Thursday Doors

23-02-17

A few doors for the excellent “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0

The weather has been it’s usual (not good) in my part of the UK. Today has been really stormy and I’m now missing a few fencing panels :>(

So this will be an eclectic mix from the archives.

Purple #1
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Almost a selfie

Purple #2
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Blue #1
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Detail
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Blue #2
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Tucked away and forgotten

Aztec ?
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One from last week, It reminded me of Aztec architecture, but that could just be me !

It’s only a mile away #1

It’s only a mile away, but Monday was my first visit to the Botanic Gardens. I must have driven past the place hundreds of times. The weather wasn’t very good but at least it was dry, and I needed a walk.

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The Formal Garden
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A Planter of Daffs
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A Carpet of Crocus
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Thursday Doors

16-02-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” over at the excellent  Norm 2.0  blog.

I was trying out a film camera I had just bought from that auction site and went visiting the street I grew up on.

The Old House
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The windows are different, so is the door, and the white rendering is new,  but the front wall is original. It was a happy time for me growing up on that street.

Just Around The Corner
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I couldn’t resist this one. great textures and muted colours. Used to be part of the doctors house, always pristine in green gloss surrounded by red brick.

Back to the Olympus digital for the rest. Weather really hasn’t been that good over the last few weeks (roll on springtime) So this selection is a bit limited.

Former Guild Hall For The Disabled
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Another building I didn’t know about. According to the information board the hall was opened in 1909 as a social centre for people with physical disabilities. It’s now a Sikh temple and I was invited to drop in anytime for food and a chat.

Premier
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On the corner of the road where the Guild Hall is situated.

Mercury
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One of the reliefs either side of the front entrance.

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According to a bit of information I found this used to be a shoe and leather warehouse built in 1875. The reliefs are of  Minerva and Mercury, “classical protectors of business and craftsmanship” something else I’ve learn’t. Fortunately the building is Grade II listed.

Photina Reflex

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I did a quick count up of the 120 size film I had in the fridge, 24 Rolls. So thought it was time I used some of it and made a bit more space for food ! I bought the Photina in 1989 for about £18.00 from a now long gone photographic shop in Leicester. It’s in good condition but I wasn’t sure if the shutter was still ok. A roll of Ilford HP5 (expired in 2006) was loaded and a walk to Welford Road cemetery to test it out.

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To focus the camera you need to turn the taking lens (lower) which is geared to the viewing lens (top). What I didn’t realise is that if you focus by turning the taking lens it is all to easy to move the shutter speed to the “B” setting.
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This is at the “B” setting, I normally release the shutter button after I hear the click, so at least I got an image. I now know to focus using the viewing (top) lens and to check the shutter speed, in other words slow down. I quite like the slightly blurred image it has an old feel about it. The demineralised water certainly helped with the final rinse of the film, far fewer hickies.

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The cats kept me company while I was scanning in the negatives.

Sunshine & Demineralised Water

It was lovely and sunny in Leicester yesterday (for a change), so a walk to the cemetery seemed a good idea. Two reasons, to test out an old film camera, and to pick up some demineralised water for the final rinse when I develop film. 1 litre should be enough, but they only sold it in 5 litres = 5 kilos in weight, it felt very heavy after the 2 mile walk back to home ! Developed the film this afternoon, so we’ll see if it makes any difference, hopefully there won’t be so many hickies on the film.

Took my sigma DP1 with me to get some digital shots.

Soon to be Green again
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Catching the Sun
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End of an Old Tree
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Natural Decay
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Keeping the Memory
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“Happy Valentines Day” from my Valentine Girls
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Hope you had a good day.

Thursday Doors

09-02-2017

Been trying (with limited success) to get some door theme’s together for future “Thursday Doors” postings over at the Norm 2.0  blog, do go and check it out. It’s been difficult to get any decent images because the weather has been dull and grey in my part of the UK.

Have You Made Your Peace it says on one of the signs
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Fortunately Monday of this week was bright and sunny and I managed to get this unusual one on a visit to the area I grew up in. Then I filled up my memory card and had forgotten to put a spare in the bag.

Great Live Music Pub
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It’s been a while since I’ve been to this pub, they have great music nights and excellent beer. Getting there is no problem, it’s getting back that’s difficult !

Before
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After
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This is a lovely old bank building in the centre of Leicester and it has recently been restored and turned into a steak house.

Seventh Day Adventist Church
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Great carvings either side of the door.

Time is Short !

06-02-2017

It was bright and cold this morning so off to the town. Decided to pay a visit to where I used to live in my childhood. Haven’t been back for many years, and when I turned down the old street all the memories came back even though one side of the street is no longer there. My old house is still standing and it was great to see it, shame I had just filled the memory card up !!! but got a shot on a film camera.

Lets Hope Not
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Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Russian, Polish, and Hungarian
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Must give this place a visit, be nice to get some Latvian beer. The area has always been very cosmopolitan, one of the first delicatessen’s in Leicester was just around the corner, much to my mums delight.

End Of The Road
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I can remember when it wasn’t. 

The Grand Union Canal
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Staircase
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Tree Shadow
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A bit of colour colour for the last image.