Archive for May, 2009


Diptych of the Bearded Man.

May 19, 2009


Originally uploaded by photocumbria

Saw this chap outside Carlisle Cathedral and snapped him and his dog as they sat there in the sun.
He was on a 12 week tour of the north and Scotland,  Carlisle was one of his stop-overs.


Shot on Fuji Neopan 400 CN with a Canon Canonet. Scanned into Photoshop with an HP S20 scanner then cropped and adjusted for final image.

The processing in Photoshop was:
Crop to 8×10
Filter with optikVerve Labs, virtualPhotographer filter using the “anvil” preset.
Then a very small tweak of the curves.
The same process followed for both images.

The film was processed at Digital Photo Express in Carlisle – Robert (the owner) can process most C41 films from 110 to 120 and 35mm in-house! And it’s where I get all my stuff processed now.


Mobile phone saves the day

May 17, 2009

Friday 15th May 2009, saw my trusty Nokia N95 come to my broadcasting rescue!

I’d been dispatched to cover the SPEA FIM motorbike trials practise day at Armathwaite near Carlisle. Primarily to get photos for the BBC Cumbria website. But whilst I was there, the opportunity arose to grab a couple of interviews that would do for the radio station’s output over the weekend.
But here’s the problem – stills camera, no video camera (that’s back at base) and no audio equipment either; so what should I do?

Well always with me is my Nokia N95, bought because of its all-singing, all dancing capabilities, so thinks I, might as well see if it is really any good when needed.

So … trots off to meet James Dabill, one of the world’s top trial riders and do a quick interview … with a mobile phone! But the phone won’t record more than a minute of audio (without buying extras – which I haven’t) so I’ll have to video the interview.

Phone to video mode, shot lined up, James told that it’s really top quality despite been just a phone! And off we go. One minute eight seconds later and we’re done.

Next it’s Garry Bingley, coordinator of the event, same thing line up the shot, guff about phone and off we go. One minute forty this time.

So photos done, interviews done, it’s back to base and see / hear what we have and is it any use?

And that’s the suprise – the audio was superb, as good as most of the broadcast kit we have at the radio station and very usable for radio output.  You can listen to the final piece here … Or watch the video from which the audio came from here … (Which is the same one as embeded on this page!)

Technicals: The video is shot as mp4 on the N95, the audio was ripped from mp4 to mp3, then converted to pcm wav, before been converted to s48 in the radio playout system!

The video here was shot and edited on the N95 – it’s actually  not bad at topping and tailing video pieces and joining them together!

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