Tuesday, December 01, 2015


Somewhere, hiding in the dark recesses of a bag in a cupboard at the top of our stairs is my trusty Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim plastic fantastic camera. I paid all of £1 for it some years back and it's brill. Mostly.
No controls bar the shutter button and wind on. How good is that? If the light suits the film you have in it, you are sorted. It wasn't in this case so I adjusted the colour a bit. I'm allowed. I'm old and everything. I must try and remember to remind myself to find the thing again.

I used to good effect before.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fluffy cat

That caught your attention. I had to do it. Blog visits are down a bit so a quick jab in the rear with fluffy cat image and all will be saved. Probably.

Only it's not just a fluffy cat, it's Her Highness Henrietta Cartier-Bresson out on the early morning covering of hail-like snow. She just loves it! Had a couple of days of this last weekend. And a wee breeze too. We strolled a bit and then stayed in the warm of the wee housey.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

I was feeling good

....then people starting asking what was wrong with me. I didn't actually know there was anything wrong with me but now you ask, I do have a pain just there and everything.....

Yes, the weather is miserable here too - hail and cold. Suppose they pretty always go together. We, Eve and I did have it mind to go out last night but what with the weather and now me feeling , well feeling like there is something wrong with me - perhaps, we didn't go. Stayed at home and tickled the cat. Listened to a Bach Cantata [I did anyway. My pal Geoffrey was listening and he doesn't like Vettriano either so I thought I'd better listen too - only with tea not a dram.]

Messed around with the gumoils again. Oiled one up and seems a little better than the last but the paper is too coarse. Tried another paper but that didn't work either. Keep trying, keep trying. I'll show you a good one - assuming I make a good one that is!

Can't believe it's just over 4 years since we were in Sienna. We there for a cycle event - the Eroica and 40C of heat. I took this snap I seem to recall. I still like it.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

I was there

Don't throw away your older darkroom papers. They may be fogged but they may well lith well. See, AGFA RC paper. Old as the hills. Nearly anyway.

Or you can use watercolour paper - print as cyanotype, Vandyke [when the emulsion works] or, as this next one - as Gumoil. Yes, not gumBichromate but Gumoil. This was my first attempt. Can you tell?

Perfect eh?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Shh, I'm meditating on what to do the rest of my life....

I did manage a little trip out with The Crofter in his new four wheel drive toy to feed his coows. Out on the hill and everything With an old Minolta af and Foma400 @200 in the dying evening light..

The rest of the time I'm trying to meditate on what to do with the rest of my life. It's not easy you know.

Have a look at this fine blog while I sort the the world out!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015