Tim Allen // Portfolio: Blog https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Tim Allen 2021. All Rights Reserved. zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) Wed, 20 May 2020 16:41:00 GMT Wed, 20 May 2020 16:41:00 GMT https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u815418978-o874033368-50.jpg Tim Allen // Portfolio: Blog https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog 120 79 The Urban Art Fair in Brixton with the guys from Tinspiration https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 35mm ant artisans beetle brixton car dunn engine fair fuji james skateboard urban vw x-e1 https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) Fuji Hastings Velvia X100 coast kent photography seaside sunshine https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 127 B&W Gunpowder Mills Margate brownie coast fiesta film kodak lumix lx7 mono photography seaside https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) B&W derelict essex fuji gunpowder gunpowder mills mono photography trees waltham abbey wood woods https://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!! https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) beach broadstairs dreamland gbpizza grayson perry margate sand sun sunshine turner https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 50mm B&W f1.8 fuji fujifilm london night photography southbank street x-e1 https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 58mm colour eaton square f2 fuji fujifilm helios london photography russian street x-e1 https://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? https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 1995 1996 4 Hour F1 GT McLaren McLaren F1 Race Silverstone https://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) https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) camera charity shop color colour colt 44 crayford film kent old photography vintage https://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! https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) artisans craft photography https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2015/1/artisans-continues Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:11:28 GMT
A wander through Joyden's Wood https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) B&W fuji joydens kent mono photography trees wood woods https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 50mm @Fujifilm_UK MF X-E1 Yashica adaptor b&w chinatown fuji fujifilm london manual focus monochrome photography soho street https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w cards logos photography vintage https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) Calatrava Liège-Guillemins Santiago X-E1 art brussels colours details fuji fujifilm graffiti photography station street textures trains travel https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/7/brussels-weekend-with-ministract Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:45:58 GMT
June update on Artisans project https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 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 https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) X-E1 beach boats colours details dungeness fuji fujifilm photography textures https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 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 https://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 https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) X100 blue colour fuji fujifilm london photography red southbank https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/5/london-southbanks-abstracts Thu, 08 May 2014 18:15:39 GMT
More London - skylines https://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 (Tim Allen // Portfolio) X-E1 blue clouds colour fuji fujifilm london more london skyline skyscrapers https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/more-london-skylines Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:53:44 GMT
Street photography workshop with Damien Demolder and Amateur Photographer magazine https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/street-photography-workshop Amateur Photographer magazine recently asked for applicants for a street photography workshop with Damien Demolder and much to my surprise I was one of the 5 people selected to take part. I've chatted with Damien on Twitter for a while now so to finally meet him was an opportunity not to be missed, along with the chance of my work appearing in the magazine. Arrangements were made and I arrived at the Tate Modern for a 10am start. After introducing ourselves to each other we all had to say a bit about ourselves to Damien and Phil, and although myself, Rachael, Steve, Gagon and Nic were a bit nervous we were soon at ease and Damien explained what we'd be doing. When asked what I wanted to get out of the day I explained that although I've been shooting street photography for some years now, I'd never actually asked a stranger if I could shoot their portrait. Damien asked straight away if I was going to do it today and I said 'maybe' and hoping I'd have the nerve.

 

After shooting our portraits for the magazine Damien spotted a good patch of bright light for us to work with outside the Tate, concentrating on waiting for the right moment to catch our subject lit up for us by nature. The main theme of the day was looking for and then using good light, with quite strong emphasis on being bold with our exposure compensation dials. Despite using a Fuji X100 with such great controls it had rarely occurred to me before to make big changes to the exposure despite it being so easy to do. I experimented a lot with -1 and then -2 stops on the dial and it was very interesting to work like this.

 

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Street photography workship with Damien DemolderStreet photography workship with Damien Demolder

 

After a couple of hours or so hunger had set in so we headed for Borough Market, both to grab a delicious burger and to take some shots in the market itself. It also gave me my second opportunity to ask someone for a portrait - the first I'll explain in more detail below as it's become quite a story in itself.

 

Street photography workship with Damien DemolderStreet photography workship with Damien Demolder

 

After plenty more shooting we eventually found ourselves at Fratelli's for drinks and to look at each others work, give the images to Phil and talk about what we felt we'd achieved during the day. I think I speak for all 5 of us that we had a brilliant day and learned a lot, in particular about light and composition. I'd highly recommend Damien who runs his street workshops regularly.

