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Ramblings from the Carrot Room

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

Trailer update

Prowling has been somewhat delayed due partly to the leaky roof and partly to a recent death in the family.

We have been progressing though and the leak hopefully has been fixed.  My friends and I recently lifted the air conditioning unit, replaced the gasket and sealed all around and so the source of the trouble should be sorted. Continue reading “Trailer update”

Sleeping stranger

I very rarely take pictures of people especially strangers but for some reason I was fixated with this sleeping guy’s face and couldn’t resist taking a sneaky snap.

Voigtlander Bessamatic

This is not a review more a tale of disappointment.

Recently I spotted an interesting potential addition to my collection on the auction site and decided to bid.  The auction was for a Voigtlander Bessamatic which came with the very rare Zoomar lens.  The Zoomar lens was the first zoom lens ever for 35mm cameras and was invented by Voigtlander.   Continue reading “Voigtlander Bessamatic”

Gardens at Clivedon House

Another day out we managed during the recent trip home to the UK was to Cliveden (pronounced CLIV-den) House.

The house itself is a hotel but the gardens are open to the public and managed by the National Trust.  This is also the venue for a large flower show annually run by the Royal Horticultural Society; we just went on a normal day though.

Cliveden has a rich history;  Once the home of Nancy Astor Continue reading “Gardens at Clivedon House”

Blue Monday

Blue Damselfly

Camera: Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic

I recently picked up a Voigtlander (Zeiss Ikon) Vitessa 500 SE Electronic; what a great little camera!

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I receiving it the first issue was batteries as it needed two PX825 (1.55v) batteries which are no longer available. Continue reading “Camera: Voigtlander Vitessa 500 SE electronic”

Hot day for a frog to be out and about

This little fella hopped across my path during a walk on a hot sunny day in England last week.  He looked very dry on the skin and I encouraged him towards the undergrowth and nearby waterway.

Los Angeles State Historic Park

A few weeks ago I visited the newly opened Los Angeles State Historic Park.  I understand this park has been a long time in the making and opened something like 16 years late.

Anyway it’s a nice open space close to Chinatown and Downtown LA, well worth a visit if you want to chill out.  It’s quite open and new looking, much of the trees and shrubbery still need to mature and it can only get better.  Considering it’s newly opened there was a lot of repair work going on but it was still nice to walk around for an hour or so.

I took my Voigtlander Bessa RF with me loaded with Ilford Delta 400.   Continue reading “Los Angeles State Historic Park”

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!

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Blenheim Palace

I’ve been in the UK for the last couple of weeks visiting family and saying goodbye to my father who passed away.

Whilst there I visited a few places one of which is Blenheim Palace  which is a large country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and  is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough.   Continue reading “Blenheim Palace”

Tips for atlantic flights

I have travelled back and forth across the atlantic between the UK and the West coast of the united states many times now and I thought that maybe I should share my strategies for surviving economy class and jet lag.

The tips are different depending on which way you are flying as going west you are extending your day usually racing the sunset and arriving the same day you left. Going the other way the day is going in the opposite direction and your day is shortened. Continue reading “Tips for atlantic flights”

Fleetwood

I must further apologise for my lack in posting; travel always gets in the way; I should be back to regular posting again now.

Found this old Cadillac from the 50s recently in my storage facility.  Looks to be in good (nice unrestored) condition and was ready to roll with picnic baskets in the back.

Hood ornament

The view outside 

Apologies for the lack of posts this week.. I took this in London at the Victoria and Albert museum 

Adam and Eve? 

More street art on brick Lane 

Face

Street art from the Brick Lane area of London

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