Ramblings from the Carrot Room

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



Courteous driving

I was reminded this week of what courteous driving is like.  Living the freeways in LA you rarely see the kind of thoughtful driving with care and attention to other road users. People always seem to be in a hurry and think nothing of cutting you up and taking that small gap you left in front of yourself between you and the car in front – without any indication. Continue reading “Courteous driving”

Coming soon…

Apologies for not much activity this week, as well as the house move I have also had a family loss.

I have some catching up to do later as many photography related things are going on.

I have several cameras to try and post about;

  • Polaroid Colorpack II (thanks Jim at Down the Road)
  • Contax III
  • Pentacon FM (Contax FM)
  • Zeis Ikon Voigtlander 500SE
  • Ricoh 35 ZF

I have a set of macro bellows to play with.

I have some projects I’d like to start on.

Also Thanks to Jim at Down the Road I have been linked to from Petapixel.

So please bare with me and I will be posting some of the above and more soon.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Isolated Subjects

Carrotroom-IMG_5521 (Large)
Coconut on the Beach

Do I have GAS?

What’s the difference between a collector and someone who has GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)?

Lately I have been constantly on the lookout for a camera or lens or something that I haven’t got and suddenly need.  I have cameras that I need to do something with and haven’t, yet I have already acquired another three cameras since I posted about the cameras I need.

Maybe this is getting out of hand.   Continue reading “Do I have GAS?”

Moving house is fun in the USA

As I mentioned I am in the middle of moving house and it’s been… well; interesting – as well as heard work and it’s not over yet. Continue reading “Moving house is fun in the USA”

I got nothing

It’s Cinco de Mayo!  So congratulations to Mexico on their victory 155 years ago and Viva General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín!

(Sorry France)

Unfortunately I have no image to share which fits with this occasion so instead here is a picture of an elephant I took a while ago which is a favourite of mine.

IMG_2190 (Large)

I really should prepare for this next year!

Help re: Burke & James Rexo Junior Photo Printer

Does anyone know how it works/what this is as I am intrigued.  I saw this on Ebay a month ago with a starting bid of one dollar and it didn’t sell and now it’s back on again.  I would buy it just to work it out but the postage is a lot (due to the weight/size I guess) and I really don’t have the space for it.

bandJprinter Continue reading “Help re: Burke & James Rexo Junior Photo Printer”

Cameras I need! – okay want

As I am unlikely to successfully take and prep many photos during the house move I was thinking what else I could post and due to some other blogs I have been reading my mind wandered to cameras I would love to own. Continue reading “Cameras I need! – okay want”

A safe place?

Spotted these on a walk near the LA river last week; is this where all the safes go to die?

Apologies for any disruption

Due to the unique nature of the LA/California housing market I am moving house during the next two weeks so apologies if service is interrupted.   Continue reading “Apologies for any disruption”

Easter chocolate fun

As it was Easter this weekend we thought we would have a play with some chocolate. Continue reading “Easter chocolate fun”

This isn’t right.. my post is in the past

Yesterday I published this post 100 another milestone  Yesterday was the 9th April.  The post is now showing as 5 days old and published on the 5th April.

So here’s what happened.  I started drafting that post last week when I hit 99 followers in the hope that sometime another generous soul would sign up for seeing my posts on a regular basis.  Then I let the post sit.

At the weekend A.R.T. Photography followed me (Thank you Andre) and as I was away from my computer I decided to publish the post via my android mobile.  I’ve had trouble before mixing draft and publish between proper browser and mobile app and again it was not straightforward.  It didn’t seem to work at first but I managed it (I thought) by opening the draft in my mobile browser and publishing it there.

So, it seems that it didn’t work properly and it published in the past.  So when you publish a draft using the app it doesn’t’ set the date correctly; has anyone else had issues with the mobile app?

100 – another milestone

Just want to say a big Thank you to you all as I reach 100 actual real people following my little blog.

I started this just over a year ago and didn’t give up when I wasn’t an instant internet sensation inundated with offers to all expenses paid trips for blogging events and TV interviews.  No, my stardom is yet to come and in the meantime I am still astounded that you good people choose to give up some of your very valuable time to stop and look at what I do.

I don’t think I have quite followed my original intent and some ‘official’ subjects have been lacking (I really should update the tag line) but like most things they are more successful if you let them evolve as you learn and gain experience and follow the flow.

I hope that my images and words continue to keep your interest.

Flowers from my recent trip to St Thomas

A busy year ahead

So much going on, I hope I will be able to keep up with it all.

Okay, first up, I am getting married again so there is lots of planning for that over the next 18 months or so.  I’m not going to say much more about that here because the second half of this news is that….

I’ve started a second blog; Continue reading “A busy year ahead”

Stop with the ‘gates’…. please!

Ugh.. here we go again with some scandal and the media has to make up a stupid nickname with ‘gate’ on the end.   Continue reading “Stop with the ‘gates’…. please!”

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