Notes From The Top Left Corner

Discussion in 'Competitions, Themes & Blogs' started by Chris Bennett, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Ah yes, I may have posted a pinhole image of the duck before now. I must have taken hundreds of shots of that window by now, as it's a handy source of natural light in our living room but I think I can safely say that this is the one that has most pleased my eyes.
    I really like this camera and I am looking forward to another one being delivered tomorrow! It might be even better!!
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  2. Rhonda Smith

    Rhonda Smith Active Member

    It certainly seems to me the adventure ended well. What beautiful images it produced. !!
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  3. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    What a strange story. Sounds like an interesting camera and it is working well.
  4. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Well, Himatic, the Second arrived safely and is in almost as perfect condition as the first. It also appears to work perfectly too. I was fortunate enough to have a work colleague who wanted to buy it from me, so despite all the trauma, it turned out well for two of us.
    Here are a few colour images from both cameras.

    Midland Chairs.JPG
    Midland Chairs

    Graveyard low sun.JPG

    Graveyard low sun 2.JPG

    Jubilee Bridge.JPG
  5. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    They are looking good.

    I do like the picture of the chairs, really bright and cheerful.
  6. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Thanks Dave. A minor obsession - I have probably taken a photo of those chairs with every camera I own!
  7. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    And why not?! :)

    Lovely natural colours on the graveyard images. And I like the shaft of light / shadow shot. Nice timing and framing on the bridge too. The yellows and blues contrast nicely as well.
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  8. Chris Bennett

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    Thanks Pete.
    It seems my research paid off, as the Hi-Matic(s) is proving to be a bit of a winner.
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  9. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Almost exactly a year after Rob's thread about Ilford Ortho Plus ( )in which I said I was going to try a roll or two for myself, I still haven't tried a roll for myself.
    However, I do own a roll! In my defence though, I tried a roll of Rollei Ortho 25 over the weekend and liked it very much. Here are a few shot from it. (Bronica ETRS with 40mm and 250mm lenses and developed in Rodinal).

    Hornby Coppice.JPG

    Hornby Bridge.JPG

    Gnarly as Hell.JPG

    Rossal Coast Watch.JPG
  10. Dave Farnes

    Dave Farnes Well-Known Member

    I like that old gnarled tree. What a wierd building! Is it a coastguard station?
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  11. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Hi Dave, yes it's a crazy building, isn't it? Rossall Point Watch Tower. Rossall is between Blackpool and Fleetwood.
  12. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Good to see the Bronica back in action, Chris. Nice set.

    That is certainly a most striking building and I like the way the sign leans in to meet it! I especially like the compression in the first shot.

    And I like your defence: I feel better now about having a fridge full of all sorts of films that I haven't used! :)
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  13. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    The Bronica is lovely and I have acquired myself a nice little armoury of bits and pieces to use with it, so I feel able to cope with almost any situation now. I have the 40mm, 75mm, 150mm and the 250mm, as well as a 2x teleconverter in case I get desperate (or tired of walking!) I also got a metering prism finder which is great. All I need now is a Tamrac-wallah to carry my bag for me.

    Re. your comment on the compression of the first shot, I am fast beginning to love the effect more and more nowadays. I know it's frowned on by some as a practice in street photography, but sometimes it has a powerful effect, so I'm finding myself exploring that quite a bit of late. I used it the other day at a protest and I love some of the results I got. I'll post some in a little while.
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  14. Chris Bennett

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    Here are a few of the images I mentioned above. Taken at a protest against the Police and Crime Bill. Very bright, warm spring evening. I love the effect of the compression combined with that low sun and especially with backlit subjects.

    Kill Bill 1.JPG

    Kill Bill 2.JPG

    Kill Bill 3.JPG
  15. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Gorgeous light, Chris and the compression works well with these too. I especially like that orange flag and the way it reflects the livery on the bus.
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  16. Chris Bennett

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    Here's another one with bus company colours!

    kill bill 4.JPG

    ...a bit of a fringe protest going on there!
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  17. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    "Face Covering Required" fits well with the placard doesn't it?
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  18. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    Well, this is interesting.
    I bought a secondhand LensBaby Muse. It looks like a cross between an industrial vacuum cleaner and a sex toy.
    No real attempts at anything serious yet, but this is quite nice...and interesting - a quick shot in the garden while waiting for the breakfast coffee to brew this morning.

    Impressionist Chives.JPG

    Impressionist Chives
  19. Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett Well-Known Member

    I had a bit more time with this strange thing today. I took this one before I broke it!

    Dalton Sq.JPG
  20. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Oops, just when you were getting the hang of it too. I quite like Lensbabies, but I think the original is still the best even though all the optic swap system etc is quite clever. Matching tights and mask: there's an album title in there I'm sure.

    My favourite those is the shot of the Chives. I like the way Lensbabies can create this movement.

    This prompted me to look up some older stuff on these. I'd forgotten about most of these, especially the last link!

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