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Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #4

Oregon Coast

It was way back in 2005 when I last visited the USA, on that trip I flew into Seattle and headed for the Olympic Peninsula (that’s for another blog post) and eventually on to the Oregon coast. The sense of space and big skies will always be in my memories. The weather was very much like UK weather so I felt quite at home ! and the people were really friendly.

It was in the days before I had a digital camera, all the photographs were taken on either my Olympus OM2sp or OM2n on Kodak Elitechrome 200.

Pacific Ocean
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Depoe Bay
Stopped off by chance at Depoe Bay, really lovely little town, went whale watching which was fantastic, and bought the best cotton T shirt I have ever had, can’t beat genuine American cotton.
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Pelicans
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In the evening the pacific mist would come rolling in, it gave the place a magical feel.

Views Along The Coast
Cannon Beach
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That sense Of Space
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Sea Lion Caves, Florence OR
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Heceta Head Lighthouse
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I really loved the Oregon coast, only wish I’d made more notes of the places where the photographs were taken.

Searching for software

While looking for some old software today I came across a CD labeled 02-02 Spurn Head, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spurn then it all came back to me. I remember I was getting a bit stir crazy and needed to get out on the road, Spurn Head Yorkshire seemed an interesting place so off I set on a very foggy Sunday morning, only 145 miles(233 km)

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Within 5 miles of Spurn Head amazingly the fog cleared, and the sun came out. The photo’s were taken on my Olympus OM2n with 135mm and 24mm Zuiko lenses on Kodak Ektachrome 200asa, I really miss that film stock.

Reminiscing with the Rolleiflex

I have been slowly sorting out the spare bedroom at home. It was my B&W darkroom for a while until I got the digital photography bug, I’m now finding myself drifting enjoyably back to film photography. I keep getting dreadfully waylaid when sifting through the stuff that I’ve put away in that spare room.  One of the items that caught my attention was an old negative file of 6x6cm negs from my Rolleiflex 3.5, that then got me to thinking of how I came to be the owner of the Rollei.

My Printroom (mid 1980’s)
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I worked at a large electrical engineering company as Reprographics Manager during the best part of the 1980’s. I can see in the photograph above a Xerox 9400 copier (state of the art at that time) a Victory Kidder guillotine and Kodak Verilith platemaker, both quite old hat but they did the job. The Rolleiflex was the go to camera for staff leaving do’s, presentations, and passport photo’s. It had had a hard life, so the decision was made to replace all of the camera equipment in the photographic department with new state of the art gear. From memory that included a Mamiya RB67, Mamiya c330 (Rollei replacement) ToyoView 5″x 4″ camera and a DeVere 504 enlarger. So the Rollei came up for grabs, and my senior manager asked me if I would like to buy it for £5, well I bit his hand off, and thats how I got my lovely Rolleiflex.

Some of the bits that came with the Rollei
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I was (very much so in the 1980’s) and still am learning about photography. I couldn’t wait to try the camera out, it was a totally different experience from the Zenith E that I had at the time !!!!

Sir Nigel Gresley (1985) Stratford upon Avon
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I only know what date this was by looking up the information on the web. It was January 1985. But I can remember that the weather was cold, dull, and misty.

North Devon (1985)
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Leicestershire nr Whitwick (1989)
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The Cosmos Fisheye attachment (1990)
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I think thats the top of my head in upper part of the frame !

My Meopta Enlarger
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The Meopta enlarger is still set up in the spare room gathering dust and cobwebs, I plan on starting to print some of my images later this year.

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I will have to read this excellent book by the late Gene Nocon again before I start dunking paper into chemicals.

About 5 years ago I had the Rollei CLA’d as the slow shutter speeds were sticky, so I think it’s time to start using it once more.

A Blast From The Past

Trying to get some motivation to redecorate my spare bedroom/computer room. I started to sort through the stuff that’s accumulated in there over the last few years and as usual got waylaid by things I had forgotten about. One of those things was a box of prints with a CD of the images, they were from March 2000, taken at Santa Pod Drag Strip. I remember going with my Olympus OM2sp and Zuiko 135mm 2.8 lens, it was a run what you brung day.

Ford Fairlane
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Chevy Camaro
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Bryce 2001* It was 1992 !!!!!

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Really enjoyed the visit to Bryce Canyon, this photo is from 2001* 1992 on my first trip to the USA. Took this shot on my old Rolleiflex 3.5f on colour neg film.

*I can’t believe I thought it was 2001, checked my passport and it was 1992.

Old Family Photographs (Part 4)

A few more photographs from the family album, these were taken around 1946 when my dad was somehow involved with the “Circus Belli” in Germany.

Contortionist
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Hotti The Sportsman
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I wonder what happened to Hotti ? I really like this photomontage, It must have been difficult to do with the materials available at that time.

Bring on the Clowns
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Old Family Photographs (part 3)

Circus Belli

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I’m not too sure how my father became involved with the Circus Belli, Bleckede, Germany, in 1946.
He also helped run a Dancing School and Cinema at that time !
I can remember him telling me he really enjoyed being with the circus and would have loved to have stayed on with them.
According to information I’ve found on the web (http://www.cirkus-dk.dk/htm/families.htm) Circus Belli was originally a German circus but frequently visited Denmark in the late 19th and early 20th century. One of the Belli brothers Giovanni married Danish Meta Jensen in 1908 and the Circus became based in Denmark.

The Flying Leotaris
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The Leotaris seemed to have been well known around Europe, and  I have found references to them up to the mid 1960’s, presumably their children.

It must have been difficult to have photographed the acts with the film and cameras available at that time.

More photographs to follow.