Chris Hannah

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Gran Canaria Photos #

As you may have seen from my update on my micro blog and on social media, I’ve just came back from a week long trip to Gran Canaria. While I was there, I made full use of the beautiful scenery and landscapes, and took a ton of photos.

I’ve just finished refining a bunch of them, and I’m left with 14 photos that I’m really happy with.

Note: I took a load more photos at the coast on the last day during sunset. I’m going to edit these separately, as I think they could serve as a great wallpaper pack. But whatever happens with them, I’ll post about it here.

All photos were taken on an iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Walking to the terminal. Gatwick Airport. | Full Size

Playa Taurito Beach | Full Size

Walking around Mogán. | Full Size

Lighthouse near Puerto Rico beach. | Full Size

Boats near Puerto Rico beach. | Full Size

Basket structure exposing the view from Tejeda village.| Full Size

A flowery scene in Tejeda with the views of the valleys and mountains. | Full Size

Tejeda village. | Full Size

A small village in the mountains. | Full Size

Another view of the mountains from Tejeda. | Full Size

One of many rock formations at sunset. | Full Size

Cascading waterfalls in Firgas. | Full Size

Local church in Firgas. | Full Size

Shopping centre in Las Palmas. | Full Size


I’ve finally got some 35mm film developed #

After waiting quite a number of months, I finally finished three rolls of 35mm film, and I’ve just got the scans back.

This is my first time getting film developed, and overall I’m happy with the results. There are certainly a few photos that didn’t come out so well, a few fingers that I had to crop out, and also one shot that was cut in half. But at least that gives me a few things to focus on when I’m next out shooting film.

To give some background on the film, there were two rolls of Kodak UltraMax 400 that I used with my Dubblefilm SHOW camera, and another roll of super old Tesco film that was already partially used, that came with a Minolta Maxxum 3xi that someone gave me last year.

I don’t know if or how I’m going to store these long-term, but for now, you can view the full collection on my Flickr:

These files have had some corrections done to them on Capture One. But they were mainly adjusting the exposure/contrast and also cropping/straightening.

My Favourites

I ended up with 79 photos from the three rolls of film (I haven’t shared the photos that I didn’t take), and while I enjoy quite a lot of them, I had to share some of my favourites here.

All of my favourites were actually from the Kodak UltraMax film with the Dubblefilm SHOW camera. I only got a handful on the Minolta, so that’s not too much of a surprise. But to be honest, I think a lot of the shots were a bit weird because the film was just so old. From memory, I think it was from the mid-2000s.

Looking over Dunstable Downs

Looking over Dunstable Downs

The beach near Durdle Door

The beach near Durdle Door

Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells-next-the-Sea

Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall

Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall

Spekes Mill Mouth

Spekes Mill Mouth

Dover

Dover

Takeaways

I have quite a few lessons that I’ve learned from this whole process. Some relating to actually taking the shots, the composition, the cameras, and film in general.

As for taking photos, I found that the resulting shot didn’t always turn out the same as I had seen it through the viewfinder. So sometimes the frame was larger than expected, and that seemed to mean my fingers were present more than I’d like. I also seem to have an issue keeping the camera level, which I don’t think I can blame on anything else but myself.

Waiting to get three films complete before I could get them developed is something I probably won’t do in the future. That restriction was just based on how I’d ordered the scans, as I paid for three in advance, and wanted to ship them all at the same time. But I think in the future, I might find a more regular way of getting them developed.

What’s Next

As of yesterday, I’ve actually ordered another film camera. So I guess that itself shows my current feelings towards film photography.

The camera I chose was a Canon AV1. Primarily because it offers me an aperture-priority mode, which I use on my mirrorless camera. But also because it means I can use different lenses, filters, and sort of get the “real” camera experience.

At the same time, I also ordered more Kodak UltraMax 400 film, because I’m happy with the results, and I think I can get even more out of it.