 

To continue with the story about asking people to pose, the first opportunity arose right outside Tate Modern at the start of the day when I noticed a guy enjoying a cigarette near where we were shooting, so I thought I'd seize the opportunity before I talked myself out of it. I asked if he'd mind posing for a shot as I was doing a workshop and he was only too happy to oblige. He then noticed my camera and asked if it was a Leica - I explained it was a Fuji but could understand why he'd thought it might be a Leica and our conversation continued from there. He asked what magazine was running the workshop and when I said it was Amateur Photographer he mentioned that he'd once been interviewed by them. I asked his name and thanked him for his time, and later on I started to look for information about him online. All I can say is that it's been a really interesting couple of days, and Graham Attwood is a great character with a great body of work behind him, shooting stills photography on many major movies including Local Hero, a favourite of mine. 

 

Street photography workship with Damien DemolderStreet photography workship with Damien Demolder

 

Although I'd found his web site (which went offline today sadly) there were no contact details, but luckily I found him on Facebook and we've since chatted by email and I'm chuffed to say he likes my shot of him. He'd actually commented on his page that he was pleased somebody had thought him photogenic enough to take his portrait and wanted to get in touch with me. I hope to meet up with him again some time, and it's great how a chance meeting happened to be with a retired professional photographer.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) amateur photographer damien demolder fuji graham attwood london photography street x100 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/3/street-photography-workshop Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:38:26 GMT
Chinese New Year celebrations, London, 2014 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/2/chinese-new-year-celebrations-london-2014 I spent a couple of hours in London today to check out the Chinese New Year celebrations which are always so vibrant and colourful. I missed the main parades but there was still plenty to take in.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) chinatown london new year nikon photography street https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/2/chinese-new-year-celebrations-london-2014 Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:28:24 GMT
A churchyard walk https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/1/a-churchyard-walk As I hadn't used a camera for a while and I've been stuck at home I went to a local churchyard with X100 in hand. Nothing amazing but it was good to get out.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) X100 b&w churchyard fuji fujifilm graves graveyard monochrome https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2014/1/a-churchyard-walk Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:49:17 GMT
Pottery Workshop at Cupola Pottery https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/pottery-workshop-at-cupola-pottery This morning I went with my wife and son to the Cupola Pottery workshop run by my friends Nicky, Chris and Jean where we had a brilliant time making a selection of items. I was amazed how much we got done in a half day session and really enjoyed using the wheel in particular which though difficult wasn't as hard as I expected it to be. We were all really pleased with our finished items which will now be fired and glazed for us by Chris and Jean who are great teachers - patient and very clear with their instructions and good fun to boot. A big thanks to Nicky for her patience showing us how to use the wheel too! Once we receive our finished items I will update this post with extra pictures (in colour!) showing how they look in all their glory. I highly recommend Cupola if you're in the area.

 

 

 

 



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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w clay kiln nikon photography pottery workshop https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/pottery-workshop-at-cupola-pottery Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:30:29 GMT
Will Allen playing in The Little Albion, Broadstairs 22nd December 2013 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/will-allen-little-albion We spent the day in Broadstairs yesterday where my son Will Allen played a spot in the Little Albion pub for which he got great feedback and much applause.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) albion b&w broadstairs coast folk morris music people photography x100 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/will-allen-little-albion Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:43:57 GMT
Some notes about my charity book '3 Balls £2.50' https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/some-notes-about-my-charity-book I decided to write this post to help myself remember what I did as much as anything, but it may be of use to somebody else. To start with the inspiration for producing a small book came after seeing Nigel Rumsey mention his book of photography from his trip to New York. For a mere £3 I couldn't resist seeing what he'd produced and when it arrived the quality of both the photography and the printing really impressed me. My problem then was that I had no reason to actually produce a book, but a timely newsletter from NASS came through my letterbox and gave me the idea I needed. I'd never raised any money for them so this seemed like a good opportunity to do so. For some background on why NASS is close to my heart please read the book promotion page.
 
The next issue I faced was that I didn't want to use photography that people had already seen on my web site, but luckily Bonfire Night was coming up and I knew that there would be public displays aplenty. Fireworks don't really interest me but the funfairs that go with them do, they haven't really changed since I was a kid and I thought it would be interesting to try and document a typical visit to them.
 
