The Boathouse Cafe

It was a very still, cold morning when I viewed this scene over Barton’s Point Coastal Park near where we live.

Still dark when I started my walk with my dog, I picked up the camera with the thought of you never know. Not many people around at all but by the time I’d walked round to the location of the cafe, the sun was just starting to light the area enough and seeing the reflection over the lake, so I decided it might be worth a shot. One problem, the water was like glass, no movement and was looking perfect, too perfect in fact, that I wanted some moment on the water, just a ripple or two. It was then I noticed on the far right of the Cafe was a group of Ducks resting on the bank. Shame I thought, the ducks not in the water, if only they’d swim into the lake. Sitting beside waiting patiently was my dog Charlie, then a yap from him to throw his tennis ball. Quick thinking and not wanting being cruel to the birds, using his dog ball thrower and aimed the tennis ball in the direction of the resting ducks. I was no where near …my aim is rubbish, but it did have the desired effect as Charlie ran over to retrieve his ball the ducks jumped into the water and started swimming towards the centre of the lake …yay!

Charlie.

I shot the image at 1600 ISO and I have to admit I like the grain effect from the digital image (Sorry peeps, the word ‘noise’ doesn’t sound right to me, so grain it is!) along with the digital yellow filter gave a very pleasing result.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) with the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, at Barton’s Point Coastal Park, Isle of Sheppey, England. October 2021

Picnic in the Rain

Sheerness, England – January 2021

Last years Cygnets now matured having a paddle in rain at Bartons Point Coastal Park, which now is always empty except for the occasional dog walker and a fool walking around with his Leica.

Sadly, the Boat House Café is now another victim of the continued lockdown and I’d be surprised if it ever opens again. Shows how much it had rained, these birds swimming around what normally grass.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Fomapan 100 Classic film at an ISO of 800

Memories

Loose Valley, Cave Hill Mill Pond, Maidstone. Father and his young children trying to feed the ducks last autumn. I was taken by the reflection and the light though the trees, made for a wonderful moment composed, the only fly in the ointment is the little girls hat which try as I might on a computer at lease I just could not get the detail to burn in. Might a different story in a darkroom!

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2, with a yellow B&W filter and shot on Kodak Tri-X film rated at 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.