Category Archives: Leicester

Thursday Doors – 03-08-17

A bit late posting, took all but one of these images yesterday (Thursday) for the excellent “Thursday Doors” over at  Norm 2.0  blog, do take take a look.

Met up with my PhotoWalk buddies in town, the weather was really unpredictable as it has been for most of the last few weeks, windy, rain, and a bit of sunshine.

This is one from a couple of weeks ago, spotted on a walk to town.
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Pour me a cool one.

Mediterranean Style
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This was at the back of some fairly derelict looking buildings.

A Lovely Gate
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Couldn’t resist.

Notice Door
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This building is empty, but it’s a good looking building. I hope they don’t demolish it and replace it with some bland corporate style apartment block. There’s something written on the second step down, but I can’t quite make it all out.

Buzz
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One of my favourite subjects, electricity substation.

Sorry About This !
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John on the left, me on the right sporting a fresh haircut that takes the barber all of 5 minutes !!!! The weather took a turn for the worse and we accidentally went into a pub to take shelter.

Thursday Doors – 20-07-17

Here’s my “Thursday Doors” contribution for the excellent Norm 2.0 Blog.

I haven’t been out on a door shoot for quite a while, but on my walks around the town I’ve been collecting images of random doors that have caught my eye. Some of them are from quite a while back.

Daffodil Door
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Mind How You Go !
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Boot & Shoe Operatives Union, Rear Door
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The front of this building is really good and can be seen here

Drama Society
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Not Long For This World.
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Hosiery Door
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Shades Of Green
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One Of My Favourite Factory Doors
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This is the door to a former hosiery factory of S D Strettons and Sons Limited, fortunately it’s been Grade II listed. The company I used to work for had part of this building as their Personal Finance centre.

At The Other End Of The Strettons Building !!!!
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What a shock, the entrance has been glam’d up unlike me and my photo buddies, that’s me on the left. My buddy took this shot on his La Sardinia film camera.

Quick Walk To Town

19-07-17

Yesterday I needed to top up cat food supplies (very important) and cake supplies for me ! So I took a quick walk to town, the weather wasn’t bad if a bit breezy. Took the Sigma with me to get a few shots if anything caught my eye.

Hi Five
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Foot Pain
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Purple Haze
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The hanging baskets outside the cathedral were looking good.

Leafy
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Not sure why I like this, possibly the leaves contrasting with the modernish building.

Prismatic
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No idea what this thing is supposed to do, looked through it at all angles but all I saw was a blur, not the kaleidoscope effect I was expecting.

Canon EOS-500n (EOS Rebel G) #1

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My buddy who kindly donated his Nikon FM2 to me also gave me a Canon EOS 500n body. I don’t have any Canon autofocus lenses so I bought a M42 adapter so I could use my old Helios 58mm lens. The adapter also gives focus confirmation and infinity focus. There was a film in the camera, a very old Kodacolor 200.

Staples
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Prawn, cheese, and wholemeal roll, nicotine tablets, and apple & mango juice.

Lavender in My Garden
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Robert Hall
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Statue of the Rev. Robert Hall (2 May 1764 – 21 February 1831) was an English Baptist minister from Arnesby, Leicestershire.

The camera has got some useful features, and considering the film was very much past it’s expiry date I quite like the colour shifts. 

Thursday Doors

15-06-17

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.

Nikon FM2

04-06-17

One of my Beer & Curry night buddies very kindly donated his old Nikon FM2 to me. It’s very well used and he wasn’t sure if everything still worked as it should.

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It came with 3 Nikon lenses, a 50mm f1.8, 28mm f2.8, and a 70-210mm f4.

So I popped in some fresh batteries and loaded up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200.

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Didn’t expect this to come out as I was winding on to frame No.1. Nice shot of my Giottos blower though !

In The Garden – 50mm Lens
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Mimi
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Mimi is difficult to photograph because of the amount of white fur she has, and she’s very lively, but I’m guessing a bird or something must of caught her attention giving me time to grab this shot. Film tends to cope with the whites better than my digital camera’s.

70 – 210mm Lens
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Lilac Tree

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An exciting shot of my washing! But a good subject for testing the focus and Bokeh on the lens.

Street Art – 28mm Lens
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The film was processed at a quick photo store which means lots of scratches and marks. Had to use Digital ICE on the Coolscan to remove it, this softens the image so a little bit of sharpening in post processing was needed.

Really liked the Nikon, good viewfinder and a wide range of shutter speeds so it’s really flexible.