Archives for the month of: September, 2012

Had a quick go trying out the Olympus VG-170 yesterday and really like the camera’s weight and textured grip, but am still struggling to adjust to framing via an LCD screen rather than using a view finder, especially when outdoors in bright light conditions when it becomes impossible to see the composition on the LCD screen at all.

The camera comes with a wide range of options…for me the landscape mode option enhances the colours in a  shot rather tooharshly.

I found the panoramic mode harder to align up the individual photos than with the Finepix camera, but the resolution is better and allows stitching up to 10 photos using the soft wear provided.

It’s proving a useful camera and I’m enjoying finding out what it does though it does make me appricate even more my lost Canon!

The battery on the Fuji Finepix has continued being unreliable and dying after the camera had only been in use for 30 minutes or so, despite charging the battery following the instructions.

Below is the last photo I manged to get from the Finepix camera.

So today I took the camera back to the shop and exchanged it for an Olympus VG-170.

The Olympus came with a software editing and importing package, including a 3D photo option, a panorama option, face recognition and mapping. I’m looking forward to trying out the camera over the week-end.


Yesterday I brought a Fujifilm Finepix JV300 so as to have a basic camera to hand until finding a DSLR replacement as I have felt quite bereft without a  camera to carry about.

I chose the cheapest camera on offer in the shop as I just wanted something basic to have to hand and wasn’t expecting too much.

The battery has been unreliable, suddenly cutting out after showing that it was fully charged and I haven’t enjoyed working with out a view finder even though the LCD screen is a good size.

One function that I have enjoyed is the panoramic option that knits three shots together. (I have come across editing soft wear which will do this but it is a fun widget to have it available on the camera).

Union Jack flag video still

While researching online for cameras to replace my lost DSLR I came across Ffordes Photographic  online for used camera equipment which has a fantastic range of equipment on offer.

Pas Un Autre Daily Journal of Arts and Culture


Over the past few months I have been trying out various pinhole camera techniques and recently brought a Holga Pinhole Lens to fit my digital Canon SLR.

The lens fits neatly on to the camera body in the same way as a regular lens.

The initial results were promising though I need to spend some time working out exposure times and use a tripod for longer exposures.

One consideration or draw back that I mentioned in an earlier post, is that when using a DSLR camera with pin hole lens any dust on the camera’s sensor or mirror becomes magnified and is very visible.

Unfortunately I left my digital Canon SLR on a local bus on Saturday afternoon after going out to photograph locally for a project I am working on, and unless the camera is handed in to the bus company’s Lost Property office it will be  a few weeks before am up and running with a replacement digital SLR. It does feel rather a large loss I am so used to my camera being on hand and using it on a daily basis, but I am taking the approach that a break away from it will hopefully  become a learning curve and an opportunity to shift my focus.

The next plan is to try out the Holga lens which also fits my film A/E Canon camera (a  great film camera that I love) and see what the results are like using a fast B/W film.

Every so often I submit an edition of 40 prints on toilet paper to Field Study’s  Wipe zine.

Being of an age to remember watching the space landings on a black and white screen television I thought it would be appropriate to make a print of Neil Armstrong for my next Wipe submission as Neil Armstrong’s death on Saturday August 25th starkly highlighted for me how our realities and understandings have changed since the 1st  Apollo moon landing on July 20th 1969.