New Years Day Sunset Shoot

January 1st 2021 was like a breath of fresh air in so many ways. The end of 2020, a quiet day and to top it off, a beautiful, if short lived sunset. I decided to during the day, that I would go out for the sunset, and take my son Samuel out for the evening. Samuel had a new camera for Christmas, and needed to try it out. It’s only a 5mp children’s camera, but it hopefully be the start of a new love for him.

Armed with my Fujifilm X-T3 and Viltrox 23mm F/1.4, along with my new 60″ strap from Cordweaver (which is amazing in every way!), Samuel and myself headed a couple of hundred yards up the road and started to take some photographs of the evening.

What I have here are the straight out of camera images, shot in the MGA Colour Chrome film simulation recipe from my website. Images were cropped in Photoscape X Pro. All the EXIF data is in the images, and I was set to auto ISO (Maxium ISO6400 and minimum shutter 1/100).

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot travel to get anywhere, so we have to stay local. I am lucky enough to have this on our doorstep. It was the first time out for a while in challenging conditions, where we had a super bright sunset, followed by swift darkness. Over the month’s I’ve not really had chance to push the camera in the ways I wanted, so on New Years Day evening, I decided to try out the eye/face detection to it’s fullest, and was mighty surprised that the X-T3 found faces and eyes even with the sun directly behind the subject (usually Samuel!).

I was worried that the auto ISO might hit the top end of ISO6400 on a regular basis, but it didn’t, thankfully the Viltrox 23mm F/1.4 is a steller performer in low light. All this combined with my favourite base film simulation, I was happy with the results straight from camera.

As you know though, I like to take HDR images (three photographs EV-2/0/+2), just in case I am missing some dynamic range. I usually just upload my images to Google Photos (where I store my jpegs) and let Google Photos produce the HDR images. Here are the results for some of these!

As you can see, the HDR images are much more vibrant. They were resized in Photoscape X Pro and there was some tweaks to the highlights and shadows. I love the flexibility of shooting multiple exposure bracketed images for HDR as they give you so many options for editing.

Overall, it was a great evening, and bumping into my friend Thomas, just made it a special night. Hopefully there will be more to come soon (lockdown restrictions permitted!).

Spotlight: Photography with Poems by Ann Tudball (#02)

After the great feedback of last posting of Ann’s photography and work, we have decided to make this a regular feature. Once a month we will share beautiful images, poems and other writings, so that you can have something else to enjoy. We think photography and words go together well, and we hope you enjoy.

In episode #2 we have a poem titled “You are my destiny” and a written piece titled “Inner Strength”.

Ann is a South Wales based photographer with a stunning website and also stunning Instagram pages. You’ll find more information about her, her photos and poems in the links at the bottom of this page.

Top header Image by Mark Adams


Image by Ann Tudball

“You are my destiny… “

Tis when falls the night
I hear my silent voice
I can see you
I can touch you
You are my destiny

I laugh when you laugh
I cry when you cry
I fear when you fear
Your soul is my soul
You are my destiny

I touch your face to heal the pain
For deep in your eyes lies tomorrow’s dream
I bathed you in cool waters
That flow to the distance beyond
You are my destiny.

If there’s another world you seek
For stay in mine
Winning is easy and losing is hard
You go my loss has won
You are my ever destiny…

By Ann Tudball


Image By Mark Adams

“Inner Strength”

I remember walking alone listing to some beautiful music. We were told to take one walk a day. The feeling I felt was like nothing before. In life we control how we wish to live our lives, but not anymore. I felt scared and unsure of what lied before us. I watched on at families and thought how was this going to be explained to young children. Time went on and things got worse. How can life change so suddenly?

As the time past I somehow found inner strength, even on times I felt like giving up. I turned to family and friends and even though it hurt that I couldn’t see them, they were there. If you needed any confirmation of who loved and cared for you, this was it.

We had time to explore more, maybe finding new hobbies and finding yourself again. I looked to nature and found beauty on my doorstep that I may never had discovered before. It brought us inner strength.

Something, and I will leave that to your own thoughts has kept us going. 2021 is approaching fast and we are still unsure what lies ahead, but we have our inner strength to continue to be who we are, love those who love us, and do what we love doing. Remain proud and brave in our current war with life… A Tudball

“All things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind”.. Eckhart Tollie

Words by Ann Tudball


 hope that you enjoyed something a little bit different with this blog entry. Photography and poetry are two things that I also love to do, and it would be great if you could leave feedback on this. I’m always looking for featured Spotlight photographers, so please contact me if you would like to appear here.

You can view Ann’s website and blog here.
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Perfect Camera Straps

I love having the camera in my hand at all times, it means I’m always ready, and I always have the camera in position at all times. However, I was recently out for a few hours, in cold weather and at the end of the session, even with gloves, my hand was just uncomfortable.

I know I wanted another Cody strap, as the quality and feel of them is just perfect. I also knew I didn’t want a typical neck strap where the camera hangs on your belly or chest, so I visited the Cordy website and realised they made custom lengths! With that I ordered the longest length available in the hope it would meet my needs.

