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Photos taken on my HTC Desire and Olympus E-1 mostly taken while walking my 10 year old rescued greyhound, Tim.

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Kind of lost my photo mojo over the last month. My mother passed away on 13 March and although it was expected and she had lived to the grand old age of 91, I still haven't had the urge to pick up a camera until the last couple of days.

Yesterday, though, I finally achieved a long standing ambition to develop my own film. The photos are from my Rolleicord TLR, I developed them myself and scanned the negatives and these photos are some of the shots from that film.

With the Rolleicord you have to remember to wind on the film after you've taken a shot, otherwise you get double exposures. Sometimes I quite like the result of accidental double exposures, though, like in the last shot of Tim.

Anyway, it feels good to have finally developed my own photos and I hope to do a lot more in the future. There is something about the subtle textures and tones of film that you just don't get with digital.
19th Apr 2012, 21:42   | tags:,,,,


hildegard says:

Sorry to hear of your troubles.

Some lovely images of the lovely Tim here. Used to really enjoy processing my own film, looking foward to more monochrome goodness from you.

19th Apr 2012, 22:25

Viv says:

they are lovely well done

5 years now since my Mum died and although in some ways it was a relief it was very sad and I still miss her - it is never easy - glad your mojo is returning :)

20th Apr 2012, 00:34

swamprose says:

These are lovely. I have a greyhound cross now in my life. A lot of happy walking involved.

20th Apr 2012, 03:46

cariadus says:

hildegard, thanks, hopefully there will be a lot more to follow.

Viv, thanks. In a way we'd lost her a long time ago through Alzheimer's but yes, I will still miss her. And thanks for the HL.

swamprose, thanks. It's only short walks for Tim these days as he's 12 and suffers from arthritis in his back. Not that he was ever that keen on long walks, even in his prime. Lurchers are usually more energetic than greyhounds, depending on what they're crossed with. Hope you're enjoying it, though. Dogs do add so much to our lives, don't they?

20th Apr 2012, 06:21

Wendle says:

Sorry about your mum.

These photos are beautiful; Tim makes such a wonderful model :) And double exposures are awesome!

20th Apr 2012, 19:29

cariadus says:

Wendle, thanks. He is very photogenic. The only way I can photograph him these days is when he's lying down, though. His back legs are shaky due to the arthritis in his back so he can't stand still for long. Agree about the double exposures.

21st Apr 2012, 02:05

I am sorry to hear of your loss and will keep you in my thoughts.

These are a great set of photos. I used to process my own B&W; I agree about the textures and tones.

21st Apr 2012, 09:18

cariadus says:

SLG, thanks. Do you ever get the urge to go back to processing your own B&W;?

21st Apr 2012, 10:08

Yes I do. But dont have the set up anymore, sadly.

21st Apr 2012, 15:46

cariadus says:

I bought one of these:
Includes a changing bag so no need for a darkroom.
And one of these:
So I can scan the negatives, no need for wet printing. Kind of ironic that digital technology makes using film easier. So now Paul knows what to get you for your next birthday!

At some point in the future it would be great to have a dark room and do wet printing, but for the moment I'm happy with developing the film and scanning the negs.

We don't seem to be having a good time of it right now - yesterday Barbara's father collapsed and paramedics were unable to revive him. So we're all in a state of shock at the moment.

23rd Apr 2012, 09:49

MaggieD says:

Lovely pics of Tim. my thoughts with you and your family at this difficult time

23rd Apr 2012, 19:09

swamprose says:

me too. hope it gets better. give Tim a scratch for me.

23rd Apr 2012, 19:22

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