Sunday, 26 November 2017

Jodrell Bank


It was a day of regression on another trip up north. When I was a kid I visited Jodrell Bank with either the school or scouts can't remember which. Anyway I was knee high to a grass hopper and still in short trousers. (Actually thats not true I don't think I ever wore short trousers after the age of three) and here I was back at the old place and still impressive. They were doing work on one of the legs so the dish was pointing straight up. This was actually a good thing as it enhanced the symmetry of the thing. I got to work with the Pentax and whipped out all four lenses at some stage or another. I could be nothing other than Delta 100 could it. Further regression will appear as you scroll down!

One of the baby dishes

The light was especially good this day.

An even smaller dish 

Ah now this was completely intentional I assure you. Ok no it wasn't. In all my giddy school boy regressive excitement I read '10' on the screen and promptly opened the back. A shriek was let out as I saw the film backing paper still spread across the insides. The back was quickly snapped shut but of course a human 'quickly' is actually a rather long exposure in the film universe. Schoolboy error at it's best. To my amazement the shot I had just taken which was across the film aperture only received a tiny amount of light and created a rather nice vignette. The previous frame was half lost.

The red filter really earned it's keep with these shots.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Quarry Bank Mill


I had a few days back up north in Cheshire so took the opportunity to snap some local attractions. First on the list was this amazing old National Trust cotton mill called Quarry Bank Mill. It was a suitably drizzly day so it was a good job it was all indoors. Each room had a helper who worked at least one of the machines on request. Very nice and a welcome change to the usual grand stately homes. Good on you NT. The camera was of course the Pentax 67ii with the usual selection of lenses but this will be changing in the future as I have added a few more interesting fillies to the stable. Watch this space.

This could be 1917 rather than 2017

Ah movement

The obliging assistant

Now thats what you call a bobin

Sunday, 12 November 2017

You'll always find me in the kitchen at parties


I fancied a bit of a try at still life. It was wet and windy and grey so what better time. Cleared the kitchen top, plonked the chopping board down and and a rummage through the veg tray. What better way to spend a few hours on a Saturday. A mix of Provia 100 and Delta 100 pushed to 200. All on the trusty Pentax 67ii using the very rarely used 135mm f4 Macro unless it's the silly macro which would be a combination of a 35mm Takumar reversed on the tubes and the x2 converter.

Initially I corrected the WB in Lightroom but they looked terrible so I put the yellow back which was from the small table lamp used for lighting. Look so much better. So here's the contents of the veg rack. All organic of course!

Now for a bit of that silly macro stuff going from full on hairs of the fungu growing on a tomato out to a more sensible close up

Well chuffed with this lemon pip.

This is a lot closer than you think. This is one small piece of an individual floret on a cauliflower. Sort of shows the Mandelbrot effect

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