I must apologise for not having changed the issue number nor month on the last magazine, although I did remember to change the contents, as you will have noticed!
I don’t know where the time has gone since I sent out the last magazine! I have spent every Saturday and Sunday since the beginning of May taking my son to Dover harbour for him to train in preparation for his participation in a cross Channel relay swim with five of his school friends to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. They successfully completed their swim on 8th July in a time of thirteen hours and thirteen minutes – not bad! What is fantastic, is that they raised in excess of £10,000 for the TCT.
These outings gave me a chance to dust off an assortment of my cameras – not all Rolleis I should add – and use them to fill my time whilst they were training; to start with in a water temperature of 10.5°C. Fortunately for them, it rose to about 16°C for the actual swim.
Using well out dated colour negative film in some of my ‘obsolete’ cameras brought mixed results by way of colour cast, sensitivity and grain. I had bought some Kodacolor II 126 cartridges, dated 1979, from Photographica a couple of years ago. I had tried a couple of cartridges previously but they showed nothing except for a faint image of the numbers from the backing paper. Had they become fogged by excessive heat or security X-ray machines? Naturally, I did not take any of these with me! I did however take my Rolleiflex SL26 with a 126 Agfacolor dated 2000, my 6×13 Heidoscop with an Ektachrome 100 Plus dated 1999 and my Minox ‘spy’ camera with Minocolor dated 2007. The results on the whole would have benefitted from a little more exposure, and they had a blue cast. Removing this in Photoshop was relatively easy but they still have noticeable ‘muted’ period colours that I had all but forgotten about. Had the team been wearing swimming costumes from the 1970’s, viewers would have believed the photos could well have been taken all that time ago!
I had planned to write this piece whilst I was waiting at Dover, on swim day, for the safe return of the team. We had risen from our camp site at 02.00 – we had to be at the quayside at 03.30; they were due to leave at 04.00, just before dawn.
Once the first swimmer had disappeared into the darkness, it was time for a cup of coffee and to watch the dawn break. It was a bit overcast, so there was no dramatic sunrise to photograph. The sun did come out later that morning and it turned out to be a very hot day which offered no opportunity to sit down and press keys on my computer. Unfortunately it did rain later but I managed to take plenty of photos with my Rolleiflex 3003, a camera that I forget how much I enjoy using – but then that applies to most of my Rolleis!
- Front Cover: St George by Peter Moyse
- 3 Rollei films and papers
- 4 Holly Ground by Harry Kitchen
- 5 In Passing by David Morgan and Wanted
- 6 Prototype Rolleiflex 3003 digital camera
- 7 Photos by Michael Coles
- 8 My first Leica by Jim Graves
- 9 Sectioned Zeiss lenses
- 10 Your Forum
- 12 Rolleiflex 3003 power supply by J. Wild
- 14 Leitz daylight developing tank
- 16 Letter from Paris by David Beake
- 18 Rollei Mikro-Tubus and Mikro-Prisma
- 19 Dubrovnik by Denis Camp A.R.P.S.
- 23 Various items and For Sale
- 24 Faultless enlargements by C. Albrand
- 28 127 film supply by Jim Hurtle
- 30 Zonal heresies by Harry Kitchen
- 31 Vivian Meyer
- Rear Cover: Selsey Shoreline by J. Wild