Photography by Tim Allen: Blog http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Tim Allen 2018. All Rights Reserved. zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:32:00 GMT Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:32:00 GMT http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u587556208-o874033368-50.jpg Photography by Tim Allen: Blog http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog 120 90 I've changed camera system... http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2017/6/ive-changed-camera-system ...from one brand to another brand.

 

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The Urban Art Fair in Brixton with the guys from Tinspiration http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/7/the-urban-art-fair-in-brixton Today I went to the Urban Art Fair in Brixton to see the guys at Tinspiration showing their fantastic photos for sale. Tony and James have been working on this project for years and it was great to see some of the work printed and framed. Whilst there I couldn't resist taking some detail shots of Tony's amazing Beetle.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) 35mm ant artisans beetle brixton car dunn engine fair fuji james skateboard urban vw x-e1 http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/7/the-urban-art-fair-in-brixton Sat, 09 Jul 2016 15:42:21 GMT
A visit to the re-opened Hasting Pier http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-visit-to-the-re-opened-hasting-pier A few shots from a trip down to Hastings where the pier has been rebuilt and re-opened to the public. There's more stuff to be added apparently, but I quite like the emptiness of the second half.

 

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) Fuji Hastings Velvia X100 coast kent photography seaside sunshine http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2016/5/a-visit-to-the-re-opened-hasting-pier Fri, 13 May 2016 11:08:50 GMT
Scanning 127 film using a Lumix LX7 compact camera and some Lego http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/11/scanning-127-film-using-a-compact-camera I recently shot a roll of B&W 127 film in the lovely Kodak Brownie Fiesta that my friend Pip bought me for my birthday. It looks brand new and I think I may have well been the first person to use it despite it being made in the 1960s. Rather than send the film away to be developed and scanned I had the chance to see it being developed as my friend Nigel offered to do this for me. I enjoyed watching this as I knew nothing about developing film, but once I had the negatives I was left with the problem of not having a suitable scanner. After some brief research online I decided to make a stand for my Lumix LX7 camera out of Lego so that I could mount the camera above the negatives with a lightbox underneath. Much to my surprise my first attempt worked perfectly, so I'm pleased to show the images below. I shot them in RAW on the Lumix and then processed them in Lightroom as normal, although inverting the image is unnecessarily complicated I feel. Anyway, here they are, and I'm very close to ordering my own film developing equipment so I can start using more of my vintage camera collection. The first images were taken on a beautiful day in Margate, and the others during my visit to the Royal Gunpowder Mills. By the way, I don't know why every shot is wonky, it wasn't me!

 

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) 127 B&W Gunpowder Mills Margate brownie coast fiesta film kodak lumix lx7 mono photography seaside http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/11/scanning-127-film-using-a-compact-camera Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:17:59 GMT
The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/8/the-royal-gunpowder-mills-waltham-abbey I was very lucky to be invited to The Royal Gunpowder Mills by Sarah Deane so that I could both see her new exhibition "Powder" and have a good look around. It's a fascinating place and I highly recommend you visit if you can, especially as it might not be open for too much longer due to redevelopment. Sarah's exhibition is well worth seeing - the work has been lovingly shot over a long period and is beautifully presented. There is also an exhibition about the women who worked there at the turn of the century and some of the photography is stunning. The slideshow below is my edit from the day and I couldn't resist going for my usual high contrast black and white look as there were so many amazing textures and details to uncover. I also took some shots on an old Brownie camera and I'll post those here when I get round to having the film developed - don't hold your breath!

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) B&W derelict essex fuji gunpowder gunpowder mills mono photography trees waltham abbey wood woods http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/8/the-royal-gunpowder-mills-waltham-abbey Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:46:23 GMT
Margate, Dreamland, Broadstairs and Sunshine!! http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/7/margate-dreamland-broadstairs-and-sunshine I had a fabulous day out yesterday with the best friend anyone could ever wish for. We ate pizza at the fabulous Great British Pizza restaurant, saw the wonderful Grayson Perry exhibition at the Turner, had a paddle in the sea, had a quick look at Dreamland and then finished the day with a Morelli's ice cream in Broadstairs. A fine day! Here's a few shots and there will be more to follow when I've had the film developed from my old Kodak Brownie Fiesta.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) beach broadstairs dreamland gbpizza grayson perry margate sand sun sunshine turner http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/7/margate-dreamland-broadstairs-and-sunshine Sat, 11 Jul 2015 16:01:57 GMT
London with a Fuji X-E1 and 1976 Pentax 50mm f.18 Lens http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/4/london-with-a-fuji-x-e1-and-1976-pentax-50mm-f-18-lens A trip to London at night this time using a 1976 Pentax 50mm f.18 lens that was kindly given to me by a Japanese lady (following this story), it's in as new condition and appears to work beautifully. Again, nothing amazing but I enjoyed taking them.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) 50mm B&W f1.8 fuji fujifilm london night photography southbank street x-e1 http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/4/london-with-a-fuji-x-e1-and-1976-pentax-50mm-f-18-lens Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:57:49 GMT
London with Fuji X-E1 and a Russian Helios 58mm f2 Lens http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/4/london-with-fuji-x-e1-and-a-russian-helios-58mm-f2-lens This lens has been on my 'to buy' list for ages as it's well known for it's many qualities but I was lucky enough to be given one by a relative (following this story, thank you Pauline!,  and today I tried it out in London. These are just test shots really but considering how old the lens is and how bad I am at manual focussing I'm really quite pleased with them.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) 58mm colour eaton square f2 fuji fujifilm helios london photography russian street x-e1 http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/4/london-with-fuji-x-e1-and-a-russian-helios-58mm-f2-lens Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:54:10 GMT
McLaren F1 GT - Silverstone 4 Hour Race 1995 or 1996? http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/3/mclaren-f1-gt I was talking with Justin Leighton on Twitter about the McLaren F1 road car and after much searching I found a wallet of old photos which I've now scanned. I can't be sure if this was 1995 or 1996 but I do remember the amazing sound these stunning cars made - you knew where they were on the circuit even if you closed your eyes.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) 1995 1996 4 Hour F1 GT McLaren McLaren F1 Race Silverstone http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/3/mclaren-f1-gt Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:55:14 GMT
A vintage found film, can you help identify these people? (location is now known) http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/a-vintage-found-film-can-you-help-identify-the-people-or-location UPDATE: Several people have told me it's Warwick Castle, thanks so much for your information.

