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In The Red

09-02-19

Loaded a colour film into my Pentax Z50p while out with my Photobuddies a couple of weeks ago and it promptly wound straight back into the cassette. So when I got home I decided to re-roll it into a spare cassette but with the emulsion the other way around to try Redscale for the first time (the light has to pass through the film base first before it hits the light sensitive emulsion) When I got to the end of rewinding the film some of the perforations were damaged so the Pentax feeling the resistance decided the film was finished and rewound.

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I loaded the DIY Redscale into an Olympus trip that I haven’t used for ages. Wasn’t sure if I would get any results so just snapped away, the film was 200asa so I tried setting it at 100asa, 80asa when it was dull.

Straight From The Scanner
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I always scan without any adjustments, then import into Lightroom for levels, colour balance and sharpening.

Adjusted In Lightroom
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Having looked at some sample images of commercially available Redscale film this was the nearest I could get, so set it up as a preset in Lightroom.

Turret
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The Last Plantagenet 
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They do really reasonably priced Fish & Chips and have a good selection of beers, before it was a pub it was an upmarket furniture store.

If I shoot some more Redscale I will probably rate it at 50asa.

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Hermit Impersonation,

06-02-19

and Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine House.

I’ve been doing a very passable hermit impersonation over the last couple of weeks, the weather has been pretty bad for photography. The forecast for today was quite good so last night I got a couple of film cameras loaded up and set the alarm for 7 am. The best laid plans ! at 3 am there were loud cat fight noises emanating from downstairs, I got up just in time to see Fleur seeing off a cat through the cat door, so many semi feral cats around here, back to bed and eventually sleep. At 5 am someone was knocking on the front door, thinking it was a neighbour in trouble I got up again and opened the door, there was a young man that resembled (without my glasses on) a triangle (base upper most) with a football on top, “can I use your toilet” Me calmly, “no it’s the middle of the night and I’m half asleep” door shut. Very weird, possibly checking to see if anyone was at home. I managed to get up at 7.30am and set off to Dams Spinney the place I visited a couple of weeks ago with some friends.

Last PhotoBuddies Meetup
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Me admiring my photobuddies light painting images, they are really good.

I Wonder If They Will Leave Any
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Midnight Visitor (He had just eaten a dish full)

Fleur
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Been listening to lots of music over the last couple of weeks, my tastes seem to be getting more eclectic, Frank Zappa, Electronic, Madonna, Robben Ford, and Robbie Robertson to name a few.

Chillin
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Love that paw.

The walk in Dams Spinney was lovely, there were early signs of spring arriving and I managed to shoot a roll of film and finish off a roll of homemade Redscale. On the way back this field was full of ponies, what a pleasant surprise.

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There were more coming over the hill and a young foal was thoroughly enjoying itself galloping around the others.

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What a great end to the walk, according to my phone app it was 5 miles, I needed it, I could feel myself slowly seizing up.

Walking To The Dentist

22-01-19

It was lovely and bright this morning as I set out to the dentists surgery, another filling, only two more to go. Arrived in town early so decided to walk the rest of the way along the path by the River Soar and Grand Union Canal, an area I haven’t visited for many years, what a change, new paths, green areas, and apartment blocks of course. I had my Sigma DP1 with me, and for a change could use it at 200 asa because it was so sunny. As I arrived back at home the clouds rolled in and it tried to snow.

The Canal
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Old River Soar and Great Central Railway (Remains Of)
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You Are Here Map
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Apartments, Apartments, Apartments
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More Apartments
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I quite like these as they have restored an old factory building, so it still has a bit of character. 

Walking In The Rain

18-01-19

Some friends suggested going for a walk last Wednesday, nothing too strenuous as we had all over indulged over the Christmas holidays and the weather hasn’t been the best for getting out and about. I suggested a walk to the Arboretum and a place called Dam’s Spinney which is just a bit further along, until a friend told me about this area a couple of weeks ago I no idea it was there. Of course on the day it was dull and raining but we decided to make the effort. I was going to take a film camera but opted for my little Sigma DP1. I had to set it to 800 asa (maximum it will go to) and convert the images to Black & White, the Sigma looses a lot of colour information at this asa. With the lens set to wide open the shutter speeds were 1/30th or slower at times.

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It’s situated at the edge of a medieval pathway, the whole area is adjacent to an old Roman road that eventually runs on into the city.

A Fine Specimen
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No Sweat
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There’s a lake too.

It Was A Bit Muddy
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New Growth On Old
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It Feels Quite Wild In Some Parts
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Heavy Sky
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Dreamy
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The lens fogged over at this point.

All Angles
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Tyre Graveyard
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The site is next to an old farm which is now a pub and small business area.

We walked around 5 miles (8Km) altogether, so not too far, then back to my place for a pot of tea. Can’t wait to visit again in better weather with some film cameras and watch the seasons change the spinney.

Breakfast Please

06-01-19

The weather has been pretty awful in my part of the UK, dull and grey haven’t had much opportunity to get out with my camera’s so I thought I’d post a cat update.

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My “Midnight Vistor” pops in everyday day now. Feeling a bit tired one morning last week I thought I’d have a lie in, the little monkey came upstairs and started meowing outside the bedroom door ! 

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Cats and box’s, they can’t resist.

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It’s nice and cosy wrapped in the throw.

De Hickey’d #2

27-12-18

A few more images from around my hometown taken on the Olympus 35DC on Ilford HP5+ at 800asa.

War Memorial WWI 
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I used the back light button (BLC) for this one, seems to have worked well.

Cherub
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Old hosiery factory, the city was famous for it’s hosiery industry.

A Bit Of Modern
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The Old Odeon Cinema
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Art Deco style which the Odeon cinema group were famous for. Went to see “A Hard Days Night” there the first week it was released in July 1964.

Curve Theatre
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Still haven’t been to see anything in Curve theatre as it’s mainly musicals ! But I quite like the architecture of the building.