However, right now I do still have three cameras on the go. I’ve got the Dubblefilm SHOW with a roll of Kodak Portra, the Minolta has a black and white film with a weird name “Street Candy MTN”, and I still have an expired Fujifilm disposable camera that is nearly ready to be sent off.


Edinburgh Photos February 2023 #

I took a small trip to Edinburgh early last week, and I decided to play around with a new lens I bought recently. I’m pretty happy with a few of the photos, although I’ve definitely learned a lot more about my camera and the new lens.

To cut to the chase, the camera I used was a Fujifilm X-T100, and the lens is a fully manual Meike 25mm 1.8. Getting used to the manual focus took a while, although I do appreciate a softer focus, so it never needed to be perfect.

Here are the photos I liked most from the trip:


📷 Chinatown, London. #

Fujifilm X-T100 | XC35mmF2

Fujifilm X-T100 | XC35mmF2


Photos From a Trip to Devon #

I’ve just come back from a few days in Devon (while occasionally popping across into Cornwall), and across the weekend I experimented with quite a few of my cameras. I had my iPhone with me, of course, so those photos were posted to my Instagram stories. I’ve got 2 film cameras that I used, including my recent addition, which I will send off to be developed soon. And I also took my Fujifilm X-T100, on which I used primarily my XC 35mm F2 lens.

I’ve gone over the bulk of the photos from the X-T100 and iPhone, and did a bit of editing in Capture One (which I’m definitely enjoying using), so I thought I’d share them here.

The first few are from around where we stayed, which was a shepherds hut in Hollacombe, Devon.

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2.2 | 1/420s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2.2 | 1/420s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 2000 | 53mm | f2.5 | 1/125s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 2000 | 53mm | f2.5 | 1/125s

I only liked one of the photos I took of the actual hut, and for some reason, a wide crop really looked good to me.

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 100 | 53mm | f2.2 | 1/125s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 100 | 53mm | f2.2 | 1/125s

I also used played around with Halide’s macro mode around here.

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 200 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/24s

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 200 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/24s

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 64 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/39s

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 64 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/39s

We visited a place called Speke’s Mill Mouth (weird name), which had a waterfall that I couldn’t quite fully capture on my X-T100 (I’m starting to think I need a wider lens option).

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 32 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/220s

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 32 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/220s

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 32 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/412s

iPhone 13 Pro | Ultra Wide | ISO 32 | 13mm | f1.8 | 1/412s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f8 | 1/340s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f8 | 1/340s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f5 | 1/1900s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f5 | 1/1900s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f4 | 1/350s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f4 | 1/350s

The rest of the photos are from a place called Clovelly, a private village in Devon. We actually had to pay £8.50 each just to enter. However, it’s full of nature and unique architecture, and it’s also on a pretty steep hill which leads into a small harbour. So there were plenty of photo opportunities.

iPhone 13 Pro | Telephoto | ISO 32 | 77mm | f2.8 | 1/179s

iPhone 13 Pro | Telephoto | ISO 32 | 77mm | f2.8 | 1/179s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2 | 1/250s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2 | 1/250s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f4.5 | 1/480s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f4.5 | 1/480s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f4.5 | 1/320s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f4.5 | 1/320s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2 | 1/1400s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2 | 1/1400s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2 | 1/400s

FUJIFILM X-T100 | XC35mmF2 | ISO 400 | 53mm | f2 | 1/400s

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London #

A few more photos again today from the archives. I’m still going through and making sure I’ve got all of my favourite shots published here on the blog.

This time it’s a few shots I took in London back in September.


Autumnal Animal Photos #

This past autumn I’ve taken quite a few photos of animals, so I’ve taken a few of my favourites, and decided to share them here!


Durdle Door #

I’ve been to Durdle Door before, back in 2019. And only a few months ago, I visited the area again. And of course, I ended up taking a few photos. Which I think turned out a lot better than last time.


