Stirling Castle, handheld challenges & a couple of clowns.

Stirling Castle is one of the largest and historically most important castles in Scottish history. Before the union with England, Stirling Castle was also one of the most used of the many Scottish royal residences, very much a palace as well as a fortress. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1542, and others were born or died there.

Edinburgh Castle may be the one people think to visit first but Stirling probably offers more to do. We arrived at 1pm and before we know it five hours had passed and it was time to go home.

I shot three rolls of Ilford RB67 through the Mamiya RB67 and once again it justified its weight and inconvenience. I continue to be more and more impressed with this camera.

The royal apartments are beautifully restored but shooting HP5 at box speed of ISO 400 I was worried about light levels. These were shot wide open at f/5.6 and at 1/15 so I was worried about blurry, shaky images but the excellent mirror dampening, combined with a leaf shutter and heavy camera make for surprisingly easy handheld performance.

And of course it wouldn’t be a family day out without these two posers getting in on the act.

A couple of shots from the cemetery and gardens next to the castle.


Summerlee Industrial Museum

Located near Coatbridge Central train station this place is great on a nice day. Lots of old chunky pieces of heavy metal machinery and plenty of fresh air. Also some nice interactive stuff indoors if the weather turns on you.

I took the Big Boy RB67 with me and a couple of posers for something to point at 😀

As is often the case these were shot on HP5 and cooked in Rodinal for 11 minutes at 1+50

Off to the lab/Leica M2 in hand

A nice sunny day and I had some rolls of colour negative film to be developed. I do all my own black and white but I don’t enjoy the colour process so that gets sent out to the lovely folks at Gulabi. A nice six mile round trip walk to the southside was in order to get the job done. Of course, I did have a little coffee and cake pit stop. Grind & Grain in Victoria Road do a fine coffee and that lump you see is a vegan biscoff sandwich. It’s been a long time since my body had such a lump of sugar in one serving. This treat was delicious but it left me jingling and jangling.

Xmas in the East End

I haven’t been shooting much lately but Xmas always bring a change of scenery so Boxing Day found me with two rolls of Rollei Retro 400s to develop. I pushed these to 1600 and developed in HC 110 Dil B for 16 minutes. They are incredibly grainy which I know isn’t to everyones taste but I like it.

However, I think when this bulk roll is finished, I’ll be switching back to HP5. Not that I hate the Rollei, I just wish I had more shadow detail.

I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and let’s see what the New Year brings.

Glasgow Necropolis/a walk in the sun

Normally I push HP5+ a few stops so it can be my ‘go everywhere’ film. Plus, I like the extra contrast and exaggerated grain the extra processing gives me. On this afternoon I thought I would shoot it box speed for a change. I’ve shot this film EI just once before and on a flat light day it was quiet underwhelming. Probably fine if you like lots of grey tones but I like contrast. However, a harsh winter sun day should make up for a low contrast film.

Shot with wiht the Nikon FE2 & a 50mm f/1.8 pancake lens.

Dev in HC110 Dil B