Friday, February 29, 2008

Western Isles Bloggers

Rocky, sunbathing
It seems that this blog - such as it is, has been given a mensh on another blog all about Western Isles Bloggers. Very nice and thank you Silversprite . Actually, its an interesting piece even though it lacks photos - which I like and it has put in touch with some other blogs on the isles and that must be good. Of course, there is always the BBC island bloggers where there is an occasional very funny piece - although it seems like it takes months for new posts to be put up.
But, since this primarily a blog for photos, here's one I prepared earlier. [and I have got my Blue Peter badge since you ask].
Oh and out new multi-fuel stove arrived today thanks to Woody's boys. Looking forward to that burning in the Summer Parlour.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nother pin

Here's the next roll. Something has happened to this old old emulsion on this very old film but I rather like the effect. Welcome your thoughts.


Across the road.
Some time ago I put together this pinhole camera constructed from the skeleton of a franka rolfix. It worked. But not very well. So, I did a bit of research and made a new hole. Now I have something quite nice. Only thing was, some gaffer tape that is crucial to the design to keep out unwanted light, had been taken off and not replaced so light poured in to the film via the hole where the shutter thing was. No wonder I had no images. I only realised this on the last fame of some Perutz film I was running through the thing - and here is that image.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

me again

I rarely taken self-potraits. Indeed, I rarely let anyone take my picture but I did do the former recently - in the Kitchen at home wit natural light the KOWA6MM and some old Agfa colour film.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I like a bit a blur

Gorrilla rock

Windy Day on the machair
The local camera club are hung up on sharpness. Their PS button for unsharpmask must be worn out. With the Ilford Sporti you get variable sharpness - sometimes it is sharpish, other times not. Who cares? The results are just dandy. Here's some shot recently on Perutz100 film.

Monday, February 18, 2008


These colours are bright - when the sun shines!

'Road to nowhere' at the end of our village.

Surfer dudes just above our little beach waiting for tide! See the mainland mountians in the distance.

OK, I don't do much colour. It doesn't usually excite me and it is expensive compared to developing ones own B&W. But, I acquired some Agfa Ultra 50 and thought I'd run it through the Spotmatic which has a meter. Then it snowed!

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Been to Glasgow for a few days and stayed with MiLady McGlynn - whose info can be found on a link on this blog. Anyway, had a lovely time staying with Aileen and got to look around Glasgee a bit with Edwin a flickrer whom I met. Really nice time was had by all and many thanks to Edwin and Ailleen for making my stay so pleasurable. Having said that I was so pleased to be back on the island this morning to be greeted by a very hard frost, clear skies and my dear Eve. And I managed to have a little bike ride around the village to day as well - the first for months :-)
HEre's a snap of MiLady Mcglynn MBE on t'bus - or was it t'train??.
Kiev II IlfordPan400/ID-11

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sea Boot

When the sun shines - as it has for the last two days, the Outer Hebrides is an unbeatable place to be. The beaches here are superb and hardly anyone on them - even on a great day. I toodle down at least once perhaps twice a day to walk the dogs, peruse the shapes in the sand and appreciate the light. I found this boot yesterday - no doubt having fallen off a trawler in the recent storms.
FED with stuck shutter speed ERA100/R09

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Morning light

You don't usually get to see bedroom scenes - but here's a scene that greeted me the other morning when I looked out the bedroom window. I grabbed the Hassie with some FOMA400 and here we are.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Its been cold

As you can see on the car windscreen. Still, the sheep must be fed and John the local councilor came along soon to do the business with his animals. Always a smile too :-) I presume that is a smile :-)
KievIIa IlfordPan400 / ID-11

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

A Grand Day

The weather here at the momment is just wonderful. Woke up to warm sun and a hard frost. The beach was frozen solid and the light stunning. I tok the Kiev IIa along loaded with IlfordPAn400 - which I have not used before but not finished the film yet. In the meantime, here's a snap from last year on the smae local beach.

Monday, February 04, 2008


The Ilford Sporti is a fine if simple camera from the 1950s and sometimes it can produce fine images. In conjunction with sme very old film which I have been told is Perutz B&W film, the potential for failure is huge - especially in my hands. However, this roll, developed in ID-11 turned out just dandy - must have been the snow. This scan is dark but I think it adds to the mood.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Keen for surfin

I could hardly believe my eyes when I took off down the steep track that leads to our local beach. There is the make-shift car-park were two Irish surfer dudes awaiting the sea later in the day. It seems they had retreated here because of a big storm and this afforded some shelter for their van. They told me they had been surfin on the day of the storm and would again later that day. That's keeness for you!
Luckily they had a 4 wheel drive van to get out of the car-park otherwise they would still be there now.
Era100/R09 Kiev IIa

Saturday, February 02, 2008

More Snow

Lots of it in fact. Nice for us - especially when the sun shines too but for the crofters its hard.
The turkey is just happy to be alive!
Kiev IIa/Jupiter 35mm APX400s/R09

Friday, February 01, 2008

Snow eh?

Yep, we had snow today and a big storm last night when unfortunately a trawler was lost - but the fishermen were picked up by the new Stornoway helichopter. I snook out with a box camera for Box Camera at work day on Flickr - my day job is walkng the dogs! I like box cameras as the choice is mainly where to point the thing although my Houghton Butcher does have 'B' and 'I' shutter settings pus three, yes three apertures - big, small and medium. Used FOMA400 in ID-11.
We have had more snow this afternoon and its going to freeze tonight. Just hope the roads are OK as I have to work this evening.
Music to listen while reading this