ThunderRoad Cafe

Thunder Road Cafe is a fun American themed Restaurant that has been in the heart of Templebar in Dublin for the last 21 years. The food is incredible and the staff are lovely people. ThunderRoad is always worth visiting. If you are there around 9pm, everyone dances to YMCA. There is so much to look at in ThunderRoad from the Motorbikes to pieces of music history.

Here is the website for ThunderRoad should you wish to know more:




If you are a film photography shooter, I highly recommend the Emulsive.Org website, Facebook Page and Twitter feed, the addresses for which I have left below. This is an incredibly active community who love using film. They are helpful, friendly and deeply knowledgeable. One of the very many helpful resources that they have is a review section of every film stock they can find. They also review film cameras, personally though, one of my favourite sections is the Experiments section, as Emulsive and the community push film to its limits, in order to show you what it can do, regardless of what the box speed stated is, or anything else. They also experiment with all kinds of wet Darkroom techniques, which is wonderful inspiration for your own experiments.

If you like film photography this really is the place for you.


Parabo Press Square Prints – A Review

This is not a sponsored post and Parabo Press do not know that I am writing a Blog about their product. Today I received my free square prints in the post from Parabo Press, this is the second time that I have used this company, and I am as pleased with the service as I was the first time. Parabo Press offered 25 free square prints, all I had to do is pay for shipping, so on Tuesday I ordered some and they arrived today (Friday), which I thought, was incredibly quick. I am impressed by the quality of the prints, as well as the packaging, having written about this before in a separate blog (link below) I shall not repeat my impressions here. As I mentioned in that post, I has intended to check what the quality would be like if I used images from my DSLR, I did that with this Order. The picture quality was good.

If you use this code, we will both benefit: SBPDPL. I will be given some credit from Parabo Print for referring you and all you will need to do is pay for shipping.

Parabo Press Photobook – A Review

HP Sprocket Printer 1st Impression

This week I bought a Sprocket Mobile Printer from HP.  This printer is about the size of a mobile phone, weighs around 6 ounces (170 grams), and is portable. It is easy to load the Zink Technology paper that comes with the printer (10 sheets 2 x 3-inch (5 x 7.6 cm) Needless to say this printer has an easy to use App for your mobile devices. The sheets that you get in the box are stickers, so as you will see from my examples, I stuck them in a notebook.

I found the set up of this printer incredibly simple, the App is also easy to use, but a bit light on features. Loading the Zink technology paper into the printer is also incredibly simple, the paper that comes in the box has a sticker back, which is a fun feature, it means you can either use the print as a sticker, or leave the backing paper on and just store it as you would any other prints that you have.

The blurb for the printer states that the printer would be good for “Families, single users and others who want the latest printing features for professional documents, web pages, lab-quality photos and more at home”, I would not consider the quality of this printer as professional or lab quality. This, to me, is a fun little printer to have for your mobile devises. If I have time over the next few days, I might scan the images below properly, so that you can more clearly see the print quality.

This printer is in the same category as the Instax Sp-2 printer. I have the Instax SP-2 and I really like it. The main differences that I can see, so far, between the printers is that, the actual print area is a bit larger in the Sprocket than on the Instax Mini prints and the Sprocket prints are half as expensive as Instax Mini, I also see the ability to turn prints into stickers, as a fun feature with the Sprocket. The printer unit itself is cheaper to buy than the SP-2, so that also needs to be kept in mind.

I found the quality of the first ten prints to be inconsistent, but, I shall experiment and see if that is a known unknown.

If you have either printer, please let me know what you think of them.

Thank you.

Impossible Project

Since the demise of Polaroid The Impossible Project are the only company that presently makes film for the Polaroid 600 Camera as well as I-Type, SX-70 and Spectra emulsions, which is great, as it means that we can still use a variety of old polaroid cameras. Hooray! However, the problem is that because Impossible had to reverse engineer the emulsion recipes, the consistency in quality and colour is not there. Boo! The shots below, were five of about thirty that I had to throw out, as there was nothing on them, due to the emulsion issues. The brown that you can see on the frames, is the base of the frame, the blue/cream/green parts are the sections of the image that were successfully processed. It has been a while since I have bought any Impossible Project, as I am disappointed with my more recent results. Before I bought the last couple of batches, I was doing ok with Impossible Project, as I had received a couple of packs that had fewer issues than those frames shown below. In time I will buy more, but, I hope I have more success with whatever batch I buy in the future. The results below are not typical, but are not rare for Impossible Project users.

I like that Impossible Project are trying to revive these formats, so I will continue to support them. However, the film itself is expensive (€20 for the least expensive 600 pack) and you get eights shots in each packet, which is two less than the original Polaroid packs. This together with the hit and miss nature of the quality means that I won’t be buying any too soon.

If you like these camera formats, Impossible Project is the way to go. However, FujiFilm is releasing a square format instax in March/April of this year, this may damage Impossibles sales. The main difference is that the 600 cameras is 3.1 × 3.1 inch in size, the new FujiFilm Instax Square Format is Image size: Height 62mm x Width 62mm, Photo size: Height 85.6mm x Width 72mm. So the Impossible Project is bigger, but, the FujiFilm Square Instax will be more reliable, cheaper and it will be easier to find refill emulsions for it.

I shall do a review of the Instax Square when I buy one.

Thanks for reading my blog.



Peter McKinnon Youtube Channel

Peter McKinnon is taking the Cinematography/Photography Community on  YouTube by storm. In the last two weeks he has increased his Subscriber numbers from 200,000 to 300,000. It took him a month and a half to get to 200,000 Subscribers. Peter is fun to watch, incredibly informative and someone who seems to genuinely love what he does. My video editing skills are improving under his tutelage, as is my understanding of Adobes video making software, Premiere Pro. Peter releases a number of videos a week, which consist of a mixture of vlogs and tutorial videos. I have included a link to his YouTube channel below, should you wish to check out his videos.

Thank you.

Art of Photography by Ted Forbes

Ted Forbes is a Texas based Photographer, Creative, Educator and cat lover, who presents his own Photography Channel called the ‘Art of Photography’ on YouTube  ( Ted and his videos have become a huge and regular part of my photography education, I have now watched all his videos, going  back nearly eight years. Ted has introduced me to many fantastic photographers that I would not have been exposed to otherwise. Ted also discusses techniques and history, together with running great competitions and really engaging with the Community that he has created. He is a really lovely guy whose enthusiasm for creating is great to watch. The AOP Community is a friendly, supportive and active one, and is great to be a part of.

His latest project with the AOP Community is to try and get us to think more creatively, to do this, he is giving out fortnightly (or thereabouts) assignments for us to take part in, then, you print them and past them into a journal. You can upload your Journal to his Social Media feeds and every week he picks some to feature in his video. The photos below are from my first week of Assignments, this was about looking at something you know well and trying to shoot it a variety of ways, I chose our shed, as I thought it might be more of a challenge to get different angles of a shed. You can join in with the Assignments at any time you wish, which is great for people who maybe missed the first couple.

If you have an interest in photography, than this is a great channel to watch.