Wednesday, 19 September 2018

I've been building a shed/darkroom.

A neighbour moved out and the new people didn't want the deck the first guy put down. I was driving past this morning and asked the builders for the timber and largely because the guy put it down with so many screws the timber was useless for it would take more man hours than the timber was worth and by some distance. So the builders were only too delighted to deliver it too me and let me sort it out.
So the last month or so has been devoted to getting the shed up.
It took so long since I was designing on the fly and wasn't certain how much actual timber I had. Meaning I had to go back and re-do a few times.
Anyway I have a shed 14 ft by 7 ft by 8 ft at the peak, internal.  But I've yet to form a door.
There is a debate going on whether I use the off-cuts or to simply get a slab of ply and have done with it. My natural make-do-ness is winning at the moment, mostly because beyond the tar felt for the roof and a few pounds of nails (and time) it's been free on the whole.

My previous shed was erased in the storms last autumn so I needed something to store useless stuff on it's trip to the dump/recycling. But I also needed a space for my idea about developing film. It isn't a massive fuss like it was back in the day to develop film. Mostly because you needn't print, you can scan the negative.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

The Devil's Bit.

The Devils Bit, the bite shaped gouge in the distant mountain. The Devil flying over Ireland took a bite of the mountain but Ireland being so holy the piece burnt the devils mouth and he spat out the chunk, and the chunk is now the Rock of Cashel.


Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Nostalgia, and perhaps an eye for design.

I'm not really a Ebayer so it was with a little bit of shock I found myself buying on there a few weeks back. What I bought was a camera, a Zeiss Ikon Contessa SLK Spezial to be exact. It is a camera older that I am and by a distance, not as much as I'd like, true, but yet, older. And when new you could buy a good sized family home in Ireland and in the UK for the price.
I didn't say anything before since I was waiting for a B&W 100iso film to be delivered from Amazon that I ordered on the 1st of August. Anyway it arrived today.
In it went, the back closed, wound the film on to load the first before the backplate. Now I won't know for certain until I get the film developed. Something that doesn't seem to be too costly btw.

It is hard to describe the feel. It's heavy in a way that's dense. It's remarkably straight froward while at the same time complex. The rangefinder is a bit hard to read and at the same time a piece of beauty. It's got most of the controls of my new Sony over 5, yes five, control rings on the fixed 50mm lense. And that really is the only difference. The lense is fixed. But that bit of glass is f2:8 Zeiss glass when Zeiss made the best optical glass in the world. 

When I was a kid an aunts brother-in-law had a Zeiss camera. I remember looking at it and remarking to my mother that her one looked better. She had one of those cube flash things that rotated the cube when the film was wound on. But she let me know that the camera Liam - I seem to remember- had was better than hers by a country mile. Marvellous what you remember from when you were 10.