After visiting the first fair my initial reaction that I'd got nothing worth using, but that proved the point you should never edit your work when you're tired! When I looked again and converted the images to black and white I knew I maybe had the start of something, so decided to go to a second local display a couple of days later. This was better as I had a purpose and knew which shots I needed to try and get; luckily I came away with some images that I was happy with and when added to the first batch I realised the book could become a reality.
 
After editing I had what I thought were 19 fairly strong images, including one that was perfect for the front cover so I then moved to the design stage. My initial title of just 'Funfair' was annoying me with it's dullness so I was glad to spot the new title in the cover photo. I'm fairly proficient at using InDesign and the technical advice on printing on the Inky Little Fingers web site gave me everything I needed to proceed. They were recommended to me by Nigel and although my first printed proof wasn't good due to a PDF problem and a poor choice of paper stock, the second was fine and I told them to go ahead with printing. If you print a book do make sure you pay extra for a printed proof, it stopped me having £90 worth of recycling! A week later they arrived and considering the low cost I'm very happy with them. I also ordered card backed envelopes and clear cellophane inner envelopes from eBay, designed some stickers (printed by moo.com) as a finishing touch to the package and wrote and printed a small insert thanking the buyer for their donation to NASS. My thinking is very much that the buyer is donating to NASS and they're getting a free book from me as a thank you, rather than them buying a book.
 
After talking with NASS I looked into using Virgin Money Giving and JustGiving but neither are really geared towards people selling things to raise money, they're aimed more at events. I can't for example set a target of £300 (50 books) and have the page stop taking donations at that point so keeping track of stock would be tricky. The last option was the charity facility on eBay - if you donate 100% of the sale price to charity they waive 100% of the eBay fees which I think is very good, but I was very disappointed but not at all surprised to see that PayPal would still charge their fee. However NASS would still get £5.60 from each £6 book sold so although not ideal it was the best option for me to use them. It was easy to set up the listing with multiple items for sale, and I knew the money would go directly to NASS. There is a sting in the tail though as I found out yesterday that basically I am expected to pay to the charity what PayPal stole - I sold 76 books for £6 each, PayPal took £30.40 but the charity still has to be sent the full £456. I won't be using this system again and I think I can make Justgiving work for me next time with some careful planning.
 
In case anyone was wondering how much it costs to do a project like this, here's a breakdown. 
 
75 x A5 board-backed envelopes £13.39
100 x Cellophane inner envelopes £4.59
90 x Stickers from moo.com £5.06
85 x Printed books £90.38
76 x 1st class stamps £45.60
76 x 40p stolen by PayPal £30.40
1 x Mystery cost by PayPal I can't work out £17
 
Total costs to me: £206.42 (nearly £50 more than I expected, all due to PayPal!)
 
I've not included boring stuff like any expenses incurred shooting the project itself as I wanted to go to the funfairs anyway.
 
The most important thing in all this of course is that £456 has been raised for NASS and I can't thank those that donated enough.
 
Update about eBay and PayPal:
I phoned PayPal to complain about their charges and their attitude stank as I suspected. It doesn't matter if you're a charity or not, they will charge for their services. What a truly horrible company they are. NASS are very kindly refunding the £30.40 to me.

3 Balls £2.50 (Blog)3 Balls £2.50 (Blog)

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) ankylosing spondylitis books charity donations fairgrounds fireworks funfairs printing twitter x100 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/some-notes-about-my-charity-book Sun, 08 Dec 2013 11:48:59 GMT
Eastbourne Pier - night-time abstract images https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/eastbourne-pier-night-time As we were staying in Eastbourne for the weekend we thought we'd head down to the pier on Saturday night to play in the penny arcade but when we arrived it was closed! This did however give me the perfect opportunity for shooting some abstract shots so that's what I did. Yet again, the Fuji X100 in it's new improved guise proved itself to be an amazing camera.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) arcades b&w eastbourne fuji fujifilm monochrome night pier x100 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/12/eastbourne-pier-night-time Sun, 01 Dec 2013 16:08:49 GMT
Shoreditch Street Art https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/10/shoreditch-street-art I had a very pleasant day walking around London with Valda Bailey and Doug Chinnery last week and although I didn't come home with any people shots I was happy with, you can't help but be impressed by the amazing street art in the Shoreditch and Brick Lane area. I particularly love the 'elephant'.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) LX7 art brick lane graffiti london shoreditch street street art https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/10/shoreditch-street-art Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:48:52 GMT
Greenpeace - Aurora the polar bear https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/9/greenpeace-aurora-the-polar-bear Greenpeace use Aurora the polar bear to protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. I've also posted a short video clip of Aurora in action, it's really impressive engineering. 

