Category Archives: Sigma DP1

Huntingdon & Mac’s

09-08-19

The times I’ve passed by Huntingdon on the A14 on my way to Stanstead Airport and said to myself I must stop off and visit this place. Well yesterday along with my PhotoBuddies we did. A couple of weeks back we dropped off one of the PhotoBuddies old Apple Mac’s at a repair specialist just the other side of Cambridge (it’s great to have a car again) We collected the newly refurbished Mac and stopped off at Huntingdon on the way home. I took a film camera with me and my digital Sigma DP1, these are some quick snaps from the Sigma.

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It was the sight of this lovely medieval bridge that made me want to visit Huntingdon. The old bridge was built in the 1330’s and was the main crossing point of the Roman Ermine Street. Huntingdon was also the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell.

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The Slightly Less Lovely A14 Bridge !
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The A14 has some major roadworks at the moment and 40mph average speed camera restrictions. It carries a lot of traffic and is one of the main routes to the ferry port of Felixstowe

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This derelict house fronts onto the river (The Ouse) The garden was overgrown and has become a bit of a haven for wildlife, It’s earmarked for redevelopment. It saddens me that so many areas throughout the country are built on without any regard for nature, I fear we might regret this later on.

Overgrown Jetty’s In front of the Old House
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Teasels
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A bit of messing about in Analog efex pro.

Old Town
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There are some lovely old buildings in the old town, it really deserves a much longer visit.

All in all a great day out in a lovely old town. I’ll post the film images when I get them processed.

Painting The Town

28-05-19

Met up with the PhotoBudies last week to have a walk around the cultural quarter of the town, and have a look at the new street art going up. Because of the variable weather we have had recently (I guess) they had only just started their artwork, but it was a lovely sunny warm day and it was great to just walk around. I took along a film camera and my Sigma DP1.

Back Of The Funfair
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Waves
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They were setting up a funfair on the park that I walk through to get into town.

Town

Sticker
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I have no idea what this sticker is about, hopefully it’s not too contentious.

The Look
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Keep Clear
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Be Warned
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Shadow
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Magpie
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Hopefully the film shots will be ok, if so I will post them when I get the film developed. Anyway we have another excuse to visit the town and see the new street art and drink lots of coffee.

Walking To The Dentist

22-01-19

It was lovely and bright this morning as I set out to the dentists surgery, another filling, only two more to go. Arrived in town early so decided to walk the rest of the way along the path by the River Soar and Grand Union Canal, an area I haven’t visited for many years, what a change, new paths, green areas, and apartment blocks of course. I had my Sigma DP1 with me, and for a change could use it at 200 asa because it was so sunny. As I arrived back at home the clouds rolled in and it tried to snow.

The Canal
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Old River Soar and Great Central Railway (Remains Of)
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You Are Here Map
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Apartments, Apartments, Apartments
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More Apartments
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I quite like these as they have restored an old factory building, so it still has a bit of character. 

Walk From Chipping Norton #2

26-08-18

What with one thing and another I have been waylayed posting part 2 of my recent walk to the Rollwright Stones near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds.

The Kings Men Stone Circle (object of the walk)
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I attempted a panorama with the Sigma, it’s not too easy as it doesn’t have mode for it. So I set the camera to manual exposure and gave plenty of overlap to each shot, then processed it through the panorama function in LightRoom.

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According to the information board the stones are from the late Neolithic. There are festivals at the site during the summer and the artwork between the stones has been created by local schools.

The Whispering Knights
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With some coins people have thrown onto the rocks, maybe for good luck.

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Hard to believe that the stones were put in place nearly 6,000 years ago.

Three Fairies Sculpture
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They apparently reflect one of the many folklore legends associated with the Stones.

The King Stone
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Latin Seat
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The inscription on the front of this bench reads, “ore stabit fortis arare placet ore stat” according to Latin – English translation, “Please stand strong edge to plow edge stands” Mmm, not too sure what that means, only took a bit of Latin at school and that was a long time ago.

Walk Back To Chipping Norton
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Couldn’t Resist This Old Tractor
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Looking forward to the next outing with the lads even though my feet felt like they were bruised all over after the 10 mile walk. Note to self, visit a Podiatrist.

