Tag Archives: Photography

In The Red

09-02-19

Loaded a colour film into my Pentax Z50p while out with my Photobuddies a couple of weeks ago and it promptly wound straight back into the cassette. So when I got home I decided to re-roll it into a spare cassette but with the emulsion the other way around to try Redscale for the first time (the light has to pass through the film base first before it hits the light sensitive emulsion) When I got to the end of rewinding the film some of the perforations were damaged so the Pentax feeling the resistance decided the film was finished and rewound.

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I loaded the DIY Redscale into an Olympus trip that I haven’t used for ages. Wasn’t sure if I would get any results so just snapped away, the film was 200asa so I tried setting it at 100asa, 80asa when it was dull.

Straight From The Scanner
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I always scan without any adjustments, then import into Lightroom for levels, colour balance and sharpening.

Adjusted In Lightroom
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Having looked at some sample images of commercially available Redscale film this was the nearest I could get, so set it up as a preset in Lightroom.

Turret
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The Last Plantagenet 
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They do really reasonably priced Fish & Chips and have a good selection of beers, before it was a pub it was an upmarket furniture store.

If I shoot some more Redscale I will probably rate it at 50asa.

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Hermit Impersonation,

06-02-19

and Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine House.

I’ve been doing a very passable hermit impersonation over the last couple of weeks, the weather has been pretty bad for photography. The forecast for today was quite good so last night I got a couple of film cameras loaded up and set the alarm for 7 am. The best laid plans ! at 3 am there were loud cat fight noises emanating from downstairs, I got up just in time to see Fleur seeing off a cat through the cat door, so many semi feral cats around here, back to bed and eventually sleep. At 5 am someone was knocking on the front door, thinking it was a neighbour in trouble I got up again and opened the door, there was a young man that resembled (without my glasses on) a triangle (base upper most) with a football on top, “can I use your toilet” Me calmly, “no it’s the middle of the night and I’m half asleep” door shut. Very weird, possibly checking to see if anyone was at home. I managed to get up at 7.30am and set off to Dams Spinney the place I visited a couple of weeks ago with some friends.

Last PhotoBuddies Meetup
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Me admiring my photobuddies light painting images, they are really good.

I Wonder If They Will Leave Any
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Midnight Visitor (He had just eaten a dish full)

Fleur
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Been listening to lots of music over the last couple of weeks, my tastes seem to be getting more eclectic, Frank Zappa, Electronic, Madonna, Robben Ford, and Robbie Robertson to name a few.

Chillin
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Love that paw.

The walk in Dams Spinney was lovely, there were early signs of spring arriving and I managed to shoot a roll of film and finish off a roll of homemade Redscale. On the way back this field was full of ponies, what a pleasant surprise.

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There were more coming over the hill and a young foal was thoroughly enjoying itself galloping around the others.

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What a great end to the walk, according to my phone app it was 5 miles, I needed it, I could feel myself slowly seizing up.

Walking To The Dentist

22-01-19

It was lovely and bright this morning as I set out to the dentists surgery, another filling, only two more to go. Arrived in town early so decided to walk the rest of the way along the path by the River Soar and Grand Union Canal, an area I haven’t visited for many years, what a change, new paths, green areas, and apartment blocks of course. I had my Sigma DP1 with me, and for a change could use it at 200 asa because it was so sunny. As I arrived back at home the clouds rolled in and it tried to snow.

The Canal
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Old River Soar and Great Central Railway (Remains Of)
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You Are Here Map
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Apartments, Apartments, Apartments
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More Apartments
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I quite like these as they have restored an old factory building, so it still has a bit of character. 

Walking In The Rain

18-01-19

Some friends suggested going for a walk last Wednesday, nothing too strenuous as we had all over indulged over the Christmas holidays and the weather hasn’t been the best for getting out and about. I suggested a walk to the Arboretum and a place called Dam’s Spinney which is just a bit further along, until a friend told me about this area a couple of weeks ago I no idea it was there. Of course on the day it was dull and raining but we decided to make the effort. I was going to take a film camera but opted for my little Sigma DP1. I had to set it to 800 asa (maximum it will go to) and convert the images to Black & White, the Sigma looses a lot of colour information at this asa. With the lens set to wide open the shutter speeds were 1/30th or slower at times.

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It’s situated at the edge of a medieval pathway, the whole area is adjacent to an old Roman road that eventually runs on into the city.

A Fine Specimen
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No Sweat
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There’s a lake too.

It Was A Bit Muddy
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New Growth On Old
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It Feels Quite Wild In Some Parts
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Heavy Sky
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Dreamy
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The lens fogged over at this point.

All Angles
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Tyre Graveyard
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The site is next to an old farm which is now a pub and small business area.

We walked around 5 miles (8Km) altogether, so not too far, then back to my place for a pot of tea. Can’t wait to visit again in better weather with some film cameras and watch the seasons change the spinney.

De Hickey’d

18-12-18

Well I seem to have cured the hickey (UK definition !) problem by filtering the D76 developer before mixing it 1 to 1 with demineralised water, only a few spots on the negatives.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been using an Olympus 35DC, a fully auto compact rangefinder camera. The weather has been really mixed so I loaded it with Ilford HP5+ and pushed it to 800asa, the maximum the camera will set. It has a nice 40mm f1.7, 6 element lens, and is surprisingly heavy for a small camera.

Headless
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Comfy Coffee Shop Corner
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Leicester Coffee Co.

PhotoBuddy
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Infinity, Zits, and Purring #2

09-12-18

Zits, hickey’s (UK English definition !) spots, my negatives had lots of them even though I used demineralised water for mixing the stock developer solution. I think I now know what’s giving my negatives a bad case of acne. Kodak D76 developer is a sachet of powder that needs mixing with water at 50 – 55 deg C, simply the developer isn’t fully dissolving, so I will be using Ilford ID11 from now on, this is virtually the same as D76 but the developer powder comes in two separate sachets (mixed separately) and from a dim and distant memory is easier to mix, and why I used to use it.                                                                                           
The  only upside to all these Zits and spots is that I need to spend a long long time in Lightroom cloning them out, this becomes an invitation for my cats to take it in turns sitting on my lap and Purring.

In The Queue 
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Helios Swirls
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Limb
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Textures
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Symbiotic
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Dangling
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Hanging On
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St Denys
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Infinity, Zits, and Purring #1

06-12-18

After attaching my new (£15.00) 37mm Mir lens to the Canon 500n/Rebel G and half  pressing the shutter button the batteries immediately expired, and I didn’t have any spares. So I dug out my M42 to PK adaptor and decided to give the Pentax Super A an outing. The Pentax is in really good condition apart from the viewfinder which at some time in its life has had water ingress which has left staining on the focusing screen. Loaded it up with Kodak TriX and set off reasonably early to the Arboretum, the Sun was out and coming in at a low winter angle. After a couple of shots I realised the back of the lens caught the mirror if it was focused at anything approaching Infinity, fortunately I had packed an Helios 44-M – 58mm lens, which I used for the rest of the frames.

Low Light 
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Tangles
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After the above 2 shots I switched to the Helios lens.

Spider Webs
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Straight
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Felled
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Swirly
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Tilted
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Part 2 to follow.