Ricoh Shotmaster Ultra Dual #1

22-04-17

I couldn’t resist, it was on that auction site at a £1.00. starting bid, but the postage was £5.00. (a bit steep) No one else bid so it was mine. I have always liked Ricoh cameras and this was a model I hadn’t seen before. It has a dual lens (35mm & 55mm) rather than a zoom, the flash can be turned off by a flicking a slider, there’s an infinity button and the viewfinder cover acts as the on/off switch. The camera is quite small and easily fits in a coat pocket, and an added bonus is that it takes two standard AA batteries.

Loaded it up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200asa and took it out with me on my walks to town.

Natural Green (35mm)
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The light was quite tricky for this shot, sun and shade. I have found Agfa Vista 200 has a slight magenta cast, but the Ricoh coped well with the lighting conditions.

Brightening Up The Park (35mm)
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More tricky lighting.

Pegs & Finials (55mm)
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Having recently bought a Nikon TW zoom 35-70 and then donated it to a charity shop because of the really slow autofocus I didn’t know what to expect from the Ricoh, I needn’t have worried, it has one of the quickest autofocus systems of all of my compact cameras.

The film was developed by a local high street photo store, and scanned in by me on my Nikon Coolscan as near to neutral as I could get, with some contrast and sharpening adjustments in Lightroom to get rid of the digital fug. 

 

Thursday Doors

20-04-17

I’ve not really been anywhere for photographing doors over the last week. The weather apart from a few days has been cold and dull and when the sun was shining I was catching up on garden chores or going to see some bands playing, which inevitably involves drinking beer :>)

Here are a few doors for Norm 2.0 ‘s excellent “Thursday Doors” blog. I’ve been collecting examples of original domestic doors, there aren’t that many left nowadays, most being replaced by plastic or aluminum. The one I forgot to take a photo of is my own !

Columns, Portholes, and Stained Glass
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Plain But Original
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The One On The Left I Think
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1930’s I Would Guess
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As It Was Built
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And A Grand One To Finish With
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In The Garden Today

Thought I would spend the day pottering around the garden, having a slight hangover I thought the fresh air would do me good. It was a lovely sunny day but the wind was cold.

Reason For The Hangover!
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 I really enjoy seeing this band they are called “The Moonlights”, and the venue had 2 beers I hadn’t tried before, well that’s my excuse.

I used my Olympus EPL1 with an old Helios 58mm lens and extension tube. It was quite tricky getting the shots because of the breezy conditions and really narrow depth of field. It’s lovely to see the signs of spring well underway in the garden, not so good to see the amount of work I need to do.

Thursday Doors

13-04-17

Managed a short visit to Oakham in Rutland this week, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland) the weather forecast was reasonable and it’s only two stops down the line from my hometown. It’s been a long time since I visited Oakham for sightseeing, used to go there 2 or 3 times a month for business when I still worked. It’s a lovely old market town and most importantly has a fine selection of doors for my contribution to the excellent Norm 2.0 “Thursday Doors” Blog.

Oakham Cemetery
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You can see the cemetery from the railway as you enter Oakham, it looked interesting so went straight there from the station. I know it’s not really a door but it’s a lovely building and entrance way. The lodge is Grade-II listed.

Oakham Cemetery Chapel
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On the High Street
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Partial selfie !

The Dentists Door !
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Can’t have too many Blue doors.

All Saints Church
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The Post Office
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From The Side Streets
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There are some lovely cottages along the side streets, a lot of them are constructed from the local stone and many have thatched roofs. Really enjoyed the visit to Oakham.

Nobody Told Me The Queen Was In Town !

Took a walk to town this morning on my usual route following the old Roman walkway to the centre. I thought I would take a look at the restoration work around the Cathedral area, all the roads were blocked and security guards and police were keeping people away. So I walked through the market to the clock tower and then realised what was going on.

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(no that’s not the Queen !)

I’ve since found out the Queen and Prince Philip were attending a Royal Maundy service at the Cathedral and according to the Leicester Mercury paper “Her Majesty will take part in the ancient tradition of handing out Maundy Money to 91 men and 91 women – the number representing her own age in years” As I walked back past the railway station the Royal cavalcade drove past, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen the Royals. I must have been one of the few people who didn’t know this was happening today.

 

Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #3

10-04-17

These photographs are from my first visit to the island of Crete in 1990, can’t believe that’s 27 years ago !!!! All the images are from an Olympus OM2n film camera which I had just bought before the holiday. The film is Fujichrome 100.

Crete – Rethymnon Harbour
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Church of Four Martyrs Rethymnon
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One of the main reasons to visit Crete was to walk the Samaria Gorge (click the link if you would like to find out more)

On The Way to The Gorge
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Approaching The Walk
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Samaria Gorge
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My ex waving at me, in other words Get a Move On !

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It was quite rough going in some parts of the gorge.

End of The Line – Agia Roumeli
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It was a scorching hot day, I was glad when we reached Agia Roumeli so we could have a drink and a bite to eat, not to mention resting my feet. We caught the ferry from here back to the transport. I’m not very good on boats especially the flat bottomed variety, the Mediterranean can get quite choppy and it did, but it was an experience not to be missed.