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) LX7 arctic aurora greenpeace icedrive london people protest savethearctic shell stopshell street https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/9/greenpeace-aurora-the-polar-bear Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:19:53 GMT
A morning in Borough Market and beyond https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/8/a-morning-in-borough-market-and-beyond I spent an enjoyable morning in the Borough Market area of London today with my friend Valda. It was a good excuse to try out the new LX7 I've bought to replace both the X10 which didn't AF quickly enough and my old LX3 which had lain dormant for too long. So far I'm very pleased with it and for a small sensor camera I'm pleased with the image quality and very fast AF. 

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) LX7 borough market colour london market street https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/8/a-morning-in-borough-market-and-beyond Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:16:27 GMT
Broadstairs Folk Week 2013 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/8/broadstairs-folk-week-2013 We spent the day in Broadstairs yesterday where my son Will Allen was performing with Motley Morris. As always it was a great day out and the enthusiasm from everybody there was infectious.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) broadstairs coast dancers dancing folk morris motley motley morris music people photography sunshine https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/8/broadstairs-folk-week-2013 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 08:32:23 GMT
Nicky and Chris - married at last https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/8/nicky-and-chris-married-at-last What a fabulous day!

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) photography sunshine wedding https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/8/nicky-and-chris-married-at-last Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:32:57 GMT
Raku Pottery in Chipstead, Kent https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/raku-pottery-in-chipstead-kent In late 2010 I watched some friends making Raku pottery, a process where clay items are glazed, fired, covered with sawdust which catches fire then watered. This leads to very interesting and artistic finishes although the process is fraught with the danger of items breaking at almost any stage.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) fire photography pottery raku smoke https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/raku-pottery-in-chipstead-kent Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:48:00 GMT
Folk music sessions in Broadstairs and Canterbury https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/folk-music-sessions-1 Last week we stayed in Broadstairs for a few days which meant my son Will could go to a couple of local music sessions. The first session was in the Tartar Frigate in Broadstairs and the atmosphere was wonderful on the night with a great group of musicians playing whatever took their fancy. The next night found us in the Canterbury Tales where he joined in with another great bunch of talented musicians. As night fell the lighting became ever more challenging but I still came away with some photos I was pleased with on both nights, I hope you like them. This will be an ongoing project charting Will's amazing musical skills - this week he was playing melodeon, bouzouki and banjo.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) banjo bouzouki broadstairs canterbury folk melodeon music nikon photography tartar frigate will allen william allen https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/folk-music-sessions-1 Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:04:51 GMT
A day in Dungeness https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/a-day-in-dungeness On Sunday I had a great day in Dungeness with 3 friends and came back with a selection of photos I was pleased with. On this visit I decided to concentrate on smaller details rather than grand views and deliberately only used one prime lens (Nikon 35mm 1.8G) to make me work harder. Another thing that worked well was being able to shoot at f1.8 in such bright sunshine by using my 10 stop ND filter ('Big Stopper'), this led to some nice shallow depth of field effects. If you like rust you'll probably like something here!

Thanks to Tina, Terry and Valda for being such good shooting buddies too.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) coast decay dungeness nikon photography sea sunshine https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/7/a-day-in-dungeness Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:44:07 GMT
Motley Morris perform in Upnor https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/motley-morris-perform-in-upnor My son is a member of Motley Morris and this week I took him to practice where the little Nikon 35mm 1.8G proved it's worth once again, and I'm constantly surprised by how good the D5100 is in low light.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w dancing motley morris nikon photography upnor https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/motley-morris-perform-in-upnor Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:59:57 GMT
A walk along Southbank https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/a-walk-along-southbank I walked along Southbank in London last night and it was great to see so much support for saving the Southbank Skatepark which is threatened with closure to make way for shops and cafes. No, I'm being serious. You can pledge your support here.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w london nikon photography skater southbank https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/a-walk-along-southbank Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:42:52 GMT
Photography and filming at Dungeness https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/photography-and-filming-at-dungeness PLEASE NOTE THIS BLOG ENTRY WAS WRITTEN IN 2013 AND THE INFORMATION MAY NOW BE OUT OF DATE - PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK

I've been to Dungeness several times to take photos and it's a fantastic location but it seems some people have been abusing the place slightly and this has led to the residents being unhappy which I can sympathise with. I contacted Alison Noyes who runs the excellent Watch Tower B&B and asked if she knew anything and she referred me to Owen Leyshon who is the Site Manager at the Romney Marsh Countryside Project. He was kind enough to clarify some points and with his permission I reproduce his email to me below.

