Made in Hastings for MMC

A variety of monochrome edits (someone let me loose with Silver Efex again), one of which was submitted to Leanne Cole’s weekly MMC challenge this week.

Wet Fish
Pouring off.
Just get rid of the baseball cap.
Singing in the rain.

Rye Jazz Festival in Mono

It’s that time of the week, and it’s that time of year again. Rye Jazz Festival is going from strength to strength every year and, despite a dreary day with intermittent downpours, it seemed a good time was had by all on the Saturday.

Something else that is going from strength to strength in terms of the quality of images, is Leanne Coles MMC. Don’t miss out taking a look at all the cool entries here.

Some serious brass from Red Diesel.
The artist and the audience.
Getting out amongst things.
Ahh… The British weather.
Watching the watchers.

Roads for MMC

Been trawling the archives so, whilst I was in there, I had a look around for something for Leanne’s MMC. Not sure I’ve submitted the best option but you can see all the entries here.

A Hastings’ old town road
A South Downs road
A wet and breezy Weston-Super-Mare road
Lydd’s old rail road
Hastings’ new link road
Shoreham Docks’ road
Another Hastings’ old town road

Weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge – Boat back to Split

Having prepared a post, and written an email last week…. I eventually realised, when I found the email still in my draft box, I hadn’t actually sent it and as Leanne, despite her many skills is not psychic, I missed out being at the party. Here’s hoping – after struggling for an entry for this week until I remembered these shots I took whilst returning home at the end of a beautiful day touring some Croatian islands on a speed boat – that I get there this week.

From the darkroom

PICT0101bsmIn my quest to learn all about this photology magic, I have taken a workshop to learn how to use the darkroom. I recently found out that a small charity who have set up a community darkroom in town were holding an introductory workshop for amateurs. I went and since then, I’ve been back a couple of times, on my own to practise what I learned. The results leave a lot to be desired but I want to record here, my first attempts at processing my own film.

To convert the negatives to digital, for the sake of keeping record of what I have (the eyesight is not what it was and those negatives are pretty small) and to blog about it occasionally, and hopefully see some progress, I have treated myself to a little, stand alone negative scanner (Veho VFS-008 Smartfix) which, although the file sizes aren’t very big, is perfect for what I want to do with it.

Here are some of the negatives I then had a go at making prints from. I have to say making prints on 8×10 paper is VERY satisfying. Now, I want to buy a better printer to print off some of my digital images… And so the cost goes on.

Cocktail Safari at Rye Jazz Festival

Processed in B+W for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness Challenge

Always laughing.
Always laughing.

Being only the third year of the Rye Jazz Festival, it’s not so surprising that the streets weren’t buzzing with activity and there wasn’t a saxophonist on every street corner. However, we struck gold when we turned up at the historic Buttermarket for a gig by a Hastings band: Safari Cocktail. Although we were two of only a few when they started, by the time they’d finished the first set, the street was crowded. Great musicians, great fun.

Because it was such a small venue, I was able to get a lot of shots which then makes it difficult to decide which ones to show and virtually impossible to restrain myself to showing only 6 – so, here are 10. I really enjoyed trying to shoot this event and I shall be looking out for more opportunities to practise this type of photography again.

Monochrome from 35mm colour film

For Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness challenge, these monochrome images have been Photoshop’d from 35mm colour film I’ve taken over the past couple of weeks. I had them processed and saved to disc at the shop in town.

Unfortunately, despite getting this poor old camera serviced, I can still see evidence of light-leakage in some of the shots which I’ve tried to compensate for with a bit of either dodge or burning – not sure which is which yet 🙂

...up to the top of the hill.
…up to the top of the hill.
Enter if you dare...
Enter if you dare…
If... You are into Champagne
If… You are into Champagne
Under the sidewalk...
Under the sidewalk…
Those boots were made for walking.
Those boots were made for walking.



Weekly Photo Challenge – Silhouette

Some ‘almost’ silhouettes for this weeks Daily Post Photo Challenge

It was the annual big air-show Airbourne, in Eastbourne this weekend and special because one of the two Lancaster bombers that flew together had come all the way over from Canada. Unfortunately, it was so packed in the town that we were a couple of miles down the coast and therefore, quite a long way from the main action – those out on the sea in their yachts had the best view.

Also, being a very bright day, it was difficult to get good shots of the various planes as they flew overhead. Here are six of the best, in monochrome, that I managed to capture:


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