Cosmic

Well my Cosmic 35 film camera.

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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.

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.

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. 

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Kitten Visit

18-08-17

Something caught my eye, looked up and saw this little cutie peering in through the french door.

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Look at those fluffy ears. I’m going to pop round to my neighbour tomorrow to see how the cats are doing and drop in some kitten food for them.

Thursday Doors – 17-08-17

Here’s my contribution to the excellent  “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0

Met up with my photowalk buddies this Tuesday, and the weather was really good for once. We walked over to the St Margaret’s area of the city and the parish church.

St Margaret’s Church
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Main Entrance
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Nice Gargoyle
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A Tucked Away Side Door
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I have always admired the architecture of this church but it wasn’t until I read up about it’s history (on Wikipedia – Click Through) how far back it dates, parts of it to the 12th and 13th century. I would like to have a look at the interior sometime.

Just around the corner is this lovely old factory building, slowly declining into disrepair.
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It has some art deco features, but I can’t find any historical information about the building. A visit to the reference library is needed.

I Couldn’t Resist This One
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Not strictly a door in the true sense, but I like the colours.

Nikon f801s & Sigma 28-80mm

I’ve used the Nikon a few times this year, love the large viewfinder, and the camera has a good feel to it. The Sigma lens has a macro function and from the one roll of film (8 or so years ago) was surprisingly good. So I thought it was about time the lens had another outing.

Fungi In My Garden
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This is straight out of the scanner, no adjustments.

Mimi
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Just as I pressed the shutter she moved, she’s a lively cat, but I like the expression on her face, leave me alone !

Fruits Of Summer
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Spotted these on a walk to town.

What A Difference A Day Makes

After the awful weather over the last few days it was great to wake up to a warm sunny morning. I needed to go into town to stock up on essentials, have a film developed, and donate a box of kitten food to my neighbour who’s feeding the feral cats that have camped out in her garden. Managed to take a few photographs on the walk in.

Sunshine & Leaves
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Tranquility Seats
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A Bit Of Colour
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A Bit Of Texture
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Renovations In The Market Place
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Took this as a 2 shot vertical panorama

Building On The Circle
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There’s a lot of building going on in the city at the moment, unfortunately most of it is bland apartment blocks, no doubt this will be the same !

Awful Weather

It’s been just like late autumn here in my part of the UK, wet, windy and cold. The cats have been bored, getting me to open doors to rooms they normally don’t bother with, and demanding feeding every hour. Hopefully the weather will pick up in the next few days and I’ll be able to get out and take some photographs, and the cats will be able to go and explore in the garden.

Bored
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