Five Bar Gate (I know it’s not really a door) A couple of months back the weather was kind and so I took a drive to one of my favourite places, Launde Abbey. It gave me an opportunity to try out a new to me second hand lens. It was a lovely day and I always find the Abbey and grounds so peaceful and relaxing.
Well I have 4 cameras loaded with film, 2 of which are nearly complete and 2 just started, the weather has been a bit changeable so I haven’t been out photo walking recently, and I’m busy trying to tidy the house. So I thought I’d post a few images from August taken on a walk around the local arboretum, church and town. I was using my newly CLA’d Olympus OM2sp and experimenting with Rollei Superpan 200.
Managed to tidy up a few more images from the walk to the Arboretum on the 4th July. They are still a bit scratchy in places but it’s the best I could do without testing my patience to the limit.
Used the almost opaque R72 filter for this one.
Even though this film is difficult handle (for me) when processing I really like the images it gives. I have some more shots to post from the bike ride last week.
On my visit to Abbey Park, Leicester on Friday I took the Olympus with me loaded with Fomapan 400 asa, never used this film before. Developed it in D76 stock solution, and scanned it in this morning accompanied by music from the excellent Sam Baker, and The Lonesome Brothers.
Another few from my Olympus iS2000 and expired Tesco value film.
Blob & Conduit
The Red Stripes #1 & #2
This little cat was rolling around basking in the sunshine. I thought it would move away as I got closer, but no, it wanted to be fussed. Not sure what the camera focused on for this shot.
Oh dear, just couldn’t resist ! I was bored and saw it on that auction site. No one else placed a bid so it was mine for £4.50p ($6.00 – €5.30) Luckily it all works as it should. Found a roll of Tesco film (exp 2008) made in Italy it says on the box (Ferrania I guess) hadn’t been fridge stored so didn’t know what to expect.
While looking for some old software today I came across a CD labeled 02-02 Spurn Head, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spurn then it all came back to me. I remember I was getting a bit stir crazy and needed to get out on the road, Spurn Head Yorkshire seemed an interesting place so off I set on a very foggy Sunday morning, only 145 miles(233 km)
Within 5 miles of Spurn Head amazingly the fog cleared, and the sun came out. The photo’s were taken on my Olympus OM2n with 135mm and 24mm Zuiko lenses on Kodak Ektachrome 200asa, I really miss that film stock.
I bought this camera about 3 months ago from that auction site, cost me £6.51p, ($8.51 – €7.52) I was the only bidder. It’s the original 1962 model and came with a nice leather holdall, camera case, Actina lens hood, a lovely cable release and the Metz flash gun which had badly corroded batteries inside, but it’s also mains powered. After replacing the 1960’s 2 pin mains plug with a modern 3 pin the flash functioned as it should. The focusing is slightly stiff but got better with use, and the meter functions, good job as it’s an auto only camera. So I loaded it up with Eastman XX and went for a walk.
Serbian Orthodox Church #1
My silly mistake was during processing the film, after the developer I poured in the stop bath, got distracted and poured in what I thought was the fixer solution, after a minute I realised I’d poured the developer back in, not a good thing to do with this film as it blows highlights really easily.
Serbian Orthodox Church #2
19th-20th-21st century architecture
The rangefinder seems accurate
100% crop from above
Photina TLR (and Mimi !)
The camera was good to use, I soon got used to the front shutter release. Will be taking this one out again soon, and will make sure to dev the film properly.