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Doggie by a window

I have a camera review planned for the blog sometime soon, I’d hoped to have written it before now but – even though I’m off work this week – I’ve not gotten around to it yet. The thing with having a week off is that I have a lot of stuff I’ve planned to do while I have the chance. Probably too much stuff.

While some of it I’ve achieved (including cleaning and shooting the camera I plan to review) , others – including some mundane, but desireable things like just watching some movies and reading some of my big pile of photobooks – have yet to be done. And I really want to do some of those mundane but relaxing things before work comes beckoning again. I might get chance to write the review tomorrow. Or I might not.

In the meantime, there might be a series of short posts while I figure out what I’m doing with my time. So, today, here’s a picture of a dog outside a cafe…

I see you

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Kodak Tri-X (expired circa 2000-ish). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 31 August 2020

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Simca 1000 Rallye

Parked a short distance from the Starsky & Hutch Gran Torino that I posted a picture of yesterday, was this Simca 1000 Rallye.

I don’t know a lot about cars and don’t have a great deal of interest in them beyond their ability to get me from A to B (and their suitability for photographing), so Simca isn’t a marque that I’d really heard of before (although the later Talbot brand was familiar). They were a French company founded in 1934, manufacturing cars for the next several decades. From the late 1950s Chrysler started to acquire a stake in the business to form part of their Chrysler Europe organisation until it collapsed in 1977. Peugot picked up what remained but the Simca brand faded from use.

A chap on a forum commented on this photo, saying he had learned to drive in a Simca 1000 – although not the souped up Rallye model seen here. He was surprised to see this one in such condition as they were apparently not vey well constructed in terms of bodywork. As the Honest John car review website states: “These cars suffer from widespread rust but are bulletproof in the engine and gearbox department.“.

Simca 1000 Rallye
Whatever the lifespan of the bodywork, it makes for a nice photographic subject

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Kodak Tri-X (expired circa 2000-ish). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 31 August 2020

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Starsky & Hutch

I did consider sliding across the bonnet (or should I say “hood”?) when I saw this Ford Gran Torino in full Starsky & Hutch colour-scheme, but I’d have either ended up sprawled unceremoniously across the front, or on my backside on the floor. I’d have been risking a potential beating too I think! 😀

Where're Starsky & Hutch-
I took a colour version of this too, maybe that will appear when I get the roll developed and scanned…

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Kodak Tri-X (expired circa 2000-ish). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 31 August 2020

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A statue, a sign, and an onlooker

Today was my annual trip to the seaside town of Mablethorpe. I wasn’t sure I’d get there this year what with the pandemic, but managed to sneak in a visit before the Covid cases rise to the extent we can’t travel again (although I hope that doesn’t happen!).

I don’t want to say much about it today because I only got home about half-an-hour ago; I’m very tired from the walking and driving; and I want a shower! Assuming no disasters, there will be photos from the trip in upcoming blogs.

Anyway, here’s a random image of a statue, a sign pointing to a church (I didn’t photograph this one!), some houses, and a bloke looking at me and probably wondering what I’m doing…

Statues, signs, and onlookers
Is he looking at me, or just in my general direction?

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Kodak Tri-X (expired circa 2000-ish). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 31 August 2020

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Mormon church & Christ Church

Continuing with an irregular theme of churches that I photograph without ever using them for anything else…

This is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon church not too far from Chesterfield town centre and I usually pass it if when visit the town. It’s a modern building, but looks great when it catches some nice light.

Mormon church

Across the road from the Mormon church is Christ Church, a building I didn’t even realise was of religious use until I stopped to photograph it when I saw how it looked in the morning sun. According to Google the main building is a parish centre rather than a church, although the entrance at the south side of the building is clearly labelled as Christ Church, so perhaps it’s multi-purpose?.

Christ Church
Church or parish centre?

