Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another Bikist in Stormoway

Here he is

Just for those who missed him the great Mr Windy with his newest steed just back from an early morning tootle.

I think Mr Windy was as concerned as me that he hadn't featured on here recently.

Oh no!

Oh the indignity - but better than having a maggoty bum !

Oh yes, Mr Crofter and Dad Crofter de-poo the back end of this youngster before she goes back on the grassy bit.

Sunday, August 20, 2017


The other evening Eve & I took ourselves of to An Lanntair for what turned out to be a wonderful evening of music - a sort of Gaelic / Indian thing charting a journey from the island to India by Colin Mackenzie around 1780s. It was by all accounts a most delightful, not to be missed occasion. The musicians were world class - some all the way from west,,,,,, west Manchester/Birmingham and the island here. The background imagery was lovely - a lot of it shot around the village here.

To be honest, I didn't expect such a fantastic evening but it was the best music evening I've been to in years.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Jupiter 8m lens'

I have two of these lenses, one on a working Kiev4a and another on a non-working camera of the same likeness. One of the lenses has click stops while the other has not. I'm suspecting that one lens is a lot older than the other. Since these things have a reputation for being a bit hit or miss, I've been trying to work out which is the better. Now I've tried both, I'm none the wiser though this last film using the click-stop lens is quite nice really. After all, the duds are probably of my doing anyway.

See, the lens sees Stuart the Weaver from o'er the road nicely. Sunshine and everything.

Oh, and that lovely Mr Windy looks lovely with the sun coming in from behind.

And dearest Eve who always looks and is lovely.

And the bottom end of the village looks lovely on a sunny day - which wasn't a couple of days ago I can tell you.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I don't know why..

I don't really understand why but I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy putting new film into a camera. Perhaps it's the expectation, the possibilities the hopefulness that this will be the film that realises all of my so far hidden photo-talent. As a result there are several perhaps more than several cameras around the place loaded with film ready to go. I think there are even Med format and Large format cameras loaded. It's a sickness, I know.

You never know when the right place will be for the right camera and film. I should and usually do use one or maybe two different cameras. A day. one loaded with 200asa B&W film and another with Polypan-f you understand.

Anyway, for you delectation [if there is anyone reading this after yesterdays post] is a snap I took in a recent An Lanntair exhibition I think using the unwell Kiev60 monstrosity on some film or other :-)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Sunday Shopper

I hate shopping. I hate shopping on all days if I'm honest.
On Sundays here you cannot shop - much - as it happens. The day is quiet and nice - apart from the hoardes of church goers driving at 5mph and parking all over the place. There are some retail places open but they get "threatened" by certain parts of the community from time to time so there aren't too many of them stay open and as a result not too many shoppers.

I like it quiet like that but please, if you wish do go and shop at the places that are open - it's is your right. There's a garage shop that is famously open and now a Tweed shop.   Do not be cowed by the vocal minority.