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#1 New Darkroom. 23rd February 2020.
   
It’s all change at Barnett HQ this year, I’m moving out of my studio which has been my ‘home’ for the last seven years and am now waiting to take on a new studio just down the road. The one downside of moving was no longer having a darkroom, an unthinkable proposition so I set to work building one at home. The new darkroom is actually the back wall of my home office so I wanted it to look pleasing as well as being practical and without costing too much. The only major expenses were the new worktop and paying the plumber to hook up the sink, pretty much everything came from my old darkroom or has been recycled. The cupboards originally came from a library in Barnet and were picked up on eBay for 99p. The sink was once used by a local newspaper in Worcestershire   ( I often think of all the cheque presentations that were printed within ), the top shelf was cut down from a table pulled out of skip from outside of Northumberland University. Most of the darkroom equipment was either found at my local tip ( yes, seriously ) or bought on eBay. Now I just need to get out and take some photographs!



#2 First outing with the Fuji GFX 50R. 3rd March 2020.
   



After an evening trying to come to terms with the brick-thick manual, today was the first time I took the 50R out for a spin.  Although I’m still getting to grips with the settings, the 50R definitely handles like a medium format camera and reminds me very much of the Mamiya 6 film camera I used to own. It’s not the most attractive camera in the world, the Hasselblad X-1D certainly has the edge there but it feels solid enough. I really like the number of user function buttons and overall it’s pretty easy to operate. It’s easy to see why this camera has become a firm favourite with landscape photographers, on the tripod it’s lovely and solid and the LCD is large and easy to operate. At the moment I only have a 50mm lens which is very compact. The first tests look promising but I won’t be using it on a shoot until I’m fully comfortable with the camera and how it performs in all conditions. So far so good. 


#3 Stop motion studio 5th June 2020
   



During lockdown I was busy taking portraits in my village to document this exraordinary period. The sale of my studio fell through because of the virus so I have now moved back in and wanted to create a short stop-motion film for social media. I have always loved the magic of stop-motion - with little more than patience and good planning it’s relatively simple to make something engaging. 
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