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York sparkles!

By Ericsamson
I'm going to get the apologies in straight away. First this is a concession to what I believe is known as Film Friday; second it was taken circa 1979 - I was young and I knew no better; I was seduced by the creative possibilities afforded by Cokin Filters and got a bit carried away with the starburst variety; I was 'green and carefree' a bit obsessed with Dylan Thomas and 'As Thick as a Brick' (also rather keen on Jethro Tull). Please feel free to groan, giggle and gag at my naivety and lack of good taste but I was nobbut a lad at the time.

This was scanned from a 35mm slide that has survived 'times winged chariot' better than I dared to hope and was taken on a Fujica ST701 SLR. It was mounted on a tripod with the camera on the bulb setting. I have no idea for how long as I've slept since then!!! I think the lens was a 50mm prime.

Tags: Night photography Architecture City walls York minster Cokin starburst filter

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RLF Plus
12 18 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2018 5:00PM
I too was rather keen on Jethro Tull when I was studying at Manchester University back in the 70's
What fantastic times.Smile
I like the ghost cathedral spiersGrin
8 Jun 2018 5:11PM
Hi Rob - happy days indeed - 'Living in the past'! Many thanks for taking the time to comment, hope you have a good weekend. I'm off to the shed now - time to refurbish the zimmer frame!
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1928 England
8 Jun 2018 10:42PM
Thank you for joining in the spirit of Film Friday...

I have been looking at what Cokin filters do these days over the last few weeks... So many of them are good for achieving effects that we'd now do, probably better, with PS.

But we didn't have PS then, and had to work harder. To every thing there is a season...
alfpics Plus
20 380 4 England
8 Jun 2018 11:09PM
Wahey! My first serious camera was the ST701 and I also dabbled with cokin's 'creative' filters! Ah - nostalgia; it ain't what it used to be etc. The slide lasted well
saltireblue Plus
12 13.0k 82 Norway
8 Jun 2018 11:12PM
I went through exactly the same phase as this with the same filters back in the mid 80s. Always went well OTT with the effects - used 2 starburst filters together when one was more than adequate. Then there was the one which had the image centered and a ring of matching images round it...think it was called a prism filter?
The next time I had the same sort of brainstorm was when I discovered HDR...nuff said...

Jethro Tull too, from the late 60s onward. Ian Anderson recently came to Oslo, wasn't able to go, unfortunately. Under Milk Wood - compulsive reading for English literature A level...

bluesandtwos 12 542 1 England
15 Aug 2018 5:25PM
Just found this while having a browse... I like this...and Jethro does that make me Happy and I'm Smiling walk three miles to drink...well tea now, if I'm honest. I too had cokin filters, a sepia tone one, and a soft focus one. My starburst, which everyone had to have in those heady days, was a circular,rotating, screw in filter. I was posh thenI was! Grin


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