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Hiya everyone.

My laptop has been getting slower and slower for a while and finally decided it was going on strike the other day. I have had a bit of a tidy up of files and ran afew scans, it's working soso, still not brilliant but better. I have a feeling a full on re-format of the hard drive is going to have to be done. Scary stuff, but necessary.
I bought this laptop about four years ago, maybe longer now so it is getting on a bit. The spec is still good but it's so full of updates and rubbish it is just getting dragged down. I don't want to replace it as it was bought when my Grandma passed away with the money she left me, so it sort of has sentimental value as well.
The work load on it has been reduced dramatically since I got my iPad. I tend to browse the web, email using my iPad, I only really get my laptop out to deal with photos and upload here.

What's this weather been like. I was a tad worried the other night when the rain was super heavy, it had been going all afternoon and when I looked out of the window our back garden was under 2-3 inches of water. The trouble was the water level was creeping up the concrete blocks my darkroom/shed sits on. I had visions of it floating past the window. I suppose thats one way to rinse your prints.
The garden is slightly slow draining which didn't help. A neighbour a few years ago had looked at the plans of the area from the 1800s and found that apparently where our houses have been built is right in the middle of what used to be a large pond.
Obviously the pond has been filled in, if it hadn't we would have rather wet feet. It has however given us quite a high water table. The street opposite has real problems with water. I have heard if you dig one spade depth down in the garden it fills with water instantly. We don't have that problem, but we do have heavy black soil.
I had to dig the beds out years ago and fill with topsoil, sand and compost mix as not alot grows in the black stuff, even grass struggles.

Todays photo was taken with my Bronica on Ilford film.
I went out for the day a while back just with my film cameras. That's unusual for me, I would normally ensure I had digital with me as well. It's a wierd thing, I love film and I am fully confident that I can capture what I am after without actually seeing the results, but then I have it in my head that I should take the same shot on digital to be sure. Perhaps I'm not as confident as I thought I was, or is it just we are so used to seeing what we shoot instantly nowadays.
When out with my friends I hear them saying "Thats rubbish, I'll delete it". I want to scream "Noooooooooo". I never delete anything, you can't with film and although I can see if a shot is rubbish on my digital cameras I still keep them, just my mentality, but then a year down the line I spot what would have been deleted and decide I actually like it.
I have drifted away from my subject rather like my darkroom nearly did, so back to todays upload.
It is the old Boys School in Sunderland, near the big B&Q. I always thought it was derelict, but there appears to be small businesses occupying certain areas of it. I found the ironing board as I have captured it, an interesting scenario of someone ironing in the sun played out through my head.
I suppose you could say I took the photo to prevent me from being board.
V2 is a different view showing the whole school, you can see the ironing board in this photo also.

I hope you like it, thanks for looking and for any comments.

Camera:Bronica ETRSi
Lens:Bronica Zenza 75mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Board Up
Username:Hop-A-Long Hop-A-Long
Uploaded:13 Jun 2012 - 2:54 PM
Tags:Black & white, Board, Boy, Derelict, Iron, School, Sunderland, Window
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mrswoolybill Critique Team 9825 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1311 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 2:58 PM

V1 for me composition wise - but both have those rich, dense blacks that only film can give.
I like the ironing board as a connection with the people who once were here.

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 3:02 PM

A good bit of mono grot Andy.
Always has a timeless look to it with mono I feel.
And after ten years of getting to grips with digital cameras
I have still to manage an easy way of getting an ironing board up and down !!


I like both, but the ironing board adds a human aspect to it, therefore the scale weighs more on V1.


V1 is the kind of image that gives you plenty to think about. Ironing in a boys' school? In Sunderland? for example. The sort of quirkiness I delight in.
And V2, apart from the modern-ish lamp posts, the corrugated building lurking in the background and perhaps the cranes, could easily have been taken in 1912 (especially with a sepia tint). The angle of the shot is perfect.


Version 1 for me -excellent!



I like the 'old' look of v2. That's the beauty of digital. I would do some work on it and turn it into Bill's 1912 image. Lovely images, regardless.



V.2 for me, Andy, love the composition, and the story, of course Smile Carol

13 Jun 2012 - 6:47 PM

Two superb images, I love them both, great textures and tones, I love the ironing board in V1, brought a smile to my face Smile



Very interesting text and images, well done with film!


v1 is a splendid image! Love your story, as usual!

jdinne  12 England
13 Jun 2012 - 8:57 PM

Both are excellent, but V1 just tips it. Great work.



I really like the architecture in v2 but appreciate the detail you have concentrated on in V1


Two good pictures and a great story


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