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Ramblings from the Carrot Room

Unorganised images and comments about film cameras, photography, gin, cycling, life and artichoke dips

Chicago & Northwestern Railway Bridge

I visited Chicago just after Thanksgiving and really liked the city. I didn’t get a huge amount of time to photograph but did capture a few images I liked.

I am a sucker of old industrial or engineering artifacts and this bridge was not far from my hotel.

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Seasons greetings

Christmas is fast approaching and we spent the weekend getting the house in order and putting up the decorations.  This is the start of new traditions for me where things I used to do need to be merged with the traditions of my partner.

Last year didn’t count so much as we knew we wouldn’t be home for Christmas and we didn’t get a proper tree.  Now we are in out new home and have a real tree (not very common in this area).

We have spent the year finding nice vintage decorations and even fount a great old cast iron stand for the tree.

All of that has now come together and our house looks perfect for the festive season so we toasted the lighting of the tree (a new tradition I hope).

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Not  quite the perfect picture, a few more bubbles would have been good and my dog took this moment to give me some love so I was fending him off whilst trying to take this in low light 🙂

Merry Christmas!

 

 

Service should resume soon 

Apologies for not posting, I went on vacation and was away from decent network access, now I have been evacuated due to Los Angeles fires and so posting is not easy.

Here’s a couple of pictures I took yesterday; the first is the road up to the city I live in and as you can see there is quite a smoke plume above where I am heading. The second is from the driveway of my house just as we were leaving, there are flames just visible on the hillside.

We are safe though and that is the main thing. 

The virtually empty Grand Avenue shopping mall in Milwauki 

We stepped into this glorious old shopping mall yesterday which was devoid of any stores apart from TJMax (same as TKMax if you are from the UK) and a fruit n veg cart. It’s a shame that this has become just a walkway between the carpark and another mall, hopefully they will be able to turn it around; it did look like some work was in progress.

Only took a few snaps as we were on a mission.

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Look Mummy, fish!

Visited the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago this weekend, it was very good;this little girl seemed to be enjoying it.

There were a few fishy type things to see as well
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Quick Chicago snap 

Loving the windy city…

Taken through the window of our hotel bar 

Chicago here I come

Getting on a plane to Chicago and then on to Wisconsin; hoping to get some decent photography in. 

Postings here may be interrupted. 

Where’s Juliet?

This is another picture from the Burbank Post office, I really like this composition and the way the shadows fall from this balcony.

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The Guardians

I recently had time for a few shots around Burbank city centre and as it was dark I took my tripod to stand my Mamiya C330 on.

This shot was taken outside the Police and Fire department building and is of a large bronze statue which is a tribute to the Fire and Police officers of Burbank.  It is by noted artist Shiela Cavalluzzi and was erected around 1998.

I’ve taken a low angle focussing on the firefighter with the Police officer hidden behind.

 

Shoe repair

I like a little bit of neon every now and again.  This one I shot whilst taking a walk in Burbank.

I am not affiliated with, or being paid by, this business but if you do need shoes (or anything else) repaired in Burbank I can recommend this guy.

Shoe repairers sign

 

Seven Day challenge

So a week or two ago someone challenged me to the Seven day challenge on Facebook which is;

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of my life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day! “

Despite being a very light user of Facebook (weeks can go by without me checking it) I never miss an opportunity to take photos.  Here are my seven photos and I will add some explanation (I’m out of the challenge now); Continue reading “Seven Day challenge”

Refection on No Smoking

 

Cameras: Mamiya C330

A Mamiya TLR from the ‘C’ series has been on my list of desires for a long time and I never really thought I would own one.  These were the professional cameras used by wedding photographers all over the place throughout the 70s and 80s and have always been at a price point well beyond what I could justify.  They’re not especially attractive cameras (though all TLRs have a classic look in my opinion) but they are solid work horses and can take a lot of use (or abuse).

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