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So after my post last night, lets start again on the road of blogging!

I am obviously not gifted in writing/English! I am dyslexic and find this all very much hard work! But after re reading all my posts  I really enjoyed the catch up so I think it best I keep at it if at all possible.

So I mentioned the good news well if you haven’t seen my flickr post check it out!

 

Yes this my wife Emma holding a positive test! Pregnant(after about 2 years trying) this was taken back in November (for the technical aspect of this blog this was taken on a new camera to this blog a 60’s Empire Junior, a bit like a Diana I suppose but made of metal. Kodak tri-x pushed to about 2 or three stops to get something of the negative. developed in Rodinal)

So yes we are very happy Emma is about 14 weeks now and suffering just about every symptom expecting mothers are subject to. We are due in June the 29th to be exact!!

Here is our 12 week scan picture

So that is my first post of hopefully a more steady stream of blogging.

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Well hopefully not. I thought I would add a tumblr account. It seems to be quite easy to add pictures from flickr so I will use it for so, I wont be adding any words, that’s what this site is for!

http://jordensayer.tumblr.com/

I will also be adding some old images from time to time for people to check out, so it would be worth subscribing for that!

Also I started a Facebook, not sure how useful this will be but it will allow tumblr posts to show up dead easy. And hopefully I will get lots of likes to make me think I am popular!

 

http://www.facebook.com/JordenSayerPhotography

There isn’t a great deal on there as of yet but don’t let that stop you liking the page it would make me super duper happy!

 

Couple more selfs

That’s all for now!

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I have a feeling that my photography has lacked direction for a while, I felt very inspired today, I was looking through my Francesca Woodman book, her images are so beautiful. I decided to debark on my own set of self portraits, I shot a roll of fp4+and pushed it to 200.(processed in Rodinal 1+50 for 20 minutes) Despite this because I was shooting in my very dark house long exposures were needed. Ideas have been flowing through my head for a couple of nights now. Anyway these ideas will develop and I will shoot more self portraits.

I used a Yashica Mat 124G basically because it is my only camera with a self timer, and I did use some lighting from an old cheapo modeling tungsten light.

Here they are the first one I envisioned with candles all around so will perhaps work on this more

The second I will explore more perhaps with a series of pictures that deal with fire and the body. I watched a program last night that showed colour film footage from the 1930’s in Mexico, it was a really interesting show. There was one scene where a woman basically cooked/burned a lizard alive. This picture I believe is partly inspired by that image, it was quite disturbing to me.

There is no camera trickery digital or otherwise going on here, its real fire on my face. (BUT DON’T WORRY I AM FINE!)

I have also been inspired by the work of Leanne Surfleet 

She makes the most beautiful self portraits, I basically spent today looking through her images. Imo she is up there with some of the best!

It was really nice to be working with lovely big square format on the negatives, when they were hanging up in my high tech drying area(my shower) It brought a smile to my face and I couldn’t wait to scan them!

Anyway more to come I think.

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Hi folks, these next two are my attempt at street photography. I do enjoy it but I find if you are not doing it all the time, it really  shows. There is a big confidence needed for effective street shots shots.

The first one is from the last roll I took a good few weeks ago in Newcastle on the millennium bridge

When I saw the shot, I got a rush of excitement, pulled the camera out of my bag (olympus 35rc) set it up and snapped two shots as I passed. the first was too far away(confidence) the second was much better I did have to crop slightly. But I am pleased with this one seeing as I hadn’t really shot any street stuff in a long time.

The second is from our holiday. This was our day trip from Whitby to Scarborough shot at  the spa
This is a gorgeous location, there was a bbc organist playing beach tunes(and abba) and the place was full of pensioners sitting on deck chairs asleep. We didn’t pay the 3 pound to get in but instead climbed the steps and listened for free above. while we sat I noticed this guy asleep I really wanted the picture but his wife was sat very close to him wide awake. I tried some sneaky shots from affair but it wasn’t right. I needed to be close, but had to wait until we were leaving so I could get take it when I walked past. Anyway I got it but had to straighten the picture some. This was shot on hp5 in the 35rc on a very sunny day. I zone focused the camera to about 1.5 meters and shot from the hip. I am very pleased with it.

Developed in rodinal at 1+100 for 16 minutes(I am running out of developer and have no money for new so I am being very frugal)

More to come from our holiday!

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It’s been a little while, me and the missus have just had a holiday in Whitby and I was computer less.

It seems so long ago but here are a few from our day in Jesmond Dene. I am no Ansel Adams but I do occasionally take some landscapes.  However I often find my own lanscape work a bit boring so it is really something I need to either work harder on or just give up!

I have a about 8 rolls of film from Whitby to get through hopefully it’s not all toss.

 

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So when I talk about my little rangefinder I am talking about the wonderful Olympus 35rc. Now I do like this camera but it is not without faults! the rangfinder viewfinder is not the clearest, it quite often gets the film stuck and tears the film. And the closest focusing is painfully far away! It is also in shutter priority mode. However I still love its size and the lens is smashing.

Note the self timer leaver is missing on mine(this is the camera I tend to just shove in my bag so it gets tossed about)

Anyway these next pictures are from this camera taken in Jesmond dene(anniversary). They are shot on ilford hp5+ that I shot at 800 iso so a one stop push. Developed in rodinal at 1+50 for 16 minutes. Scanned with minor tweaks in lightroom.

first up actually isn’t in Jesmond but is us waiting for the bus.

Next up is Emma playing with her food( a babybell if you need to know) at her age really tut tut!

Next up is the happy accidents. Basically the film got stuck on the last few frames and created this awesome double(quadruple)  exposure! So happy about this. I do love double exposures and this is a feature not normally available on the 35rc…unless it malfunctions 🙂

Anyway I have a few more I would like to upload from this roll but that will come another day!

 

 

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I awaken today with aching legs and a grogginess that can only be applied to the body of someone who had a great filled day!

Yesterday was mine and Emma’s first year wedding anniversary, the day started with an exchange of gifts. I had made a book of images of Emma on blurb which she loved(thank goodness!)

I was treated to a book of images by the late Francesca Woodman, the book is beautiful and very very inspiring. What a body of work in such a short time…..I really need to up my game!

When traveled(by bus) to Newcastle, and after buying some picnic food. We went on the metro to Jesmond (after sampling some jerk chicken at the world market that is on at the monument) We walked to Jesmond Dene(after getting a little lost haha) Jesmond Dene is where I proposed. So we sat and a little picnic and enjoyed the sunshine and surroundings. Lovely!

Jesmond Dene has some great spots for pictures, I had my little rangefinder with me. I finished the roll so that will be coming up soon once I process it!

But I also took some pictures with Emmas little Samsung point and shoot(shock horror!) yes I broke the none digital rule(for shame!) I will post them up there not bad actually.

They were taken with a vignette filter on the camera and I have put a vcso ilford hp5 effect in lightroom. The grain(haha noise) is terrible but they view alright on the laptop screen.

Great location!

After this we walked through Heaten park and found the shoe tree(look it up it is pretty cool!) then we walked back to Jesmond and to as you like it for our romantic evening meal. Which was lovely! Then a walk back to the bus station and an hour back on the bus home!

Great start to a our holiday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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