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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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From the archive

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, WA.

Olympus OM2sp – Vivitar 19mm – f3.8

It’s a damp and dull day here in my part of the UK, so with one of my cats purring on my lap and the other purring at the side of me I thought I would look through some of my old images on my laptop. I can’t believe it was 2002 since my last trip to the USA, the Hoh Rainforest and the Olympic peninsula were wonderful places to visit.

Olympus OM2sp, Vivitar 19mm 3.8, & Fomapan 200

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I haven’t used my old Olympus for quite some time so I popped on the Vivitar 19mm, loaded up with Fomapan 200 and went for a walk around town (still without a car) The Vivitar isn’t a very sharp lens especially in the corners and it has some quite strong distortions. I wanted to photograph some doors for possible posting on the legionofdoorwhores.wordpress.com/ blog and some architecture.

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You can see the distortion by the wavy lines of the tiles.

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This door is very near to where they found the skeleton of King Richard 111 and the whole area is undergoing restoration, I prefer it as it is.

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This tree (I believe it is a horse chestnut) next to the museum has always attracted me.

I was quite impressed with the negatives from the Fomapan 200, it was developed in Rodinal 1-50 for 9 minutes, 8 minutes would probably have given a bit more detail in the shadows. I did very little to the scans other than levels a bit of sharpening, and some spotting out of specs of dust.