Solar Flare #2


After fitting new light seals to my Minolta X700 film camera a trip out was needed to see if I had managed to cure the light leak or if there was a more serious problem with the shutter. So now having the luxury of a car I took a drive out to one of my favourite country parks “Bradgate Park” I really needed the exercise too, felt like my legs were seizing up, been way too hot for walking.

Bright Bracken
There are odd patches of lighter coloured Bracken, and with a Red filter on the front of the lens this darkens the Greens and makes the lighter colours pop.

Double Oak

Protected #1

Used the 35-70mm zoom for this with an Orange filter.

Protected #2

Not So Bright Bracken

No Way

Ruins Of Lady Jane Grey’s House (the nine day queen)
It is said to be haunted !!!!

I used Kodak TriX 400 for these shots and developed the film in Ilford ID11 1+1, still got loads of specks on the film, I can only think its the wetting agent I use in the final rinse, it’s quite a few years old, a new bottle is on order.

Well it seems the new light seals have sorted the flare problem, so glad it wasn’t the shutter.


14 thoughts on “Solar Flare #2

      1. Prior...

        after seeing your photos i sort of wish i bought this camera set in 2016 – i was in kansas city and at this store downtown they had a camera set –
        think it was canon – had two
        lenses – i unused 35 m film!
        it was short heavy – the actual camera –
        and cheap! well i hope someone got it who values it – i likely would not have used it –

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      2. conspicari Post author

        Film cameras have really gone up in price lately, I was lucky and bought most of mine a few years ago. Now I’m retired 😮 they give me an incentive to get out and about and get some exercise.

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      3. Prior...

        yeah – this “set” was a steal
        of a deal
        and i pondered it for a good hour (walked and browsed) but decided it was not the right time and i can’t (don’t want to) store many more things for “later”
        but glad
        you have time to explore and indulge (and share)
        and i did not know the prices have gone up

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    1. conspicari Post author

      I was really worried it was the shutter, but the light seals were disintegrating and luckily it was this causing the problem. I don’t know why but I like using the Minolta even though it’s nothing special.

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  1. Heide

    I should say that you seem to have solved the light-leak problem! These images are GORGEOUS! In fact, Protected #2 is so beautiful that I would buy a print. Lovely, lovely work.

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    1. conspicari Post author

      Thank you Heide, really appreciated. I’m glad I managed to sort the light leaks out, it’s a camera I like using. Hopefully now I have a car I hope to be able to visit some interesting places, a trip to the seaside seems is high on the list.

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