No Photography without permission

This is the old St James’s street swimming pool in Taunton.

I quite liked the various reflections here and the difference in white balance between the interior and the reflected light.

I did not actually see the “no photography without permission” sign until I viewed the shot in capture nx2.

As I was actually standing on the pavement outside I’m not sure if the sign would have been enforcible as I’m pretty sure that this type of restriction only applies when you are on private property rather than public.

Here I’m using d2x colour mode III, with the high contrast mode (there are 5 preset contrast levels, low, medium low, medium, medium high and high)


St James’s Street Pool, Taunton 1/60s @ f/3.5, iso250, nikon d2x, 28mm f/3.5 ai



I think I’m starting to get the hang of editing the D2X raw files using Capture NX2.

It is quite different from the “modern” D700 which I previously owned, and being one of the oldest Nikon DSLR cameras it does not have “picture control” support.

This actually makes things quite simple as there are basically 2 colour modes to choose from – Mode I or Mode III

In this picture I was using Mode III which Nikon suggest is best for landscapes as colours are enhanced compared with the Mode I which is more aimed at portraits.

Interestingly Mode II is greyed out on the menu when the sRGB colour space is selected but is avaliable when Adobe RGB colours space is selected.

I’m quite liking using the 28mm f/3.5 AI lens with the D2X as this gives a 42mm equivalent field of view.


War Memorial, Vivary Park, Taunton1/160 @ f/3.8 (iso100)

Vivary Park

Still getting used to the Nikon D2X DSLR – it seems to work quite well with my 28mm f/3.5 AI lens.

I have not used a DSLR for a while now as I have mainly been using my Ricoh GR compact point and shoot camera.

Both cameras have a 1.5x crop sensor but are at opposite ends of the scale with the Ricoh GR being possibly the smallest camera with a 1.5x crop sensor and the Nikon D2X is one of the largest cameras with a 1.5x crop sensor.

It was getting pretty dark when I took this picture in Vivary Park


Elevated Passageway

This is an elevated passageway in Plymouth – it is an unusual design in that is passes through other shops but at a raised level and totally separated and closed in.

It links the Western Approach Car Park with the Plymouth Pavilions leisure centre.

This was taken with a Holga medium format film camera using Fuji Astia 100F slide film that has been cross processed using chemistry designed for colour print film.

Astia negatives typically look very green once cross processed and when reversed to form a positive this translates to a red/pink/brown hue.


Concrete Car Park by Holga

I have always thought that concrete buildings seem to come out quite well on a Holga Camera – here is an example of a concrete car park in Plymouth.

In fact there is no shortage of concrete buildings in Plymouth!


Yet more velvia 100 (rvp100) cross processed – the negatives have a nice green look to them that translates to a nice red/pink once scanned on vuescan

Concrete and Light Leaks

Here is another RVP100 cross processed scan (Velvia 100) showing part of a concrete car park in Bristol


The light leaks add a nice pink/red colouration to the image – luckily Vuescan seems to cope quite well with this type of image as it allows easy setting of the white point by right clicking on an area that should be white or a neutral grey.    A nice bit of white blown out sky seems to work well enough.

Weymouth by Holga

Now I have got Vuescan and my Epson 4490 set up OK on Ubuntu 13.10 I’m hoping to get some of my old Holga shots scanned.

As I used the Holga mainly from June 2008 up until June 2010 I have ended up with a LOT of 120 negatives.

I’m working on a “lucky dip” way of choosing what to scan otherwise I’d not easily decide which negatives to scan as there are so many.

This is a track from a ride on Weymouth Beach


Now for a pedalo ride boat – looks like I need to work on keeping my horizons straight!

Just been checking the wording on the negatives which shows film type and – “AADCAG” FUJI  400 – my guess is that we are looking at PRO400H colour negative film but i could be wrong