Category Archives: Odds And Sods

I GOT A JOB!!

Got the call this morning and I have a job!
I have been applying for tons of jobs over the last few years and have been lucky to bag one last year, it’s a few nights a week bar tending at a local club but I have been after something to do during the day aaaaaand today was my lucky day!

Im not going to go into details about it but it’s safe to say that this Christmas is going to be great!

 

Oh and it means I can buy more goodies for myself and I guess the girlfriend can have a few little treats as well 😉

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Gotham

Just watched the first episode of Gotham………damn it was good! Loads of hints towards some of the more famous villains like Catwoman, Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy and quite possibly the first spotting of the Joker? I personally think that we won’t get to see much of the funny man till the series is nearly over, they’ll keep feeding us little bits every now and then to keep us guessing.

The problem with shows like this is that the fans want/need so much info that it could put off the average viewer BUT Gotham feels like watching a short movie, it’s not force feeding the viewer loads of comic book geekery……yea there is plenty of things for us to spot like the names of people like Mr Nygma and a pointy nosed umbrella holding man called Oswald.

My problem with getting into a new show is having to wait another week to see the next episode!

If you like dark cinematic style programs/films and don’t mind a dash of comic books then get this watched asap!


Kindle Unlimited

Amazon have just anounced that Kindle Unlimited is available in the UK!!

For £7.99 a month we get acess to over 650,000 books and thousands of audio books on Kindle devices (no idea about the apps though)
This sounds great for the girlfriend as she is a bit ofa bookworm and can always be found reading something new where as I find it quite hard to find something but when I do I cant put it down till im finished.

When you sign up you get a 30 day trial so we might as well give it a go, hell I might even find a new series to get stuck into!


Been Away For Quite A While.

So yea, I have not been on here for quite a while now and thats down toa few things.

First off, the laptop broke and I did try to carry on posting from mtphone but I couldnt get on with the app and that leads onto the second thing.

Second thing, the iPhone WordPress app…….I hadnothing but trouble with it, it kept signing me out and wanting me to change my password which tobefair is quite annoying and after a bit I just gave up with it.

And last but no means least we moved! It was a quick decision and did eat up A LOT of our time in both moving and soorting the new place out but now we have it allsorted and we are settled down so fingres corssed i’ll be posting more often.

While being awayI did manage to pickup a few bits and bobs I found cheap like a Mamiya c220 at a local fair in a boxwith some other odds and sods going for £20!! Not had the chance to test her yet but I will get a review up on here when I have the chance.

Well thats about it really, i’ll try to keep on top of this from now on with some film/TV reviews.

See you soon!


Black And White

I have been toying with the idea of developing black and white film at home, the outlay is quite a bit (about £100) but in the long run I’ll save loads but I’ll need a decent 35mm neg scanner and the half decent ones go for over £100!

Really like the idea of using ‘alternative’ processing methods like using coffee but I’ll also use the proper ways, I just want to experiment and build upon my rather basic photography knowledge.

I know I have quite a bit to learn about all the different films and the vast range of looks and feel you can get from them as well as trying to fin the one that feels perfect for me.

Does anyone have any advice on the chemicals? Any hidden film gems?


Smena 8M Spool Replacement.

Since buying my Zenit’s last year I have been wanting to build on my Russian camera collection and I did by buying the Smena 8M.

For someone who has no idea about these cameras at first glance it looks just like a bog standard camera that has no special/different features.

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It was not till I opened her up that I noticed that something was missing……

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I had no idea that these little buggers don’t come with a built in take up spool, my first reaction was to check eBay to see how much they are and it would cost me more then the camera! I did a bit of digging online and saw that the spools inside film canisters work so I got hold of a exposed test film and opened it up with a bar blade.

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I was surprised at just how easy it came open and that the spool inside was the perfect fit!

 

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This has made me a happy snapper because not only has it saved me about £10 but it means I get to use this little beauty from Lomo.


Film Photography On A Budget

The problem with film photography is the cost. I am on a rather tight budget and can only really use cheap films that are about £1 per roll and the cheapest place for me to get them developed is at my local boots and that costs £4.99 for 24exp and £5.99 for 36exp. I check eBay all the time to see if anyone is selling any film in bulk and I have come across some like 10 rolls of Tudor XLX 200 for £23 and 10 rolls of Solution VX 200 for £25. The problem with only buying the cheaper film is that it’s nearly always 200ISO or lower which is a bit crappy for the vast amount of grey days we have in the UK.

To go with the cheap films I use are the cheap cameras, most I have spent on one was £25 for a Lubitel with with a case, carry bag, light meter and some sort of weird side pistol grip that can hold a flash. Most of my cameras have been £15 and under nd I have found that the ones that give the best results have been under £5! My Konica Pop, Olympus SuperZoom and my BigView were all under £5 but the pictures that have come out have been stunning and that makes me wonder if I do actually need some of the more pricier 35mm cameras? Well I can can easily answer that and say no, I don’t need them but I wouldn’t say no if I had the chance to own one. I would love a LC-A, Diana F+and a Belair (all by Lomography) and I would love some nice old FED’s and a fisheye for my Zenits but these are all out of my price range for the time being so I will and do make do with what I have.

I will keep trudging along and enjoying what I use and chances are that when I do got something from my wishlist I will still enjoy using the cameras I started with.