An old Buddy of mine called and asked if I fancied a walk with the lads, Chipping Norton to the Rollright Stones in the Cotswold hills. Yes please I said, it’s been quite a while since I visited that lovely part of the world. We set off from Chipping Norton following the footpath across the fields and hills. I took my Sigma DP1 digital, and a Konica Lexio film camera with me, together with Tuna and Tomato Sandwiches, a Banana and some fruit juice. The weather was good for walking, partly sunny and not too hot.
Footpath To The Stones
Ready For Harvest
Caught My Eye
The footpath took us through a youngish wood. I really like walking through woodland, think it must be something to do with the Northern European half of my DNA.
According to a notice at the start of the path through the wood, all the trimmings and and off cuts are left in the wood for natural recycling and wildlife, some being arranged quite artistically.
It was quite dark in the wood so I converted the images to Black & White using Silver Efx plugin in Lightroom.
Had my Olympus OM2sp serviced at Luton Camera Repair last month as the film wind on was misbehaving. They did a great job with it, replacing all the foam light seals, checking the electronics, and re tensioning the shutter. The camera felt really good so I took with me on a walk to the local arboretum. It was a really hot humid day, but there were some nice clouds about.
Path To The Arboretum
Most of the images were taken using 24mm Zuiko, and 50mm Zuiko lenses, using a Red or R72 Infrared filter
Trees & Clouds
Through The leaves
The film has given the Fir a bit of a surreal look.
I’ll post some more shots from this roll over the next few days.
I went out for a walk to the local arboretum on the 4th of July with my Olympus OM101 loaded with Rollei Superpan film. There were a couple of lenses I wanted to try out that had given me blank frames on a previous roll of film, I decided that it was probably the cheap AAA batteries that I had used so I bought some good quality Lithium cells, they worked fine. I used Red and R72 filters for the shots as Superpan has some infrared sensitivity.
It was a really hot bright day, hardly a cloud in the sky, would have been good to have had some clouds (never satisfied) When I arrived back at home I thought I would get the film into the developing tank ready for processing, letting it air dry overnight. That’s when the trouble started. Rollei Superpan is coated onto a thin base compared to most other films and I couldn’t get it to load onto the spiral, keep calm I kept saying to myself, the inside of the film changing bag was getting very humid, much like a Turkish bath which made things worse, eventually It went onto the spiral but I knew I had damaged the film.
Well this is what most of the frames looked like.
Straight out of scanner.
I cleaned up some of the frames the best I could in Lightroom which is very good for getting rid of a few spots and blemishes. But because Lightroom allows you to amend or delete any of the corrections you have made with this amount it starts to use up stacks of memory and eventually almost stops, OK for the odd blemish on a digital sensor but not good for this much cleaning up.
The Path To The Arboretum
Fortunately I’m not easily discouraged and realising that the reels must be 20+ years old I ordered a new developing tank which arrived in less than 24hrs along with a couple more rolls of Rollei Superpan.
After having a tooth extraction on Tuesday, (it was and still is a bit painful) and visiting an old buddy in Stamford on weds/thurs, staying up till 4am drinking wine and cider (after a night around the town) I’m in recovery mode, this will be short lived as I’m out tonight with my printing buddies for a beer and curry night !!!!! On the Wednesday at Stamford we took a walk to the 16th century Burghley House (link to Wikipedia), can’t believe I haven’t visited before. Of course I hadn’t brought a camera with me so I had to use the phone for some snapshots, couldn’t see the screen most of the time.
The driveway up to the house.
So Many Lovely Trees
First View of the House
The grounds were lovely, and there was a good cafe and shop where I nearly bought a hat. Must have a look around the house next time I’m over in Stamford, it looks really impressive.
I bought this camera over 10 years ago, ran a roll of film through it and put back on the shelf, I wasn’t that impressed with the images, they looked flat and grainy to me. So I thought it deserved another chance to redeem itself. The camera has a fixed 40mm lens protected from the elements by a permanently attached glass filter, and a rubber covered waterproof/shockproof body. I loaded it with some fresh Fuji C200 and took it with me on one of my walks to the local arboretum and into town.
I have changed my opinion about the Konica, the results this time were really good. A lot of this has to do with the developing and scanning by FilmDev their service is excellent and very quick, I opted for the smallest scans for these images. So if it’s raining (most likely) when I go out, I’ll take the Konica with me.
They say things happen in three’s, first my Sigma Camera’s shutter failed, then the hinge broke on the fridge door, and finally my TV refused to switch on. Sent the Sigma camera off for repair, it had to go back to Japan, arrived back last week. Called a TV repair man to come and have a look at the set, he said the software had corrupted, 15 minutes later it was restored and working as it should. The only thing I have to do now is get another fridge freezer, the choice is bewildering.
It was a lovely day yesterday (Monday) so I thought I’d take a walk and visit the arboretum again and check that the Sigma is working as it should, glad I went as the weather forecast for the next seven days is pretty awful.
Mind How You Go.
This warning marker is (was) on a twisty part of road, a few feet away there were bits of a cars front grill and headlamps.
St Denys Church
The church dates back to the 1200’s.
The Sigma seems to be OK, looking forward to more photo outings with it.
It almost felt like spring this morning so I thought I would take a walk to the Arboretum, it’s only just over a mile away but another place I haven’t visited for a long time. Took along a couple of film cameras with about 10 shots left on each, I’ll send the films off tomorrow and hopefully there will be some images worth sharing. Got talking to a nice old guy in his eighties who was a member of the local civic and historical societies. Managed to get a few camera phone images, my lovely little Sigma DP1 is on it’s way to Japan for repair.
I quite like the Black and White version too.
There’s quite a long history to this place, which includes a mill, fishponds, and an old manor house, not to mention a POW camp.
Had the film developed from my lovely sunny visit to the University Botanic Gardens last week. I don’t mind scanning in negatives too much so long as I have a good supply of coffee, nicotine tablets, and some good music to listen to. A 70’s prog rock selection seemed just right, Atomic Rooster was the first album to hit the speakers, and it brought back memories of seeing them at Leicester Poly in 1971 ish, followed by selections of Camel, Baker Gurvitz Army, Bad Company, and some early Electric Prunes.
Film Shots From The Olympus – OM101/88, with 50mm, and 35-70mm lenses
I used a polarising filter on some of these shots to bring the colours out and darken the sky. It was my first time using Fuji C200 film (kindly donated by one of my photowalk buddies) I have to say I’m quite impressed with it.
Couldn’t believe it, yesterday (Friday) was beautiful and sunny, so many dull days here in my part of the UK lately. Thought I’d make the best of it and take a walk to the University Botanic Gardens. I needed the exercise and wanted to get some images of the autumn colours, I packed my Sigma DP1 digital and Olympus OM101 film camera.
Here are some of the digital images from the Sigma, I’ll be getting the film shots processed next week.
These were just in from the entrance.
Lovely Greens again, this shot was an HDR.
While I was admiring this lovely Maple a women came and stood next to me and commented on the beautiful colour. I turned to speak to her and was immediately stunned by her lovely Grey eyes, I was lost for words, if you knew me you would laugh as I am not noted as being the quiet sort, even though I think I am.
I even managed to get my Fungi fix !
and Blue skies.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the film images will look like.
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