I persuaded my parents to buy me one of these in 1966 as I was going on a school trip to Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, my first visit abroad, and my first holiday without my family. I hadn’t got much of a clue how to set the correct exposure, and soon realised that I needed an exposure meter. So I bought a little Stitz meter that slipped on the flash shoe. The camera lasted about 3 years until the shutter gave up the ghost. The one in the picture above I bought a couple of years ago for very little money, half expecting the shutter to be faulty and the take-up spool missing, but the shutter is fine, the take-up spool is present, and the viewfinder and lens are really clean.
Mini-Land and Me
Mini-Land – Model of the ship we sailed on
These were taken on that school trip using Gratispool slide film, you bought the film which included processing and mounting, sent the exposed film off, and got another film back with your slides.
So last week I loaded up the Cosmic with some Kodacolor 200 that had expired in 2001 and met my buddies for a photowalk.
Reaching For The Sky
Clouds and City
Considering the age of the film, and that I’d forgotten to bring my exposure meter, I don’t think they came out too bad. One of the foibles of the camera is you have to cock the shutter with a little lever on the side of the lens, and it’s very easy (for me anyway) to catch the lever with a finger slowing the shutter when the shutter button is pressed. The pale blue shot of the underpass is an example.
I was inspired to post these images of Mono Lake by a lovely photograph taken by Mitch Zeisslerof the tufa formations. It was 1993 when I visited on a road trip holiday to California. What a fantastic area, so much to see and do, I found the scenery breathtaking.
Mono Lake #1
Mono Lake #2
Mono Lake #3
These images were taken on my Rolleiflex TLR and I’m guessing with a red filter. I remember wishing that the lens on the Rollei was a bit wider angle.
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 2.0blogfor 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
14th Century Bridge & Tower
I guess I’ve always liked photographing doors, archways, and gates !
This One Was For Sale
This is What the Rest of it Looked Like
If only I’d had a million or two.
All Good Things
Pastries, Chocolates, and Beer, what more do you want ?
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.
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.
In the evening the pacific mist would come rolling in, it gave the place a magical feel.
Views Along The Coast Cannon Beach
That sense Of Space
Sea Lion Caves, Florence OR
Heceta Head Lighthouse
I really loved the Oregon coast, only wish I’d made more notes of the places where the photographs were taken.
These photographs are from my first visit to the island of Crete in 1990, can’t believe that’s 27 years ago !!!! All the images are from an Olympus OM2n film camera which I had just bought before the holiday. The film is Fujichrome 100.
Crete – Rethymnon Harbour
Church of Four Martyrs Rethymnon
One of the main reasons to visit Crete was to walk theSamaria Gorge(click the link if you would like to find out more)
On The Way to The Gorge
Approaching The Walk
My ex waving at me, in other words Get a Move On !
It was quite rough going in some parts of the gorge.
End of The Line – Agia Roumeli
It was a scorching hot day, I was glad when we reached Agia Roumeli so we could have a drink and a bite to eat, not to mention resting my feet. We caught the ferry from here back to the transport. I’m not very good on boats especially the flat bottomed variety, the Mediterranean can get quite choppy and it did, but it was an experience not to be missed.
This was taken on the Bay of Riga near Apšuciems, (a place I have great deal of difficulty in pronouncing correctly) After a hot day it’ was lovely to walk along the beach and feel the soft cooling breeze.