I really need to have a chat with the universe because that the noise that should be made when a cloud hits a hill…
I don’t own enough Thermos flasks to be a train nerd. I just have an empty bank account indicative to a camera nerd but even I realise that this picture is missing a Steaming Scotsman (I think that’s the term) chuffing around this bend at full tilt. Unfortunately, I think I’m about 50 years too late. Best I can probably do is the 16:39 Warminster to Salisbury… Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Two Brownies for a quid… Don’t you just love car boot sales! Not sure where I’m going to get the film from but in the mean time I’m going to have a bit of fun using my new fangled gadget to get some photos of the old fellas! And they smell amazing, like old pubs from my childhood… Long story!
Today has been a wall, I manage to get a total of zero shots and I’ve been sat staring at my keyboard for the last 2 hours with no photo and no clue what to write. Now it’s got to 20 to midnight and I’m buggered if I’m going to have a blank space this close to the end so I’ve revisited one of my favourite shots and added a bit of retro in Analog Effex . I do keep meaning to go back to this place and take a little more time and make a little bit more of an effort to get everything right. But, in the meantime, Solsbury Hill in Bath… Again! ;o)
Peace Peeps! xxx
There layeth a lump of Coral, my extension tubes and FM transmitter for my off camera flash and at my finger tips there is the amazing Nik Collection Analog Efex Pro2… So a little break from the usual puffing and panting involved in my normal landscapes! ;o)
Peace Peeps! x
No, this is not what you think it is, there will be no mention of the Hilump thing here tonight… Apart from that bit.
This blog is dedicated to Clive Dunn, AKA Grandad, AKA Lance-Corporal Jones who died a couple of days ago. An absolute genius of the latter part of the last century who cause me many a nose bubble laugh! Thank you and goodbye Sir!
Just in case you want to read a (slightly) better obituary you can find one here…
Tonight’s shot is from Bristol on Sunday, an old BBC camera that I very much doubt was used in the filming of Dads Army or Grandad but you never know!
If you haven’t watched it before the link for Dads Army on the BBC website is here, I don’t know if it’ll work in countries other than the UK and youtube is charging to view episodes (I wonder how long that’s been a thing…) but I’m sure if you root a bit deeper into the internet you’ll find something and it’s well worth the search.
They Don’t Like It Up ‘Em Peeps!
And a little bit better looking too. Sorry Gramps! A 1924 Silver Ghost with a 1926 Phantom pulling in behind. The youngest being 2 years older than my Grandfather… Glorious pieces of engineering!
Saturday mornings back in the 1970’s always consisted of getting up early, switching on the TV and watching the echos of the Big Bang in the fuzz until programs started at about half 6, Tiswas and Swap Shop didn’t start until 9 so the BBC or HTV used to fill the first couple of hours with repeats of Zorro, Batman And Robin (When they used to wear proper pants over their tights) and, my favourite… Tarzan! Looking back on it the racial stereotypes and misogynistic attitudes were appalling but this was a time when any Scotsman in the comics I read were called Hamish (Tiger) and all German Soldiers were “Hun” or “Krauts” (Victor or Warlord, take your pick) and my sister read Mindy or Twinkle Thank god I discovered 2000ad and eventually Vertigo. Times have indeed, thanks to reason and sense, changed!
And the reason for this wander back across the decades? Tonight’s shot was a long exposure of a waterfall near home, it wasn’t that spectacular so I had a bit of a fiddle with it in Silver Efex and the result reminded me of those old episodes I used to watch as a boy.
Pass the loincloth! ;o)
I did try a moody atmosphere too and it was a hard one to call but sentimentality won out.
Peace Peeps! x
I remember the first camera I ever had a go on, it was a Kodak Instamatic X-15 owned by my parents and lent to their very young son then quickly taken off him as he wasted the four flashes and that’s your lot, cost a fortune, cube shaped cutting edge (for the time) flash that clicked into the top.
Tonight’s shot isn’t from that camera because now we don’t have to worry about film, or square flash bulbs or even spending money, just a moment outside a cemetery in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire and the Nik Collections Analog Efex Pro2 and I get a shot looking a lot like the old photographs we used to look through on special occasions…
And, if you have no idea what I’m on about, get a load of this!…
State of the art! ;o)
Peace Peeps! x
I’ve invented a new game, it’s called “Tap The Tom Tom®”* The rules are you scroll out on the screen and tap, where ever the pin lands is where you go and today I’ve been to the Isle Of Grain. Final resting place of Ivan Kratsmananov, the inventor of Tetris…
Ivan unfortunately passed away in 1987, 6 years before Nintendo shamefully exploited his invention and used it to sell 64 million off white, un-backlit, hand held consoles to an unknowing public who were looking forward to playing the Gameboy in bed with the sound down and the lights off… (that could well have just been me)
His final wish, uttered on his death bed has been translated as “Bury me (on) the (Isle Of) grain…” **
In 2003 Vladimir Putin decided to honour Ivan, every year, on the anniversary of his birth, Russian planes invade UK airspace and drop large replicas of the most unpopular shape from the most popular game ever upon his final resting place as a lasting memento.
The UK government have since spent 3 billion pounds erecting tank defences around the area, just in case.
*Other navigational tools are available (I’ve got a Garmin but Random Grab On The Garmin just don’t sound right)
** There is some controversy over Ivans’ last words, some have translated them as “Get me another Vodka…”
I actually did that with the Garmin and the Isle Of Grain is most definitely on my “revisit when I have more time” list. The shots are SOOC in JPEG with no post (I’m quite scared of how much I miss LR and shooting in RAW to be honest) And I miss the metadata too, I have no idea what the settings were!