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Friday, November 25, 2016

Introduction to my youtube channel

This is my newly uploaded introductory video for my youtube channel.
You can access the channel by googling pembridgehouse.
Pembridge House is the original name of the house where I live.
Please note you may here a lot of birdcalls  during the recording.
They are the resident birds in our backyard.
I wasn't aware of them while recording this.

See this link below.

This short video also is an explanation and motivation for my blogs.
This is the link to my main blog.
These are links to my other blogs.
Please feel free to contact and discuss anything on these platforms.
I am a retired public servant and also wedding photographer. I have also been involved in Churches since I became a Christian at 28. I sometimes speak as a lay preacher in both Churches of Christ and Uniting Church in Australia congregations. All these postings are diverse as they are meant to reflect the three worlds we live in. The worlds of Body,Soul and Spirit.
Thanks for watching.

Monday, November 7, 2016

More houseboating on the River Murray

Some years back we did a trip on a houseboat with some good friends.
We went from Murray Bridge to Mannum for a day trip.
Here are some pics.
A river holiday in South Australia is hard to beat for relaxation and beautiful scenery.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

What's in my Camera Bag 1950's

Glen Thompson with Yashica super 8 movie camera on tripod about 1973

Often we have posts on photography sites about what gear am I using?
What's in my bag?

Kodak Cameras. Left;Kodak Brownie 127 camera;.
Retina 35mm camera on the right. Dad took most of his pics on this camera.

What are the must have accessories?
What was it like in the pre digital days when amateur photographers were very serious about their craft?
This is an attempt to revisit photography in the 1950’s.
I was in my pre teens for much of the 1950’s.
My Dad, Glen Thompson, was a keen amateur photographer in those days.
So what did he use to practice his craft?
His main go to camera was a Kodak Retina 35mm camera.

It had no rangefinder for accurate focussing,no meter,you had to activate the shutter each time to shoot,manual rewind and counting to avoide double exposures, had a flash synced at all speeds leaf shutter.
It had a very useful depth of field scale to enable accurate focussing based on aperture range.
Folding bellows compact but solid metal build camera.
Aperture range:f3.5 to f16
Shutter speed range: 1sec to 1/5oo sec.
T and B settings.
No hotshoe for flash but PC socket for external flash. 
Focal length of lens: F =5cm 
I still have this camera and have used it often. It is still in working order and what I learnt photography with.
The first camera I took a picture with was the Kodak Brownie 127 also pictured.

There would also be a Box Camera by Kodak
120mm film cameras: eg Agfa Isolette
Separate range finder:to attach to top of camera.
Lenses:close up lenses to screw on front of fixed lens.
Filters:various screw on lenses for black and white work.
Note Book: Purpose printed pocket data recorder.
Kodak Photography Aids: eg pocket Kodak Master Photoguide.
Negative Holders:
Enlarger and Home Darkroom:
Slide Projector:
Portable Screen:
Slide Boxes:
Standard 8 movie camera:
Standard 8 movie projector:
Movie Editor:

Dark room necessities.

Agfa Isola 120 film camera
Exposure record notebook.This isvery helpful in identifying shots in my dad's archive of negatives.

This little book a wealth of informastion. Amaruer photographers f these times really knew their craft.

Friday, November 4, 2016

My Vivian Maier Experience-Glen Thompson's Photography

I am currently going through my dad's archive of negatives taken in the 1940's and 50's.
I am coming across pics I have never seen before and neither has anyone else.
I hope ,God willing, to put on an exhibition of his photos one day.
This blog may not get much update for a while.
This is a major project.
See earlier posts on my Dad's photography and influence on my photography.
To my knowledge no one else has seen these below  pics before.
Scanned from negatives.
My Dad didn't print everything he photographed.
He processed his pics in a makeshift home darkroom with an enlarger he made himself.
Myself on the right and Andy Weight a childhood friend.Taken about 1955

Motor Bike Rambles in the Adelaide Hills