Category Archives: City

Ricoh Shotmaster Ultra Dual #1

22-04-17

I couldn’t resist, it was on that auction site at a £1.00. starting bid, but the postage was £5.00. (a bit steep) No one else bid so it was mine. I have always liked Ricoh cameras and this was a model I hadn’t seen before. It has a dual lens (35mm & 55mm) rather than a zoom, the flash can be turned off by a flicking a slider, there’s an infinity button and the viewfinder cover acts as the on/off switch. The camera is quite small and easily fits in a coat pocket, and an added bonus is that it takes two standard AA batteries.

Loaded it up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200asa and took it out with me on my walks to town.

Natural Green (35mm)
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The light was quite tricky for this shot, sun and shade. I have found Agfa Vista 200 has a slight magenta cast, but the Ricoh coped well with the lighting conditions.

Brightening Up The Park (35mm)
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More tricky lighting.

Pegs & Finials (55mm)
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Having recently bought a Nikon TW zoom 35-70 and then donated it to a charity shop because of the really slow autofocus I didn’t know what to expect from the Ricoh, I needn’t have worried, it has one of the quickest autofocus systems of all of my compact cameras.

The film was developed by a local high street photo store, and scanned in by me on my Nikon Coolscan as near to neutral as I could get, with some contrast and sharpening adjustments in Lightroom to get rid of the digital fug. 

 

Nobody Told Me The Queen Was In Town !

Took a walk to town this morning on my usual route following the old Roman walkway to the centre. I thought I would take a look at the restoration work around the Cathedral area, all the roads were blocked and security guards and police were keeping people away. So I walked through the market to the clock tower and then realised what was going on.

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(no that’s not the Queen !)

I’ve since found out the Queen and Prince Philip were attending a Royal Maundy service at the Cathedral and according to the Leicester Mercury paper “Her Majesty will take part in the ancient tradition of handing out Maundy Money to 91 men and 91 women – the number representing her own age in years” As I walked back past the railway station the Royal cavalcade drove past, that’s the first time I’ve ever seen the Royals. I must have been one of the few people who didn’t know this was happening today.

 

A few images from my trips to town over the last few days

I took my Sigma DP1 with me on my walks to town over the last few days. It’s amazing what you can find left on the pavements and roads. I’ve gone all square for these images they just seemed to suit the format.

Solid Fuel and Me !
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A load of Rubbish
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At least they left it by the bin ! It was gone when I returned on my way back to home.

Back to Nature
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So Green
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A sign of good air quality so they say.

Tails
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Daff’s in the Park
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Spring Blossoms
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Thursday Doors

23-02-17

A few doors for the excellent “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0

The weather has been it’s usual (not good) in my part of the UK. Today has been really stormy and I’m now missing a few fencing panels :>(

So this will be an eclectic mix from the archives.

Purple #1
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Almost a selfie

Purple #2
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Blue #1
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Detail
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Blue #2
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Tucked away and forgotten

Aztec ?
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One from last week, It reminded me of Aztec architecture, but that could just be me !

Thursday Doors

16-02-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” over at the excellent  Norm 2.0  blog.

I was trying out a film camera I had just bought from that auction site and went visiting the street I grew up on.

The Old House
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The windows are different, so is the door, and the white rendering is new,  but the front wall is original. It was a happy time for me growing up on that street.

Just Around The Corner
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I couldn’t resist this one. great textures and muted colours. Used to be part of the doctors house, always pristine in green gloss surrounded by red brick.

Back to the Olympus digital for the rest. Weather really hasn’t been that good over the last few weeks (roll on springtime) So this selection is a bit limited.

Former Guild Hall For The Disabled
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Another building I didn’t know about. According to the information board the hall was opened in 1909 as a social centre for people with physical disabilities. It’s now a Sikh temple and I was invited to drop in anytime for food and a chat.

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On the corner of the road where the Guild Hall is situated.

Mercury
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One of the reliefs either side of the front entrance.

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According to a bit of information I found this used to be a shoe and leather warehouse built in 1875. The reliefs are of  Minerva and Mercury, “classical protectors of business and craftsmanship” something else I’ve learn’t. Fortunately the building is Grade II listed.

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.