It was a unusually warm day today, 71 deg F. / 22 deg C. Spent the day in the garden catching up on the chores I’d put off, pruning and tidying up, could do with another week at least. The best part was having my cats with me, both of them laying on the lawn enjoying the sunshine, interspersed with dashing around and investigating/supervising what I was up to.
Here are the last few images from my walk to the Botanic Gardens on Monday.
Wasn’t sure if autumn had shown up owing to the hot weather we had recently. But to prevent seizing up I needed a walk, the Botanic Gardens seemed a good idea, an easy 3 mile round trip. So off I went this morning with my old Olympus E620 digital camera and Minolta HiMatic of 1962 vintage. The weather was changeable so I set the Olympus to 400asa to get reasonable shutter speeds with the penalty of a bit of noise in the images.
Lemon & Lime
Hostas On The Turn
Good For The Eye
The Arboretum tomorrow I think, it’s supposed to be a sunny day, better for film images.
Had the film developed from my lovely sunny visit to the University Botanic Gardens last week. I don’t mind scanning in negatives too much so long as I have a good supply of coffee, nicotine tablets, and some good music to listen to. A 70’s prog rock selection seemed just right, Atomic Rooster was the first album to hit the speakers, and it brought back memories of seeing them at Leicester Poly in 1971 ish, followed by selections of Camel, Baker Gurvitz Army, Bad Company, and some early Electric Prunes.
Film Shots From The Olympus – OM101/88, with 50mm, and 35-70mm lenses
I used a polarising filter on some of these shots to bring the colours out and darken the sky. It was my first time using Fuji C200 film (kindly donated by one of my photowalk buddies) I have to say I’m quite impressed with it.
Hadn’t used this camera before so decided to take it along on my visit to the Botanic Gardens earlier in the week loaded with Fuji superia 400. Most of the images were taken with a Chinon 50mm f1.7 and a Chinon 28mm f2.8. The 28mm is beautifully made, the 50mm is a bit plasticy but very good optically, a 70 – 150 mm also came with it and I wish I had brought it along. The camera and lenses cost me £4.99/$6.99/5.56 euro about 2 years ago. The Chinon was good to use, bright viewfinder but the shutter button is quite sensitive. Overall I was quite pleased with the results, especially as it wasn’t a particularly bright day.
The weather has been so unsettled lately that I felt the need for a bit of colour to boost my mood. So yesterday I went on a quick trip to the University Botanic gardens. Wasn’t sure if there would be much in the way of blooms after all the bad weather we have had but there were a few hardy specimens and the colour of autumn was just beginning to take hold. These were taken with a digital camera but I also took along a film camera, and when I have scanned the negatives I will post a few shots if they are ok.
Here are a few shots on film from my visit to theBotanic Gardensa couple of weeks ago. I took the Olympus OM1n together with 50mm and 24mm Zuiko lenses. The film was Rollei Superpan 200, first time I’ve used this emulsion, apparently it can have a near infrared look when the lighting permits (sunshine) so ever the optimist I used Red and Green filters on the lenses to see what they would give, of course the day was fairly dull ! I developed the film in Rodinal which due to it’s age has now acquired the colour of a mature burgundy wine, but it worked really well.
Main House (very grand)
50mm and Green filter
Take a Seat
Definitely a touch of the infrared, 50mm and Green filter
Got that infrared glow, 24mm with Red filter
50mm and Green Filter
24mm and Red filter
24mm Red filter
Looking forward to better weather so I can use some more of this film.
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