Rite of Passage – Graduation from Arts University Bournemouth

On a personal note, I have to share with the world what a proud mum I am. #2 son graduated this weekend from Arts University Bournemouth with a degree in Animation Production. Well done him.

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The Weekly Photo Challenge – In Between

‘In between’ the beginning and the end of Twelfth Night that we watched ‘in between’ daylight and night, on mid-summer’s night, ‘in between’ the spring and the winter, there were a lot of ‘in between’ moments.

Here is my entry for the Daily Post weekly photo challenge:

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Monochrome Madness on the Medway

I’ve done quite a bit of photography on film this week, and providing the black and white one develops successfully, my entry next week should be analogue rather than digital.

The consequence of taking the old analogue Fujica out this week is that I don’t have such a wide range of digital shots to choose from for this weeks entry to Leanne and Laura’s Monochrome Madness challenge. These pictures of the river Medway at Yalding were taken last weekend on our travels.

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Monochrome Madness in my ‘hood.

What with one thing and another, I was really disappointed to have missed Leanne Cole’s weekly challenge last week. It has made me realise that I really should get a timetable going where I do the same thing, at the same time, on the same day… It won’t ever happen but at least I’m aware it should.

All these 6 photos were taken last weekend, around my home town. We were supposed to have a WWII Lancaster Bomber fly-over to commemorate the D-Day landings but apparently, it broke down – at that age, I can’t blame it for that. Luckily, the Spitfire made it to us. There are two of the funicular that climbs to the West Hill and two from the beach just before sunset



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Weekly Photo Challenge – Extra, Extra!

What a difficult challenge from The Daily Post this week.

Maybe it could be the unwanted extras that manage to infiltrate your shot between the times of registering the image and pressing the shutter release.


Or, maybe it could be the extra of getting two shots for the price of one.



Could it be the promise of extra body parts.


Or maybe, it’s the little extras which are unseen at the time but enhance your final image such as the legs on this chicken. How organised is he to have his frying pan ready for the first egg?


And, you’ll have to look in the shadows to see this potential house burglar.


No light meter, no cropping, no editing… ‘No nothing!’ #2

My last post showed some images taken on an old Fujica 705ST camera whereas in this post, I shall be uploading some images from a Zenit 11. The difference being there is no light meter reader on this camera. The first time I used it, I used my digital camera to set the aperture/shutter speed combination. This time, I relied on the Sunny 16 rule (I now keep a chart in my camera bag) and although slightly under-exposed compared to how I usually expose my digital images, it kinda’ worked.

I am so enjoying taking analogue photos that I am waiting for a delivery of black and white film – I can’t buy that in the cheap £1 shop – and I have booked myself into a workshop to learn how a darkroom works.

So, here are the 6 images: no light meter, no cropping, no editing… No nothing!

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No light meter, no cropping, no editing… ‘No nothing!’

Having read Doublewhirler’s post about his uncle’s camera, it reminded me that I had two roles of film to develop. At the moment, I’m practising with two old cameras, circa 1970s I think.

The first camera, a Fujica ST706, came to me through a house clearance. It was daunting to use it the first couple of times but I can buy film for £1 a roll in a well known discount store and the photo booth at the local supermarket will record it on to disc for about £3 and if I put more than one film on a disc and it becomes even cheaper than that, so it’s affordable to experiment. There is no auto focus but I quite enjoy twisting the lens and although this camera doesn’t have an ‘Auto’ mode, at least it does have a basic light meter to get the exposure almost right. Because I only post 6 images, I shall next do a second post on the Zenit 11 which doesn’t have a light metre.

I need more experience to be able to explain why I love the quality of these compared to images from the digital camera. Here are six of the 27 Images returned on a 24exp film, untouched in any way, Perhaps someone else has the terminology to explain the difference of quality.

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