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photoblog image MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 1 #1

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 1 #1


In 1971 I got married, bought my first SLR, joined my first Camera Club and set up my first darkroom. This is the first picture in an extensive set I am posting for three lots of three weeks, with gaps in between, of a lot of my early photographs taken in the 1970's and the early 1980's, I think all on Praktica cameras, with a few from later times.

All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me and sometimes entered into Club competitions. This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.

Bridge Hotel, St.Neots, Cambridgeshire

We went to live just outside St.Neots when we married and this is the very first picture I developed and printed, with some advice from an older Club member, and then subsequently entered into my first competition. It didn't win any prizes but it does remind me of the pleasant times we had sitting on the patio here by the River Ouse with a pint of Whitbread Tankard, (who remembers that), watching the world go by.

MONOCHROME MANIA - PART 1 #1


In 1971 I got married, bought my first SLR, joined my first Camera Club and set up my first darkroom. This is the first picture in an extensive set I am posting for three lots of three weeks, with gaps in between, of a lot of my early photographs taken in the 1970's and the early 1980's, I think all on Praktica cameras, with a few from later times.

All of the pictures in this series were taken on B&W.film, developed and printed by me and sometimes entered into Club competitions. This is original monochrome work and the only digital bit is scanning the prints into Photoshop and preparing them for display here.

Bridge Hotel, St.Neots, Cambridgeshire

We went to live just outside St.Neots when we married and this is the very first picture I developed and printed, with some advice from an older Club member, and then subsequently entered into my first competition. It didn't win any prizes but it does remind me of the pleasant times we had sitting on the patio here by the River Ouse with a pint of Whitbread Tankard, (who remembers that), watching the world go by.

comments (11)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Jan 2009, 02:00
I was married in 1969, Brian, and can relate to the time-period you're talking about. My brother was doing what you did back then, developing and printing all his work. BRAVO is all I can say!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, it is certainly less smelly without all those horrible chemicals, and no cleaning up afterwards these days, just turn the PC off.
Happy memories Brian
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chris, and more to come, as I say this series trickles on, with some gaps, until mid-March.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jan 2009, 09:25
Great shot Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy, this is where this hobby of ours all started for me.
Great shot very nicely scanned Brian. Reminds me of the thousands of hours I spent in my dark room in Madagascar!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, I bet it was warm in your darkroom at times, no temperature control on the chemicals I would imagine.
Ahhhh! nostalgia. richard
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, and as you can see from my comments a lot more to come over the next few weeks, I hope you don't all get bored.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jan 2009, 14:19
This has the strange effect of being in focus near the centre and fuzzy round the edges - would that be the lens? A fine trip down memory lane.
Ingrid
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ingrid, more to come over the next few weeks. The camera was an old Praktica with a Domiplan lens, not the best available at the time, but all I could afford. Probably not many steps up from the bottom of a milk bottle :-D
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jan 2009, 16:57
I have also recently scanned some of my old pictures to see what can be had. A bit of learning went with it. I found that colour pictures scan less sharp especially if they were printed in matt. Even very old b&w pictures came out rather sharp, as long as the original is sharp. You can repair tears etc in the picture. Another learning was how important the size of the scan is relative to the original photo that gets scanned. Make sure about the settings on the machine. Just a little sharing.

I am still meaning to get hold of my mothers photobooks - she has some very old ones from my grandma etc. Some of those picture will make great re-prints after a trip through the photoshop.

I remember Whitbread smile Just keep on with the series I am interested and when I have time I will pop in here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for the advice Louis, I hope you get time to look in now and then, this will be quite a long series.
Whitbread tankard and Watneys Red Barrel, They were awful. Never had a darkroom and always wish I had. If this was a first effort you were clearly a natural Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your praise Bill, Red Barrel, there's another name to conjure with.
We got married in 1971 too!!
Brian Walbey: Yes, I remember you said once before Bill, we were in May and I believe you said you were in the Autumn some time. Must have been a good year for star-struck lovers:-D
I like the reflection of the shutters and tranquility of the scene, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pamela, certainly back in 1971 St.Neots was a quiet little town although I gather it has changed a bit over the years, and for the worse so I hear.
My uncle used to be a drayman for Whitbreads, delivering the beer all over, that was a long time ago though. Not at all bad for a first effort Brian, a very pleasant scene indeed. I was married in 1970 and did not know what a camera was and developing was a black art practised in the dark.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les, not only was developing a black art but it was also a very smelly one I think you'll agree.

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