 

Basically, Dungeness Point is a private Estate since the 1950’s with a single private road. Since we manage the Estate as part of the wider Dungeness National Nature Reserve since 1998 we have a procedure for all photography and filming on the Estate. In the last few years there is now a website to book, pay if you have to, show Public Liability Insurance (PLI) documents and agree everything with myself prior to starting. We also then supervise any shoot/filming on the day if we have to.
 
The website is www.dungenesstrust.co.uk
 
As for weekends, we don’t allow any photography and filming through bookings on the website. This has been agreed with the Dungeness Residents Association many years ago to allow some free days for residents. However, this does not apply to general photographers wandering around the Estate on their own on weekends.
 
However, where the confusion arises is ‘professional’ photographers using the private Estate solo or with friends and due to the sheer number of photographers and general public wandering around the Estate we do monitor and we keep an eye on everyone.
 
What triggers a call out to me, or intervention by myself is if the photographer brings a model, extra people to assist in a shoot or large groups ie there is a purpose to the visit – I had a quiet word with Erith Camera Club on Saturday who brought a model and c10 of them and they should have asked permission from the landowner/spoke to me before they came to Dungeness. Over the years, all camera clubs have been given permission to photograph for free, but they have gained landowner permission and spoken to me beforehand.
 
People using Dungeness for general enjoyment and photography is fine- but if they bring props, models and a sniff of professionalism we will have a chat and decide if they can stay on the Estate. As you can imagine we have had many ‘porkie pies’ /I have had it all on the sob stories told to me in 17 years of managing Dungeness and so unfortunately we are little bit cynical of the innocent responses sometimes – not all – I am very good at telling the honest people from the crafty ones.
 
As you can guess we have hundreds of thousands of people visiting and I can’t be at Dungeness all the time, but we are getting an ever increasing problem of privacy, damage to the sheds, theft from the boats, sheds, graffiti etc. My main concern is protecting the National Nature Reserve and we also liaise daily with the armed police and they put all booked shoots/filming on their call sheets and so between us we are managing the situation more efficiently now.
 
For that reason the Estate now also charge £100 for students per day now and they are one of our main concerns as they are causing many of the problems, especially the groups which don’t go through the main channels.
 
The plan to toll the road (probably by next spring) will improve the situation for us and residents, but we will see how the planning process goes on this.
 
It is common sense – if you come down at dawn on Sunday morning to take some pics – not a problem. Come down with 4 friends, a model and some lighting etc – you cross our line of concern!
 
I hope you find this information useful and I'd like to thank Alison and Owen again for taking the time to clarify the situation.
 
Dungeness BoatsDungeness Boats
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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) Dungeness filming permission photography https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/photography-and-filming-at-dungeness Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:02:03 GMT
The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/the-menin-gate-memorial-ypres The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. After looking through the printed register and then at the walls themselves I was surprised at how many Allens there were. It felt odd to see several "ALLEN T" and "ALLEN W" on the wall, in fact there were dozens of William Allens listed; my son William is 15 and some of those who died weren't much older than him. Makes you think…

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) belgium memorial menin gate photography war ypres https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/the-menin-gate-memorial-ypres Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:59:03 GMT
Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/tyne-cot-cemetery-ypres Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial ground for the dead of the First World War in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. We were travelling home from a week in Belgium and I'm so glad we stopped here as it was an emotional experience seeing so many lost souls together. The final photo is of a letter telling of the death of a soldier, perhaps even more upsetting due to it being a standard form that's filled in with the relevant details.

Update: Chris Upton on Twitter noticed the following about the letter: "this is even more poignant Tim when you see that the date of death was 31.07.17 but the date on the letter was May 1918."

