Peter Bargh

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December 22nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 356 – Sunset Guitar

If you’ve followed my photo365 you will know I’m a fan of shallow focus, and bolting things on the front of a camera that weren’t designed to be bolted on. My latest purchase is an 85mm f/1.8 Canon FD lens. You can buy lenses of this type on eBay for far less than the modern versions. And this one is much lighter too. I’ll eventually get a Nikon or Pentax version (as I don’t like the FD lens mount) but this was such a bargain I couldn’t let it go.

It’s attached to the front of an Olympus Pen E-P2 with a cheap Chinese adaptor. I added a 15mm extension tube to allow the closer focus. The shot is taken with the lens wide open.

I was photographing the neck then I saw the out of focus highlight and adjusted position so it sat in the dip of the guitar’s body. It reminds me of a sunset. I focused on the thicker E string. I’m going to have fun using this lens. I just wish the EP2 would have the magnified view when focusing manual lenses as it’s quite a challenge to focus using the screen at 100%.

October 2nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 275 – Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Taken this evening at a gig in Lincoln’s new venue “Tokyo”
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a great acoustic guitarist, with a wonderfully smooth and mellow voice. Very enjoyable.
Olympus EP2 with the 40-150mm zoom.

September 18th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 261 – Alex with Guitar

Alex and her new guitar. Taken with the Olympus Ep2 and 14-42mm lens, backlit and overexposed then mildly cross processed in Adobe Lightroom.

July 21st, 2011

Photo365 – Day 202 – the guitar

A close up of the guitar shot at a similar angle to yesterday’s keyboard using the iphone and Hipstamatic.

January 7th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 7

Today I have been playing around with an Olympus EP2. It’s the new rangefinder style comapct with interchangeable lenses, much smaller than an SLR. I don’t know about you but the first day is spent fiddling around with the features, and i was eager to try the ART modes. They need suitable subjects and a I though the black guitar and keyboard suited the Grainy Black & white film effect of ART 5. So that’s what I took. The items where in my music room no arrangement made. I placed the camera on a stack of DVD cases to raise it off the ground and set the 2 second delay. I normally shoot in RAW, and the ART mode switches this to RAW with JPG (Jpeg being the shot the ART effect is applied to) The image on the LCD looked fine with good moody tones.

When I downloaded to the PC I saw that the ART shot was a bit too rough, grainy and contrast was a bit ugly, but the normal shot converted to black & white in Lightroom is really good.


I’m liking the camera already!

January 30th, 1998

Apex Gig

Today I found myself on stage in front of the entire Apex House publishing teams performing a few songs we rehearsed for a few weeks before hand. I was with my designer Chris and Marketing manager Tim, plus his assistant Rani and several other people from other magazines in a band we’d named Things in Black.


I’m not sure the reworded Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da to Publishers we Love you was a cool thing to do but Chris and I  just went along with the whole thing and quite enjoyed the moment.


The line up wasTim Hunt Guitar Vocals
Peter Bargh (me of course) Keyboards
Chris Robinson Guitar
Grianne Jones Vocals
Rani Sanghera Vocals
Mandy Campbell Vocals
Kevin Maxwell Double Bass
Can’t remember who the drummer was 🙁

After the gig, which seemed to go down quite well, we received a cool letter from MD Lloyd Wigglesworth.