Category Archives: Cats

Nikon f801s & Sigma 28-80mm

I’ve used the Nikon a few times this year, love the large viewfinder, and the camera has a good feel to it. The Sigma lens has a macro function and from the one roll of film (8 or so years ago) was surprisingly good. So I thought it was about time the lens had another outing.

Fungi In My Garden
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This is straight out of the scanner, no adjustments.

Mimi
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Just as I pressed the shutter she moved, she’s a lively cat, but I like the expression on her face, leave me alone !

Fruits Of Summer
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Spotted these on a walk to town.

Awful Weather

It’s been just like late autumn here in my part of the UK, wet, windy and cold. The cats have been bored, getting me to open doors to rooms they normally don’t bother with, and demanding feeding every hour. Hopefully the weather will pick up in the next few days and I’ll be able to get out and take some photographs, and the cats will be able to go and explore in the garden.

Bored
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Cats, Cats & More Cats (update)

I called round to my neighbour this morning with two boxes of kitten food. I took my phone so I could get some pictures of the lovely cats.

Please Feed Me
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Please
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About Time
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They all look well and are putting on weight. Apparently there’s another family of cats across the road !

Help With The Gardening ?
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When I returned home I decided to start pruning the holly tree, within minutes my two helpers were supervising my efforts.

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Cats, Cats & More Cats

A family of cats have arrived in the gardens, much to the consternation of my two. I wish people would consider getting their cats sterilised. The family are lovely, 3 grey and white tabby’s a tiny dark tabby and their mum. I managed to get a few photographs of them today taken through glass and really cropped in so the quality is not great.

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Mum checking up on them.

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Daringly approaching my two girls.

I fed them this morning and a neighbour has fed them a few times today, I’m a bit worried as I haven’t seen the little dark tabby, I hope it’s OK.

Thursday Doors

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The weather has been so unpredictable this year but it finally seems to have settled a little. Managed to get out and about this week on a couple of days in between the chores. Here’s my (late) eclectic contribution to Norm 2.0 “Thursday Doors” blog.

Fleur Enjoying The Warmth
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Met up with my PhotoBuddies on Tuesday for a coffee and a walk around some of the older parts of the city (Leicester).

Louvre’s 
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This is very near to where the old Great Central Railway bridged it’s way into the station. I’ve decided I like louvre’s.

Underneath The Arches
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These two guy’s were more than happy to pose for a photograph outside their Engineering Co. which sits under the old railway arches. We had a good chat about how the area had changed over the years. I’ll pop back next week and drop them in a print of this photo.

S R & S 1919
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I’ve tried to find out what S R & S was, but no luck. I guess a trip to the reference library and a look at some old trade directories might supply the answer. The whole area (Bath Lane) had a lot of engineering companies and foundries in it’s heyday, it’s now becoming an apartment block zone !

Peeling
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Tucked Away
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The next few are from yesterday’s (Thursday) trip to town.

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This shop at the top of the Market Place is being restored, it’s a lovely old shopfront.

Knight & Garter
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This pub has been just been totally restored, I was tempted to go in and try the beer but I had jobs to do at home.

Bowling Green Street
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I’ve walked past this lovely doorway countless times, never really took much notice. But it’s been restored and is now a restaurant. Can’t find much information about the building other than it’s Grade 11 listed and possibly the old Water Board offices.

Photina Reflex

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I did a quick count up of the 120 size film I had in the fridge, 24 Rolls. So thought it was time I used some of it and made a bit more space for food ! I bought the Photina in 1989 for about £18.00 from a now long gone photographic shop in Leicester. It’s in good condition but I wasn’t sure if the shutter was still ok. A roll of Ilford HP5 (expired in 2006) was loaded and a walk to Welford Road cemetery to test it out.

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To focus the camera you need to turn the taking lens (lower) which is geared to the viewing lens (top). What I didn’t realise is that if you focus by turning the taking lens it is all to easy to move the shutter speed to the “B” setting.
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This is at the “B” setting, I normally release the shutter button after I hear the click, so at least I got an image. I now know to focus using the viewing (top) lens and to check the shutter speed, in other words slow down. I quite like the slightly blurred image it has an old feel about it. The demineralised water certainly helped with the final rinse of the film, far fewer hickies.

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The cats kept me company while I was scanning in the negatives.

Sunshine & Demineralised Water

It was lovely and sunny in Leicester yesterday (for a change), so a walk to the cemetery seemed a good idea. Two reasons, to test out an old film camera, and to pick up some demineralised water for the final rinse when I develop film. 1 litre should be enough, but they only sold it in 5 litres = 5 kilos in weight, it felt very heavy after the 2 mile walk back to home ! Developed the film this afternoon, so we’ll see if it makes any difference, hopefully there won’t be so many hickies on the film.

Took my sigma DP1 with me to get some digital shots.

Soon to be Green again
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Catching the Sun
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End of an Old Tree
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Natural Decay
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Keeping the Memory
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“Happy Valentines Day” from my Valentine Girls
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Hope you had a good day.