The four

These four Starlings where sitting calling at the top of the telegraph pole. There was no other sound this morning, no people, cars or buses, only the sea was the only other sound to be heard. Strange times, good for landscapes as there no vapor trails across the sky unyet we cannot go far, good for the environment with pollution levels dropping… maybe this will become the norm one day, to help our planet recover.

The four

Leica M3, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5 plus film expired 2006 and push one stop.

Outside

I shot this during my allotted exercise with my dog Charlie. At this time of the morning there’s a few people out along this stretch of seafront but there is no one around, no cyclists, runners or other dog walkers. A very strange feeling being alone, me my dog and my Leica camera. As we are only venture out and not go very far from home, it has made it an quite an interesting exercise trying to find subjects to photograph.

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Leica M3, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5 plus film expired 2006 and push one stop.

Puppy love

Shot before the current curfew, on a dull overcast day, this lady was taking her Pomeranian puppy for his first outing at Minster Leas, Isle of Sheppey, England. Wasn’t happy with first image I uploaded yesterday, so with a little dodging and burning in Gimp the result I’m pleased with. To tell the truth I don’t like messing around with my pictures too much, some might say I’m lazy but if it’s not right, I scrap the image.

Puppy love

Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 Duel range on Ilford HP5 plus expired 2006 from my father’s old stock in his fridge and push one stop.

Pathway

Mote Park, Maidstone, England. A very dull, wet winters morning.  The sunlight was silhouetting people, children and their dogs against the wet pathway. This shot I am amazed with as normally with a Summicron lenses you will get lens flare looking into the sun but this shot some how I avoided it.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot Ilford HP5 plus film at an ISO 800.

A Quite Spot

A quite spot for carp fishing on the lake fed by the River Len at Mote Park, Maidstone, England. I have been trying out some Ilford HP5 which I had rated at 800 ISO and although I’ve use this film in the past, I had never pushed this film in bright light before and so far I am very happy with the results and somewhat cheaper than Tri-X.

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Taken using my Leica M4-2, with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH.

I see you!

Taken nearly five years ago now, (where does the time go?) this image taken at our previous house where our old neighbours little girl liked to look through the gaps in the fence.

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Taken using sunny 16 rule I think the image was a stop or two underexposed. Shot on a old Soviet Fed 2 rangefinder Circ 1959 with 52mm Industar lens on Ilford FP5 film.

Happy New Year to you all.

Marsh Ponies

I really like this picture, must get it printed sometime. I took this shot back in February 2015. Taken at late afternoon at marshland by the River Medway at Raspberry Hill, Iwade, England.

A bitterly cold day, I wanted to capture their winter breath in the sunlight. As soon as I stopped the waters edge to get a shot, they wondered off, typical! Curiosity got the better of some of the ponies and these four came back to the waters edge, so got the reflection as well.

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I decided to crop the image in a sort of letterbox format because the foreground was little distracting from the image and the sky was completely burnt out by the sun despite using a Cokin red filter. In hindsight, I had a grey graduate filter in my camera bag at the time, maybe I should of used it.

Nikon F80, with a Nikkor 28-100mm F3.5-5.6 AF-G lens on Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film.