Ramblings from the Carrot Room

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



Coming soon…

As we approach All Hallows’ Eve I have two things planned starting tomorrow; first off a series of scary and/or creepy images to get us in the mood and second, a departure from the normal themes of this blog, a short story which will be serialized throughout the week so look out for ‘TLR: A storyContinue reading “Coming soon…”


It must be Wednesday

Apologies this is going to be a rambling post about nothing in particular.


Seems like this is a time of doubt for me and I am questioning things including this blog.  I have read posts from other bloggers recently which has added to my thinking about the future of this.

I’ve been doing this semi seriously now for about a year and a half now and if I look at the stats I have to question the point.

I do have over 139 followers and I am grateful to all of those people.  On average though my posts get between 15 and 20 views and rarely more than 10 likes.

But then it’s not (or shouldn’t be) about the stats.

There are a few reasons for doing a blog as I see it, documenting something, sharing creative exploits, creating discussion (or community), entertainment or personal and/or therapeutic output. Continue reading “It must be Wednesday”

Turntable chronicles; a new chapter

As well as Cameras, Photography and cycling I have another love and that is music. Unfortunately I can’t play an instrument but I love listening vinyl. I know it’s all files and disks these days and those are fine; I like to listen to music on all formats (especially live when I can) but Vinyl is still the best at least for analogue music (in my opinion). Analogue music? I here you say.. What I mean is, if music was originally recorded to play on an analogue device, it still sounds better played on an analogue device, more modern stuff that was recorded and intended to be digital probably sounds better played in the format it was intended for too.

I remember when music turned digital, Continue reading “Turntable chronicles; a new chapter”


My entry for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge

Photos back on display 

Just a quick post whilst my IT issues continue. Managed to put all my photos back on the wall this weekend. It’s a different arrangement as there are no stairs in this house but it still looks good. 

Is this an interocitor?!

Unknown electrical power panel

WPC: Unusual

Monster Lemon

My sister has a lemon tree and this came off of it recently; if this was a sci-fi movie, right now we’d be worrying about mutant lemon monsters!


Adam and Eve? 

More street art on brick Lane 

My friend’s prized peony 

In the UK this week staying with friends 

Check out my new page and menu

I decided to organise these camera reviews a bit better and initially I just added a new menu item which took you to all the camera posts but now I have a page listing all the cameras including those not yet reviewed. Click on the ‘CARROT ROOM OF CAMERAS’ menu and you’ll see; Continue reading “Check out my new page and menu”

I need tea!

So a minor crisis has hit my working environment.  As I may have mentioned previously, Tea is my preferred beverage during the day; at least at work as beer drinking during the working day I understand is frowned upon here.  Also, I’m a bit of a snob about it too.

Anyway I was lucky enough to have the convenience of hot water being available from the cooler (yes I know that’s somewhat of an oxymoron)  at a temperature that was appropriate for tea making – all was well with the world.

Then a bombshell was dropped last week that the cooler had been recalled due to a fire risk and should be switched off. Continue reading “I need tea!”

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

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