I got a job lot of old film cameras at the end of last year one of which is a Canon Sureshot Z135. I put a roll of Kodak Portra 400 in it and carried about with me when I was out and about. It’s a sturdy little camera with the usual Canon programs to choose from but no manual controls. It has a 38-135mm fixed zoom lens, and an annoying pop up flash that pops up whether you want it or not.
I wasn’t too impressed with the quality of the shots, quite grainy considering portra is a quality film and the photos were taken in good light. Not terribly impressed wiith the focus either. I have chosen 12 images only from the 36 I shot, so I don’t think I’ll be using this camera overmuch.
The first part of our trip to Bishop Auckland and the historycan be found HERE.
As well as the fuji I had my Canon EOS 1000FN loaded with some kodak portra so shot a few frames around the castle and town.
Below the windows of the castle just before the entrance there are coats of arms carved in stone, one is for Bishop Ruthall and the other for Bishop Tunstall, both of whom were Prince Bishops during Henry VIII reign. Not sure which is which. If you embiggen the first one with a click you can see carved skulls above the main design.
You may remember that Bishop Lightfoot had the oak panelling installed in ST Peter’s Chapel, this is one of the stained glass windows he also had installed with lots of bishops portrayed, that’s him in the centre with a red scarfy type thing on. Am sure there’s a correct Bishopy term for that but google wasn’t helpful this time).
Just inside ST Peter’s Chapel there is a marbel homage to Bishop Trevor.
Auckland Tower, part of the Auckland project, has all the information you need to explore the Castle, grounds and local area. It also has some great viewing platforms!
Well that’s about it for the film shots, but we’ll be back next time on the universe blogfor other bits and bobs, so stay tooned!
I’ve had a couple of scares with the Rollei SL35, twice the film jammed after 20 frames, and on the last outing I got strange effects on some of the shots. As I’m doing a year of film I needed a back up SLR so managed to purchase a Canon EOS 1000F N for £19.99 on EbayIt came with a 35-80mm zoom on it, which isn’t the best lens in the world but does for now. Apparently even newish canon lenses will fit on it so I might treat it to one at some point. I haven’t had a canon before, well I did have a compact canon once but lost it. I took it out with me incase the Rollei jammed again (it didn’t) and quite like it. It’s clunky but easy to use. I had a roll of Kodak Portra 400 in it when I took it to South Shields, and here are some of the photos.
The pictures came out grainier than I expected considering it was a sunny day.
There are a lot of these frondy things by the beach, I got a bit carried away with them 🙂
OK enough with the frondy things.
Yep, the lens isn’t great, I can see a 50mm in my future 🙂
I now have 2 rolls of kodak portra 400 developed. One was in my Minolta Riva Mini, and the other in my Olympus XA. The roll in the XA had been in it for over a year whilst I was busy with my 2019 385, though now and again I took it with me on outings with Sophie, so we’ll start with the shots I took with it before I decided to do a film year.
Firstly Newcastle, Christmas 2018!
Pret A Manger with Grainger Street right, and Grey Street left.
I am not sure how it happens but some of the shots from the XA have come out with a red round haze in the middle of them, so I converted this one to B&W to get rid of it.
I also took it with me to Dunstan Staiths, which was a Fraggle Report on the Universe blog HERE if you want to know its history.
A couple of miscellaneous shots to finish..
I still haven’t been out with Sophie this year as the weather has been crap most weekends, and she’s been visiting her chap in Spain on the weekends it was dry! Hopefully we can get started soon and I’ll get the Rollei on the go for some better quality shots.
The Minolta Riva Mini has fast become my go-to film camera, especially when I’m out with the Fuji as my main tool of the day. The little Riva fits in my pocket, has no settings to apply, just point and shoot and hope for the best. Loading and winding the film is automatic, so on the whole a lazy-girl camera! Here are a few I took on a visit to Newcastle on a sunny day back in September.
and a few of the Millenium bridge and rooftops as we walked back across the bridge
The place we stayed in Italy was in Tuscany, Villa Medici di Artimino. Artemino village was built during the ancient Etruscan period and today its medieval structure has remained almost intact with its outer walls and the country’s old clock tower.
