Santorini – Just before the season started

Santorini in May 2019 – a present from our children to celebrate my wife’s birthday – I came along too just to make sure there were no problems with the language. Anyway, the idea that there is an off season on Santorini is probably a bit misleading – it’s a very popular Greek island full of history and the historic and imminent danger of volcanic destruction. The island is probably most famous for the beautiful village of Oia – see below – and the amazing achealogical remains at Akrotiri. Of course the weather is always brilliant, whenever it’s not raining pumice.

Oia Church
Oia

Half-Frame 35mm – loads for your money

Classic educational film strips are shot in ‘half-frame’ 35mm. Actually the way the images are set out in the film is just like 35mm movie film.

CGA 415 Primary Biology Series - Life in the Summer
A section of an educational film strip from the 1950s

Above is a section of a film strip called “Life in the Summer”. I am scanning these old strips for posting on the web in due course. I thought it would be fun to buy a half-frame 35mm camera and see what it could do.

The camera I got was an Olympus Pen EE2. EE stands for ‘Electric Eye’. It has an selenium exposure around the fixed focus lens. The meter stops you taking a picture if there is low light ; it makes a red flag appear in the view finder.

Such a nice piece of equipment it doesn’t even need a battery.

Actually, I had a false start with this. I got hold of a 45 year old Olympus Pen EE from Ebay which had a faulty exposure meter – it did take some pictures but the exposures were all over the place. So I found a slightly younger camera, the EE2, on Ebay and imported it from The Netherlands. It’s a beauty – and here is a picture of it taken with my pinhole camera.

Olympus Pen EE2 Pinhole
This photo taken with my pinhole camera

Is this too meta? Cameras taking with other cameras? This post is about half frame 35mm – we’ll cover off educational film strips and pinhole cameras another time!

Because half frame cameras take half size negatives you get twice as many pictures per roll of film. That’s 72 pictures for a 36 shot roll. No wonder I was shooting off images like someone using a mobile phone. Here are a couple of images from the gallery.

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Worthing Pride Fringe 2018

Here are some photos I took on the day of Worthing Pride – we didn’t get into the Pride gig but there were definitely colourful things going on in town. Even the car park looked excited.

Quote of the day:
“Is this the queue for pride?”

“No – it’s just a queue”

These photos hand processed from Kodak ColorPlus 200 – very cheerful.

Here’s a sample…

It was only later I realised his head spelt Worthing. I was distracted by his flag.

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Spring in Berlin

In May 2018 my daughter Kitty and I made a trip to Berlin.  This was to fulfil a very old ambition of mine to visit the Neues Museum and see the ancient and most beautiful bust of Queen Nefertiti – a 5,000 year old marvel.

Here are the pictures I took during our trip

The Brandenberg Gate and Unter den Linden

Taken with a Canon EOS 5 – that came with this awsome zoom lens

Click here to see the under-den-linden gallery

The Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial Berlin

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Museum Island

A column at the Neues Museum with bullet holes

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Dinosaurs

Kitty demonstrating the correct way to use a dinosaur

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Click here to see a sample of the virtual reality displays used at the museum.

A trip to Wannsee

A beautiful day on the Wansee.

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Potsdamer Platz

Mini cars racing on the streets at Potsdamer Platz

Click here to see the Potzdamer Platz gallery.

Look at Life – 2018

For the last three years I have presented my photography at the Worthing Artists Open Houses event – and I do this by producing education film strips.

My first example was in black and white and grungey! You can find it on youtube here.

This year’s filmstrip was called “Look At Life” in honour of the legendary Rank film series of the same name – for those of you who didn’t make to our open house this gallery includes all the images featured in the film strip.  You can make up your own commentary for now while I continue working in the script.

Look at Life – Motor Sports!

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