Random pic of the day 19/03/18

A bird’s eye view from my seat in a cafe. Hipstamatic for iPhone.



Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Shooting with the Kodak Brownie Cresta the other week inspired me to dig out my Agfa Clack. The Clack is another simple box type camera, not much can go wrong. Except I found the camera already loaded. OK so far so normal for me, I am a slow shooter. I was out in the snow this morning just finishing the roll when it seemed reluctant to wind on to the last few frames. I carried on and wound the roll off. I opened the camera to find a fat roll, very loose in fact. I quickly loaded it into the tank knowing I was going to find fogging later. I had a bit of trouble loading as the film felt oddly scrunched up at the end. Processing revealed all. I had obviously taken a shot in one camera (Lomo Belair 612) removed and (badly) rerolled the film then put it in the Clack. Why? I have idea. The square picture from the Belair (part of the multi-exposure) seems to have been taken in about 2013. The film was very scrunched at the other end so I lost a few frames. I really do have a cotton wool brain! Kodax Tmax 400 stand developed 1:100 in RO9.

The white stuff

Yes, I love snow. I took a quick walk this morning with both my Samsung phone and an Agfa Clack loaded with Kodak Tmax 400. The film is stand developing at the moment so here are the phone pics.

Winter visitor

I have always been in awe of nature photographers. They dedicate hours to simply waiting for the right moment, a perfect shot of birds and animals. I haven’t got the patience or equipment. So I was rather surprised this morning by a lot of fuss going on in my small Cotoneaster tree. It looked like thrushes squabbling over the juicy red berries. I ran into the the other room to grab my glasses and the Sony HX400v. Now I could see what I was looking at. Thrushes are not common around here so I was very happy to see them, but I could see that they were fighting a different type of bird altogether. I have never seen a Fieldfare here before (I had to google it). Apparently they come over from Scandinavia for our milder winter. Well Milton Keynes is a good place to be at the moment, milder than the rest of the UK to be sure. I got a picture of the Fieldfare that I am happy with, job done 😀.

Macro metal

The steering guard for my Landy (Disco Bob) needed de-rusting and repainting. Whilst it was off I grabbed a few moody macro shots.  I obviously have far too much time on my hands at the moment.

Kodak Brownie Cresta 2

Yesterday I loaded up my Kodak Brownie Cresta 2 ready to shoot something for International Brownie Camera Day 2018. I picked my final roll of the dodgy batch of Kodak Tmax 400 (the stuff that has backing numbers and fogging) and loaded up. I went for a short walk around the centre of Milton Keynes knowing that there are a few nice sculptures around. I also know that there are many homeless people camping out in the underpasses too, apart from a couple of attempts to get me to part with my spare change (I’m like the Queen, I don’t carry money) all was fine.

I was busy shooting one of the works when I heard a buzzing noise behind me, I looked down to see a “lunchbox on wheels” waiting patiently for me to move out of the way. I got a shot of it, and its mate coming the other way. Technology eh?

Speaking of which, as you may know, I don’t have a computer at the moment, so my scanners are of absolutely no use to me. I had to figure out a good enough way of scanning my negs. I ended up using my iphone and ipad. The quality isn’t good but who cares?

Kodak Brownie Cresta 2, Kodak Tmax 400, 1 hour stand develop RO9 1:100