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 2.0blog,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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A Bit Of Colour
A Bit Of Texture
Renovations In The Market Place
Took this as a 2 shot vertical panorama
Building On The Circle
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 !
I couldn’t resist, it was on that auction site at a £1.00. starting bid, but the postage was £5.00. (a bit steep) No one else bid so it was mine. I have always liked Ricoh cameras and this was a model I hadn’t seen before. It has a dual lens (35mm & 55mm) rather than a zoom, the flash can be turned off by a flicking a slider, there’s an infinity button and the viewfinder cover acts as the on/off switch. The camera is quite small and easily fits in a coat pocket, and an added bonus is that it takes two standard AA batteries.
Loaded it up with £1.00 a roll Agfa Vista 200asa and took it out with me on my walks to town.
Natural Green (35mm)
The light was quite tricky for this shot, sun and shade. I have found Agfa Vista 200 has a slight magenta cast, but the Ricoh coped well with the lighting conditions.
Brightening Up The Park (35mm)
More tricky lighting.
Pegs & Finials (55mm)
Having recently bought a Nikon TW zoom 35-70 and then donated it to a charity shop because of the really slow autofocus I didn’t know what to expect from the Ricoh, I needn’t have worried, it has one of the quickest autofocus systems of all of my compact cameras.
The film was developed by a local high street photo store, and scanned in by me on my Nikon Coolscan as near to neutral as I could get, with some contrast and sharpening adjustments in Lightroom to get rid of the digital fug.
I haven’t been out and about much this week, taking the opportunity to do a bit of tidying up in the garden when the weather has been good. Did manage to get into town on Monday though and captured a few doors for the excellent Norm 2.0 blog.
Another former Hosiery factory, the stone and brickwork set the door off.
Former Police Station #1
Former Police Station #2
The police station was built in 1933 of Portland stone and is Grade 11 listed.
I couldn’t finish without a Blue Door.
Took this one in 1993 on my first visit to Riga, Latvia. I liked the old cannons embedded into the pavement and the two imposing faces. (The door has now been restored and to me at least doesn’t look anywhere near as good)
Here’s my contribution to the excellent Thursday Doors blog over at Norm 2.0 blog.
My theme for this week is Grotty Industrial
The sign on the lamp post says this is a conservation area, I hope so. There’s a great pub at the end of this street, I used to drink there in the late 1970’s when It was rather eccentric for want of a better word, but that’s another story.
I Love You
Around The Back
This was the largest hosiery factory in Leicester at one time. There’s a short history of Corah on Wikipedia. It’s sad to see the factory in this condition.
End of The Line
And just a couple of streets away these two Victorian gems
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