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Huntingdon & Mac’s

09-08-19

The times I’ve passed by Huntingdon on the A14 on my way to Stanstead Airport and said to myself I must stop off and visit this place. Well yesterday along with my PhotoBuddies we did. A couple of weeks back we dropped off one of the PhotoBuddies old Apple Mac’s at a repair specialist just the other side of Cambridge (it’s great to have a car again) We collected the newly refurbished Mac and stopped off at Huntingdon on the way home. I took a film camera with me and my digital Sigma DP1, these are some quick snaps from the Sigma.

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It was the sight of this lovely medieval bridge that made me want to visit Huntingdon. The old bridge was built in the 1330’s and was the main crossing point of the Roman Ermine Street. Huntingdon was also the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell.

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The Slightly Less Lovely A14 Bridge !
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The A14 has some major roadworks at the moment and 40mph average speed camera restrictions. It carries a lot of traffic and is one of the main routes to the ferry port of Felixstowe

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This derelict house fronts onto the river (The Ouse) The garden was overgrown and has become a bit of a haven for wildlife, It’s earmarked for redevelopment. It saddens me that so many areas throughout the country are built on without any regard for nature, I fear we might regret this later on.

Overgrown Jetty’s In front of the Old House
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Teasels
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A bit of messing about in Analog efex pro.

Old Town
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There are some lovely old buildings in the old town, it really deserves a much longer visit.

All in all a great day out in a lovely old town. I’ll post the film images when I get them processed.

Monochrome Wednesday

07-08-19

Looking for images for a future blog post I came across a few negatives I’d scanned in a while ago (of course I didn’t find the ones I was looking for !) I thought this one would be good for Leanne Cole’s “Monochrome Wednesday” challenge.

Latvian Forest
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Olympus OM2n, Vivitar 19mm, Konica ir750 infrared film, Red filter.

I took this image in 1993 whilst wandering around Latvia in my uncle’s old Moskvitch car that he kindly insured and placed at my disposal. It was great being on the road at that time, there was so little traffic about once you got out of the confines Riga.

 

 

Places I’ll Never Forget #7

30-04-19

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
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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
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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.

Camera, Olympus OM2n, Kodak TMax 100 Film.

Places I’ll Never Forget #8

02-09-18

From my first visit to the USA in 1992 ! All the images were shot on Kodachrome (of course) with an Olympus OM2n and Zuiko 24mm lens.

Kodachrome Basin UT
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Fantastic rock formations and a menacing sky, what more could I want.

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After walking up a trail to the top of the rocks behind the first image, this was the lovely view. It really reminded me of cowboy country.

Petrified Forest National Park AZ
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The landscape was almost lunar.

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Some of the colours of the petrified wood were so vivid.

I would love to one day go and revisit some of these places, but the £ needs to gain a bit of value before that happens.

Places I’ll Never Forget #7*

06-08-18

Yosemite

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I visited Yosemite in July 1993 on a road trip to California. I asked to upgrade the hire car from a Subaru 1.6 to a 2 litre but all they had was a Chrysler Eagle, a 3.4 Litre V6 I think. Well that was fine by me, it had a great stereo and plenty of power.

What surprised me was the amount of snow still around in mid July, a spectacular sight, in some parts it was 14 feet high.

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What surprised me even more was altitude sickness, I had a job to get out of the car. It doesn’t take long in a car to reach some serious altitude on the Tioga Pass. Starting from the Lee Vining entrance which is 6,000 ft above sea level to 9000 ft at the top of the pass.

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The scenery was beautiful, with alpine meadows contrasting with really rugged terrain.

*Anybody Know where this is ?
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I have forgotten where this is !!! It was in the same slide box as the above images, my best guess is the start of the Tioga Pass, or Mono Lake vista point on US-395.

Olympus OM2n, Zuiko 24mm f2.8 lens, Slide Film.

Canyonlands, Kodachrome, 92

21-05-18

These photo’s were taken on my first visit to the USA in 1992 on Kodachrome film. I was so amazed at the scenery and the big skies. The images were taken in Moab and Canyonlands NP, a fantastic area to visit.

