In clearing her dad's house Shirley has unearthed a further camera, this time something of a classic, a Kodak Brownie 127.
I was quick to dash out on Tuesday to take advantage of some low lying mist, I didn't manage to get the sort of shot that I wanted, but while driving through Frocester I was struck by the sun streaming through the trees. Taking my life in my hands I positioned myself in the middle of the road so that I'd get the sweep of the road leading into the picture and get a good angle on the streaming sun. Minimum post shoot manipulation apart from converting to B&W and lightning up the wall on the extreme right.
As promised here are the cameras that Shirley's dad had. It starts with a rather cold war style sniper Zenit B which Doug made himself - dads were more practical 30-40 years ago.
My partner Shirley has been sorting through her father's house - he had a stroke and he's now wheelchair bound in a home, She brought home some old cameras yesterday - all 35mm film, except an Agfa Solinetta, a 120 film folding camera, slightly musty but in working order. I'll enjoy playing with that. Other's include a Zenit B, a Praktika and a Yashica J. We'll make him an offer - it all goes towards his care home expenses. I'll sort out some photos of the cameras later.
Whilst killing time in Gloucester today I checked a few charity shops for old cameras. Not a very interesting selection, three point and click 35mm film cameras, the only one of any vague interest was a Ricoh FF10 for £1,95, even then this plastic veteran wasn't worth buying. Surely sooner or later I'll find a gem.
I did manage to get a play with the new Canon 70D even though Jessops were too attentive. Pretty nice camera, but at £200 more than the Canon 7D I wonder whether it's such a bargain. I think I'd plump for quality over the added functionality of the 70D.
The prospect of a misty early morning giving way to bright sunshine took me up to Coaley Point, 5,5 kilometres south-west of Stroud arriving about 08:00. Despite waiting for just over a hour the sun didn't make the promised breakthrough, in fact as I type this at 13:40 the sun eventually deigns to show its face. I wandered up to the viewing point and on the way back I was attracted to the line of trees disappearing off into the mist, a couple of dog walkers added interest. Despite a slight disappointment, I did manage to grab some quarter or half decent shots. Not convinced about the dog walker picture, it needs a shot in the arm.
Ahhh! The kitchen timer! The bread must be baked!