Zits, hickey’s (UK English definition !) spots, my negatives had lots of them even though I used demineralised water for mixing the stock developer solution. I think I now know what’s giving my negatives a bad case of acne. Kodak D76 developer is a sachet of powder that needs mixing with water at 50 – 55 deg C, simply the developer isn’t fully dissolving, so I will be using Ilford ID11 from now on, this is virtually the same as D76 but the developer powder comes in two separate sachets (mixed separately) and from a dim and distant memory is easier to mix, and why I used to use it. The only upside to all these Zits and spots is that I need to spend a long long time in Lightroom cloning them out, this becomes an invitation for my cats to take it in turns sitting on my lap and Purring.
Lazy day for my two cats, but not for me. Discovered the cold water connection to the kitchen sink was leaking. Who’d be a plumber, it was really awkward to get to the connection, but a strip of Ptfe tape and brute force sorted it, hopefully. Meanwhile the cats were lazing on the lawn, so I picked up my old Olympus C8080WZ and took a few photo’s of them.
With all the hot dry weather this summer the lawn is looking really sad, but this lonesome Dandelion added a bit of colour. Considering how old the camera is (2004) it didn’t do such a bad job, with a bit of tweaking in Lightroom and the OnOne plugin. It’s just really slow to write the RAW files to the memory card, but it’s quite good for macro shots.
The cats were out in the garden this morning practising their stalking skills on each other. Of course as soon as I went out with a camera they stopped and followed me around, I’m sure it was just in case I might have had some cat treats with me.
Mimi (Fleurs Daughter)
They were both full of energy this morning, and brought a smile to my face with their playfulness.
The weather has been a bit unsettled over the last few days, but at least we haven’t had any of the severe storms like some other parts of the UK, Yet. The garden is very green at the moment, and lots of the plants are late in flowering. It was windy today making it a bit difficult to photograph the flowers that were out.
We have had some reasonable weather (at last) over the past few weeks and the garden has really burst into life. I think the huge amount of rain earlier in the year has really benefited my Rhododendron. It’s quite difficult to photograph, but with a combination of the Sigma DP1 and Olympus E620 I managed to get a few images.
I put my old Tamron macro lens on the Olympus via an adaptor, It’s tricky to focus as the viewfinder on the Olympus is a bit small and the depth of field very shallow.
The Bee’s love it.
I tried the 1 to 1 adaptor on the lens and photographed a few of the plants around the garden.
The Humble Dandelion
My midnight visitor comes in every day now for his breakfast or tea, quite often both. He’s such a sweet little cat, today he was a bit dusty. I’m still not sure if he has a home of sorts, but someone must be feeding him as he is at least 9 years old. Of course he might be a (click link)“Six Dinner Sid”but I don’t mind.
Well spring has finally arrived in my part of the UK, even managed to get some gardening done today with a little help from Mimi & Fleur.
Signs Of Life
P.S Was having a snooze on the sofa yesterday afternoon when I was gently woken by a soft purring and a nuzzling around my ear, it was my black and white midnight cat visitor wanting some food and a fuss.
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