Downtown Moab
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Canyonlands
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The colours have shifted a little with time, but it’s so good to have a record of this trip.

All images were taken on my Olympus OM2n with Zuiko 24mm, 2.8 lens, which is still working today.

Places I’ll Never Forget #6 (Part 2)

03-12-17

Isle of Eigg – Inner Hebrides – Scotland

On The Sgùrr
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The views from the top of the Sgùrr are breathtaking, it’s worth the climb. In the distance is the island of Rum, it’s a nature reserve and quite wild. I could imagine from it’s shape the time 60 million years ago when it was an active volcano.

Looking Towards Laig Bay
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Laig Bay
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The beach on Laig Bay is also known as Singing Sands, when you walk on the beach you hear a high pitched noise, something to do with the quartz in the sand.

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There are lots of rock pools to explore and because it is on the gulf stream you can find coconut seeds and other exotic things. When I was there a Portuguese man O war jelly fish had been washed up.

Ever Changing Light
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Cottage – Cleadale
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There are some lovely cottages and crofts on the island, quite a few are holiday lets.

Scottish Bluebells 
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I hope one day to get back to Eigg for a holiday.

Places I’ll Never Forget #6 (Part 1)

01-12-17

Isle of Eigg – Inner Hebrides – Scotland

I’ve visited this Island four times, it’s absolutely beautiful, and is way overdue another visit. It was one of the few places I have actually experienced silence, no traffic noise or background hum, just the natural sounds of nature.

The ferry for the Island leaves from Arisaig which is on the west coast of Scotland, north of Fort William, the road to Arisaig criss crosses under and alongside the railway used in the Harry Potter films, it’s a great road to drive. These images are from May 1991, Whitsuntide, from slides taken with my Olympus OM2n. 

Arisaig Harbour
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This is very early in the morning, taken after attempting to sleeping in the car (VW Beetle) overnight !!!! Nice and calm, good job as I am not a good sailor.

On The Way To Eigg
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The light can be amazing, and as a superb bonus often pilot whales will swim alongside the ferry.

An Sgùrr
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The Sgùrr is probably the most notable landmark on the island, it was formed by the lava from the volcanic eruptions on the neighbouring island of Rùm about 60 million years ago.

An Sgùrr
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Side view of the Sgùrr looking towards the Scottish mainland. The weather really picked up and it got hot, you can see the blue haze in the distance.

Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #5

Mono Lake CA

I was inspired to post these images of Mono Lake by a lovely photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler of the tufa formations. It was 1993 when I visited on a road trip holiday to California. What a fantastic area, so much to see and do, I found the scenery breathtaking.

Mono Lake #1
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Ilford XP2

Mono Lake #2
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Ilford HP5

Mono Lake #3
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Ilford HP5

These images were taken on my Rolleiflex TLR and I’m guessing with a red filter. I remember wishing that the lens on the Rollei was a bit wider angle.

Blackbirds, Holly Tree, My Cats & A Box of Prints

Blackbird alarm calls got me up and out into the garden, I knew there was a nest in my Holly tree. With the weather being so poor earlier on this year I never managed to give the tree a good pruning, a painful process (for me that is), the leaves are very sharp. The cause of the alarm calls were my two cats who were mooching around the tree looking for somewhere out of the sun to settle down for a sleep.

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So now I’m fretting for the well being of the Blackbird chicks. I’ve talked to the the cats about them but they weren’t impressed. My old Tomcat (Orlando) never bothered about birds too much, but the girls are fascinated by them.

Later on I decided to do a bit more sorting out of the spare bedroom/ex darkroom and came across a box of prints I had forgotten about. They are all from infrared film, and were very tricky to print, but scanned in well.

North Wales

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The ones above were taken on the way to Barmouth and Portmeirion.

Near Settle – Yorkshire
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These were all taken on Kodak HIE infrared on my Olympus OM2n.

Old Footbridge, Rundale Pils, Latvia
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This was taken on Konica IR750 film on my Rolleiflex in 1993. Rundale Palace has been beautifully restored now.