Category Archives: Black & White

Konica Lexio 70W

22-10-17
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Put a couple of rolls of film through this Konica in September for the first time. I bought the camera about 2-3 years ago for £7.99p, It didn’t look as if it had been used very much at all, It came with a case, the instruction manual and original box. 

The weather was really dull when I used the camera, and the film I was using had an expiry date of 2001, so there were some strange colour shifts on some of the shots, but I don’t mind that.

Workplace Plastic Chair & Graffiti 
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Down By The River
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The water wasn’t this colour, but I like the effect.

Footbridge
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This was more like the true colour of the water.

Old Factory
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The factory is still be used

Nature & Water
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On the Turn To Autumn Colours
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This was taken on a brighter day near to home.

I’ve seen a couple of reviews for this camera which really didn’t rate it that much. Well I like the camera, 28-70mm zoom lens, part metal clad body, and you can switch the flash off.

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Milestone

20-10-17

Well for me personally that is. I reached the grand old age of 65 yesterday !!!!! can’t believe it, my brain doesn’t, only the aches and pains and a glance in the mirror bring it home. Today I was in a reminiscing mood, looking through old photographs and negatives, thinking about my mum and dad and old friends.

Mum & Dad (1945)
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Me about 1968 (school Photo)
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Doing my best to look like one of the Beatles, attempting to grow a moustache, and sporting a teenage zit !

 

Teasel

15-01-17

Went out for a walk with my photo buddies a couple of weeks ago, of course the weather was dull and threatening rain, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. We walked (interspersed with a coffee stop) down to the Grand Union Canal. I was using my Konica Lexico 70W, a nicely made 28-70mm compact film camera. The film was Kodacolor 200 expired in 2001, wasn’t expecting too much, but apart from some colour shifts it was OK.

Teasel
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I’m guessing the lens was wide open because of the lighting conditions.

Mimi and the last Rose

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It’s not often Mimi is still when she’s out in the garden but something had caught her eye and she was mesmerised for a while.

Last Rose
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The last Rose in bloom in my garden, it flowered late because of the poor summer we have had here in the UK. Here’s hoping for better weather next year.

These images were taken with my Chinon CPX film camera with a Chinon 28mm lens, I really like the way film can capture colour and texture.

I needed some colour #2

07-10-17

Chinon CPX – 50mm f1.7
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Hadn’t used this camera before so decided to take it along on my visit to the Botanic Gardens earlier in the week loaded with Fuji superia 400. Most of the images were taken with a Chinon 50mm f1.7 and a Chinon 28mm f2.8. The 28mm is beautifully made, the 50mm is a bit plasticy but very good optically, a 70 – 150 mm also came with it and I wish I had brought it along. The camera and lenses cost me £4.99/$6.99/5.56 euro about 2 years ago. The Chinon was good to use, bright viewfinder but the shutter button is quite sensitive. Overall I was quite pleased with the results, especially as it wasn’t a particularly bright day.

Time Of Year Colours
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Hostas  On The Turn
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Seed Heads
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Photobombed By A Fly
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Sculpture “Born to be Free” By Anat Golandski
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Fallen Leaves
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Muted Yellow
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Sweet Chestnut
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The Main House
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Yashica Samurai X3.0 #3 and Pruning The Holly Tree

25-09-17

Thought it was about time the Holly Tree had a good pruning. With all the rain we have had this year it’s grown like mad and is blocking out a lot of light in my back room. So out came the ladder, and armed with a pruning saw, teetering at the top I managed to reduce it’s height without getting too horribly scratched up. Not quite a work of fine topiary but the room is now much brighter.

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A few more film images from the Yashica Samurai.

Street Art With Waste Pipe
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Last Orders
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Behind The factory
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I love the old Victorian factories in the city, lots of them are sadly being demolished to make way for bland apartment blocks, but some are being converted to living accommodation.

New Living
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This was the central post office, I used to top up the franking machine here in the late 1970’s.

Impose Yourself
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Yashica Samurai X3.0 #2 and Thursday Doors

14-9-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” hosted this week by Manja Mexi Movie check out the link for lots more doors.

Got The Blues
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Street Art vs Taggers, and a Door
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Slightly Spooky Doors & Gate
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The Yashica impressed me with these shots, considering the film expired in 2001.