Old tyres at Tyning’s Gate Barns, southeast of Shipham, on the Mendip Hills; 17 Oct 2004.  This is a picture with very little colour, and hence the colour version is good.  But I’ve chosen the mono version as Silver Efex Pro makes it look rougher and more contrasty, which suits the subject.

And this is a photo from quite long ago – when I was wedded to hauling a really quite weighty 300mm telephoto and tripod around, and to using a colour slide film – Fuji Velvia 50 – that was a must for all “serious” photographers.  And it wasn’t until I got into Nikon film cameras, notably the F6, a little later, and then bought the absolutely wonderful 70-300 Nikkor zoom ( still an absolutely favourite lens, in later incarnations, right up to the present day), that photography suddenly became a far less weighty and more mobile and versatile, image-stabilised affair.  I still used Velvia 50 sometimes but then – another revolution – got into other emulsions like Fuji Provia 400X, which could be push-processed to 3200 ISO and more, and also Agfa Scala black and white slide film. 

Sitting here now, with the Z 6, X-T2 and TG-5 – and Capture NX2 (still useful!), Silver Efex Pro 2 and Color Efex Pro 4,  and of course Lightroom –  all of that film photography seems so long ago.  And, having shot film and used wet darkrooms since the late 1950s, I feel so very fortunate now to still be photographing during the time when the advent of digital has given photography so much more creative potential.

The Looking at Cars series: looking back through the nine years of the FATman Photos archives (and some new images too), I’m posting pictures of cars in various contexts and styles.  These Looking at Cars posts are here: 1 (with context); 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 .  Each post will open in a separate window.

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Technique: OM-4 with 300mm Zuiko lens; tripod; Fuji Velvia 50 colour slide film; rotated 90 degrees anticlockwise; Silver Efex Pro.





  1. It’s funny that you mentioned the Agfa black and white slide film. Last week I met someone who makes short films and takes still photos with black and white slide film – at least that’s what he had in his camera that day, for outdoor landscape photography. It really surprised me. You’re fortunate not only for living through the digital age but also for having the darkroom experience as your foundation. It must give you a different perspective – aside from gratitude for lighter equipment and more processing possibilities, you bring memories of other ways to the table, and I suspect that makes a difference.

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    • Thanks, Lynn. What you say about my darkroom experience may be true, but its a long time ago; I was chairman of my university photographic society too and used the darkroom there – but that must be OMG!!! 50 years ago now!

      Agfa Scala has gone, but there are still a few b+w slide films about now. Mostly, from the late 1970s, I shot slide film, and also colour prints for pictures of my family.. But, again I have to say, having bought my first digital camera, the Nikon D700, on 24 Jan 2009, I was simply taken aback by the creative possibilities unleashed. And then of course there came the suitability of a blog for sharing the photos. 🙂

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