Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Posts tagged “Black & White

Beach Walk – Takapuna Beach

At last the sun came out.  After months of cold and rain, spring finally arrived and people came out to celebrate the prospect of summer.

Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore always attracts crowds on fine days, especially after prolonged periods of bad weather.  These images were taken during an afternoon stroll just as the sun was beginning to cast long shadows across the beach.  After-work strollers, runners, paddlers and swimmers were making the most of a pleasant evening to stretch out before the light faded into twilight, and then the night.

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Lost and Found – Today’s surprise find

These photographs were taken with a Zenit 3M 35mm SLR circa 1968 when I was a student. They were probably taken on Ilford monochrome film, processed in the kitchen, and enlarged with a home-made enlarger. The prints, on a soft velvet paper, were mounted on a card. Over the years they were filed away in some forgotten place and discovered again today, some 42 years later. The mottling in the sky of the rigging shot is probably a result of glue reacting with the developing chemicals.

The Chilean sail training ship “Esmeralda” was a regular visitor to Auckland at that time and allowed visitors aboard when in port. These images were taken during such a visit.

The photographs were scanned into Lightroom and where they have been retouched.

I still own the original Russian made camera.

Rigging - Chilean Naval Training Vessel "Esmerelda"

Stern Light - Chilean Naval Training Vessel "Esmerelda"