Category Archives: Old Camera

Coronet Rapier #3

18-11-17

Double/Triple Exposure
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I’m sure this was mean’t to be a double exposure, but it seems like I forgot to wind on and took three images on the same frame. I added a Blue tint to bring out a bit of detail.

Fomapan 200, Ultrafin Developer, 7.5 mins @ 20 C

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Coronet Rapier #2

16-11-17

Ratae Corieltauvorum
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Ratae Corieltauvorum is the Roman name of the city I live in, the town has a long history and this structure is the Jewry Wall a part of a Roman bath house. There is a museum on the site which is being refurbished but no date for it’s completion. 

Inner City Skyline
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Fomapan 200, Ultrafin Developer, 7.5 mins @ 20 C

Coronet Rapier #1

14-11-17

I scanned the negatives from the Coronet Rapier and was pleased with the results, especially as the developer was 20 years old. But there are things I need to improve on, like wearing disposable gloves when loading the film onto the developing spiral, there were finger marks on some of the frames (I’m guessing mine), use hardener in the fixer solution to toughen up the film emulsion, and buy some Tak clothes to get the dust off the glass on the scanner.

Tombstone
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Figaro
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Corrado
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Considering it’s a 1 element fixed focus lens and the camera has only 1 shutter speed, I thought it did very well. In it’s day it was sold as a family snapshot camera, place the subject 6 feet away in the centre of the viewfinder with the sun behind the photographer, and you had an acceptable photo for the family album.

Fomapan 200, Ultrafin Developer, 7.5 mins @ 20 C

It Came Out Green

12-11-17

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I know these look a bit like samples awaiting the doctors surgery, but they are photo chemicals. Today I thought I’d develop one of the films I took last week on the Coronet Rapier camera. There wasn’t any Kodak D76 made up so I had a look in the photo cupboard and found an unopened bottle of Tetenal Ultrafin developer. I’m guessing it’s about 20 years old as the faded price tag said £3.99p ($5.26 – 4.51 euro) When I poured the developer out after developing the film it came out this lovely shade of green, oh well I thought carry on it might be OK, and it was. The film is hanging up in the spare room drying now. I will scan in the negatives tomorrow and see if they are any good.

The Coronet
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Mimi and the last Rose

Mimi
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It’s not often Mimi is still when she’s out in the garden but something had caught her eye and she was mesmerised for a while.

Last Rose
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The last Rose in bloom in my garden, it flowered late because of the poor summer we have had here in the UK. Here’s hoping for better weather next year.

These images were taken with my Chinon CPX film camera with a Chinon 28mm lens, I really like the way film can capture colour and texture.

Yashica Samurai X3.0 #3 and Pruning The Holly Tree

25-09-17

Thought it was about time the Holly Tree had a good pruning. With all the rain we have had this year it’s grown like mad and is blocking out a lot of light in my back room. So out came the ladder, and armed with a pruning saw, teetering at the top I managed to reduce it’s height without getting too horribly scratched up. Not quite a work of fine topiary but the room is now much brighter.

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A few more film images from the Yashica Samurai.

Street Art With Waste Pipe
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Last Orders
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Behind The factory
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I love the old Victorian factories in the city, lots of them are sadly being demolished to make way for bland apartment blocks, but some are being converted to living accommodation.

New Living
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This was the central post office, I used to top up the franking machine here in the late 1970’s.

Impose Yourself
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Yashica Samurai X3.0 #2 and Thursday Doors

14-9-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” hosted this week by Manja Mexi Movie check out the link for lots more doors.

Got The Blues
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Street Art vs Taggers, and a Door
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Slightly Spooky Doors & Gate
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The Yashica impressed me with these shots, considering the film expired in 2001.