“Happy Halloween”

31-10-17

Happy Halloween, went out with my photowalk buddies to the local cemetery today to get in the spirit of things. Had a great walk and took some film and digital images, finished it off with a cup of tea and some blood red tomato and pepper soup at the Sir David Attenborough Arts Centre.

 

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The gremlins have been at working against me this week, downloaded a large windows 10 update (Creators), big mistake, my laptop isn’t working well at all now. Hopefully I might be able to restore it back to before the update. And to add insult to injury my portable hard drive fell on to the floor and isn’t working, windows is attempting to repair it as I write this blog post !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We Had A Sunny Day !

28-10-17

Couldn’t believe it, yesterday (Friday) was beautiful and sunny, so many dull days here in my part of the UK lately. Thought I’d make the best of it and take a walk to the University Botanic Gardens. I needed the exercise and wanted to get some images of the autumn colours, I packed my Sigma DP1 digital and Olympus OM101 film camera.

Here are some of the digital images from the Sigma, I’ll be getting the film shots  processed next week.

Silver Birch
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These were just in from the entrance.

Greenish
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Very soothing.

Looking Up
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Radiance
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The Pond
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Lovely Greens again, this shot was an HDR.

Japanese Maple
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While I was admiring this lovely Maple a women came and stood next to me and commented on the beautiful colour. I turned to speak to her and was immediately stunned by her lovely Grey eyes, I was lost for words, if you knew me you would laugh as I am not noted as being the quiet sort, even though I think I am.

Fungi
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I even managed to get my Fungi fix !

Golden Crowns
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and Blue skies.

Dappled Maples
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I’m looking forward to seeing what the film images will look like.

Konica Lexio 70W

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Put a couple of rolls of film through this Konica in September for the first time. I bought the camera about 2-3 years ago for £7.99p, It didn’t look as if it had been used very much at all, It came with a case, the instruction manual and original box. 

The weather was really dull when I used the camera, and the film I was using had an expiry date of 2001, so there were some strange colour shifts on some of the shots, but I don’t mind that.

Workplace Plastic Chair & Graffiti 
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Down By The River
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The water wasn’t this colour, but I like the effect.

Footbridge
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This was more like the true colour of the water.

Old Factory
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The factory is still be used

Nature & Water
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On the Turn To Autumn Colours
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This was taken on a brighter day near to home.

I’ve seen a couple of reviews for this camera which really didn’t rate it that much. Well I like the camera, 28-70mm zoom lens, part metal clad body, and you can switch the flash off.

Milestone

20-10-17

Well for me personally that is. I reached the grand old age of 65 yesterday !!!!! can’t believe it, my brain doesn’t, only the aches and pains and a glance in the mirror bring it home. Today I was in a reminiscing mood, looking through old photographs and negatives, thinking about my mum and dad and old friends.

Mum & Dad (1945)
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Me about 1968 (school Photo)
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Doing my best to look like one of the Beatles, attempting to grow a moustache, and sporting a teenage zit !

 

Orange Skies

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The skies turned a soft Orange colour today, it’s the tail end of Hurricane Ophelia. Fortunately the wind speeds are not too high in my part of the UK, but other parts of the country have not been so lucky.  The Orange skies are apparently being caused by the debris and dust from forest fires in Portugal and Spain.

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I had just cut the lawn for (hopefully) the last time this year, the camera’s white balance had a bit of a job getting it right.

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The fungi are quite orange in colour anyway but the light gave them a lovely glow.

Teasel

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Went out for a walk with my photo buddies a couple of weeks ago, of course the weather was dull and threatening rain, but we weren’t going to let that stop us. We walked (interspersed with a coffee stop) down to the Grand Union Canal. I was using my Konica Lexico 70W, a nicely made 28-70mm compact film camera. The film was Kodacolor 200 expired in 2001, wasn’t expecting too much, but apart from some colour shifts it was OK.

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I’m guessing the lens was wide open because of the lighting conditions.

Ohhh Err

13-10-2017

Had a very quick walk to town this morning to get a film developed, a copy of my birth certificate (significant birthday next week) and some treats for me and the cats. The weather as usual was a bit dull and blowy, but I managed to get a few images.

Cover Up
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I couldn’t resist !

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Cat Update:-

I popped round to my neighbours when I got back to drop off a box of cat food and see how the cat family were getting on.

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