Now I have my new set of wheels I went out for a drive with my PhotoBuddies to Bradgate Park (interesting Wiki link) It’s been ages since I last visited the park, and I really missed going there.
I took along a film camera and my old Olympus E620 Digital with the standard zoom. We were lucky with the weather yesterday, well it was dry and warm at least. It’s been like late autumn over the last few weeks (it is today) dull and wet, will we ever have a summer this year ?
Tree & Dry Stone Wall
I suppose the one plus point for having so much rain recently is that everything is very green and fresh looking.
Dry Stone Wall Detail
Some of the exposed rocks in the park are an incredible 560 million years old.
There are some lovely old trees in the park and I can’t resist photographing them, I’ll put them in the next post.
At last I’m back on the road, managed to find a car that hadn’t got spaceship mileage, been used as a minicab or had multiple owners, can’t believe it’s been over 3 years since I was behind the wheel. Picked the car up on June 1st with some trepidation, could I still drive OK, shouldn’t have worried it was as if it had just been a few days since I last drove.
To celebrate I took a drive to Launde Abbeyjust a short 30 mile round trip, it was so nice to travel through the countryside, all lovely and green with the rain we have had lately. Took a few images while I was there, wasn’t really in a photo mood, too excited about being on the road again.
Day Of The Triffids
In The Walled Garden
Launde Abbey is such a calm and peaceful place, I can see why people visit and go on retreat in the cabins they have in the grounds, also it has a really good Tea Room.
The weather seems to be taking a turn for the better this week, so feeling somewhat seized up after too many days indoors I took my self off for a walk yesterday to my favourite nearby location Dams Spinney. Hoping that spring had started to leave it’s mark I took my Olympus E620 and 35mm macro lens, and Olympus OM2sp and Vivitar 19mm loaded with Ilford SFX 200 (expired in 2009) developed the film today and will scan the negs over the next couple of days.
After getting back home my feet and legs were aching, oh the joy’s of getting older, but I felt much better for being out and about in the countryside, so good for the soul.
While I was editing the following images Fleur was sleeping on my lap, she was dreaming, her ears were twitching and her paws were moving. I wonder what she dreams about, I’m guessing it’s chasing other cats from her territory as we have had quite a few new cats passing through. When she wakes she looks around and seems amazed she’s on my lap and not pursuing the interlopers.
First Signs Of Spring
Spring has been slow this year, the weather has been changeable so I’ve not been out Photowalking for awhile, just nipping out into the garden trying out my new secondhand macro lens. I’m finding it hard to get it to focus exactly where I want it to, but I’m getting there.
A few more images from my visit to Dams Spinney on one of the few sunny days we have had lately. I was using my trusty old Olympus OM2n with Zuiko 24mm & old Tamron 90mm lenses, Cinestill 800 asa Tungsten balanced film with, and without the 85B light correction filter.
Both with 85B Filter
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I’ve had a roll of Cinestill 800T sitting in the fridge (egg compartment) for over two years, so thought it was about time I gave it a try so loaded it in the Olympus OM2n. The T in the 800T means it’s balanced for Tungsten light, to balance it for daylight an 85B colour correction filter needs to be used, but from samples I’ve seen it can look good in daylight without a filter, to 85B or not to 85B. So I took a mixture of images with and without the filter at my favourite place of the moment Dams Spinney.
With 85B Filter
Well I like both of them, they seem to have a bit of an old fashioned look. I’ll have some more shots from this roll to post over the next few days.
Went for a walk again last week to Dams Spinney armed with my Olympus OM2sp loaded with Kodak TriX rated at 800asa. It was for a change a bright cold day. I’m really enjoying visiting this old spinney but worry how much longer it’s going to be there, seems to be little if any tree management or maintenance on the site, you have to clamber over fallen trees that straddle the path around the spinney, but it’s good for the wildlife and that’s so important in this day and age.
I woke up at 4 am this morning to the soft sound of a Tawny owl calling, so lovely. It’s normally the screech of a Barn owl that I hear on a few occasions, they seem to like my very tall “Tree of Heaven” (Ailanthus altissima) to perch in.
It’s a sure sign of the start of spring when the Tom cats come prowling around the garden. My two Female cats are both spayed and watch on with indifference. Being an unashamed cat lover I feel sorry for these guys not having a home so always leave some food outside for them, the dishes are licked clean when I collect them in next morning.
Into The Sun
It was a really warm day for February yesterday so I went back to the Spinney to see what if anything had changed, there were signs of new growth and some blossoms coming through. I took my faithful old Olympus OM2n that I bought secondhand in 1992, slipped in some new batteries and it was ready to go. For over 2 years now I’ve had a roll of Cinestill 800T film resting in the fridge so I loaded it up and am hoping for the best, will send it off for processing next week.
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