You might have seen my previous post about a found film, and now I have another - but this one will be a much bigger challenge to investigate. All I know is that I recently bought an Agilux Colt 44 camera in a charity shop in Crayford, Kent and in the box was an exposed roll of 127 colour film. I sent this to the good people at Snaps Photo Services and today I received a CD with 7 images on it. Only 4 are of use, and I'm publishing them below. I realise this is a long shot, but I'm wondering if the building in the background of one shot is recognisable to someone? Or the river scene shown in the other shot? The camera was made between 1961 and 1965 in Croydon but I've no idea when the photos were taken - does the image of the roll of film mean anything to anyone with regard to the type of film and the label on it?

Any help or information will be gratefully received, please contact me here if you know anything...

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) camera charity shop color colour colt 44 crayford film kent old photography vintage http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/a-vintage-found-film-can-you-help-identify-the-people-or-location Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:29:45 GMT
Artisans continues! http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/artisans-continues I'm very happy to say that now my rather awful 2014 is out of the way I can continue with my Artisans project. I'm not sure whether there will be a second book at this stage as selling the first one has proved harder than I’d like but the project will continue anyway. In the coming week I am photographing a coppersmith at work and hoping also to visit a forge to see molten metal being poured and worked with.
 
In the coming months I hope to be able to shoot a leatherworker, a letterpress artist and a high end jeweller and anyone else I can find who want to take part. Updates will of course be posted on my site.
 
Update: 3 new shoots are now online as of the end of January. Coppersmith, Foundry and Leather Design.
 
Artisans: Sian Evans, CoppersmithArtisans: Sian Evans, Coppersmith
 
Artisans: James Virgo, bronze foundry.Artisans: James Virgo, bronze foundry.
Artisans: Mia Sabel, Leather Design.Artisans: Mia Sabel, Leather Design.
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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) artisans craft photography http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/artisans-continues Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:11:28 GMT
A wander through Joyden's Wood http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/12/a-wander-through-joydens-wood I've had an awful lot of spare time lately and as the weather was OK today I headed to a local wood with just the Fuji and 35mm lens.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) B&W fuji joydens kent mono photography trees wood woods http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/12/a-wander-through-joydens-wood Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:50:54 GMT
London with a 35 year old Yashica 50mm f2 and a Fuji X-E1 http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/11/london-with-a-35-year-old-yashica-50mm-f2 It's been over 3 months since I've been out properly with a camera (it's a long story…) so I decided to throw myself in at the deep end last night. 90 minutes walking around Soho and Chinatown using only the very old lens my brother gave me a while back, a late 1970's Yashica 50mm f2. I bought a cheap Fuji adaptor for using it with my X-E1 and went for it - wide open at f2 and attempting manual focussing with focus peaking turned on. I'm not going to pretend it was easy, while I loved the feel of focussing with this lens actually achieving focus wasn't easy, hindered by peaking being white only on the X-E1. I did however end up with a few shots I was pleased with once I'd worked on them a little (a little grain was added in Lightroom). They're nothing really other than proving that I can still enjoy photography sometimes.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) 50mm @Fujifilm_UK MF X-E1 Yashica adaptor b&w chinatown fuji fujifilm london manual focus monochrome photography soho street http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/11/london-with-a-35-year-old-yashica-50mm-f2 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:18:39 GMT
Some lovely old photo cards with beautiful logos on the back http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/9/some-lovely-old-photo-cards-with-beautiful-logos-on-the-back I visited a local camera fair this morning with Nigel Rumsey and we both came away with some of these lovely old photo cards. We found the logos on the back as interesting as the photos themselves and I thought I'd post them on here to share.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) b&w cards logos photography vintage http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/9/some-lovely-old-photo-cards-with-beautiful-logos-on-the-back Sun, 07 Sep 2014 15:29:28 GMT
Brussels weekend with @ministract http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/7/brussels-weekend-with-ministract I recently spent a weekend in Brussels with my friend Tom McLaughlan and although I struggled photographically I've found a few shots I like. There's a couple more shots in my Land and Sea gallery too.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) Calatrava Liège-Guillemins Santiago X-E1 art brussels colours details fuji fujifilm graffiti photography station street textures trains travel http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/7/brussels-weekend-with-ministract Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:45:58 GMT
June update on Artisans project http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/6/june-update-on-artisans-project Artisans LogoArtisans Logo

