Kew Gardens

Me + t’other half had some time off, so we went to various places, including Lego Land (awesome), Chessington world of adventures (Huge  Queues, which smelt of wee)and Kew Gardens.

it was epically hot. Anyway, picture time.
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Shardtastic

Anybody who has passed through central London in the last few months will have seen the new tower block being built in Southwark. Its called “The Shard” and its massive. When its finished it’ll be bigger than Canary Warf.

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Forgive the “jaunty” angle, I still only have a 50mm lens, so anything close has to be made using multiple images. I haven’t got round to painting in the edges yet.

Ghetto Film Scanning

Film scanning is a pain. Some scanners have attachments for 35mm stock and only the really expensive ones can scan 120mm. You can send your film off to be fingered by proffesionals, but thats expensive and time consuming. You’re also relying on royal mail, which is never a good plan.

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As negative film is transparent, you need to have some backlight before you really see the detail. You can stick your negatives to the window and let the sun do all the work, but your prone to funny colours & patterns reflecting off whatever is outside

However frosted glass provides a even diffuse light, which averages out the colours reflected from outside. Nine times out of ten frosted glass produces a nice even white-ish light. Perfect for illuminating film.

20100905_004.jpgIts not very elegant, and there isn’t much space. but its better than nothing.

and here are some results:

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Heygate Estate, innit?

I entered a Photography competition last week, one of the themes was “Urban Views. I decided to go out for a quick 1 hour Photo session. I was initially going to take a panorama of Trinity square, because it wonderfully twee.

However I figured that everybody else will be doing that so I decided to do something more “edgy” (I use that word ironically.)

So here is the finished article:
koopman02.jpgEverything is grey and dull, just like the Heygate estate. There is only one flat in that block that is still occupied. Apparently they are going to smash it down and start again in the coming years, in an attempt to make things better.