Met up with my PhotoWalk buddies on Friday, it was a lovely sunny day. So after a cup of coffee or two and a catch up we headed down to the canal area. I had my Sigma digital and 2 film cameras with me.
It was lovely to see the new spring growth.
We then moved onto the old canal industrial area to look at some street (canal) art.
Behind the factories
I always like looking behind the factories for some unintentional art.
The City Centre
Balloon Man (somewhere)
It was a great photowalk, with good company and weather.
The weather took a turn for the better yesterday so I took a quick walk to town, cat treats and me treats were needed. Spring is definitely in the air, although today it’s windy and dull. 70 deg F promised for tomorrow, we’ll see. I managed to grab a few photo’s on my walk.
My Front Garden
I wish the rest of it looked like this.
Spotted on the Park, I liked the colour contrast.
These Cheered Me Up.
Two Black & White Images From The City
The advantage of the weather being cooler today is that my cat Fleur is curled up on my lap while I’m writing this, she’s lovely and warm and purring gently, bliss.
The weather has been so dull and dreary over the last few weeks, only 2 or 3 bright days. Spring is trying it’s best to come through, my lilac trees have lots of fresh green leaves waiting to open, warmer weather is forecast for next week.
I needed to go into the city yesterday to top up with cat treats and a few essentials for me. It was dull and drizzling on the walk in but I managed to get a few images with the Sigma.
Blossoms and a bit of Green
Mannequins (Parts Of )
I managed to shoot some film on the (few) bright days, I’ll post a few images over the weekend.
The weather here in the UK has not been very good over the last week, today it’s -3C / 27F, grey and snowing with a 23mph wind blowing, so I’m staying indoors with the cats. I have had to raid my Doors Archive folder for this “Thursday Doors” post over at the excellent Norm 2.0 blog, do check it out.
A Cup Of Tea !
While most people stick to photographing the steam trains I like to wander around the storage areas.
This one is shot on film at the main station in town.
Around The Town
I think this is the entrance ! another film camera shot.
A Touch Of Egyptian
This old factory door seems to have an Egyptian style about it.
The next two were from a PhotoWalk with the PhotoBuddies two weeks ago.
At The Top Of Constitution Hill
And Just Opposite
On the last but one PhotoWalk with my photo buddies I wanted to have a look at the factory where I started my very first job on the 4th of August 1969. I was taken on as an apprentice Lithographic Printer at Hodgkins-Millar & Co, with a weekly wage of £5-0-3d. Looking at the building seems it to have taken on new and varied uses !
The car at the bottom of the driveway in the picture is where I would park my Francis Barnett motorbike. After the first week of work I wanted to go back to school, loading an A1 size press with heavy art paper was hard work, not to mention the many paper cuts on my hands, they gave me a pair of linen gloves so that I didn’t mark the paper with blood from the paper cuts. Needless to say I stuck it out but within 3 months I was working for a different company as an apprentice Litho Platemaker (a step up).
The view looking across the road. It was always an industrial part of the city, with plenty of old shops, characterful pubs, and Victorian factories, not so much today, the pubs and shops have been demolished and the area is a bit rundown. I took the photographs on my Minolta X700 using Kodak Tri-X, a film I haven’t used for many years.
My helpers, supervising my work this morning.
Met up with my two photo buddies today for a walk around part of the town and of course plenty of coffee stops. It was (for once) a bright sunny day but cold and windy. Took my Olympus EPL1 with me and a film camera.
Bridge & Shadows
Went for a quick walk to town this morning, needed some exercise and some treats, not to mention a box of cat food for the lovely cat family at my neighbours. The day was really bright and chilly, I was surprised how much colour some of the trees still had.
Love These Buildings
The one on the right was the last real department store in the city, sadly it closed earlier this year. I guess it will be turned into apartments.
Now With Snow !
The Christmas tree in the city centre has been given a coating snow, and nearby I saw a poster advertising that there would be an ice skating rink setup from early December in one of the squares, I’ve got to have a go !!!!!!!!
I tried a different way of processing these images from the Sigma DP1, Sigma software first, then import into my old copy of Photoshop elements, then export for web.