It's a funny feeling writing a blog. You have absolutely no idea who you're writing for, and who is going to look at the pictures posted and all. OK, you know a very few of them, but all the others are well hidden more or less spread around the world in no particular order.
Suits me quite fine, actually, but it's still a funny feeling.
I give you some old stonework to look at today. Built some time in the early 1900's not to far from where I live. This old thing used to be the main road to town for all those living on the other side of it all the way up to 2004 when a new bridge finally was finished. It's a nice bridge, the old one. There are actually two of them, as there's a smaller but very similar one just a few yards further from this one. Don't know what I snapped this on, but had to be either the rangefinder or one of them FM2 japanese things.
I am still in the process of going through Phil's blog, in addition to reading new posts from the other ones I'm following. I try to have a good look through things if I find something that interrests me, meaning I have to go through it all. Years of posting, but that doesn't matter. It just take some time, that's all. And sometimes I got some spare time, even when I'm at work. Not during the working hours, obviously, but as the evening comes one got to do something that will not make you go totally nuts out here at sea. Reading good blogs is a great activity. At least if they contains some great photos as well.
I like good photos snapped on film, and I like a few words written around the things. What I don't like too much is when a blog only tends to circle around tech stuff and the million things you seem to "need" to get the business done. I like it every now and then, but not in every single blog post. I'm more into short stories, and let something to be left to the reader to find out on his/her own. I have to say that I'm a lot more interrested in the final result, the photograph itself, than how to get there. At least that's the norm. Some times I want tech stuff, but then I will find it. It's quite easy, actually.
Then again, we are different all of us, and there usually is something to find for most of us, so instead of letting the anger build up, you may just as well turn around and find something different to read for a while. There's always something, it seems.
I just hope my own blog is a bit of both, but then again it could be only me and a few handful others that want it this way. Well... who cares anyway? I write what I write, and let people themselves decide if they want to read it or not. That's probably the best way to look at the matters.
More stone. Same bridge from the other side. Probably the same camera, as the two masterpieces was found on the same strip of film...
I got a few prints back home. I need to get them framed and put on a wall soon. They are lovely things made over the sea, but I'm not 100% sure of where to put them as for yet. I got plans for them though. Just need to get everything sorted out first. I got a few of my own which need to be framed and hung as well. I'll let you all know when it's done and dusted.
It's half the point, almost, to put them on display for all to see. There's nothing much that beats a good old darkroom print. Just saying, even though I've said the same thing lots of times before.
Well, heck... why not? I give you the ghost man of York, at least if you look extremely closely. He's wearing a cloac and a hat, were pointing in all kinds of directions and was very good telling old ghost stories from the area. I carried my Diana F+ camera, and my wife was this close to go totally mental because of the clicking of the film spooling device on the thing. I might I need to open it up and "repair" it, because in any other respect it's a great camera, as you definately see proof of here...
I keep notes. They are not very accurate at all, but they may still be used to vaguely determine what's on which film, and inside which camera the given film was exposed to a small dose of light. The reason I had to start doing it was the fact that I got a bunch of cameras, and such had no idea what to expect when a roll had been sitting for too long a time inside some box somewhere without having been treated in some developer.
When I first started taking notes I did not know what I needed in particular, so they tended to be too accurate. Nowadays it's more like every film get their unike number, and into which camera they go. I might also at times put a few notes down on where and when, but it's not accurate at all. I have found this to be a useful tool as it also helps me to keep track of what kind of film lurks inside any given camera. Sometimes if testing a lens or something I will take a short note of that as well, but that's quite rare. I tend to think I will remember what I did when I do something out of the norm... I never do, ofcourse...!
Reading my notes from last year it looks like I need to go home to dig out a few of the forgotten ones there at the back row of the pile. I obviously got a few rolls with five or six snaps done in there somewhere. At least according to the notes. That's too bad, don't you think?