Category Archives: Travel

A visit to Highgate Cemetery

This past October I had the opportunity to visit Highgate Cemetery,  a wonderful experience for someone like myself who loves wandering around old cemeteries.  It opened in 1839 and  was run by a private company. In the 1970s it was no longer profitable to run commercially and  nature took over…

But you can read all about it on the website.  I don’t want to risk plagiarizing them and besides, they need your support 🙂

I’m here (and hopefully so are you) to share my experiences that day.

In Victorian times death was celebrated in high society and families would spend fortunes on elaborate tombs and mausoleums that their families would picnic at.  Quite a few of them are in Highgate.

But I was more blown away by the overgrowth.  The cemetery was only shut for a short while but nature always amazes me with how quickly it takes over when humans leave things alone.

None of the picture I took that day really do the place justice. I tried but my memories of the place are far more vivid than any image editing program could ever replicate.  I am however pleased with the shots I chose to share.

Do yourself a favour and the next time you are in London, spend a few hours wandering around.  The West Cemetery is viewable only by guided tour and is well worth it.  On the East side, you can see the final resting place of these famous people among others.

All photos taken with my Olympus OMD EM10 and tweaked in Lightroom.



My light leak luck streak is at an end.

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. It’s so easy to get lazy and convince myself that I’m too busy to write a quick post. Bad John.

I’ve posted quite a bit about the glass lens for the Diana F+ camera. I’ve burned through a few black and white rolls of film and have been super impressed with the results. I don’t shoot much medium format colour film, that’s partially by choice and partly because where I live, it can take up to four weeks to get a roll back from the lab. I do my own B&W processing at home in my kitchen sink but that’s another story. I have developed colour film at home in the past and it’s really just as easy as black and white but I haven’t had a chance to replenish my supplies (read lazy).
On my recent trip to Las Vegas, I decided to try a roll of Lomo Xpro 200 colour film and this is where my light leak luck streak came to an end.
Continue reading My light leak luck streak is at an end.

My Love Affair with the Diana Glass Lens Continues

As you may know, I’ve been having a wonderful time shooting with my Diana F+ with the new Glass Lens.
I think I can make it official; we were made for each other.
This has to be one of my favourite photos I’ve taken of my youngest son in a while… Continue reading My Love Affair with the Diana Glass Lens Continues

Tintern, and Not Visiting the Usual Ruin

This past summer, I had to fly back to South Wales unexpectedly.  It was a sad family affair and I was only ‘home’ for a week.  A couple of days before we flew back to Canada, my father and I decided to take an afternoon and drive around a little bit of the countryside.  Wales is absolutely chock full of wondrous ancient monuments, from standing stones, Roman towns, Abbey’s and Castles. If you like this sort of thing, you are never far away from one. Continue reading Tintern, and Not Visiting the Usual Ruin