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Digging my own hole

By dudler
For Silly Sunday, an illustration of the importance of testing new (old) cameras.

Several frames in the film showed the same markingacross the frame: and the fact that it extended past the frame edges and into the film rebate indicates that it's not a faulty shutter - it's decaying light-trapping of the film chamber.

And digging my own hole: this, for the power supply for a water feature that now sits on the grid at the left. And I (with a good deal of help from a friend) dug the trench, after our electrician pointed out that he's terribly expensive as labourers go.

Maybe tomorrow some shots of the water feature.

You'd need to do a bit of work to mend the image: today's BLOG is on dodging and burning, the most basic creative darkroom tool, alive and well and living in Photoshop...

Tags: General Garden Silly Sunday Trench Trad darkroom

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kaybee 16 7.1k 26 Scotland
26 Apr 2020 8:51AM
You can't get a round peg in a square hole or maybe you can!

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AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2020 9:04AM
Interesting - I have some quite old film in the fridge that I intend to use at some time and am beginning to think that I may have the same problem!! Exceptionally neat piece of trench digging John.
dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
26 Apr 2020 9:21AM
My best gardening investment (apart, I suppose, from Mrs D) was an early stainless steel spade. It's looking a bit aged now (Mrs D tends to keep her (that is, all) gardening equipment on the lawn) but is half the weight, seemigly, of courrent stainless steel spades. That helped! My friend Carl, on the other end of the trench (where the going was harder, but he's younger) had his problems compounded by a newer and heavier piece of kit, as well as tree roots.

Over the last couple of years, I must have acquired eight or ten older cameras, and there's only one that gives trouble. I shall examine it carefully, if the opportunity arises (I think I donated it ot my daughter-in-law's shelf of interesting cameras, on the grounds that it went unreliable if you shot at 1/125 second, so 'display purposes only' was sensible).

Equally, no previous purchases have suffered, including my elderly Contaxes and my 1937 Leica.
26 Apr 2020 10:46AM
Keep digging, they said.. Battles are won in the trenches, they said...
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2020 11:35AM
Good idea for Blog today - something we can overdo or not use well!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 663 England
26 Apr 2020 11:49AM
Well you're restricted to a square crop for a useable image Wink

A camera for Moira perhaps Smile
mac Plus
18 6 Scotland
26 Apr 2020 12:15PM
If it is a focal plane shutter that could give you this effect if sticking on its travel across the film. I seem to remember I had that problem on a Leica I once owned.
KingBee Plus
14 537 2 Scotland
26 Apr 2020 1:38PM
That's really quite a nice image from an old icon. I never aspired to a Praktica Nova, but I did start with a Zenit B - great cameras, both of them.

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
26 Apr 2020 2:00PM
Ian, the fogging isn't confined to the frame - it goes right to the edge of the film, both sides, across hte sprockets. Therefore, it isn't a shutter problem, which was my first fear.

And being able to link it to a camera that i almsot acquired by accident was a relief. Another Nova I acquired a little earlier has proved fine: definitely living up to hteicon status. However, I still prefer the camera I choose back in 1970, the Exa 500, which is smaller, generally more interesting, and has vastly superior light trapping (it now turns out: not a consideration at the time!).
saltireblue Plus
10 10.6k 61 Norway
26 Apr 2020 4:14PM
You didn't perchance get a visit from a bloke in a bowler hat telling you, you were diggin' it wrong, did you?

dudler Plus
16 1.1k 1645 England
26 Apr 2020 4:26PM
Fortunately, no...
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2020 6:21PM
A tantalising shot before viewing your water feature
dimalexa 3 4 Greece
26 Apr 2020 8:57PM
At least, the earth seems soft for digging, John.
27 Apr 2020 3:28AM
It is getting on time to plant in the garden, John.


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