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) CWGC belgium cemetery graves photography tyne cot war ypres https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/6/tyne-cot-cemetery-ypres Sun, 02 Jun 2013 05:46:25 GMT
Shoreham Woods Bluebells https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/5/shoreham-woods-bluebells Possibly the most unoriginal photo ever but I don't care, I quite like it.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) bluebells kent landscape photography shoreham woods https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/5/shoreham-woods-bluebells Tue, 14 May 2013 19:54:08 GMT
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2013 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/5/rochester-sweeps-festival-2013 Today I spent the day at the Sweeps Festival in Rochester as my 15 year old son William is part of Motley Morris, and this is his first year as a dancer as well as a musician. He finished the day with his first ever busking slot where he played for an hour and earned himself £25 which he's over the moon about.

Hopefully the pictures show what a great weekend it is, there's no shortage of colour!

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) dancing fuji morris photography rochester street x10 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/5/rochester-sweeps-festival-2013 Sun, 05 May 2013 18:29:32 GMT
A quick trip to the heath https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/dartford-heath Whilst watching the David Noton DVD a friend had leant me I noticed the sky was looking fairly promising so while feeling inspired I grabbed my tripod and bag and drove to the local heath. I didn't expect anything amazing but it was good practice to just get out there.

Dartford Heath Sunset

 

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 18-105 d5100 heath landscape nikon photography sun sunset trees https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/dartford-heath Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:46:59 GMT
Hextable's College Road Nursery, a derelict treasure trove https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/hextable-nursery This is a similar story to my blog post about the old van I discovered on the outskirts of my village. I've known we used to have a nursery on the way in to the village but until I looked on Bing maps I hadn't realised the scale of the place. There's a gap in the bush on the main road so I hopped in and was amazed at what was in there. A building containing an old boiler of some sort, then the main greenhouses themselves which are huge. Virtually all of the glass in the roof was still intact so I didn't feel in any danger of it falling on me whereas the side walls had hardly any glass left in them, I'm sure in part due to local kids. After I'd been in there a while a pane of glass fell out on the other side to where I was and made me jump out of my skin but I carried on taking photos after composing myself. This was only the second time I'd used the Fuji X10 and conditions were harsh due to the bright sunshine (yes, sunshine!) so the shots aren't great but it's an enjoyable camera to use. I'm struggling a little with the RAW's in Lightroom but I'll get there.

Anyway enough rambling from me, there's 30 pictures below. Wonder if I have the nerve to go back at night? Oh and before you ask, no I wasn't brave enough to open the briefcase…

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) fuji hextable nursery photography urban exploration urbex x10 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/hextable-nursery Sun, 07 Apr 2013 15:05:22 GMT
Fuji X10 - first shots https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/fuji-x10-first-shots After a false start of buying a Fuji X10 that turned out to have a faulty lens barrel, I returned it to the brilliant folks at Cameraworld in Wells Street today for replacement. They let me keep the charged battery from the faulty camera so I put a card in and started shooting on the way home with it. The shots below are nothing special and I'm still experimenting with the RAW files in Lightroom 4.4 to get a look I like. First impressions are good though, it's very well made and a delight to use. The AF is considerably faster than my X100 ever was and the image quality is better than I was expecting; obviously not as epic as the X100 was but noticeably better than anything my LX3 can produce. Once I've used it more in anger I'll add another post with further thoughts and pictures. I've no regrets about selling the X100 though; I now have a camera more suited to my needs and have £200 left over.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w cameraworld fuji london photography x10 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/4/fuji-x10-first-shots Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:43:44 GMT
Derelict and decaying old van https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/derelict-and-decaying-old-van I've been meaning to have a proper look at this location for years and years so today I decided to brave the weather and check it out. I couldn't see a registration plate anywhere but it must be 40 or 50 years old, it certainly won't be passing an MOT test any time soon. The Fuji X100 was it's usual self, stunning image quality and an autofocus system that can be somewhat frustrating.

Update November 2013: I sold the X100 due to the AF, bought an X10 which I also sold due to the AF, bought an LX7 which is brilliant and... have just bought another X100 as the unexpected V2 firmware update solved the issues :)

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w decay derelict fuji old photography van vehicle winter x100 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/derelict-and-decaying-old-van Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:00:53 GMT
London Skylines https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/london-skylines I took these in March 2011 on the 5D Mk1 I had at the time. Rather than let them fester I thought I'd experiment a bit with them and have ended up with a set of 4 I like.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) architecture b&w buildings london photography skies skyline https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/london-skylines Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:45:23 GMT
Beachy Head Lighthouse https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/beachy-head-lighthouse Beachy Head Lighthouse

