Lomography Petzval DSLR Lens hands on review

The Lomography Petzval lens is a relatively new lens inspired by the past but designed to work with modern Nikon and Canon Digital SLRs. It’s totally manual and the images it produces have a dream like quality to them which is down to the super shallow depth of field and circular bokeh (blurring). Anything in the centre of frame will be highlighted by the circular bokeh and blurring patten. The lens is the equivalent of an 85mm on a full frame camera (like any Canon 5D) and its maximum aperture is f/2.2.

shot with the petzval on a 5d Mrk iii by kevin meredith

Portrait shot in Dark cafe on 100 ISO and 20th sec

shot with the petzval on a 5d Mrk iii by kevin meredith

When the Aperture is at it’s widest it can be a little tricky to get pin sharp focus

The roots of this new lens lies in the original Petzval lens designed by Joseph Petzval in 1840, and although Lomography’s Petzval is technically a little different from the original, they’ve definitely nailed the 1840’s aesthetic. In August 2013 Lomography ran a successful Kickstater campaign to fund the manufacturing of a new version of the Petzval, they smashed their $100,000 funding goal 13 times over. After the Kickstarter backers receive their lenses Lomography are selling them to anyone who wants one.

Lomograpic petzval on Canon eos 5d Mrk-iii

Lomographic Petzval mounted on a Canon Eos 5d Mrk-iii. Can also be used with Nikon DSLRs. There are also adaptors available for NEX, FX and M4/3 mount cameras which means you can use the New Petzval on even more cameras, including the Sony A7, Olympus OM-D and Fuji X-Pro 1 and many more.

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Ten years of being on Flickr

I have to admit I’ve a soft spot for Flickr as I’ve been an avid user for a long time, in fact I signed up 10 years ago this month when it was only eight months old. Although my usage is not what it once was, I’ve made a lot of good friends through the Flickr community and it’s helped my photographic career. A nice little titbit that you might not know: Flickr was spun out of the online Game Neverending’s photo sharing feature. At the time consumer digital photography was really in its infancy and photo editing was not as easy as it now (Lightroom was still three years away). This meant the majority of content on Flickr was unedited digital images which could look a little flat colour wise, this meant that my highly saturated film photos really jumped out from their digital counterparts.

London Millennium Bridge one of early images I uploaded to Flickr

London Millennium Bridge one of early images I uploaded to Flickr

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Brighton Calendar 2015

Since 1990 Nigel Swallow has put together a Calendar of Brighton and Hove photographs which has become a bit of Brighton institution.

Brighton Calendar 2015 cover - Lighting and the West Pier by Max Langran

Brighton Calendar 2015 cover – Lighting and the West Pier by Max Langran

The calendar is comprised of the work of local Brighton Photographers, this years calendar includes two little pictures from me and one from my wife @rockcake, it’s always nice to be a part of the calendar even if it’s just a small part. Continue reading

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Snap Photo Festival Wales

In April 2015 I’ll be teaching some workshops at the Snap Photo Festival in Wales along with 13 other photographers with a diverse range of styles and skills. There will be talks, workshops, camp fires and parties over the space of 4 nights and 3 days. Think of Snap as a pick and mix of photo workshops, each photographer will be teaching their workshop twice so there’s a slim chance of you missing a one because it clashes with another. It’s not just the scheduled events where you can learn as there’s plenty of time outside timetable to socialise with tutors and other participants. I’m really excited about astrophotographer Conor MacNeill‘s workshop as I met him when I was speaking alongside him at the Birdie conference earlier year.

