I haven’t been out taking photographs very much these last few weeks, we have had such a lot of rain, and on the good days I’ve been trying to catch up with tidying the garden.
At the end of September I met up with the PhotoBuddies to have a look at some new street art in a subway that runs under a busy road junction in the city, not a place I would normally wander around on my own. I took a digital camera with me (Olympus E620) luckily the weather was really good.
The street art has really brightened up what was a dismal area.
Have been experimenting a bit with Fomapan 400, using different developers and filters.
Olympus OM40, 24mm Zuiko lens, and Red filter, developed in Fomadon LQR. I almost always had a Red filter permanently attached to my lenses in the past as I had a liking for contrasty Black & White images. I put this down to having worked in the Printing industry all my working life, and litho printed images by the nature of the process were quite contrasty. The Red filter in this image has darkened the sky and foliage and given some detail to the stonework on the bridge.
Olympus OM40, 28mm Zuiko lens, and Green filter, developed in Fomadon LQR.The Green filter lightens the leaves and foliage, it can look quite dream like with certain subjects.
I’m quite impressed with the Fomadon LQR developer and Fomapan 400 film, Kodak D76 developer does a great job too. For me one of the enjoyable parts of film photography is experimenting with different films and developers. Yellow and Orange filters next time, and it’s a good excuse to visit Abbey Park again.
Just a quick post. My friend texted me to say his band was playing at a local music pub. I haven’t been out to see live music for a while, so braving the cold weather I ventured out. It was a great evening, lot’s of Texan style music sprinkled with a bit blues and rock, and three pints of real ale !
Dawson and the Dissenters
I took this image with my mobile. Really must get some Ilford Delta 3200 or the new Kodak 3200 when it’s available and take some film shots of the band.
It’s been ages since I contributed to the “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0 . I haven’t been on any door forays recently having taken photo’s of all the interesting doors in the city !!! or so I thought. While I was out on a photowalk with the photobuddies last week we discovered an interesting building tucked away on a backstreet in between modern high rise developments.
St Patrick’s Church & School – Royal East Street
One of the photobuddies found some interestinginformationon the history of the school. It seems the school and attached church were in use from the mid 1800’s to the 1930’s The recess to the right of the door apparently held a statue of St Patrick. I hope the building is restored and put to good use, too many lovely buildings have been demolished around the town.
Reflected Sunlight The bright reflections were coming from the windows of a modern office block.
Looks like I need to investigate some more of the back streets in the city and see what I can find.
A long time buddy (and good photographer) invited me to a poetry evening at Leicester Central Library (a Carnegie Library) last night. He had a poem published last year in theWelcome To Leicesterpoetry book, and was invited to read it out. He kindly dedicated the reading to my mum, we took in two Hungarian refugees in 1956 after the failed uprising. The book is all about how welcoming Leicester is to people from all over the world told through poems, although it wasn’t always quite so accommodating in the past.
It was a murky night and I wasn’t looking forward to the walk into town. I’m so glad I went as the people running the event were lovely, plus there were snacks and cakes. Got to meet two photographers who have contributed to the 52Rolls blog on WordPress, and we arranged to meet up soon for a photo walk, and possibly a beer or two afterwards !
Took this shot/s last week on a walk to the city. My Sigma DP1 doesn’t have a panorama mode so I set it to manual and stitched the 2 images together in Lightroom. I have always been impressed with this industrial building and thankfully it has recently been restored rather than demolished. I posted a photo of the doorway before the restoration work was carried out on https://legionofdoorwhores.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/it-all-starts-with-the-rats/
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