This is what happens if you don’t do your homework!

A while ago when I was in the UK, I decided to spend some time taking shots in Brick Lane, east London and then move onto the Tower of London, just a short walk away, killing 2 birds with one stone.

And I had 2 cameras with me, three if you count my cellphone camera!

I had my favourite street shooter, a Ricoh GR1s and it’s digital brother a GRD III. The shots on the GR1s haven’t yet been processed, but when I got home and looked at the ones from the digital Ricoh, I was devastated! Almost all the shots were virtually useless, seemingly over-exposed.

Of course, I realised immediately what had happened…I hadn’t taken a few test shots before leaving home like I normally do; if I had done that, the errors would have showed up immediately. What I found when I checked the camera menu, was that the picture settings (exposure compensation, low light, etc) had been incorrectly selected. So almost all the shots I took that day, colour as well as monochrome, had the highlights bleached out, with wishy-washy blacks. You can see how the sky has been bleached almost completely white, which is incorrect as I recall there being a lot of clouds around. And the colours have a bluish tinge to them, again due to incorrect settings.

Terrible disappointment, but that’s what happens when you don’t check your equipment before heading out. Who knows when I’ll be back in London again, and even if I am, will those shots present themselves again? No; each shot is a split-second record of what happened in hat time period….that time period will never come around again!

Anyway, here’s some of the shots I managed to salvage:









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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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2 Responses to This is what happens if you don’t do your homework!

  1. Oh, still, much better than being in a foreign country, taking beautiful [!] pictures [setting apertures, carefully framing etc] and realizing that there was never any film in the camera!!!! 😆

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