Baltimore Wharf / by Ryan Trower

Christmas has been and gone, and has brought in a slew of new kit to add to my arsenal; among them, a Samyang 24mm f/3.5 tilt-and-shift lens, alongside a GorillaPod. I have only had one chance to use this lens thus far, and, while I am still trying to get my head around how it actually works, and the effects I can create with it, the few images I have shot have seen a notable increase in quality.


I realise this is probably one of my most overshot images on this website (the view of Middle Dock from Canary Wharf station), but this view gives me a perfect place to test kit; as well as to document the rapidly changing landscape of the area. Back to the lens though, and the one thing I noticed when comparing this image shot with the Samyang, and the same image when shot with my Sigma, is that the Samyang shoots a much sharper image, which is perfect for this kind of photography.

I was also gifted an Olympus Trip 35 SLR, my fifth analogue camera, and second Olympus. To test this little tank of a camera out, I purchased a roll of Kodak Ektar 100; a departure from my normal black and white, but after doing a little bit of research, and seeing that Ektar 100 has the finest film grain on the consumer market right now, I knew I had to try it out. I am just waiting to get the negatives scanned now, but from what I have seen on a tiny 35mm frame does look promising.