Monday, March 10, 2014
Look what greeted us this morning. Sunshine. Cool but sunny. HHHCB is having a fine old time running all over the place and terrorising the local cat population. Eve was up early and took her bicycle into work with a nice 13 mile ride along the coast. I was up early too and into The Smoke for an appointment.
I had a point and shoot camera with me but the day was so very nice I could not resist a stroll looking and snapping this way and that. Lovely. Even though I say it myself. And no, these were not developed in anything modified from Toots' recipe book or with Caffenol.
Honest; we did go. It was awfully chilly and my ears nearly fell off - or felt like it anyway. Mr & Mrs Toots came along - dragged themselves away from a nice warm fire to be blasted by a cold wind on the beach at Garry in Tolsta here. Eve was there too - obviously. The snap above was not then but yesterday when Eve & I called in to see the Toots' in their cosy abode. Here one can see Mr Toots trying to decide what photo chemicals to buy. I snapped him up with the Bessa and Industar61. As one does.
On the other hand, I captured this moment with my homemade and malfunctioning pinhole camera which seems to let in light in all the wrong places. There you are; The Toots' and Eve playing king of the castle on a rock surrounded by sea. A bit.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
There we are. A lovely bit of crinkled, crinkled stuff. I think perhaps at one time it stopped something from getting in or out of wherever this is. Or, tried to stop something anyway.
Usually round here anyway, the crinkled stuff is iron. Rusty iron actually. It's all over the place but, I think perhaps this is made of something else. I didn't breathe in at the time.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
If you are not an ardent follower of the Island Crofter blog, then you might not know who this is. Go on, click on the link and have a look see, but do come back here after. Interesting isn't it? eh! He just lives down the road and has been away oop north to the Arctic Circle with a special lady friend last week. He's back now. That's how I shot him up with a random Minolta AF camera, some AgfaASP400s film sloshed in Firstcall B&W film developer. For this 400s film Firstcall B&W developer is my choice [at the moment]- at least I can get the stuff to work - unlike that concoction Mr Toots made up for me [not that I'm not grateful etc] and it is a great price too. With Rodinal for other films I'm sated.
Hope you understand all this stuff. I wish I did.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Thursday, March 06, 2014
It's a developer dear. I thought it would suit me. Iron out my sloppiness and all that. Only it's made things a lot worse. Terrible results . Developed a film today at the right temp. Right agitation and all that stuff yet I only managed to salvage two frames from the film. This is one of them.
Mr Coelyne was right - as he usually is; stick to what you know. Rodinal
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
There he is - drinking our tea, eating our biscuits and breathing our share of air whilst rearranging his moostetasche. Mr Windy came back on his almost modern velocipede with Eve from Stornoway. Twas lovely to have a visit. He had two biscuits. That's the sort of man he is!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The islands have already been in the media with Rockets when the Rocket Post film took the world or at least Swindon by a storm. It's about a rocket and the post it didn't carry. Most notable moment in the film is the appearance of The Artist formerly known as Jon Macleod as a submarine commander looking dapper in his long leather coat. It's worth watching the film just for that moment. [and while you about it, look for An Lanntair supremo Roddy Murray in the wonderful film Local Hero playing in the ceilidh band - a rather smaller part than his former band-mate Peter Capaldi who played one of the leading parts.].
I was out strolling in the sunshine when I came upon Tolsta's own rocket testing area. I pointed the Kiev 60 at it and shot before I changed my mind. I'm glad I didn't.
No doubt some poor unsuspecting sheeps will be the first being in space from this village.