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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few more film images from the Yashica Samurai.
Street Art With Waste Pipe
Behind The factory
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.
This was the central post office, I used to top up the franking machine here in the late 1970’s.
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