Sunday, March 7, 2021

Saturday Matinee: Trains, buses, excellent photography and a good but silent story

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Last time I went to the cinema at 10 o'clock in the morning was with a bunch of my ten-year-old peers anxious to catch up on the perils of Flash Gordon and the evil Emperor Ming. So I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I was invited to a special screening of a 1928 silent film inside the impressive art deco vastness of the Odeon Leicester Square. We were no longer short-trousered hoodlums with chewed gum and catapults in our pockets. We had all aged gracefully (or otherwise) and there was a whiff of geekiness that didn't exist back in the days of Flash and Princess Aura. This was the film buff's equivalent of a steam train outing to Carlisle. Such things I find fascinating and I donned my very best anorak for the occasion.

Man with a tin bath, man without a camera

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What happens when you see a good shot but have forgotten to carry a camera. These days the smartphone comes to the rescue. But it is such a part of everyday life that we often forget that it‘s there and that is can produce some remarkable results.

Pentax S1a: Getting into film the cheap way

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Film is enjoying new-found popularity, perhaps as an antidote to digital excess. But you don't need to shell out £500 on a Leica M3. Why not buy a solid and very capable Pentax or Olympus? The camera and lens could cost less than processing your first roll of film. And these old SLRs carry a lot of street cred....

Soldiering in the Sharqiya before the birth of modern Oman

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A few months ago Flickr sprang to life and I received a curious email:  Hello sir .. and I also thank you very much... I...

Harley days, career decisions and a Hoggiefest.

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Out of the blue, John found himself boss of Harley-Davidson for Australia and New Zealand. As ever, a camera was to hand....

The painful progress from film to digital photography

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After a lifetime of professional photography, Don Morley was thrust into the digital deep end back in 2002. He survived and has found new enthusiasm.

Brilliant Quality: Zeiss Ikon ZM with 25/2.8 and 35/2.8 and 50/2

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I have to admit, our The M Files series feels a bit like a sad walk through the camera museum so far. You read...

Brooklands 1973 and the last of the Bentley Boys

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Back in 1974 Don was sent to Brooklands to photograph the famous designer Barnes Wallis. It led to an invitation to an exclusive reunion of pre-war car racing drivers on the circuit the same weekend.....

Leica M10-D: Digital for the next decade

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Want a simple, high-quality digital camera that will last you into the 2030s? Look no further than Leica's unique M10-D, the screenless wonder

Leica à la carte: Last servings from Red Dot Cameras

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Fancy something tasty? A london camera store has secured a unique batch of customised Leica MP film cameras? Leica's a la carte service might be off the menu, but you can still grab a camera that will last a lifetime...