Return to Covent Garden

Back in December 2011 I was in London with a Yashica-Mat 124G that I had just bought on eBay. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the Mat was actually broken & of the full 12 shots I took on that first roll only half actually came out. As far as I can tell, the rest were actually shot onto the backing paper. That roll was also the first time I ever developed a film myself, so looking back at it I was incredibly lucky to get such a nice photo of the Christmas decorations at Covent Garden, which looked even better when I rescanned it when I got my Epson V600.

I told myself that if Covent Garden had the same decorations up again, I would go down better prepared with a tripod & camera I knew worked properly. Well Christmas 2014 came around & the same decorations went up, so I hopped on the train with my RB67 Pro SD, a 5-pack of Tri-X & a nice Manfrotto tripod borrowed from work. Well, not so much hopped, as it was rather a heavy setup!

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Of course ‘the best laid plans’ etc. & the shoot didn’t go quite as perfectly as I had hoped. It was quite late on a Sunday night by the time I made it out & got set up, so there were far fewer people than I had expected & the same bustling Christmassy atmosphere wasn’t really there. But conversely, because there were fewer people & the parasols were down, you could actually see from the vantage point all the way to the back of the building & the pillars across the entry. The flare from the lamps is unfortunate as well, but I’m honestly not sure how I could’ve avoided that – something to learn for the future!

I took a bunch of shots, both from the same off-centre position as 2011 & from the exact centre. None of the shots jumped out like that original 2011 shot, but there were a couple that I was relatively pleased with (click for bigger).

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Covent Garden at Christmas [Re-scan]

I rescanned the Covent Garden photo I took back in 2011 & originally scanned with the CanoScan 9000F, this time using the Epson V600 & producing a much better result. Whether that’s because the Epson is actually better or I simply chose more appropriate options is open to debate though!

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Cosplay Photoshoot, Mamiya RB67

The university anime society held a little cosplay photoshoot the other weekend & I took the RB67 & a box of Tri-X along. Annoyingly I picked up on lots of glaring compositional errors when I scanned the negs, but didn’t notice on the focussing screen when I was shooting…

First up Bryony crossplaying as Haruka Nanase from Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club at the beach (naturally).

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Kara as Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan.

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Up the coastline from the pier at the outer cathedral ruins.

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Gwen as Yuna from Final Fantasy X.

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And finally down to Castle Sands.

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Obligatory sexypose before finishing up for the day.

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CS PhD Reading Party 2012

Seems apt that I am only just posting photos from last year’s reading party considering that this year’s takes place 3 weeks from now.

Again with the trees/foliage because, well, TREES.

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Then some lesser-spotted computer scientists amongst the trees.

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It seems that age can’t hamper the gleeful happiness of playing in running water…

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…but others may have their own ideas.

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‘Spot the computer scientist’ 1/2.

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2/2.

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One paddle wasn’t enough, now everybody wants a go.

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