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

Walls and fences

Just a couple of shots I like taken with the Pentacon recently on Kodak Gold

Odd things on my commute

So much goes passed as you travel in your car to work at high speed.  With so much to concentrate on around you like avoiding that idiot who just pulled out of side road.  So it’s easy to miss things as you zoom passed.

When I cycle however things are a lot slower, especially when I am going up hill and so things that I haven’t had time to look at get more attention.

So here are a couple of things that I saw Continue reading “Odd things on my commute”

LA’s Old Zoo

At the edge of Griffith Park next to the i5 is the LA Zoo, a modern establishment housing animals in somewhat reasonably humane conditions (depending on your overall opinion on zoos) but just around the corner the other side of the hill that the LA Zoo now sits upon in the site where the zoo once was and much of the old place is still there to see. Continue reading “LA’s Old Zoo”

Sunday ride around the mountain

I planned a ride this Sunday morning with a couple of friends; one of them (J) used to ride more and is very fit but hasn’t done anything much more than a mile commute for a year or so the other (N) is a top end cyclist who lives and breathes cycling, I’m in the middle so it’s a bit of a spread in levels. Continue reading “Sunday ride around the mountain”

Seat with a view

This is my entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge; Elemental

This comfortable swing seat has been placed atop this hill in this public space by I know not who.  I am sure they are close by and like to sit in comfort and watch the glorious sunset from this excellent vantage point. Continue reading “Seat with a view”

Leaf

Took this recently with the Pentacon and the Yashinon-DS 50mm lens.

I’m still deciding whether these are keepers Continue reading “Leaf”

Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant

I have mentioned this camera before but wanted to add more detail (and add better pictures). The Brillant was first sold in around 1932; early models used a simple zone style focussing method (as opposed to actual distance) with the operator selecting portrait, landscape etc.

This is a later version from around 1937 as it is made from bakelite rather than metal Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Brillant”

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walking Paths and Trails

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walking Paths and Trails

Burbank Car Classic

I happened to be in downtown Burbank this Saturday and the annual Car Classic event was going on.  I took the opportunity to wander around with my camera.

Continue reading “Burbank Car Classic”

Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens

Getting this camera was a little painful, I’ve written about that already here

This Voigtlander bessamatic is an early SLR with interchangeable lenses which of course is now the norm.  Back then I guess things were still being worked out and there is a noticeable difference between the functionality of this camera to how more modern SLRs work.

Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtlander Bessamatic CS with Zoomar lens”

Crumbling wall

Just in time for the weekend, here is my entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

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Taken on Kodacolor Gold 200 using Voigtlander Bessamatic with Zoomar lens

…also a hint for an upcoming post

 

Church – Alameda Ave

As I mentioned here I stopped by this building earlier this week to get a few pictures as I find it an interesting building.  I’ve always been interested in churches as architectural subjects as they often differ from the norm.  Here in California particularly they often stand out from their surrounding neighbours as they are commonly in commercial or industrial areas where  boring cubes dominate.

I was lucky enough to get there as the sun was getting lower in the sky which gave me some nice light and shadows.

Here are a few images Continue reading “Church – Alameda Ave”

Gear, is it important?

I watched a short video recently on whether gear is important and the conclusion (not surprisingly) was it is but it isn’t.  Basically it won’t make you a better photographer but it is important in getting the look/feel and/or image quality.  All true but nothing really new said.

In pondering this I was thinking about why we even ask the question.  No one interrogates a painter to ask what brushes they use or a sculptor what brand of chisel they use.  Why is photography so focussed on gear? Continue reading “Gear, is it important?”

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