Category Archives: Olympus OM2sp

Monochrome Wednesday (PhotoBuddies Outing)

18-09-19

Another contribution to “Monochrome Wednesday” combined with the PhotoBuddies outing to the Lincolnshire coast.

When I developed this film I thought I had already put 2 films through the stock developer solution so increased the developing time to compensate, I hadn’t put any films through, in consequence this roll was overdeveloped, but thanks to the latitude of Ilford HP5+ and with some help from Lightroom I managed to retrieve some images. 

Wide Open Spaces
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The sea goes out a long way at low tide in this area.

Failed Group Shot
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Placed the camera on the tripod, set the self timer and dashed back to the PhotoBuddies, the wind caught the camera strap and masked us out perfectly !

PhotoBuddies
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That’s me on the right.

Tank
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The military use this area for target practice, hence the old tank chassis. Apparently
it’s an A34 Comet Tank.

Danger Zone
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Do not enter when Red flags are flying.

Military Buildings
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It was a great PhotoBuddies outing. We went down the coast a bit to Mablethorpe, a very traditional seaside resort. Had some really excellent Fish & Chips and a walk along the sea front. Took some images with my film compact camera, will post these soon.

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Monochrome Wednesday

11-09-19

Launde Abbey
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Olympus OM2sp – Zuiko 28mm f 2.0 – Ilford HP5+ – Ilford ID11

Took this image on Sunday (08-09-19) It was a lovely day, and so was the lunch in the Abbey Cafe. Thought I had already used the developer for 2 films so increased the development time, of course I hadn’t ! This over developed the film blowing some of the highlights, with the help of Lightroom I managed to get some reasonable images.

Ilford SFX 200 – And The Spinney

23-04-19

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I had the Olympus OM2sp CLA’d a few months back but after using it I noticed the selector lever for the exposure modes was loose and getting looser. So I sent the camera back and they adjusted it foc, and it’s now working as it should. Took it with me to Dams Spinney last week loaded with Ilford SFX 200 (expired 2009) with just one lens a Vivitar 19mm wide angle with a Red 25A filter attached to try and bring out some infrared effects, because the film was so expired I wasn’t sure what I would get. Developed the film in D76 stock solution and was pleasantly surprised by the results, good job as I have another 2 rolls in the egg compartment of the refrigerator. 

New Growth
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Fallen
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Stand
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Atmosphere
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Next time I use this film I’ll try an R72 filter to get more of an infrared look. Really enjoyed using the Oly OM2sp, it has a lovely big viewfinder and spot metering, which I used for most of the film to help with the tricky lighting in the spinney. And best of all the negatives were really clean, I filtered all the chemicals before pouring into the developing tank and added a little bit of IPA (not beer) isopropyl alcohol to the final rinse.

Megler Bridge WA Side (Infrared)

This image came about by chance while searching for printer ink cartridges for my Epson. There were a couple of negative filing sheets hidden away in the cupboard, I must have put them in there because the negs had really bad drying marks and dust on them. So after a lot of work (and extreme patience) with the healing tool in Lightroom I managed to salvage this image.

Megler Bridge Looking Towards Astoria & Mt St Helens
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Olympus OM2sp – Vivitar 19mm – Konica IR750 – Red Filter

From my last road trip to the USA in the millennium year, how time flies. The two best bridges I have ever driven are this one and the Golden Gate.

Thursday Doors

18-05-17

Orthez, Aquitaine, France

A bit of a cop out really, but my excuse is 2 weeks of man flu and not very good weather. Hopefully I’ll be out and about soon and have some new doors to post. These images are from around 2006 and taken on a film camera.

Check out the excellent Norm 2.0 blog for a great selection of doors from around the globe.

My friends moved out to Aquitaine to set up a Bed & Breakfast, which I have visited many times. It’s such a lovely area, and I hope to be seeing them again later this year. The nearest town of any size is Orthez, it’s a set on the Gave de Pau, has some great buildings and more importantly some great doors.

Gave de Pau
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14th Century Bridge & Tower
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I guess I’ve always liked photographing doors, archways, and gates !

This One Was For Sale
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This is What the Rest of it Looked Like
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If only I’d had a million or two.

All Good Things
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Pastries, Chocolates, and Beer, what more do you want ?

Furniture
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Religious Building
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Really liked the Ivy and the doorway of course.

Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #4

Oregon Coast

It was way back in 2005 when I last visited the USA, on that trip I flew into Seattle and headed for the Olympic Peninsula (that’s for another blog post) and eventually on to the Oregon coast. The sense of space and big skies will always be in my memories. The weather was very much like UK weather so I felt quite at home ! and the people were really friendly.

It was in the days before I had a digital camera, all the photographs were taken on either my Olympus OM2sp or OM2n on Kodak Elitechrome 200.

Pacific Ocean
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Depoe Bay
Stopped off by chance at Depoe Bay, really lovely little town, went whale watching which was fantastic, and bought the best cotton T shirt I have ever had, can’t beat genuine American cotton.
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Pelicans
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In the evening the pacific mist would come rolling in, it gave the place a magical feel.

Views Along The Coast
Cannon Beach
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That sense Of Space
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Sea Lion Caves, Florence OR
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Heceta Head Lighthouse
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I really loved the Oregon coast, only wish I’d made more notes of the places where the photographs were taken.

A Blast From The Past

Trying to get some motivation to redecorate my spare bedroom/computer room. I started to sort through the stuff that’s accumulated in there over the last few years and as usual got waylaid by things I had forgotten about. One of those things was a box of prints with a CD of the images, they were from March 2000, taken at Santa Pod Drag Strip. I remember going with my Olympus OM2sp and Zuiko 135mm 2.8 lens, it was a run what you brung day.

Ford Fairlane
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Chevy Camaro
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Could be a Kawasaki
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