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Ramblings from the Carrot Room

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

Avenue Bridge No. 10

This is one from the archives and I am entering it for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge Structure.  Many of the bridges on this stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal are constructed way beyond the basic needs and this is a good example.

It was built around 1830 with the Engineer being Thomas Telford. According to Historic England it is described as being a Single stilted round arch flanked by pilasters; sweeping balustraded parapet on rounded corbels.

These bridges were effectively a sweetener to the local land owners from the canal company to allow the waterway to be constructed across their land, this one simply provides for the driveway to Chillington Hall, owned by the Giffard family since the 12th Century.

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Beneath the bleachers

I know that most of this image is out of focus but I kinda like it’s abstractness

Vitessa 500 SE – Kodak Gold

Khamsin Wind of 50 days

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Sculpture by Stuart Williamson

Trailer – ready for our next trip

So over the last few months we have been working on the trailer as after a leak we ended up replacing a section of ceiling and repainting most of the interior.

We are at the end of that (for now) and all is back together now with the whites being white, the greys now being the same blue as the original fittings (stove, fridge, countertops etc)  and the flooring replaced with wood. Continue reading “Trailer – ready for our next trip”

Excitement, fear and relief

I have been pondering the Weekly Photo Challenge of last week which is Ooh, Shiny! and I think it’s fairly obvious to anyone who follows me that, what is guaranteed to distract me? What my “Ooh, shiny!” is, is…

CAMERAS!

and I had another distraction this week which had me a little on edge.

I was browsing that auction site (again) and spotted a fairly modern Voigtländer in the form of a Bessa-R.  I know that technically this is a Cosina and they just happen to own the name but it’s still a good camera.  I don’t need one of these and until then I hadn’t even thought about buying a ‘new’ camera (just the old one’s) so….  SHINY!! Continue reading “Excitement, fear and relief”

Cameras: Ricoh 35 ZF

This camera is similar in operation to the Vitessa 500 in that it is a compact, zone focus viewfinder camera although this allows for full manual control of shutter speed and aperture or the semi-automatic  aperture priority .

It’s slightly more compact and simple look and it doesn’t have any exposure compensation also the batteries are more easily obtained. Continue reading “Cameras: Ricoh 35 ZF”

Schwinn Continental

I picked up this bike a few months ago as an impulse buy as mentioned here.  I decided it was a bike too many especially after also buying the Centurion and decided to sell.

I have spent some time cleaning it up and lubricating but decided not to do a restoration as it is in great condition and as previously stated I don’t think it’s been ridden more than a couple of miles in it’s life.

Here are some before and after shots (before on the left); Continue reading “Schwinn Continental”

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”

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