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Camera obscura

On Mablethorpe promenade used to sit a number of unusual beach huts. Sadly I think they’ve fallen prey to vandalism and at least one has now been demolished, while the others are boarded up. This one was a functioning camera obscura.

Standing by the sea
A camera obscura
Its eye is now closed

Camera obscura

Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Lomography Xpro Chrome 100 (expired 2012)

Taken on 16 September 2021

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At low tide

As I might not have full access to my PC to post for a few days while we’re having some decorating done, I’ve pre-written a few posts with older pictures that I haven’t posted before (I hope!). As I’m a little stuck for time to write them, they’ll each have this same boilerplate text. If I get back on my PC earlier than usual I’ll probably put the remaining ones back into the drafts folder for emergencies.

You’re not going to escape the crappy haiku’s though…

Estuarial beach
A feeding ground for the gulls
As strangers pass by

FIM - At low tide

28-80mm f.3.5-5.6 AF & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 20 February 2019

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On the beach in wintertime

As I might not have full access to my PC to post for a few days while we’re having some decorating done, I’ve pre-written a few posts with older pictures that I haven’t posted before (I hope!). As I’m a little stuck for time to write them, they’ll each have this same boilerplate text. If I get back on my PC earlier than usual I’ll probably put the remaining ones back into the drafts folder for emergencies.

You’re not going to escape the crappy haiku’s though…

Although it looks cold
It was very warm this day
Ice creams in winter!

FILM - February at the coast

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f.3.5-5.6 AF & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 20 February 2019

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Seashell

As I might not have full access to my PC to post for a few days while we’re having some decorating done, I’ve pre-written a few posts with older pictures that I haven’t posted before (I hope!). As I’m a little stuck for time to write them, they’ll each have this same boilerplate text. If I get back on my PC earlier than usual I’ll probably put the remaining ones back into the drafts folder for emergencies.

You’re not going to escape the crappy haiku’s though…

Put it to your ear
And hear the sound of the sea
But it’s just your blood

FILM - Seashell

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f.3.5-5.6 AF & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 20 February 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Before the riders arrive

As I might not have full access to my PC to post for a few days while we’re having some decorating done, I’ve pre-written a few posts with older pictures that I haven’t posted before (I hope!). As I’m a little stuck for time to write them, they’ll each have this same boilerplate text. If I get back on my PC earlier than usual I’ll probably put the remaining ones back into the drafts folder for emergencies.

You’re not going to escape the crappy haiku’s though…

Hey crappy haiku
Why assault my senses
With your rubbish verse?

FILM - Summer's attractions under construction

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f.3.5-5.6 AF & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 20 February 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Ice cream

The informal photo competition I take part in each month had a theme of “Tempting” last month, and I made a few photos that might fit the bill – the picture I posted here yesterday of the seaside cafe was the one I chose to enter and it got me second place.

The photo in today’s blog was another potential entry, and one I’d had high hopes for, but I was disappointed when I received the developed film as the ice cream cone was off to the left of the image. I quickly realised that this was due to me not using the parallax correction lines in the camera’s viewfinder. I’d had to hold the ice cream at the limit of my reach in order for the camera to focus correctly, and this meant the subject was close enough for parallax error to creep into the composition. The camera does have a macro mode, but that uses a partial zoom which meant the subject fell well outside the image edges when viewed.

After looking at the photo again I decided that it might work with an off-centre viewpoint, so I cropped in a little to get the picture you see here. I’m pretty happy with it now.

Offset ice cream cone
At the limit of focus
The end of my arm

Ice cream

Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Lomography Xpro Chrome 100 (expired 2012)

Taken on 16 September 2021

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Seaside treats

The Mermaid cafe sits on the small promentory on Mablethorpe’s prmenade, just to the north of the Pullover – the main access point to the beach at the end of High Street. The cafe has been there as long as I can remember, although I can’t recall if it’s been known as The Mermaid all that time. It stands adjacent to a small crazy golf course (which can be seen to the right of the photo). The course is now pirate themed, but I remeber it in its slightly ramshackle and homemade guise from when I was younger, with obstacles that looked like they had been built in some inventive creator’s garden shed. It was great fun.

Games of mini golf
The sound of waves and seas breeze
Acompanied play

Seaside treats

Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Lomography Xpro Chrome 100 (expired 2012)

Taken on 16 September 2021

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Fetching and carrying

As the weekend draws closer, so does the dread job of emptying my office ready for it being decorated. While much of the prep work has been done (including carefully packing cameras into boxes), the actual main task remains. I’ve even gone out and bought a sack barrow in oprder to make the job of moving bookcases a bit easier. I would have hired a barrow, but the cost for a week’s hire was only a little less than buying one brand new so I figured I might as well do that instead. That way I can use it as long as needed and I can also sell it on afterwards and hopefully get a chunk of the money back.

Anyway, another diary-type post, and little in the way of photography talk. My apologies if this isn’t anyone who happens to be reading’s sort of thing – I’m hoping I might find some small break one day next week to actually go out and make some new photos and perhaps talk about that. Otherwise, I think my blog might need to run on archive pictures for a while.

When will come the day
When all I have to do is
Simply please myself?

Carrying the can

Olympus XA3 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°

Taken on 4 September 2021

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Slightly topical

I thought I’d post something that reflects the times. Yes, that’s right, that IS an Only Fools and Horses themed truck you see!..

Apologies for the naff post. I’m in the throes of prepping my office to be redecorated next week which is involving lots of effort – basically every piece of furniture needs to be taken out as it’s having a new floor laid at the same time, so I’ve spent hours carefully packing things away with the lurking knowledge that I will have to reverse the whole process next week. On top of that, we’re also having the other upstairs rooms decorated and re-carpeted the same week – plus the staircase. <sob>…

Re-decorating
Five syllables full of threat
Of stolen free time

Del Bo(y)nd

Olympus XA3 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°

Taken on 4 September 2021