movember is upon us

The manliest thing it is possible to do of all manly things (of which there are many) is to chop up wood with a chainsaw.



The actual manliest thing it is possible to do is to chop up wood with a chainsaw, whilst sporting a super manly amazing moustache. All men with moustaches are automatically superior and more handsome and manlier than all men who do not have moustaches. These facts are indisputable. So I find that I must partcipate….


I will document my progress as I and my intrepid chums from work go forth into the world of lip hair awesomeness. If you wish to support my moustache growing efforts financially, you should do so by giving money over here and by doing so you will be supporting not only some very worthy men’s health charities to do with things like cancer and that, but also you’ll be showing that you support moustaches.. And that matters.

If you don’t donate, think about what you are saying to the world? You’re saying that you like cancer – you’re actually supporting cancer, rather than supporting research into the fight against cancer. But oh so much worse than that – you’re saying that moustaches don’t look good. Is that the message you want to send to the world? Is it?

I didn’t think so.




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a pin drop

This weekend I went to “Jamie’s Italian” in Bristol. I’ve never been a big fan of Jamie Oliver, and after visiting his restaurant I’m not really swayed either way. The attention to detail in the place is quite impressive I will say. The food was good and the price of the food reasonable.

But £8 for a pint of beer? Do me a favour Jamie! Are you saving up your pennies for a tongue reduction operation?

And you might want to train your bar staff better – when asked what beers are available the answer shouldn’t be a sullen “Light or dark”.

Moving on – I made some more photos with my Pin Hole Camera this time with Ilford XP2 400 film. These came out OK although I managed to overexpose the day shots and massively underexpose the night ones. Also I double exposed one because I forgot to wind it on. Doh!

anyway here you go….

Pin Hole results, XP2

Pin Hole results, XP2

Pin Hole results, XP2

Pin Hole results, XP2


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pinhole guesswork

First roll of film through my new pin hole camera was a roll of Fuji Superia 400. This seems fine except all the guidance on the camera relates to 100ISO film so I had to try to calculate exposure times in my head. My tiny brain probably isn’t too good so any success is more luck than judgement.

Got the roll of film back this morning, and a quick glance suggests it’s just possible that I might have been advancing the film a tiny bit too much in between frames….

Anyway, moving on. Took the scanner in to work and connected it up to an old compatible system then got scanning…. The roll of film developed by Asda for £2 came back more tightly curled than a curly thing. This resulted in some effort required to get the film to lie flat on the canner. Welcome to the hi-tech world of pinhole photography.

The results are in – and are mixed. Now remember these were done at 07:30 on a Sunday morning. First up – Possibly I was still drunk from last night…. Or perhaps just possibly the tripod wasn’t straight.

P-Sharan results

Lens flare on a camera with no lens.
Pin Hole camera

There is a pier there somewhere – honest.
Pin Hole

A field. Least exciting photograph ever.
Pin Hole scene

Some lessons – don’t shoot into the sun. Guessing exposure is fine but don’t over-expose, under is easier to rescue. Put the camera together better – otherwise you get this weird looking scraggly thing in all your photos:

Pin Hole scraggly

More to follow since I’ve got 12 rolls of film to churn through!

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testing one two

Went out with my new pin hole camera this morning to take some photos. I’d forgotten two things.

1.) You don’t get instant results with film. I want to see the pictures but I can’t! Argh! I wonder if Asda will process it…
2.) I’ve got a new computer so I can’t bloody scan the results anyway! Double argh!

Luckily I had my little Leica with me so I could at least do something when I got home! It also gives me something to compare the pinhole shots against.


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pin hole

Been in London a couple of times this week working and naturally have to go in shops and spend money.

One of the more unusual purchases was this thing:

Basically it’s a flat pack 35mm pin hole panoramic camera. The sunset looked good tonight so I decided I’d build it and get out to take some pics. Easy right?



Anyway, fast forward a while and I’m here

Fast forward a bit longer and I’m done.

Sunset long finished and no doubt I won’t get a chance to go out again for ages – so I guess I’ll share any results as and when I get them.


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