Day Dreaming

Gacé in Normandy, France.

Street photography. Outside this cafe on Rue Saint-Jacque in the bright autumnal sunshine, this woman who seemed miles away subbing out her cigarette.

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Taken on a Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter on Fomapan Classic 100 film.

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Lost Dummies

Taken at Leybourne lakes near Snodland, Kent. While walking the dog, my wife and I came across these baby dummies hanging on a tree along the path. There must of been at least 30 of them decorating this tree, made for a unusual shot.

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Taken using a Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai on Fomapan 400.

Gacé tavern

While in France last month, I found this old bar called Bar du Chaleau in the small town of Gacé. Strong sunlight between the buildings was shining across the front of the old run down tavern, giving it a eerie but interesting look.

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Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film.

Bending Light

Taken at the Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, France. Shot from the front of the building at the side entrance steps at the Basilica building.

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I was intrigued by the zig zag pattern shadows across the stone steps. I just waited for someone to come down, some nuns appeared at the top, brilliant I thought, they saw me with camera and proceeded to walk down the other side! Eventually, after waiting for someone to walk down the right way this lady appeared walking slowly down the steps to finish the picture for me.

Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film and developed in Ilford ID11 developer.

Rough Shores

I’ve just returned from a short excursion in Normandie, France, and have been shooting with my Nikon FE.

While I was away my Leica M4-2 has now returned from it’s service at cameraworks-uk I must thank Alan Starkie at Camera Works for all his hard work. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on the way you look at this, Alan and his Son are absolutely inundated with Leica rangefinders wanting service or repair from all around the world. So service waiting time is not quick but well worth the wait I assure you.

Now for the picture…

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Taken last year in Broadstairs, Kent, England after the remains of Storm Irma hit the UK.
I was trying out Fomapan Retro 320, a soft grain film which I now think might better for portraiture rather than landscapes or seascape images, although got to admit the soft tones do have an certain appeal in the image.

Taken with a Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter. Developed in Kodak D76 for 15 minutes at 20°C

Cafe Dog

Another colour shot, this time with the Leica. My wife and I where in the Barton Coastal Park cafe, Sheppey, England one Sunday morning. While Helen was getting the tea’s, this little dog popped her head up from behind a table. She had such a surprised look, I just had get the shot!

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Getting the picture wasn’t easy though. The light from the windows behind was really strong and while there is some light from the windows and a open door opposite, the room is quite dark. I had to get a reading using my Weston Master V handheld meter. Luckily, the floor is concrete and a suitable grey colour, and with some quick thinking (dangerous I know) I manage to get the picture.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 and taken on AGFA Vista 200 film.

Sun Cloud

A morning view after work walking the dog, looking out towards the Isle of Sheppey sailing club and the old Cheyney Rock Pier, Sheerness, England.

I took the shot having metered for sea in hope of capturing the sun’s rays coming from behind the cloud bank in the sky and I used no filters either! Lucky shot, maybe. The picture didn’t need much editing, just straightening of the horizon and removing a few dust and hair marks here and there.

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Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI and taken on Fujifilm Superia 400 film.