Happy Halloween, went out with my photowalk buddies to the local cemetery today to get in the spirit of things. Had a great walk and took some film and digital images, finished it off with a cup of tea and some blood red tomato and pepper soup at the Sir David Attenborough Arts Centre.
The gremlins have been at working against me this week, downloaded a large windows 10 update (Creators), big mistake, my laptop isn’t working well at all now. Hopefully I might be able to restore it back to before the update. And to add insult to injury my portable hard drive fell on to the floor and isn’t working, windows is attempting to repair it as I write this blog post !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here’s my “Thursday Doors” contribution for the excellent Norm 2.0blog.
I went into town today to meet up with my photo walk buddies not really intending to do a door walk. The weather was cold and drizzly (nearly turned the heating back on) so not that good for taking photographs, but after a cup of coffee and a catch up we made our way to the old castle area of the town and the Newarke Houses museum.
Museum Gateway & Entrance
I used to visit this museum as a young kid, mainly to see theDaniel Lambertexhibit, he was once the heaviest person in England. Next Friday they are having a talk about historic Leicester so we are going to combine this with another photo walk.
Museum Door Detail
They think the gateway dates from the fourteenth century. The furthest building you can see through the gateway used to be a courthouse, when I was at printing college we went to the public gallery to watch a hearing as part of social studies.
Houses Through The Gateway (and doors)
St Mary De Castro Church
There’s some interesting history about the churchhere. There used to be a spire on the church but it had to be taken down when it became unsafe. After this shot the battery in my camera gave out so I had to use my mobile for the next few.
Around The Graveyard
The walls are part of the old castle and apparently the holes are where they used to point canons (armory not ecclesiastical) through.
Finally I couldn’t resist this gate at the side of the museum.
Managed a short visit to Oakham in Rutland this week, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland) the weather forecast was reasonable and it’s only two stops down the line from my hometown. It’s been a long time since I visited Oakham for sightseeing, used to go there 2 or 3 times a month for business when I still worked. It’s a lovely old market town and most importantly has a fine selection of doors for my contribution to the excellent Norm 2.0 “Thursday Doors” Blog.
You can see the cemetery from the railway as you enter Oakham, it looked interesting so went straight there from the station. I know it’s not really a door but it’s a lovely building and entrance way. The lodge is Grade-II listed.
Oakham Cemetery Chapel
On the High Street
Partial selfie !
The Dentists Door !
Can’t have too many Blue doors.
All Saints Church
The Post Office
From The Side Streets
There are some lovely cottages along the side streets, a lot of them are constructed from the local stone and many have thatched roofs. Really enjoyed the visit to Oakham.
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.
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.
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.
The cats kept me company while I was scanning in the negatives.
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.
I had been meaning to photo visit this cemetery for ages but never got around to it until last week. It was a dull day with just the odd fleeting glimpse of the sun. The cemetery itself was founded in 1849 and has some interesting monuments.
I took my Sigma DP1 camera with me but hope to visit again with a film camera in the next week or so. There are some interesting graves there including Thomas Cook‘s the pioneering travel agent. Also (obviously) it’s a very peaceful place.