Deadvlei Twilight by Conor MacNeill

“Twilight and the Milky Way at Deadvlei in Namibia.” – By Conor MacNeill

Event tickets are £1300 per person and that includes 4 nights of glamping accommodation and food (if you are local there are also Non-residential tickets for £1150). More details can be found on the snap website here: www.snapphotofestival.com

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Evolution of the Lomo LC-A to the LC-M, LC-A+, LC-Wide and now the LC-A 120

The Lomo LC-A was introduced to the Soviet Union in 1984 as a camera for the people. The idea was to design a camera that anyone could use. Lomo took inspiration from the Japanese Cosina CX-2, but toned down the design with some Communist magic. The LC-A was the camera that changed the way I thought about photography. It gave me a lot of creative freedom, and the fact that I could take it anywhere and could use it in low light made it a game changer at the time. You can see some of my images taken the Lomo LC-A in this portfolio.

shooting me shooting her

Typical image from a Lomo LC-A with heavy vignetting, this vignetting can be further exaggerated with the use of cross processing. See more of my Lomo LCA images taken in this portfolio.

It seems funny now but when I got my LC-A in 1998 there was not much to choose from if you wanted a half decent camera that could fit in your jeans pocket, especially if you were on a budget. Compared with the proliferation of camera phones now, it seems quite bizarre that compact digital cameras did not exist then and did not become affordable until 2003.

Lomo LC-A along side the new Medium format Lomo LC-120

Lomo LC-A along side the new Medium format Lomo LC-A 120

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Brighton Photo Fringe business: MiniClick talk, Tim Andrews Over the Hill Exhibition and The Shot I Never Forgot

The Brighton Biennial and companion Photo Fringe festival are now in full swing. I’ve not got any stand alone shows in this years festival but I have images in two group shows and I am speaking at a MiniClick event. Combined, the Biennial and Photo Fringe is a massive photography festival and would be well worth a trip to Brighton from London and further afield. If you are from London and this post does not tempt you down I recommend you go to ‘Make Life Worth Living‘ and ‘Open for Business‘ at the Media Space at the London Science Museum.

MiniClick PechaKucha talk on the 27th October

Kevin Meredith speaking at BLAB Manchester

Photo by Matth Booth

I will be one of ten photographers giving a PechaKucha talk on the subject of none photographic influences. PechaKucha is a presentation format where speakers show 20 slides and each slide is on screen for 20 seconds, the slides advance automatically so the speakers are forced to keep their talks fast paced and as each speaker only gets 6 minutes and 40 seconds  so  there’s not much chance of getting board. The event will be on Monday the 27th October at 7pm find out about the other speakers on MiniClick’s website here. Continue reading

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Nick Hedges’ ‘Make Life Worth Living’ exhibition at the Science Museum’s Media Space

Nick Hedges was commissioned by the housing charity Shelter to document the harsh living conditions that people in poverty were forced to live in from 1968 – 1972. The work was used to help Shelter campaign better for those in poverty. To protect the anonymity of the people depicted, the images have been used in a very limited way until now; this is the first public showing of the work since it was created over forty years ago.

make life worth living by nick hedges

Mr and Mrs M and their four children lived in a council owned house in Vincent Crescent, Balsall Heath. Apart from the poor state of the property – no bathroom, no hot water, outside lavatory, inside walls running with damp – these children were sleeping in the middle of winter, on two sodden seat cushions covered by a couple of old ‘macs’, there was no heating in the room, the snow lay thick outside and the windows were broken. Birmingham, January 1969 © Nick Hedges / National Media Museum, Bradford

Make Life worth living at the Science Museum's Media Space

Make Life worth living is on display at the London Science Museum’s Media Space.

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Miniclick plan a second print run of: I Dare the Wave, A Life to Save.

Last June MiniClick published a small print run publication of some of my work documenting Brighton Swimming Club. ‘I Dare the Wave, A Life to Save’ centred around David Sawyers: one of the clubs more eccentric characters. The first print run sold out super fast, I was on holiday when they went on sale, so I didn’t get a chance to promote the release, soon after I was back they were sold out. I know there was a few people that were disappointed that they did not get a copy in their hands.

I Dare the Wave, A Life to Save by Kevin Meredith published by MiniClick Cover

I Dare the Wave, A Life to Save
By Kevin Meredith
Published by MiniClick

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