Now I have my new set of wheels I went out for a drive with my PhotoBuddies to Bradgate Park (interesting Wiki link) It’s been ages since I last visited the park, and I really missed going there.
I took along a film camera and my old Olympus E620 Digital with the standard zoom. We were lucky with the weather yesterday, well it was dry and warm at least. It’s been like late autumn over the last few weeks (it is today) dull and wet, will we ever have a summer this year ?
Tree & Dry Stone Wall
I suppose the one plus point for having so much rain recently is that everything is very green and fresh looking.
Dry Stone Wall Detail
Some of the exposed rocks in the park are an incredible 560 million years old.
There are some lovely old trees in the park and I can’t resist photographing them, I’ll put them in the next post.
The weather in my part of the UK has been absolutely awful, it hasn’t stopped raining for days with the added joy of strong winds, there were over 30 flood warnings countrywide yesterday. The purple I’m seeing are the tips of my fingers and toes, so cold that I got a coal fire going to warm the house up, and my cats have been taking it in turns to sit on my lap to get warm. So I haven’t been out to take any photographs, looking through the archives I found a few images with a Purple theme which prompted me to write this post.
Took this on a walk with the PhotoBuddies last year, it was so hot, and it reminded me of America for some reason.
Just Down The Road A Bit
Handsome Purple !
Olympus OM40 – 35mm Zuiko – Agfa Vista 200
Nokia Lumia 930
I worked with a guy who suffered from Chromophobia, Purple in particular made him quite aggressive, probably not a thing to have if you are a Litho Printer, he controlled it quite well, but I never risked wearing a Purple tie.
At last I’m back on the road, managed to find a car that hadn’t got spaceship mileage, been used as a minicab or had multiple owners, can’t believe it’s been over 3 years since I was behind the wheel. Picked the car up on June 1st with some trepidation, could I still drive OK, shouldn’t have worried it was as if it had just been a few days since I last drove.
To celebrate I took a drive to Launde Abbeyjust a short 30 mile round trip, it was so nice to travel through the countryside, all lovely and green with the rain we have had lately. Took a few images while I was there, wasn’t really in a photo mood, too excited about being on the road again.
Day Of The Triffids
In The Walled Garden
Launde Abbey is such a calm and peaceful place, I can see why people visit and go on retreat in the cabins they have in the grounds, also it has a really good Tea Room.
Met up with the PhotoBudies last week to have a walk around the cultural quarter of the town, and have a look at the new street art going up. Because of the variable weather we have had recently (I guess) they had only just started their artwork, but it was a lovely sunny warm day and it was great to just walk around. I took along a film camera and my Sigma DP1.
Back Of The Funfair
They were setting up a funfair on the park that I walk through to get into town.
I have no idea what this sticker is about, hopefully it’s not too contentious.
Hopefully the film shots will be ok, if so I will post them when I get the film developed. Anyway we have another excuse to visit the town and see the new street art and drink lots of coffee.
Moki Dugway & Natural Bridges National Monument – Utah
It’s been quite a while since I posted on this subject, think these images were from 1992 my first visit to the USA, but could be 1995 when I visited this area again (wish I’d kept better notes)
Moki Dugway UT
The Moki Dugway is quite some road, it’s a steep dirt road, and driving an automatic gearbox car (I’m used to a manual box) added to the excitement, not to mention trying not to look at the view which is absolutely incredible. So much space, nothing quite like it in the UK.
Natural Bridges National Monument UT
Would have loved to have explored this area but needed to be on the road to the next destination, so just stopped long enough to get a few images.
I had the Olympus OM2sp CLA’d a few months back but after using it I noticed the selector lever for the exposure modes was loose and getting looser. So I sent the camera back and they adjusted it foc, and it’s now working as it should. Took it with me to Dams Spinney last week loaded with Ilford SFX 200 (expired 2009) with just one lens a Vivitar 19mm wide angle with a Red 25A filter attached to try and bring out some infrared effects, because the film was so expired I wasn’t sure what I would get. Developed the film in D76 stock solution and was pleasantly surprised by the results, good job as I have another 2 rolls in the egg compartment of the refrigerator.
Next time I use this film I’ll try an R72 filter to get more of an infrared look. Really enjoyed using the Oly OM2sp, it has a lovely big viewfinder and spot metering, which I used for most of the film to help with the tricky lighting in the spinney. And best of all the negatives were really clean, I filtered all the chemicals before pouring into the developing tank and added a little bit of IPA (not beer) isopropyl alcohol to the final rinse.
The weather seems to be taking a turn for the better this week, so feeling somewhat seized up after too many days indoors I took my self off for a walk yesterday to my favourite nearby location Dams Spinney. Hoping that spring had started to leave it’s mark I took my Olympus E620 and 35mm macro lens, and Olympus OM2sp and Vivitar 19mm loaded with Ilford SFX 200 (expired in 2009) developed the film today and will scan the negs over the next couple of days.
After getting back home my feet and legs were aching, oh the joy’s of getting older, but I felt much better for being out and about in the countryside, so good for the soul.
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