Category Archives: Olympus EPL1

Orange Skies

16-10-17

The skies turned a soft Orange colour today, it’s the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia. Fortunately the wind speeds are not too high in my part of the UK, but other parts of the country have not been so lucky.  The Orange skies are apparently being caused by the debris and dust from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.

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I had just cut the lawn for (hopefully) the last time this year, the camera’s white balance had a bit of a job getting it right.

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The fungi are quite orange in colour anyway but the light gave them a lovely glow.

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Aching Feet

05-9-17

Went out with the photowalk buddies today, met up in a coffee shop and then we walked over to Abbey Park, as the name suggests the site of a former abbey. I was using mainly film cameras, and if they come out OK (it was a dull day) I’ll post some of the images. On the way back to town (via another coffee shop) I took a few digital images, unaware the camera was set at 800 asa ! According to my phone app I had walked 8.5 miles, hence the aching feet.

Capri
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Ventilate
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Smokestack
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Thursday Doors – 17-08-17

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

Met up with my photowalk buddies this Tuesday, and the weather was really good for once. We walked over to the St Margaret’s area of the city and the parish church.

St Margaret’s Church
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Main Entrance
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Nice Gargoyle
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A Tucked Away Side Door
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I have always admired the architecture of this church but it wasn’t until I read up about it’s history (on Wikipedia – Click Through) how far back it dates, parts of it to the 12th and 13th century. I would like to have a look at the interior sometime.

Just around the corner is this lovely old factory building, slowly declining into disrepair.
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It has some art deco features, but I can’t find any historical information about the building. A visit to the reference library is needed.

I Couldn’t Resist This One
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Not strictly a door in the true sense, but I like the colours.

Stanford Hall Founders Day

24-07-17

An old friend of mine (whom I’ve known since I was 8 years old) and his wife very kindly took me me on a visit to Stanford Hall, Leicestershire for the annual Founders Day motorcycle event on the 23 July. It must be 20 years or more since I last visited, and that was for the Classic VW show. I had a thing about Beetles at that time, wish I still had one. The weather has been a bit patchy over the last week or so but we were lucky yesterday, it kept dry and we even had some sunshine. I took my Olympus EPL1 with me to get a few shots of the bikes, didn’t take too many as it can be quite boring for people who aren’t taking photo’s.

Stanford Hall
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BSA Golden Flash
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BSA V Twin Sidecar Outfit
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The BSA was immaculate

3 Wheelers
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I would love one of these !

Indian
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All in all a great day out with good company.

Thursday Doors

29-06-17

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

I went into town today to meet up with my photo walk buddies not really intending to do a door walk. The weather was cold and drizzly (nearly turned the heating back on) so not that good for taking photographs, but after a cup of coffee and a catch up we made our way to the old castle area of the town and the Newarke Houses museum.

Museum Gateway & Entrance
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I used to visit this museum as a young kid, mainly to see the Daniel Lambert exhibit, he was once the heaviest person in England. Next Friday they are having a talk about historic Leicester so we are going to combine this with another photo walk.

Museum Door Detail
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Castle Gateway
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They think the gateway dates from the fourteenth century. The furthest building you can see through the gateway used to be a courthouse, when I was at printing college we went to the public gallery to watch a hearing as part of social studies.

Houses Through The Gateway (and doors)
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St Mary De Castro Church
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There’s some interesting history about the church here. There used to be a spire on the church but it had to be taken down when it became unsafe.
After this shot the battery in my camera gave out so I had to use my mobile for the next few.

Around The Graveyard
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The walls are part of the old castle and apparently the holes are where they used to point canons (armory not ecclesiastical) through.

Grave Monuments
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Gateway
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Finally I couldn’t resist this gate at the side of the museum.

A Few From My Garden

28-06-17

I’ve been meaning to post these images for a little while. The weather is back to normal UK summertime at the moment, raining and quite chilly.

I took these on my Olympus EPL1 with the old Russian Helios 58mm lens and an extension tube.

First Rose
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This was the first Rose in full bloom in my garden, it’s has a lovely scent.

Along Came A Spider
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Peony
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I only have one Peony in the garden and it’s flowering always seems to coincide with blustery rainy weather, so sadly it doesn’t last very long.