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) beachy head lighthouse photography seascape https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/beachy-head-lighthouse Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:56:09 GMT
Revisiting the Sinclair years of my youth https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/revisiting-the-sinclair-years I've been telling my 15 year old son for a while now that one day I'd get all my Sinclair computer gear out and we'd have some fun with it. Sadly it's not the gear I had in my youth but items I've bought from eBay over the years in a bid to remember those old times in front of a small B&W telly. My 14" PYE TV that I bought with my Atari ST in 1989 still works perfectly with a pin sharp picture and was ideal to use today. The Spectrum+ is in perfect condition with not a mark anywhere and works like a charm - amazingly the tapes loaded perfectly from an old Walkman I found in a drawer. I also have 2 of the original rubber keyed models but sadly only 1 works now, the other stays on the black reset screen when powered up.

Also in the collection are 2 Sinclair ZX81's, one of which is also mint and perfect but sadly the power supply is not working, I'll either fix it or source a replacement or equivalent at some point. Years ago I got a letter back from Sir Clive's office saying he'd be happy to sign the ZX81 for me but stupidly I never got round to sending it to him.

After a quick rummage in the loft I also came up with the thermal printer you can see in the pictures, it's branded as a Timex Sinclair which normally means it's a US model but it has a UK power supply; over here it was called an Alphacom 32. I doubt I'll ever get through all 5 rolls of paper I have for it somehow.

Anyway, just a bit of fun but my son appreciated just how far we've come in 31 years. Next time I'll get my collection of Apple Newtons out to reminisce some more.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) Fuji X100 computer hungry horace melbourne house psion sinclair spectrum timex zx81 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/revisiting-the-sinclair-years Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:18:26 GMT
Albert Bennett, hero of World War II. https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/albert-bennett I've been going through some older files and I thought I'd post this shot as an extra to the main portrait of him in my 'People' gallery. Albert was part of 155 Spitfire Squadron in Burma and was at the liberation of Changi Prison in Singapore in 1945. He's now 98, as jolly as ever and still raises lots of money for charity - here he is meeting Prince Charles.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) albert bennett burmah changi hero veteran war https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/3/albert-bennett Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:54:59 GMT
Sand https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/2/sand Whilst on the workshop in Margate I took some pictures of the textures in the sand.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w margate photography sand https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/2/sand Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:44:27 GMT
Darkness in Deal https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/2/darkness-in-deal I found this old shot from 2011 last night, taken in Deal on a stormy day. I've gone overboard with processing as it was taken with an Olympus E-P1 and the image quality wasn't great.

Deal Storm

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) b&w deal photography seascape storm https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/2/darkness-in-deal Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:58:53 GMT
Welcome to my new blog https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/2/welcome At last I've left Pixelpost and WordPress behind and now have a unfied site all under one roof thanks to Zenfolio.

I'll be adding some more blog entries soon but for now here's a photo from Dymchurch last weekend. Nothing special but better than nothing.

Dymchurch

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) blog dymchurch photography seascape https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2013/2/welcome Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:02:58 GMT
Fuji X100 - some quick advice https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/4/fuji-x100-quick-advice Fuji X100

Note this is an old post, but some advice is still valid. There's even better firmware available now for example…

Here are some random observations that I feel are important to know if you're about to buy a Fuji X100. Most are things I've read elsewhere.

1. Buy new. There's been some issues and I wouldn't want to buy a used one. I bought mine for £699 at John Lewis because for £47 they extend the warranty to 3 years.

2. Upgrade the firmware to 1.3 straight away for faster AF and other improvements. (newer firmware available now, much improved AF again and focus peaking etc)

3. Use a fast memory card. I use Sandisk 95mb/s cards as this speeds up operations a lot. Format the card every time you put it back in the camera.

4. The JJC lens hood is almost indistinguishable from the real thing and costs under £20 as opposed to £70 for the Fuji one. You can also use it to attach 49mm filters.

5. You'll need spare batteries, it eats them pretty fast depending on how you've set it up. I ordered a Fuji (£17, got lucky) and an Inov8 (£9).

6. When you fit the lens hood you can't use the lovely Fuji lens cap - you can use a 49mm pinch cap though, about £3 to buy.

7. My last tip is to set auto ISO but make sure the minimum shutter speed is OK for you. Personal preference of course though. Bizarrely the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 still don't have proper auto ISO like the X100 (no longer true).