So much has happened in the last week I thought I'd write it down, as much for my own sake as anything else! For this year's charity book, I have photographed 4 of the 5 participants and once I have visited the blacksmith (hopefully in July) I can then finish the design and layout and have the 200 books printed.

Because I've had such great feedback on the project and because I've enjoyed the process so much, I've decide to continue it indefinitely which has of course meant I needed to find new participants. Thanks to the great help I've had from my friend Wendy I now already have several people signed up for the next stage of the project. In no particular order I will over the next few months be visiting a premium leather goods maker, a trug maker (wooden baskets), a lady who makes amazing items from copper, a textiles producer, a letterpress printer and a specialist jewellery maker. The great thing is I can now show potential new participants the project so far and this is helping me to get in the door, so to speak.

I'd like to thank all of the family and friends, both on and offline who've supported me so far and I can't wait to finish this year's book, you've all been fantastic.

Malcolm Tysoe LtdMalcolm Tysoe Ltd

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) artisan artisans b&w blacksmith boats book charity copper crafts fuji fujifilm goods jewellery lace lacemaking leather letterpress luthier maker mastercrafts monty don nass photography printer printing restoration stained glass stonemason textiles trug violin x100 http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/6/june-update-on-artisans-project Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:58:25 GMT
Dungeness Textures and Details with @ministract http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/dungeness-textures-and-details-with-ministract I had a fine day in Dungeness today with my friend Tom McLaughlan and concentrated mainly on textures and details; it was great to meet his son and his girlfriend too, both keen photographers. The slideshow shows 20 images in blocks of 4.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) X-E1 beach boats colours details dungeness fuji fujifilm photography textures http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/dungeness-textures-and-details-with-ministract Sun, 25 May 2014 21:17:49 GMT
A brief update on my Artisans charity book project http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/a-brief-update-on-my-artisans-charity-book-project Malcolm Tysoe LtdMalcolm Tysoe Ltd

Just in case anybody is interested I thought I'd write a quick post on my Artisans project as it's been rather quiet of late. After a flurry of activity that saw me photograph the stained glass studio, violin restorer and boat restorers in quick succession it's been on hold ever since. I'm glad to say things are moving again and I am photographing the stone mason in Dover next Wednesday (21st May) *SEE BELOW* and in mid June the blacksmith will have moved to his new premises and I can visit him too - that's the one I'm particularly keen to shoot *SEE BELOW*. I've decided to move lace making to next year's book along with other more delicate crafts. 

My plan to self-fund the book again this year has changed slightly in that I'm still funding the printing and postage of the first 100 copies, but thanks to some amazing friends who are donating a fiver each I'll be able to print and post another 100 copies, doubling the amount raised for NASS. They'll be getting their name printed in the book as a thank you and I'm so pleased to be able to double the print run. The image above is probably the front cover but it might change as I'm constantly tinkering with it.

Hopefully more news and photos soon.

UPDATE 26th May - The stonemason shoot is complete.

UPDATE 27th July - The blacksmith shoot is complete too, and book production can start.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) artisan artisans b&w blacksmith boats book charity crafts fuji fujifilm lace lacemaking luthier mastercrafts monty don nass photography printing restoration stained glass stonemason violin x100 http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/a-brief-update-on-my-artisans-charity-book-project Fri, 16 May 2014 08:29:38 GMT
London Southbank Abstracts http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/london-southbanks-abstracts Despite poor weather today I had a fine time in London, finally meeting Jason Friend and Alec Murrell who I've known on Twitter for a long time now. Whilst on Southbank I was rather taken by a colourful display on something as trivial as a temporary wall covering construction work. Inspired by my friend Tom McLaughlan I thought I'd get close and see what I could create.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) X100 blue colour fuji fujifilm london photography red southbank http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/london-southbanks-abstracts Thu, 08 May 2014 18:15:39 GMT
More London - skylines http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/more-london-skylines I had a great time in London this morning with my friends Tom McLaughlan and Valda Bailey, we spent an hour or so walking around the More London area and I'm pleased with this selection of images. When my free 50-230 lens arrives from the nice people at Fuji I'll go back and pick out more details.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Photography by Tim Allen) X-E1 blue clouds colour fuji fujifilm london more london skyline skyscrapers http://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/more-london-skylines Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:53:44 GMT