Zits, hickey’s (UK English definition !) spots, my negatives had lots of them even though I used demineralised water for mixing the stock developer solution. I think I now know what’s giving my negatives a bad case of acne. Kodak D76 developer is a sachet of powder that needs mixing with water at 50 – 55 deg C, simply the developer isn’t fully dissolving, so I will be using Ilford ID11 from now on, this is virtually the same as D76 but the developer powder comes in two separate sachets (mixed separately) and from a dim and distant memory is easier to mix, and why I used to use it. The only upside to all these Zits and spots is that I need to spend a long long time in Lightroom cloning them out, this becomes an invitation for my cats to take it in turns sitting on my lap and Purring.
After attaching my new (£15.00) 37mm Mir lens to the Canon 500n/Rebel G and half pressing the shutter button the batteries immediately expired, and I didn’t have any spares. So I dug out my M42 to PK adaptor and decided to give the Pentax Super A an outing. The Pentax is in really good condition apart from the viewfinder which at some time in its life has had water ingress which has left staining on the focusing screen. Loaded it up with Kodak TriX and set off reasonably early to the Arboretum, the Sun was out and coming in at a low winter angle. After a couple of shots I realised the back of the lens caught the mirror if it was focused at anything approaching Infinity, fortunately I had packed an Helios 44-M – 58mm lens, which I used for the rest of the frames.
Low Light Tangles
After the above 2 shots I switched to the Helios lens.
The weather has not been very good over the last few days in my part of the UK, the barometer was well into stormy when I looked this morning. The forecast for tomorrow though looks more promising. So I will set the alarm for early and go out for a walk with a film camera, probably to the local Arboretum where I took the following shots on a lovely sunny October day.
Silver On Blue
These were taken on my old Olympus E620 Digital with a polarising filter.
Every year I meet up with an old buddy of mine that I’ve known since the early 1980’s, as he stops over this involves me giving the house an annual thorough clean and tidy. We met up in a Real Ale pub in the town and then went to see a friends band playing, it was a great night, bumped into some people I hadn’t seen for awhile and the beer flowed. The hangover has finally receded, it’s taken two days, trouble is the older I get the longer it takes me to recover. The weather hasn’t been too good for photography over the last couple of weeks but while I was tidying up I found a Photo CD with some images from March 2000, they were taken at the Santa Pod drag strip in Northamptonshire (I do like the sound of a V8 engine) All the photos were taken on my Olympus OM2sp, most of them with my Zuiko 24/135mm lenses on Fuji 100asa colour print film.
Hopefully the weather will be kinder soon and I will be able to get out and take some new images.
Well I have 4 cameras loaded with film, 2 of which are nearly complete and 2 just started, the weather has been a bit changeable so I haven’t been out photo walking recently, and I’m busy trying to tidy the house. So I thought I’d post a few images from August taken on a walk around the local arboretum, church and town. I was using my newly CLA’d Olympus OM2sp and experimenting with Rollei Superpan 200.
Met up with my PhotoBuddies this morning in a newly opened cafe. The coffee is really good, and so are the staff including “Tommo” their lovely dog . One of my buddies sneaked a couple of shots which he emailed to me this afternoon.
In The Background
I really don’t like being photographed but this is dark enough and fairly soft focused enough to hide some of the crows feet and wrinkles. I took along my Olympus 35DC loaded with Ilford HP5+ for our Photowalk.
Can’t believe it was May 2015 whenmy car was totalledthis is the longest I’ve been without a car since I passed my driving test in 1973. Spent the last few days trawling the internet car sale sites, I don’t want to spend lots of money as the car will have to stand on the road, but it needs to be good enough to take me over to France next year to see my friends.
The main reasons for wanting another car is to get the cats easily to the vets for their annual vaccinations, and Fleur needs her teeth cleaning. Also I want to get out and about more with my cameras to different locations, having being spurred on by some old negatives I found from the Rolleiflex the other week.
Lathkill Dale – Derbyshire
Konica ir750 infrared film.
100 percent crop from the above.
Portmeirion – North Wales
Kodak Tri-X Where they filmed The Prisoner TV series.
Barry Island – South Wales – Steam Engine Graveyard
Ilford Pan F This is a really old one from the 1980’s. Fortunately most of the Steam Engines were rescued and can be seen running on the many preserved railways around the UK.
Well back to searching the internet for a car. Have a great weekend.
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