Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre, Photography


I walked across the salt marsh, just the sound of the wind rustling the reeds, at its end the parched earth morphed into sand, the sound of the sea took over (Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire).


Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre, Photography

CG_LockedDo we all lock a part of ourselves away? Hidden from the rest of the world, deep within, that small element of our soul we think may frighten others.


Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre

In an earlier post I said “you just can’t beat holding a photo in your hand”, so I would like to let you know about a fun free PC program called “Poladroid” that mimics the effect as if you had taken a snap with a real Polaroid camera. You just crop a “jpg” square and drag it onto the Poladroid program – out pops an onscreen version just like a real one, then you wait………it develops on your screen as you watch. You can right click on the photo during the developing process and it will give you a sample (a new jpg) in the current faded state, you can also set if you want vignetting or fingers prints on the photo. I’ve found you can print two side by side on 6″ x 4″ photo paper and cut down the middle to get two prints similar to the real thing.


Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre, Photography


A dull day, just the sound of the sea, with the waves gently breaking against the sea wall, seagulls overhead – tranquilty. Another film shot, this one was taken at Hunstanton, Norfolk, with a 35mm Fujica GER rangefinder camera.


Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre


The sun has gone, the temperature has dropped, like a beast it has shape, form and movement, it creeps across the low lying land growing in size; other than this photographic image of it, there is little else to like about it.

FM Radio – old tech is the best

Chris Goodacre


Like other smartphone users, I’ve loaded most of my CD’s and MP3’s onto my phone so I have a decent music collection with me whenever I need a music fix. I going to update my collection ready for a holiday, but I never did, as I got myself a Spotify 30 day account to stream whatever I fancied listening to. In the connected world we live Wi-Fi is everywhere, so you can watch video and TV on your phone. Without Wi-Fi you can still do this with a 4G* mobile service. So there I was on one of the smaller unspoilt Canary Islands, La Gomera, on holiday sitting outside our apartment, glass of wine, watching the sun go down, just on the edge of the hotel’s Wi-Fi zone, no phone signal – live no music. Try FM radio was the answer to no streaming service, that “old tech” thing that’s been around since the mid 1950’s, found lots of Spanish stations and some English too. Sometimes old tech is the best, no buffering and cutting out.

*footnote: 4G is evolving into LTE, this stands for Long Term Evolution, and isn’t as much a technology as the path followed by industry to achieve higher 4G speeds. Also using LTE will be Machine to Machine (M2M) technology, this is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual assistance of humans.

Print it

Chris Goodacre


This is a scan of an old family photo that belonged to my mother-in-law. When I first started photography as a hobby, prints or slides were the only way to view images in those pre-digital days. Like most photographers my age I’ve accumulated 1000’s of photos that really did take up too much storage space, I’m pleased to say that 99% of those I have now scanned. When I first got a digital camera I mainly just viewed the photos on my PC, apart from ones of family events, from some of those shots I got enlargements done. I noticed recently that sell lovely Polaroid style prints of your photos that really do look good, it’s great to see so many online photo services where you can get prints and accessories from your valuable images as you just can’t beat holding a photo in your hand. So next time you’re in a store that offers “Instant Photo Prints”, pop your memory card in the machine, then in 50 years’ time someone will find the print and say “wow, that’s looks like mum and dad in an ancient car”

Old Lens – New Camera

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I took this photo of a grass in my garden using my old 58mm Helios f/2 manual focus lens (off my Zenit EM), it was fitted to my Canon EOS DSLR. For this photo I set the ISO at 100, aperture at f/2 and shutter at 1/320 second. Considering this lens is well over 30 years old, it takes photos that equal the quality of those taken with the latest Canon lenses. So if you have an DSLR, get yourself a cheap retro manual focus lens off a film SLR (something like this one off eBay: LINK) plus an adaptor to suit your camera. Fit it on your DSLR and select manual mode, open the lens to its widest aperture and get creative.

Fast Forward>2015

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre


This is a photo that mimics the look I would get from a film SLR I used nearly 40 years ago! that moody black and white image with a slight vignette. The digital image was taken with my Canon DSLR at 1/80sec. at f1.8 with the ISO at 400. I used Photoscape to tweak it, to give it the look I want; this is a great free program that has all the manipulation features that I need. On the subject of metal chains, history dates them back to around 225BC when the design was used in wells to draw buckets of water to the surface. Up until the mid 18th century, chain making was carried out by craftsmen by hand. The craftsmen would hammer the metal and pull it into small circles. Once the correct diameter was reached, the craftsman would cut the looped wire into individual circles and interlink the circles, closing them and solder the join. As an example, a 16 inch chain might contain over 500 loops. The process was painstaking, time consuming and error prone.

Rewind to 1979

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre


As this is my first post, I would like to share this photo that I took in 1979 with a Zenit EM, the first proper camera I owned. I took it at photographic evening classes where I was learning how to process and print monochrome film. I think I used Ilford HP5 400ASA off a bulk roll that I loaded into a 35mm cassette in the dark room. The “aspiring photographers” then went round the other classes to find subjects. This is a photo of a guy in the calligraphy class. 35 years later I can still use the old manual focus Helios lens off the Zenit with an adaptor on my Canon EOS DSLR!