Will write more about the Villa when I do the digital shots on the universe blog, but here are some of the film shots I took.
I shot a roll of Kodak Portra whilst I was in Italy last month, and as it will no doubt be forever until I get round to a blog post over on The Universe I thought I’d show a few I took around where we stayed.
It was our first full day in Italy, and the morning was very rainy- we stood under a tree for ages!
By the time we got to the Commonwealth Cemetery at Catana, it had started to clear up.
I also took a couple of shots around the Villa Caruso Bellosguardo in Lastra La Signa when we visited. No more rain, glorious sunshine but a bit mad hot for me at 30 degrees!
Back in May Phil and I spent a week in Normandy, staying at an old watermill, becoming friends with Nicola the owner, and visiting WW2 sites and the like. I haven’t got round to posting the digital ones on the Universe blog yet, but I’ve just got 2 rolls of film developed and there are a few I took on the Minolta Mini Riva, using kodak portra 400 film.
We went on a visit to Mont Saint Michel.
We also visited Arromanches
and a new D- Day museum nearby Omaha Beach
After France we stayed in Folkestone for the weekend for a model show and I took a couple there too.
As well as my fuji, I took the Rolleiflex SL35 out with me to Cragside to finish off a roll of Kodak Portra I had in it. Unfortunately the roll jammed at frame 20, but I managed to save the film and got 7 shots out of it.
The pictures are similar to the digital ones over on the Fraggle blogwhich is fun to compare. Not sure which I like best, the digital or the film versions! What do you think?
Back in October Phil and I went off to Europe for a week, driving through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and back to Holland where we ended up at a big scale model show. I took the Fuji of course, but also the new old camera I got for my birthday, the rather gorgeous Rolleiflex SL35, and a couple of rolls of Kodak Portra 400 film. These are some of the shots.
Mook War Cemetery is the final resting place of 322 soldiers killed in WW2 situated in the Dutch municipality of Mook en Middelaar.
The Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ in Oosterbeek, Holland, is dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem in which the Allied Forces attempted to form a bridgehead on the northern banks of the Rhine river in September 1944. Hartenstein served as the headquarters of the British 1st Airborne Division.
We visited there last year which you can read about HERE so didn’t go in this time, but we saw the deer in the field opposite.
It was a lovely Autumn day, so we went for a wander in the park nearby.
We went to lunch at a nearby cafe, and I saw the vespa parked outside, couldn’t resist.
We had a long drive to Munster from Holland, and broke it in two with a stop at the Varusschlacht Museum and Kalkriese park in Osnabrück which is currently excavating the site of the Teutoberg Forest where 3 Roman legions were wiped out, with many captured soldiers being offered as human sacrifices to tribal Druidic gods.
After a couple of hours at the museum we were back on the road and arrived in Munster in the evening. We spent the next day in the Panzermuseum in Munster, and I employed the Fuji for that day, but in the evening had a walk by the river with the Rollei.
Then back to Holland and the model show. The Hotel and conference centre where we stay is set in woodlands, so it’s nice for me to leave the heaving bodies of bearded chaps drooling over tanks etc, and have a walk in the woods.
And that is that. All pictures are embiggenable with a click.
In July our niece got married down on the Isle of Wight. Of course I took pictures at the wedding, but on the Fuji, but on the Sunday Phil and I went off to the seaside at Shanklin for a couple of hours and I took along the Minolta Riva Mini with a roll of Kodak Portra 400 in it.
It was a lovely day and Shanklin was the epitome of British seaside resort, and very nicely kept too. I think it suited being shot on film.
A Harley Davidson chapter rode into town while we were there