Ashridge Forest Photos #

I visited Ashridge earlier today, which is a rather large forest that’s only a short car ride from where I live. I didn’t miss up the oppurtunity to take my camera, and there was some absolutely incredible light.

My camera is the Fujifilm X-T100, and I used two lenses, the XC 50-230mm zoom lens, and the XC 35mm prime. But I captured a few on my iPhone 12 too, as teh ultra-wide lens seemed perfect for a woodland scene.

After going through a few hundred photos, I came out with 24 that I really like. I’ve uploaded them all to Flickr, so you can view the entire album there. But for a quick preview, here are five of my favourites:

View all 24 photos.


The Toy Camera Filter on My Fujifilm X-T100 #

One of the best things about Fujifilm cameras is the built-in film simulation modes, which give you various monochrome options, Astia, Velvia, Provia, and more. I find that they aren’t too harsh, and seems to mostly improve the look of my photos. They aren’t applied to the RAW file, so it doesn’t take anything away from the image.

However, there’s also an “Advanced Filter” mode, which gives you some more filters and effects. Although they are a lot more obtrusive. There’s quite a few, including partial colour filters, soft focus, and pop colour. But the one I have the most fun with is “Toy Camera”. The description it gives is “Create shaded borders as taken by toycameras. (nostalgic effect)”.

I can’t say it will produce the most professional photos, but as a person that enjoys retro camera apps on the iPhone, such as Dispo, Huji, and Hipstamatic, it’s fun to have it directly in my real camera too.

Here are a few quick examples:

I’ll have to give the other filters a try now, and I’ll see what I can get when I can actually leave my house and go somewhere interesting.


Photos in the Snow #

It snowed pretty heavily near my house this morning, which meant I had to go out and take some photos.

Luckily for me, there’s a small area of woodland just behind my street. So I grabbed my iPhone 12 and my Fujifulm XT100, and went to see what I could capture.

The iPhone 12 seemed to put a green tint on most photos, and sometimes over-exposed the photos. Halide seemed to work great though.

After playing around in Lightroom, I’ve got 12 photos that I’m happy with. They’re pretty similar, since they were taken in the same area. But I have tried to give them slightly different looks.

You can see them all on my Flickr, but here are my 6 favourites:


Photos From a Trip To Lanzarote #

I just spent a week in Lanzarote, and since I had just received my iPhone 12 before I left, I decided to leave my real camera at home and force myself to use the iPhone.

There were over 200 shots, and after reviewing them, checking the composotions, and giving them a little touch up in Lightroom, I was left with 24 photos that I was really happy with. I’ve uploaded them all to Flickr, so you can check out the full album.

Being in Lanzarote, the focus of my shots are all relating to water. Whether if it was the sea caves of Los Hervideros, the beaches around Playa Blanca, or the black sand of Playa de Janubio.

A lot of the time I was focussing on getting portrait-oriented shots that would be suitable for phone wallpapers. And a lot of the time this was caputring the transition of the waves hitting the sand, or the combination of the sand, rocks, sea, and then the blue sky. At the same time, there were some really nice landscapes that I tried to capture as well.

From the final 24 photos, I’ve picked out 9 that I’d like to feature here on the blog. I hope you like them. And if you want to see the other 15, you can view the full album on Flickr.


Photos From a Trip to Edinburgh #

I came back from a week trip to Edinburgh a few days ago, and while I was there I took quite a few photos.

Over 300 made it back, which was then refined by removing duplicates, blurry imags, and just bad compositions. I then spent some time in Loghtroom this evening trying to make them look even better, and I’ve been left with 44 photos that I’m really pleased with.

I’ve uploaded them all to Flickr, and put them in a single album. But as usual, I thought I’d post a few of my favourites here directly:


View the full Edinburgh album on Flickr


A Couple of Woodland Photos #

I’ve been trying to get better at photography recently, by watching a ton of YouTube videos mainly by Nigel Danson and Thomas Heaton, and a ton more. There’s one thing that I notice all photographers go back to, and it’s that simply going out with your camera, is the best thing you can do to improve your photography skills.

