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Nikon FE

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Happening across a Nikon FE body without so much as a fingerprint on it was a temptation just too great to walk away without it.  So I succumbed!  I like my landscape and travel cameras and lenses to be simple and uncomplicated things and the little Nikon FE is about as uncomplicated as a 35mm camera body can be.  'Little' is what hits you as a first impression on picking this camera up.  How easy it has been to forget just how small cameras from that era had become in comparison to the digital behemoths of today.  I have a Nikkor 50mm f1.2 ai-s lens that I bought new earlier this year with the intention of mating it with a suitable Nikon 35mm film camera.  I had thought an F3 would be the one until I saw this FE, and then I just knew it was right!  It's small but not fiddly, solid and nicely put together, it's just an honest no frills imaging machine that pairs perfectly with the 50mm as I had intended. 

The first test roll of Ilford Delta 100 confirmed that all is w…

Peak Light by Dave Butcher

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I bought Peak Light by Dave Butcher at the final Focus on Imaging show earlier this year.  I was passing the Ilford Harman stand and saw that it was on special offer.  It's a book I have been meaning to add to my collection of UK outdoor photography books for some time.  I wanted the book, not so much for the artistic merit of the images, but for the empathy I have with the author as a traditional black and white photographer with an interest in the same geographical area as myself.

From a technical and artistic point of view, I would describe most of the images as good quality record shots that could be equalled by any competent photographer who understand how to handle black and white film.  There are also a few images about which I would question their inclusion as they are particularly weak.  Dave Butcher is clearly not a photographic artist as compared to John Clow, David Herrod or Barry Thornton. These could be taken as negative comments, but this isn't my intention.  …

Curbar Edge Sunset.

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Returning from a full day of walking and photographing around the gritstone edges yesterday, the late afternoon sun was full-on in a clear blue sky.  Very nice it was, but not very interesting for photography!  Nevertheless, I decided to sit and watch the sunset even if the prospects for photography weren't great.  It's always good to watch the sun set and reflect on the day's activities and experiences.  Then, from nowhere, a large bank of cloud suddenly appeared from the northwest and things changed for the better.  There was a clear window to the horizon and the cloud bank was lit from below as the sun disappeared, leaving an amazing afterglow.  A perfect finale to a wonderful day!