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
Before venturing into town this morning I checked my Sigma DP1, enough power in the battery, was the memory card in the camera ! When I switched it on everything worked except I couldn’t see anything through the lens, it was as if the lens cap was on. Information was on the screen, I could view photo’s on the memory card, but can’t capture an image. It’s had a lot of use and I bought it secondhand, so I’m not too upset. I’ll email Sigma UK tomorrow to see if it can be serviced.
Soft Touch Arts Pop Up Cafe
This is a great cafe that gives vulnerable young people and adults cooking and catering experience, with all income going directly back to supporting the charity’s cooking and catering projects.
A few more images from the heavyweight Praktica Super TL with well out of date colour film.
Easter Island !
Silver Birch Catching The Morning Light
I used a Polarising filter on this shot and it gave a night time feel to the image.
Short Back & Sides
This fencing sits around a lovely old large house which is currently empty awaiting conversion to apartments !!!!!! Can’t resist photographing parts of the fence line almost every time I walk past.
I’ve just ordered some fresh colour film, wish I could afford Kodak Porta, maybe in the spring ?
I bought this camera a couple of years ago but hadn’t used it because the original 50mm lens (Meyer Optik Görlitz) was well and truly gummed up, didn’t mind too much as it was from a charity and wasn’t expensive. So when my sister dropped in the Zenit 19 for me to look at I used the Bell & Howell 35-105mm macro zoom lens that came with it to test out the Praktica. I had some Kodacolor 200 film that came with another camera, I had no idea how old it was and judging by the results it was well past it’s best.
What A Relief
The camera weighs a ton with the zoom lens, but I enjoyed using it. The lens is very good, think it’s made by Tokina.
My sister bought the Zenit 19 from a charity shop for £10.00p hoping it would be a good starter film camera for my niece, and would I try it out to see if it works. I’d never seen this model before, it’s quite old but has some good features, shutter speed to 1/ 1000th of a second and stop down metering. The bad thing about it is that it should take two PX625 mercury batteries, I used 675 hearing aid batteries and a coil of silicon tube to hold them in place. The Zenit weighs a ton and the meter is really slow to react compared to a more modern film camera.
It came with a Bell & Howell 35-105mm zoom lens, which looks very similar if not the same as a Tokina. I decided to try it with my newer version Helios 58mm lens and a roll of Kodacolor 200, expired in 2001. The hardest part was trying to find a day with some semi reasonable weather.
Still Clinging On
Contre Jour Cafetiere & Hands
Bokeh and Barbwire
St Stephens & Winter Sky
Barbwire & Snow
Knot & Ice
Not really a camera for a beginner, although I really enjoyed using it. Managed to get a Pentax Z50p with 28- 80mm af zoom lens for my my niece for only a couple of pounds more than the Zenit, it should be a lot easier for her to use, it’s certainly a lot lighter !
I still haven’t managed to
drag persuade anyone to go ice skating with me, all I get is strange looks and talk about broken bones, especially at my age !!!!!!
Been checking on the progress of the rink over the last week.
Spotted this last week on my way to town to check on the rink.
Today the rink was up and running, but full of kids having a great time.
Very apt as it was tricky walking on the pavements after the snow.
I haven’t given up hope of ice skating, bribery and corruption next !
It had forecast we were going to have some snow, didn’t think we would get so much.
Think I’ll Stay Indoors
Mimi wasn’t impressed.
View From The Front Window #1
Took these with my old Olympus C8080WZ