Walk From Chipping Norton #1

16-8-18

An old Buddy of mine called and asked if I fancied a walk with the lads, Chipping Norton to the Rollright Stones in the Cotswold hills. Yes please I said, it’s been quite a while since I visited that lovely part of the world. We set off from Chipping Norton following the footpath across the fields and hills. I took my Sigma DP1 digital, and a Konica Lexio film camera with me, together with Tuna and Tomato Sandwiches, a Banana and some fruit juice. The weather was good for walking, partly sunny and not too hot.

Footpath To The Stones
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Ready For Harvest
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Harvested
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Caught My Eye
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Fallen
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The footpath took us through a youngish wood. I really like walking through woodland, think it must be something to do with the Northern European half of my DNA.

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According to a notice at the start of the path through the wood, all the trimmings and and off cuts are left in the wood for natural recycling and wildlife, some being arranged quite artistically.

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It was quite dark in the wood so I converted the images to Black & White using Silver Efx plugin in Lightroom.

 

Walk to Town

02-06-18

I’m writing this feeling sorry for myself, I have broken a tooth and it aches. If you shook me there would be a rattle from all the painkillers. Hopefully on Tuesday when I go to the Dentist it will all be over, got a feeling it will be an extraction, the penalties of getting old (long in the tooth)

Took a walk to town last Thursday, the weather was a bit dull but I needed the exercise and the cats needed some treats.

Wild Roses on the Way
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Into the Park
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I’m so glad this park is on my route to town, all that Green is good for the soul.

A bit of Variegation
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In The Pink
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One of my Favourite Buildings in the Town
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Palais de Dance
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This was the premiere dance hall in the city from the 1950’s to the end of the 70’s. It’s derelict now and about to be converted into apartments. I only visited it a couple of times (not my scene) in the late 60’s and early 70’s, I remember the ceiling complete with the prerequisite glitter ball had lots of tiny lights that looked like a starry night sky.

Quick Walk To Town

17-04-18

The weather took a turn for the better yesterday so I took a quick walk to town, cat treats and me treats were needed. Spring is definitely in the air, although today it’s windy and dull. 70 deg F promised for tomorrow, we’ll see. I managed to grab a few photo’s on my walk.

My Front Garden
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I wish the rest of it looked like this.

Three Wheels
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Spotted on the Park, I liked the colour contrast.

These Cheered Me Up.
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Two Black & White Images From The City
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The advantage of the weather being cooler today is that my cat Fleur is curled up on my lap while I’m writing this, she’s lovely and warm and purring gently, bliss.

Walk To Town

12-04-18

The weather has been so dull and dreary over the last few weeks, only 2 or 3 bright days. Spring is trying it’s best to come through, my lilac trees have lots of fresh green leaves waiting to open, warmer weather is forecast for next week.

I needed to go into the city yesterday to top up with cat treats and a few essentials for me. It was dull and drizzling on the walk in but I managed to get a few images with the Sigma.

Blossoms and a bit of Green
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Mannequins (Parts Of )
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I managed to shoot some film on the (few) bright days, I’ll post a few images over the weekend.

Sigma & Arboretum

27-03-18

They say things happen in three’s, first my Sigma Camera’s shutter failed, then the hinge broke on the fridge door, and finally my TV refused to switch on. Sent the Sigma camera off for repair, it had to go back to Japan, arrived back last week. Called a TV repair man to come and have a look at the set, he said the software had corrupted, 15 minutes later it was restored and working as it should. The only thing I have to do now is get another fridge freezer, the choice is bewildering.

It was a lovely day yesterday (Monday) so I thought I’d take a walk and visit the arboretum again and check that the Sigma is working as it should, glad I went as the weather forecast for the next seven days is pretty awful.

Mind How You Go.
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This warning marker is (was) on a twisty part of road, a few feet away there were bits of a cars front grill and headlamps.

Tangle
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Fir
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Vapour Trails
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Lichen
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Dingly Dell
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Mossy
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Resting Place
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St Denys Church
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The church dates back to the 1200’s.

The Sigma seems to be OK, looking forward to more photo outings with it.