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Kodak Tri-X (expired circa 2000-ish). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 31 August 2020

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Figures in a gallery

Another sculpture in The Hepworth (and, yes, once again I didn’t make a note of it’s title or the artist’s name because I am an idiot…). I took two photographs of this scene, one with the figures in focus, and the one published here, with the sculpture sharp and the couple out of focus. I definitiely prefer this one – partially because of the effect, and also because the pose they’re in is much nicer in this shot.

I decided to take a walk before I began work today and got out for about half-an-hour. Although still lovely and sunny, the temperature has dipped considerably since Sunday and there was a distinct chill in the air. Although it wasn’t too early, the sun was still low enough to cast some beautiful light, especially on the local churchyard with is currently full of blossoming trees.

I had a Canon Sure Shot in my pocket, so took a few photos during my walk. The blossoms made me wish I had some colour slide film in the camera rather than the Delta 400 that I’d loaded.

Orbit

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Ilford HP5+ (@800).

Taken on 14 March 2020

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Bank holiday scanning

I’ve spent much of the afternoon listening to music while scanning the roll of film I developed yesterday. I’ll post about my second attempt in another post (once I’ve uploaded some of the pictures), but suffice to say it all went well on the whole.

The OCD part of my brain likes to do things in a certain way, so it’s a little on edge that I’m scanning and uploading my home devved rolls before some of the lab devved rolls that were shot earlier. It’s hardly ruining my life or anything, but there’s still a niggling sense that I’ve broken some sort of rule.

The truth is that any rule I’ve broken is one that I’ve abitrarily set myself anyway. Maybe I should just set a new rule that states that I should learn not to worry about such silly things and just, like, chillax man. 🙂

Today’s photo is an earlier one – from my trip to The Hepworth gallery before the lock-down came into force.

Ston R

Minolta SRT 101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Ilford HP5+ (@800).

Taken on 14 March 2020

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Two teazels

I think I’m seeing a definite decline in my photography now we’re under lock-down conditions. Not technically – I don’t think I’ve lost those abilities (and keeping my hand and eye in are reasons to keep shooting as much as possible withing the confines of the situation we’re caught up in) – but in terms of subject matter, well, things are feeling much more difficult.

There are undoubtedly a thousand photos to be found in the places I can reach while exercising or, indeed, within our house and garden, but it can be difficult to see them through the fog of over-familiarity. Some of the shots that might be interesting in the limited time I’m out would require more time and kit (such as a tripod), and I’m not going to allow myself the option of those. I’m very concious of the fact that my outings must be, first and foremost, for the purposes of exercise (or other essential reasons such as fetching necessary provisions), so the thought of setting up a tripod somewhere and fiddling with camera settings, even if I could safely keep clear of others, would make me feel something of a hypocrite.

My choice of camera can make a difference though. Even if restricting myself to quickly obtained opportunistic images, then an SLR will give me greater creative control over aperture, shutter-speed and depth-of-field for instance, which can make for far greater scope in the photos I am able to make. On the other hand, a compact point-and-shoot auto-focus camea is easy to just drop in a pocket without the need for a bag (even a small one).

I’ve spent some time today on my second home-developed roll of film. I managed to put the chemicals in in the right order this time! Some parts were still tricky – loading the film onto the spiral, mainly – but everything else went a little smoother than before. The negatives look good and I’ve avoided any drying marks this time around too.

The UK has, today, passed the heartbreaking milestone of over ten thousand people now lost to COVID-19. The figure given today of daily losses is down by a couple of hundred over previous days, but the trend has been that the figures tend to dip over weekend – a factor of how the reporting processes work rather than a true reflection of casualties – and I fear that they will rise again in the next few days. There is some potential good news in that the number of admissions to hospital for infections might be levelling off though. Again, maybe it’s too early for optimism, but even a small ray of sunshine can cast a little light on the darkness.

Today’s photo is of a couple of teazels that were poking out of the foliage beside the path where I took a walk one day last week.

Two teazels

Minolta SRT 101b, MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X, 9 minutes at 20° .

Taken on 30 March 2020