8. One last thing, tape or glue in that little plastic widget on the charger otherwise you'll lose it!

Picture: DP Review.

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) firmware fuji x100 https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/4/fuji-x100-quick-advice Mon, 02 Apr 2012 21:34:00 GMT
Those 50 year old photos in more detail https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/1/those-50-year-old-photos-in-more-detail If you read my previous entry on these old films here you might be interested in the pictures themselves. I've increased the contrast but no other retouching has been done.

Film one:

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Film two:

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 120 film photography https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2012/1/those-50-year-old-photos-in-more-detail Sun, 15 Jan 2012 03:01:00 GMT
A story of two very old rolls of film https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2011/12/a-story-of-two-very-old-rolls-of-film  

A rather interesting thing happened recently which I've mentioned on twitter a few times so I thought I'd write it all down properly. My friend Mark sadly lost his Grandmother recently, and when he was sorting her belongings out with his Mum they came across 3 old cameras and 2 rolls of 120 format film. He kindly thought of me when it came to the cameras as he knew I had a bit of a collection going, and I became the happy owner of a Kodak Duaflex II, a Coronet Flashmaster and a Kodak 277x Instamatic (with flash cubes!) - his Mum is lovely and she was happy for me to have them. The films however were even more intriguing because they were used but undeveloped and had 'develop by' dates of over 50 years ago. Both were black and white rolls of 120, one an Ilford Panchromatic safety film dated September 1961, the other Kodak Verichrome dated July 1958! I couldn't face seeing them sit around as there may well have been fascinating photos lying dormant that had never been seen.

 

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I'd already been looking around for somebody to develop 2 rolls of 127 that myself and a friend had shot recently using old Kodak cameras, so adding 2 more rolls meant I had to pull my finger out and get the job done. After a couple of false starts I found and contacted David Dawson at Cheshire Photo Lab who was very helpful and keen to help, although I had a scare as I sent the films by recorded delivery and they took 8 days to get there - the curse of Christmas and it's postal surge. That was a week or so back and this morning I got a brilliant surprise in my in box. David had suggested he just develop the films and email me contact prints so I could choose from the photos, should anything appear of course. Amazingly pretty much every image on both films is perfectly viewable (is that a word?) although with the age of the films showing in that there's quite a bit of 'degradation' over them. Can you tell I'm trying not to use the word 'crap' there? Hmmm. Anyway, as you can see below (click to enlarge them) they're surprisingly clear (I've only adjusted Levels slightly to add some contrast). I've now asked David to make proper scans to disk for me but Mark has seen the contact sheets and recognises his Mum and Grandparents which is fantastic news. Not sure as yet who took the photos but I assume they may well have been taken with the Duaflex or Coronet?

I'll update this if/when I learn any more about the people in the photos and if Mark is happy to share. Thanks to Wayne Ford (see his brilliant blog here) for inspiring me to write this. You never know, if I can find someone to spool some 120 onto a 620 spool for me I'll even try using that Duaflex…

Update: Here are the pictures themselves.

 

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) 127 Kodak film photography https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2011/12/a-story-of-two-very-old-rolls-of-film Thu, 22 Dec 2011 12:49:00 GMT
The Bonehouse Crypt of St Leonard’s Church https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2011/10/the-bonehouse-crypt-of-st-leonards-church  

Well this was something different. The last time I was in Hythe the Crypt wasn't open so today I checked times again and arrived ready to see the skulls. What I hadn't noticed was it's not open from September to May! Ah well we thought, third time lucky maybe - but then a lovely old guy who volunteers there said we could go in anyway and he showed us round. It's like nothing I've seen before, and oddly it didn't feel creepy despite being surrounded by 2,000 skulls and 8,000 other bones. If you're ever nearby do go along - here's their web site: http://www.stleonardschurchhythekent.org/History/HouseofBones.html

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) B&W Hythe bones crypt mono photography skulls https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2011/10/the-bonehouse-crypt-of-st-leonards-church Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:53:00 GMT
How to be an F1 photographer. Ahem. https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2010/7/how-to-be-an-f1-photographer Some shots from when I attended testing at Silverstone a few years back. I think I've pretty much nailed it :D

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zenfolio@timallenphoto.co.uk (Tim Allen // Portfolio) F1 photography https://www.timallenphoto.co.uk/blog/2010/7/how-to-be-an-f1-photographer Fri, 02 Jul 2010 08:38:00 GMT