Location:United Kingdom

An avid tea-drinker who likes nutmeg in her coffee and warm lavender-scented quilts. She knits, crochets and partakes in random acts of craftiness (and kindness). She likes obscure works of literature, philosophy and the idea that her mind exists separately from her body. She enjoys moving furniture around, literary criticism and baking bread. She writes haiku about nettles, would like to swim with seals and become completely self-sufficient. She writes as if her life depends on it, listens to beautiful music, and loves her darling husband Mr. VP.

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My Photography

I use two main cameras depending on what subjects I’m photographing: a Sony a580 dSLR and a 1970s Chinon CX.  I have also recently purchased a Yashica-D, which needs repairing but which will be my first foray into medium format (120) photography.

I’ve been using 35mm cameras since I got my first proper SLR, a Prinzflex CX, back in 2004. It was love at first click.

I got my first dSLR, the Sony A580 in November 2010 and haven’t looked back. Digital photography is amazing stuff. On this camera I use the 18-55mm Sony alpha kit lens and a Tamron 70-300mm Macro Telezoom lens.  I do occasionally use my old lenses on my DSLR, which can give some interesting effects, but on the whole I prefer the older lenses to stay with my film bodies.

And boy, do I love film. My Chinon CX goes everywhere with me. I use my favourite lens in the whole world: a 1970s Auto Chinon Tomioka 55mm f 1.4. It is the best bokeh lens in the world (click here for photos taken with that lens). I also have a range of telezooms and fixed-focus lenses, including a very temperamental Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 50mm f 2.8. (click here for photos taken with that lens)

I am learning to develop my own negatives using standard B&W chems. So far, I’ve developed: Kentmere 400, Kodak Tri-X 400, Rollei Superpan 200, Kodak ColorPlus 200 (in B+W) and Ilford HP5. In the future I hope to build an entire darkroom and be able to make prints for sale.

You can find my posts about different films in the Categories drop-down menu at the top.  They are all arranged by manufacturer (i.e. Ilford, Kodak), alphabetically.