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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”

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”

Another camera – Contax?

Just picked this up and I’m quite excited about it.

contax

It’s a Contax III (at least it appears to be) from about 1936 according to the serial number. If it’s real Continue reading “Another camera – Contax?”

Take along a Leica – old advertisement

I spotted this in an old magazine from the 1950s and thought it worth sharing

Old advert I found in a magazine

taken in Santa Ynez and using a vintage look

Cachuma Lake and Solvang

This weekend myself and S took our 1969 Prowler (towed by our 1990 Bronco) on our first expedition to camp at Cachuma Lake.  All went reasonably well, we had some issues but generally it was a success.

Day 1

The journey up was pretty uneventful though it was scary as hell Continue reading “Cachuma Lake and Solvang”

Cameras: Yashica Electro 35

I actually have two of these; an older G (pictured above) and a later GSM (below).  The GSM came with a job lot of cameras I bought and is in fully working condition.  The older one is also in good condition but the exposure control doesn’t appear to be quite working Continue reading “Cameras: Yashica Electro 35”

Got it! – nomadic weekends ahead

This weekend we picked up our new travel trailer; well not new so much as it’s a 1969 Prowler but it is new to us.

We’ve been thinking for a while about weekend breaks and trying to avoid having to book a hotel or apartment and allow us to do slightly extended trips than are possible in one day.  We considered and RV but decided on a vintage trailer instead partly so we are not relying on the engine in such a vehicle but also size then becomes an issue for storage.

We’d looked at a few and found this one last week which is immaculate and original inside and as it was pretty much ready for use decided it was the one.  It maybe isn’t so pretty as some on the outside, but that kind of thing comes at a premium and as the interior with this one was perfect we didn’t see any point looking further.

So yesterday morning I dragged S out of bed to travel down to Riverside to collect it. Continue reading “Got it! – nomadic weekends ahead”

Le Mans Classic

You may be aware of the Le Mans 24 hour race which is held at the La Sarthe circuit near Le Mans in France which is held every year and is a real test of motoring endurance.  Every two years however they also hold Le Mans Classic which brings back cars from every era over the last 95 or so years. Continue reading “Le Mans Classic”

PoF: Object

Okay so I had an ulterior motive for this subject. Continue reading “PoF: Object”

Err… another bike too

Okay call me crazy but you can never have enough bikes. Continue reading “Err… another bike too”

More cameras?

I know, I can’t help it.

I have added five more cameras since this post and sold one so now I’m at 29. Continue reading “More cameras?”

Daily Photo Challenge #16 – Treasure

This is my grandfather’s Rolex Oyster.  It was given to me after his death and is one of my treasured possessions.  I had it fully serviced a few years ago and only wear it on special occasions – not that it’s hugely valuable (as Rolex’s go) it’s not gold and it’s not in perfect condition; it is exactly the kind of watch I like tough small and simple.  Obviously it’s not about monetary value anyway – it’s about the memory and something to pass on.

I neglected to bring a lens suitable for close up work so this is as close as I can get today.

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Daily Photo Challenge #13 – Moment & Motion

Well I haven’t had a moment to capture motion so I’m afraid i am going to use the “here’s one I made earlier” cheat

I took this picture a couple of years ago at the Goodwood revival.  If you are not aware of it it is a motor racing event in the UK which is themed around the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.  This means that all the cars are vintage racing cars which usually have a historical pedigree.  As well as the cars the whole event is vintage based with event goers dressed in vintage clothes.  It’s a really good event to go to if you have the opportunity I would highly recommended.

I will add that unlike many other vintage car events despite these cars being worth thousands (and in some cases Millions) of pounds they are still driven as real racing with all the risks associated.  Fashion is heavy on the agenda so this is not just an event for car and racing lovers.

Maserati Tipo 8CM
This is a Maserati Tipo 8CM fighting for position at the Goodwood circuit

 

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