Category Archives: Black & White

Last Thursday’s Walk To Town

17-06-17

As well as taking pictures for my “Thursday Doors” post I managed a few quick shots around the town.

Blue Steed
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Forgotten Words
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There was a continental market taking place in the town.
Cotton Candy
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Angels
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The Old Market (transaction)
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I’m still not that comfortable taking street shots of people, more practice I think.

Radius
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Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #5

Mono Lake CA

I was inspired to post these images of Mono Lake by a lovely photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler of the tufa formations. It was 1993 when I visited on a road trip holiday to California. What a fantastic area, so much to see and do, I found the scenery breathtaking.

Mono Lake #1
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Ilford XP2

Mono Lake #2
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Mono Lake #3
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Ilford HP5

These images were taken on my Rolleiflex TLR and I’m guessing with a red filter. I remember wishing that the lens on the Rollei was a bit wider angle.

New Light Seals In The Lomo

The last time I used my old Zenith Lomo I noticed the light seals were in a poor way. Found a supplier on an auction site that offered a laser cut kit, when it arrived I wasn’t too sure, the material was very similar to the leatherette that cameras are covered in, not the thin foam I was expecting. So after applying the new light seals I loaded up with a roll of Fuji Reala 100 that had expired in 2001, just in case the seals didn’t keep out the light. I headed to town and snapped away.

Passing The Time Of day
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Reach For The Sky
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No Comment !
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Traffic Mirror
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Out Back
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Go Forth
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Resting Place
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Well I needn’t have worried, the new seals are fine. Apart from the expected colour shift I was really surprised how well the film behaved, good job as I have 18 more rolls of Reala 100 in the fridge.

Nikon FM2

04-06-17

One of my Beer & Curry night buddies very kindly donated his old Nikon FM2 to me. It’s very well used and he wasn’t sure if everything still worked as it should.

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It came with 3 Nikon lenses, a 50mm f1.8, 28mm f2.8, and a 70-210mm f4.

So I popped in some fresh batteries and loaded up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200.

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Didn’t expect this to come out as I was winding on to frame No.1. Nice shot of my Giottos blower though !

In The Garden – 50mm Lens
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Mimi
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Mimi is difficult to photograph because of the amount of white fur she has, and she’s very lively, but I’m guessing a bird or something must of caught her attention giving me time to grab this shot. Film tends to cope with the whites better than my digital camera’s.

70 – 210mm Lens
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Lilac Tree

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An exciting shot of my washing! But a good subject for testing the focus and Bokeh on the lens.

Street Art – 28mm Lens
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The film was processed at a quick photo store which means lots of scratches and marks. Had to use Digital ICE on the Coolscan to remove it, this softens the image so a little bit of sharpening in post processing was needed.

Really liked the Nikon, good viewfinder and a wide range of shutter speeds so it’s really flexible.

Olympus OM101/(OM88) #4 – Last Few

I managed to get a 50mm f2 lens (well another camera as it was cheaper than buying a lens on it’s own) for the last few frames on the roll.

Not Cricket
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Anticipation, Waiting For The Queen
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Broken
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I really enjoyed using the OM101, the manual adapter with 50mm lens let me get some nice out of focus backgrounds. I’ll definitely be using the camera again but at the moment I have 4 different cameras on the go.

Blackbirds, Holly Tree, My Cats & A Box of Prints

Blackbird alarm calls got me up and out into the garden, I knew there was a nest in my Holly tree. With the weather being so poor earlier on this year I never managed to give the tree a good pruning, a painful process (for me that is), the leaves are very sharp. The cause of the alarm calls were my two cats who were mooching around the tree looking for somewhere out of the sun to settle down for a sleep.

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So now I’m fretting for the well being of the Blackbird chicks. I’ve talked to the the cats about them but they weren’t impressed. My old Tomcat (Orlando) never bothered about birds too much, but the girls are fascinated by them.

Later on I decided to do a bit more sorting out of the spare bedroom/ex darkroom and came across a box of prints I had forgotten about. They are all from infrared film, and were very tricky to print, but scanned in well.

North Wales

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The ones above were taken on the way to Barmouth and Portmeirion.

Near Settle – Yorkshire
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These were all taken on Kodak HIE infrared on my Olympus OM2n.

Old Footbridge, Rundale Pils, Latvia
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This was taken on Konica IR750 film on my Rolleiflex in 1993. Rundale Palace has been beautifully restored now.

Olympus OM101/(OM88) #3

A few more images from the Olympus OM101 and 35-70mm zoom, on Rollei Retro 400s film. They were taken in April at Oakham, Rutland. Was so lucky with the weather it was really bright, and almost warm.

Oakham Cemetery
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Oakham Station
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