The reasoning for the extra length was so that the camera could be left to dangle on my hip. After Christmas Day, I attached the strap, and it fitted perfectly to my hip. Now I have the best of both worlds, I can hold the camera whenever needed, but on the rare occasion I want to let it go, I can now just let it go.

Cordy straps are extremely well made. A finely braided material, that is very comfortable on the hands and neck. From the website the version I chose was approximately £20, although there are many different versions on the site.

Hopefully, this will give those looking for an alternative strap a good idea of a product that is well up to the job.

Cordy Wrist Strap on X-T20 and Standard Thick Neck Strap on Olympus OM10

Of course, the thing about camera straps is that they are very personal. It can take ages to find the perfect device for varying your camera. These straps from Cordy though are simple, stylish, affordable and comfortable. Something that can’t be said for every camera carrying system out there. Plus they are available as quick release or fixed clasps.

*** This article is in no way promoted by Cordy, Cordweaver or any other manufacturer, and it’s wholely based on years of trying out various straps.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

I would like to wish everyone who has visited and supported me with One Camera One Lens over the last year a very Happy Christmas.

It’s been a challenging time for all of us, but through challenges, come creativity. I’ve built up One Camera One Lens from nothing, to a website that now attracts people from all over the World. I’m having great feedback on my photography, the stories within, the articles and the joint ventures I’ve formed with so many of you. Of course, a big thank you also goes out to all the Fujifilm fans who have been using my film simulations from the Fuji section of the website.

Thank you everyone, and once again, have yourselves a very Merry Christmas.

Mark G. Adams

It’ll be film in 2021 (But not as you know it)

2020 has seen a huge shift in what I do in photography and how I see things. At the beginning of the year I decided to start fresh, stop myself from using the words “landscape photographer” and concentrate on becoming a “documentary photographer”. There was a number of reasons for this, and I noticed it one day while looking through numerous Facebook photography groups and also my own back catalogue from the last half a decade or so (the time I’d been getting very serious with photography). Landscape photography, and my photography in general was becoming too sterile. Yes, it meant I was selling, but looking for the perfect image just looked to a lot of very bland photos.

History

I’ve been doing photography since my early teens in the early 1980s, but fascinated with photography long before that. Owning numerous film cameras until the digital age, then jumping on the digital train as an early adopter. My photography had always been people and places based, but around seven or eight years ago or more, when I moved to Aberavon and had the beach literally on my doorstep, my photography turned more and more to landscape based photographs. This, compounded by the start of Great Photography Walks four years ago seen my ploughing more and more effort into taking the perfect photo.

During this time, I’d always mixed up digital and analogue photography, but my 35mm photography (which I would dip into once or twice a year) I would always keep for family occasions. I always find film much more candid for family photographs, and that makes them all that more special. In recent years I rarely attempted landscape photography with 35mm film, the main reasons are that I had done it many times over the years, and I just much prefer shooting digital for landscapes as you have much more control over the final image.

Film, but not film in 2021

Currently I’m planning a huge project for 2021. I’m a photographer, and because of that I get all my film developed and I print out all my favourite digital images. Nothing, but nothing is better than having an image in your hand in print. It will be there for you, your family and your children, and even your children’s children (see my popular article on this subject).

On top of being a photographer, I’m a documentary photographer. I want to have life and soul in my images, they are real, they are almost always straight from camera, they are of a time and a place. So, my idea for 2021 is to purchase a Fujifilm Instax LiPlay mini instant camera or a Fujifilm Sq6 Square format camera. Having researched many types of instant camera, these ones have everything I want for my project.

My original choice was the new Fujifilm Instax LiPlay which uses mini film. It’s great because the images take up less room and is quite cheap at around £1 per shot. The LiPlay can also be used as a printer and you can selectivity print only the images you want.

However, the more I thought about it, the more I like the Instax SQ6 which is a square format film. You take the photo and it prints out, no second chances. This sounds more fun and in line with the nostalgia that instant printing is associated with. It’s a bit more expensive at around £1.40 a shot, but it’s direct from button shot to film without any digital middle ground, plus the images are square, just like old Polaroid images.

It’s a difficult choice between two very different cameras, but one I will make sooner rather than later.

I’ve always loved instant film, and like many families in the 70s and 80s, we had numerous instant film cameras. It’s film, but it’s in an instant! You get to see your results straight away, wherever you are! The thrill of this is as important as the process of taking the photo in the first place!

Goal

My intention is to catalogue 2021 in a photo album, as a project, using Instax film. I’ll be looking at just 10 or 20 photos a month from family, my GPW group outings and other special days. I intend to print the images I like wherever I may be, for others to be a part of the project.

It’s going to be about people, places, moments and maybe the odd landscape. I’ll be using the standard colour film, plus the odd set of monochrome film. I’m really looking forward to the experience, it’s going to be exciting times!

Why?

I’ve already been asked why use instant film. I’ve already had people say the quality I print on my printer is better than instant film. I’ve already had people mention the cost and that is not a “real” camera.

I’m doing it because it’s a challenge, I’m doing it because it’s different, and I’m doing it because imperfection is perfection. But mostly in doing it for me.