members
- S.S. Great Britain 470 photos, 86 members
- Green Man Festival 3,043 photos, 183 members
- Brighton and Hove - Pubs and Bars 823 photos, 24 members
- New Photo Page Preview 0 photos, 3,351 members
- National Trust 72,169 photos, 5,320 members
- National Trust - Time Well Spent 28,875 photos, 1,069 members
- Brighton NOT Brighton 5,262 photos, 159 members
- Polaroid Film 19,412 photos, 991 members
- Paths (Caminhos) POST , COMMENT & INVITE PLEASE 93,048 photos, 7,968 members
- The Flickr Underground 91,455 photos, 2,891 members
- steampunk 23,914 photos, 3,477 members
- J2ME Exposure Info 0 photos, 13 members
- Beach of the dead 1,200 photos, 41 members
- Brighton Zombie Walk 2009 107 photos, 12 members
- Camerapedia 23,271 photos, 3,006 members
- Brighton Festival Time 2,000 photos, 142 members
- Brighton Explore Images ( taken in Brighton and Hove, England) 586 photos, 79 members
- Brighton SOURCE Magazine 3,989 photos, 282 members
- ☂6 X 6☂ 4,583 photos, 2,238 members
- Natural Jewellery 22,523 photos, 3,764 members
- Zeiss 217,177 photos, 5,980 members
- Polaroid Land Camera 48,132 photos, 5,534 members
- The Secret Life of Toys 408,746 photos, 21,776 members
- Photographic Editing Offences [PHOENIX] 1,116 photos, 468 members
- Box Camera Revolution 9,222 photos, 1,615 members
- Technique 196 photos, 16,308 members
- Guess where Brighton? 225 photos, 177 members
- high dynamic weegies 1,543 photos, 137 members
- Sundogs, halos,sun pillars,atmospheric optics........PLEASE READ 7,085 photos, 1,293 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!"
June 26th, 2009
"can't hold his red-bull"
November 7th, 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."
August 19th, 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."
August 16th, 2006
"A Friendly, Kind & Loving & Caring artist.
His photostream is incredible and inspiring
I appreciate it.....
June 12th, 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!!"
December 7th, 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 !!"
November 3rd, 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."
October 3rd, 2005
- September 2005
- Brighton, UK
- I am: