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.

Last Thursday’s Walk To Town

17-06-17

As well as taking pictures for my “Thursday Doors” post I managed a few quick shots around the town.

Blue Steed
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Forgotten Words
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There was a continental market taking place in the town.
Cotton Candy
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Angels
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The Old Market (transaction)
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I’m still not that comfortable taking street shots of people, more practice I think.

Radius
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Thursday Doors

15-06-17

The weather has been so unpredictable this year but it finally seems to have settled a little. Managed to get out and about this week on a couple of days in between the chores. Here’s my (late) eclectic contribution to Norm 2.0 “Thursday Doors” blog.

Fleur Enjoying The Warmth
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Met up with my PhotoBuddies on Tuesday for a coffee and a walk around some of the older parts of the city (Leicester).

Louvre’s 
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This is very near to where the old Great Central Railway bridged it’s way into the station. I’ve decided I like louvre’s.

Underneath The Arches
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These two guy’s were more than happy to pose for a photograph outside their Engineering Co. which sits under the old railway arches. We had a good chat about how the area had changed over the years. I’ll pop back next week and drop them in a print of this photo.

S R & S 1919
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I’ve tried to find out what S R & S was, but no luck. I guess a trip to the reference library and a look at some old trade directories might supply the answer. The whole area (Bath Lane) had a lot of engineering companies and foundries in it’s heyday, it’s now becoming an apartment block zone !

Peeling
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Tucked Away
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The next few are from yesterday’s (Thursday) trip to town.

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This shop at the top of the Market Place is being restored, it’s a lovely old shopfront.

Knight & Garter
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This pub has been just been totally restored, I was tempted to go in and try the beer but I had jobs to do at home.

Bowling Green Street
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I’ve walked past this lovely doorway countless times, never really took much notice. But it’s been restored and is now a restaurant. Can’t find much information about the building other than it’s Grade 11 listed and possibly the old Water Board offices.

Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #5

Mono Lake CA

I was inspired to post these images of Mono Lake by a lovely photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler of 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
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Mono Lake #2
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Mono Lake #3
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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.

New Light Seals In The Lomo

The last time I used my old Zenith Lomo I noticed the light seals were in a poor way. Found a supplier on an auction site that offered a laser cut kit, when it arrived I wasn’t too sure, the material was very similar to the leatherette that cameras are covered in, not the thin foam I was expecting. So after applying the new light seals I loaded up with a roll of Fuji Reala 100 that had expired in 2001, just in case the seals didn’t keep out the light. I headed to town and snapped away.

Passing The Time Of day
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Reach For The Sky
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No Comment !
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Traffic Mirror
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Out Back
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Go Forth
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Resting Place
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Well I needn’t have worried, the new seals are fine. Apart from the expected colour shift I was really surprised how well the film behaved, good job as I have 18 more rolls of Reala 100 in the fridge.

Nikon FM2

04-06-17

One of my Beer & Curry night buddies very kindly donated his old Nikon FM2 to me. It’s very well used and he wasn’t sure if everything still worked as it should.

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It came with 3 Nikon lenses, a 50mm f1.8, 28mm f2.8, and a 70-210mm f4.

So I popped in some fresh batteries and loaded up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200.

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Didn’t expect this to come out as I was winding on to frame No.1. Nice shot of my Giottos blower though !

In The Garden – 50mm Lens
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Mimi
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Mimi is difficult to photograph because of the amount of white fur she has, and she’s very lively, but I’m guessing a bird or something must of caught her attention giving me time to grab this shot. Film tends to cope with the whites better than my digital camera’s.

70 – 210mm Lens
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Lilac Tree

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An exciting shot of my washing! But a good subject for testing the focus and Bokeh on the lens.

Street Art – 28mm Lens
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The film was processed at a quick photo store which means lots of scratches and marks. Had to use Digital ICE on the Coolscan to remove it, this softens the image so a little bit of sharpening in post processing was needed.

Really liked the Nikon, good viewfinder and a wide range of shutter speeds so it’s really flexible.