ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Friday, 2 October 2015

PHOTOS, WAFFLE AND DAMP. (02/10/15)

I will show you the pictures of the mist this morning first then you can skip the camera malarkey which will follow. I spent three quarters of an hour with tingly ears and frozen fingers waiting for the sun to break through the morning mist. The dogs spent the time sniffing around for foxes and deer at least two out of the three of us were happy.

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Not anything special and certainly not exciting but if I don’t go out then I’ll miss the one or two shots a month that I enjoy looking at.

Yesterday afternoon I thought I’d take advantage of the last clear night for the foreseeable future and take some star trails. I decided to use film as it it so much easier. Set the lens wide open, Shutter on ‘T’ for time and leave the camera to get on with things for as long as you want. I know there is a thing called recipricosity but I don’t know how to spell it or what it really means so I ignored that bit. I couldn’t find the ‘T’ setting on the Bronica. It doesn’t have Bulb either so I was stumped. I looked everywhere and eventually found a tiny lever on the front and underneath the lens. A cunning chap was Mr Zenza. Almost too cunning for me.

Here it is in it’s normal position with the little screw that keeps it there. ‘A’ must be the initial letter of the word normal in Japanese.

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Here it is with the screw slackened and the lever pushed across to ‘T’ for timed exposure. To close the shutter you just slide the lever back and Hey Presto there is a little click as the shutter closes. The only problem I had was finding the damn thing in the dark……..I didn’t bother I screwed the lens cap on and sorted it out in the van.

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The other problem with long exposures at night is condensation on the lens. I did rig up a heat bag with an elastic band but lost my nerve as I thought that the temperature generated might uncement the lens elements. I have a few old Canon FD lenses so will let one go on the bad 35mm lens and then have a look what happens.

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It’s probably not worth bothering as it’s the very devil to find the little clicker to set the heating going….exothermic reaction I think it’s called.

I just this minute got four developed films back. Things look good to rubbish…..Here is a taster. I lose some…………..

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And win some………………….

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Have a great weekend.

14 comments:

  1. Happy Friday. And still no photos of your best models.

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    1. R.Mac, yes they are there in the third image.

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  2. Love your dogs hiding in the third shot. :)

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, I didn't notice them when I took it. They are always nearby.

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  3. Your misty shots were quite fine--- Muted colors are lovely.

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    1. Bill, I have nothing much on today and haven't decided what to do. These may have to last a while.

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  4. Your early morning mist shots make it worthwhile getting out of bed early. The untidy round bales really add to the scene, I think.

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    1. Pauline, I'm usually up and about early.
      That bloody baler. Even driven to reading the instructions a couple of days ago. It has new grommets in the duck beak and a new brake bar on the net, the spirals are all parallel and working but still the net pulls in to the middle. Changed the net roll just in case it was a faulty one and still it dog bones the bales. It needs baler repairman but he got stung by wasps so is delayed.

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  5. I also find that things are printed too small to find and read. I end up getting the magnifying glass out to read things. The last time was when I needed a small fuse.

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    1. Red, forget the printing. I couldn't even find the control slide.

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  6. Hi Adrian Well their bottoms are in the third images I think we like to se a little more of your lovely dogs. I do like the misty shots. There was a lot of mist here too then glorious sunshine, better than summmer. Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Margaret, I have trouble finding the dogs for a photo call. They are always too busy sniffing this, playing with that. I'll bribe them with a biscuit. Unbelievable weather here.

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  7. That looks like a good way to break and ankle!

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    1. Graham, yes, arms and legs usually.

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