Category Archives: Black & White

Coffee & Me

05-11-18

Met up with my PhotoBuddies this morning in a newly opened cafe. The coffee is really good, and so are the staff including “Tommo” their lovely dog . One of my buddies sneaked a couple of shots which he emailed to me this afternoon.

In The Background
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Full Frontal
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I really don’t like being photographed but this is dark enough and fairly soft focused enough to hide some of the crows feet and wrinkles. I took along my Olympus 35DC loaded with Ilford HP5+ for our Photowalk. 

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Looking For Some Wheels

03-11-18

Can’t believe it was May 2015 when my car was totalled this is the longest I’ve been without a car since I passed my driving test in 1973. Spent the last few days trawling the internet car sale sites, I don’t want to spend lots of money as the car will have to stand on the road, but it needs to be good enough to take me over to France next year to see my friends.

The main reasons for wanting another car is to get the cats easily to the vets for their annual vaccinations, and Fleur needs her teeth cleaning. Also I want to get out and about more with my cameras to different locations, having being spurred on by some old negatives I found from the Rolleiflex the other week.

Lathkill Dale – Derbyshire
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Konica ir750 infrared film.

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Portmeirion – North Wales
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Where they filmed The Prisoner TV series.

Barry Island – South Wales – Steam Engine Graveyard
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This is a really old one from the 1980’s. Fortunately most of the Steam Engines were rescued and can be seen running on the many preserved railways around the UK.

Well back to searching the internet for a car. Have a great weekend.

Pentacon – Reliving The Past #2

23-09-18

A few more images from my Pentacon lens test, really ought to be called “Helios – Reliving The Past” as I swapped over to the lovely Helios lens half way through the roll.

Leaning To The Light
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Pentacon 30mm

Rest Awhile
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Pentacon 30mm

Seed Pods
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Helios 58mm

Signs Of Autumn
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Helios 58mm

Catching The Light
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Helios 58mm

Tree Hugging
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Really enjoyed the walks through the Arboretum, autumn colours should be showing in a week or so, a roll of colour film for the next visit.

Pentacon- Reliving The Past

14-09-18

After scanning in some old slides from the 1980’s see:- (turning vintage) and being impressed with the quality of the Pentacon, f3.5, 30mm lens I managed to get another copy (gave the last one to a friend when I updated my camera gear to Olympus)

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I have an adaptor for M42 to Canon ef, I like the plastic Canon as it has focus confirmation, very good for my ageing eyes. I found that when I focused the lens at infinity the mirror wouldn’t return until I turned the lens to a closer focus distance. Loaded the Canon with a roll of TMax 400 that had expired in June 1994 that I found lurking at the back of the fridge. Developed the film in Adox Adonal at 1-100 dilution, and used semi-stand method for 60 mins. The results were not too bad considering the age of the film, and I know It wasn’t always fridge stored (my fridge isn’t that old !) 

All You Need Is Love
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This was taken on a very dark path leading to the arboretum, lens wide open. I have yet to post process the other images, spot removal, a bit of contrast, and sharpening, hopefully should be able to run them through LightRoom over the weekend, although I’m out tonight with my buddies for a Beer & Curry evening.

Places I’ll Never Forget #8

02-09-18

From my first visit to the USA in 1992 ! All the images were shot on Kodachrome (of course) with an Olympus OM2n and Zuiko 24mm lens.

Kodachrome Basin UT
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Fantastic rock formations and a menacing sky, what more could I want.

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After walking up a trail to the top of the rocks behind the first image, this was the lovely view. It really reminded me of cowboy country.

Petrified Forest National Park AZ
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The landscape was almost lunar.

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Some of the colours of the petrified wood were so vivid.

I would love to one day go and revisit some of these places, but the £ needs to gain a bit of value before that happens.

Walk From Chipping Norton #1

16-8-18

An old Buddy of mine called and asked if I fancied a walk with the lads, Chipping Norton to the Rollright Stones in the Cotswold hills. Yes please I said, it’s been quite a while since I visited that lovely part of the world. We set off from Chipping Norton following the footpath across the fields and hills. I took my Sigma DP1 digital, and a Konica Lexio film camera with me, together with Tuna and Tomato Sandwiches, a Banana and some fruit juice. The weather was good for walking, partly sunny and not too hot.

Footpath To The Stones
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Ready For Harvest
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Harvested
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Caught My Eye
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Fallen
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The footpath took us through a youngish wood. I really like walking through woodland, think it must be something to do with the Northern European half of my DNA.

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According to a notice at the start of the path through the wood, all the trimmings and and off cuts are left in the wood for natural recycling and wildlife, some being arranged quite artistically.

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It was quite dark in the wood so I converted the images to Black & White using Silver Efx plugin in Lightroom.