PhotoBuddies Day Out 2


Went out with the PhotoBuddies last Thursday (27-06-19) for our second mini road trip, just a few miles from the last one. The weather was just right 22C. – 71F. we haven’t had the heatwave that most of Europe has been experiencing although it did nudge 30C. 86F. on Saturday.

We drove out to Beacon Hill (wiki link), a place I haven’t been to for years.

View From The Beacon
Looking towards Loughborough and Nottingham. A bit of a panorama shot on my Olympus EPL1.

Took this one with my phone.

Beacon Marker and Viewpoint
Another Phone image.

Chainsaw Carving
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I believe this was carved by a local artist, Peter Leadbeater.

Tree & Rocks
Just liked the natural colours and shapes on these.

According to the information board the rocks on this site are about 600 million years old, some of the oldest exposed rocks in England and Wales, David Attenborough (grew up in Leicestershire) mentioned them in one of his programmes.

That black spec upper left is a Bee !


Black & White


Sit A While

There’s a nice wooded area as you head down towards the car park.

Yet another place to pay a return visit to. I also took an old 6×6 film camera with me. and last night I mixed up some Ilford ID11 developer, I like to leave it for a couple of days so it’s not so fierce. Will probably develop the film on the weekend, hopefully some shots will turn out.


15 thoughts on “PhotoBuddies Day Out 2

    1. conspicari Post author

      It’s a good place to visit, car parks a bit pricey £3 for 3 hours, but quite easy walking, definitely need a good weather day for a visit. No didn’t get a close up, the Bee was to quick 😀

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  1. Shminke

    I’m a fan of black and white you know 🙂 so your bw photos are amazing!
    There was a huge bee by the way!
    I will wait to see your new shots from middle format!
    What you can say about ID11?

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      1. Shminke

        For me too 😆 I still have no ability to scan negs by myself and I don’t want to give it to a lab. By the way, what scanner do you use? Is it suitable for middle format too?

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      2. conspicari Post author

        When I was still working I had quite a good job so treated myself to a Nikon Coolscan 5000 ED for 35mm and later bought an Epson V750 for medium format, it’s very good but I don’t like the film holders (quite flimsy) there is an american company that makes better ones though.

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      3. Shminke

        I read about some rather old Epson scanner, it’s suitable for small middle and large formats but it’s not popular thing. I think I can find it just on eBay now.

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      4. conspicari Post author

        On colour film I will use digital ice, but it doesn’t work on Black & White, someone told me it will work on Ilford XP2 because it’s a C41 process film, I will have to try it. Yes I use film holders, the ones that came with the scanner, always blow clean the negs and glass, still get spots or hairs, I blame the cats 🙀

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      5. Shminke

        It’s so strange to hear. I scanned negs on rather dusty scanners and I had nothing to do with it, because I couldn’t clean the room. But anyway negs were rather clean.

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