So just over a week ago, I decided I would wake up just before sunrise, and go for a walk around where I live. I walked through a few wooded areas, down near a river, and through some generally green areas. The environment wasn’t on my side for the shots I was trying to get, as in I found a few compositions in a woodland where some mist would have really added depth, and by the river, there was a shot I could have got if I had more direct sun instead of it being hidden by clouds.

However, on the walk back to my house, I did discover that there is a small area of “woodland” essentially behind my house. I just never noticed it, because it’s out of the way, and hidden between a load of houses. But anyway, even with lighting that I didn’t like that much, I think I got a two shots that I’m happy with.

I’ve uploaded them to various places – Flickr, 500px, and Instagram. 500px is something I’ve used for a while, so there’s a lot of old photos there, and to be honest I’m not happy with a lot of them. So I’m hoping that Flickr will become my new canonical place for my photography, before I most likely decide to put them here somehow. And, I’m probably going to be uploading a lot of my favourite shots to my Instagram too.


Photos From a Weekend in Wells-next-the-Sea #

I travelled to Wells-next-the-Sea this past week, as you may have guessed. As usual, I ended up taking my Fujifilm XT100, and taking it with me everywhere. Saying that, all of my favourite photos from this trip are from the beach. So here they are:


Blue Hour with Jay #

I was just out in my garden with my cat, Jay, seeing as that’s as far as I can go at the moment. But he was walking up and down one of the fences, so I decided to grab my camera[1] and take a few shots of him.

What I’ve now learned, is that I really like the colours at this time of night. Or more specifically as blue hour, (as opposed to the more commonly known golden hour), which happens in the twilight ether just before sunrise or just after sunset when the sky has a really blue tint.

Anyway, that’s a good enough excuse for me to post some photos here on my blog. Enjoy.

Jay

Jay

Jay

Jay


  1. Camera: Fujifilm XT100, Lens: Fujinon XC35mm F2  ↩

Spring Photoshoot with Jay #

Me and my girlfriend had a but of a small photoshoot with our cat today. He was making all kinds of poses on the sofa, so we instantly got our cameras out. It also gave me an excuse to use my relatively new Fujifilm XT100, with my brand-new Fujinon XC35mm F2 lens.

The light was behind us, which didn’t help, and the blanket on the sofa was pretty reflective. However, I did get a few that I liked. So here are my favourites, which have been slightly adjusted in Lightroom.

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Photos from My Trip to Durdle Door #

Just a few weeks ago, my girlfriend and myself took a short trip to Dorset. One of the main parts of the trip was to visit Durdle Door. I was just going through my photos, and I picked out a few of them that I’d like to share here. All photos were taken on my iPhone XS.

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12 Wallpapers From Lanzarote #

I’m currently on holiday in Lanzarote, which is one of the Canary Islands. It’s technically part of Spain, but it’s closer to the western coast of Africa.

We spent all of today travelling around the south side of the island, and ended in a place called El Golfo, which has some very rocky beaches. It resulted in some interesting photos that I thought would look good as mobile wallpapers, so I spent some extra time seeing what else would look good, and I came up with 12 different options!

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If you want all 12, then you can download this one zip archive. Just a warning, it’s 34 MB. If you want to unzip this on iOS, you can use my Shortcut that can extract any downloaded archives.


Photos from My Trip to Barcelona #

I’ve just got back from a week long trip to Barcelona, Spain. So I thought I’d share a few of my favourite photos. What’s surprising to me is that how only one of them is in black and white.

Anemone in one of the tanks at the Barcelona Aquarium.

Anemone in one of the tanks at the Barcelona Aquarium.

Skateboarders at Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies.

Skateboarders at Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies.

Our hotel rooftop.

Our hotel rooftop.

Barcelona beach.

Barcelona beach.

View from our hotel rooftop.

View from our hotel rooftop.