Critique Welcomed Och, Another Bliddy Fotie!

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Brian Moore, May 29, 2014.

  1. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Sadie in repose.

    Canon QL-17 GIII and Arista EDU 400 film processed in Caffenol.

  2. Rob MacKillop

    Rob MacKillop Edinburgh Correspondent

    Looks like your entire family is getting fed up with their resident photographer. Your time's up, Brian. Take up the ukulele instead. Mind you, that might drive Sadie over the edge!

    Brilliant shot and pose.
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  3. Tom Dunne

    Tom Dunne Well-Known Member

    Another "look" Brian. I get them all the time from my collie. Trying to give the impression that she is not bothered but keeping an eye to ensure she misses nothing. Nice clatchlight in the eye and the smooth floor just about produces a nice little reflection.
    Love good doggie shots like this.
  4. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    This underexposed Caffenol film is providing some fabulous images. Not just painterly but almost like one of those plates found in books of the 1930s. Gorgeous shots! Miss Sarah has been kind to you this week! :)
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  5. Julian de'Courcy

    Julian de'Courcy Well-Known Member

    Excellent Brian. This got me looking into caffinol once again. Not sure if they sell washing soda here off the shelf. Must look harder.
    Good to see Sadie
  6. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    I've actually thought about the ukelele. (And if I get one I'll be looking for lessons!) As to driving Sadie over the proverbial edge,...I doubt that could happen. For a couple of years I took up the guitar. It was a lot of fun and I practiced every day. Got to the point of being able to strum a few tunes very badly. Yet despite the terrible sounds emanating from my instrument Sadie peacefully lay by my feet every day. I think she enjoyed it. o_O

    Thanks Rob.
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  7. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks a lot, Tom. I took 3 or 4 snaps at the time but the catchlight in the eye really made this one stand out. Much appreciated, Tom.
  8. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks, Pete. I must admit I'm not terribly unhappy with a couple of 'em. Miss Sarah has indeed bestowed a wee dollop of kindness on me.
  9. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thank you, Julian. I used "PH Up" from my swimming pool supply shop. It's also known as "soda ash." Proper name is Sodium Carbonate. If you find washing soda try to be sure it is "water free." Some of it is not, and this will cause some difficulty with quantities in your recipe. (I'll be posting my Caffenol write up to the RPF blog in a couple of days. I don;t say too much more about washing soda than what I've said here, but perhaps it will offer a comment or two about Caffenol that might be helpful.)
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  10. Glenn Clabo

    Glenn Clabo Well-Known Member

    You do bring out the best tudes in the females don't cha Brian. ;)
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  11. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Unfortunately its no enviable quality, Glenn. :(
  12. Ivar D. Larsen

    Ivar D. Larsen Well-Known Member

    Tom said it for me, thank you Tom:) a very nice dog, looks intelligent too Brian.
  13. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks, Ivar. I've always had dogs since I was a kid. Never had a bad one. They've all been great. But this one, Sadie, she's the best of all by far. Good looking, intelligent, wants to please you and therefore pays attention. Very intuitive. Collects the clues you drop and behaves accordingly. Never had to train her--she just picks up on what you want and before long that is what she does. She has good manners. However, everything is out the window if she sees a cat. o_O Thanks again, Ivar.
  14. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    She's on to you Brian!

    Lovely feel to the whole image, and a lovely connection with the subject.

    How's the old girl doing these days - trust she's well?
  15. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Thanks, Chris.

    She's definitely showing her age. She gets tired on her walks so I can't do long hard walks with her like I used to. I think she may be getting a bit deaf, too. She's happy, though, I think, and that's a comfort. Thanks again, Chris.
  16. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    @Brian Moore A fine photo. Did you add any salt or potassium bromide to your mixture?

    @Julian de'Courcy I use Soda Crystals from the supermarket. They cost about £1 a bag. They are Decahydrate so you have to add more. When I get home I can send you the adjusted recipe if you like?
  17. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    @Paul Lange: Thank you. Also, salt and no potassium bromide.

    Also, related to your comment to @Julian de'Courcy, the ideal sodium carbonate (washing soda/soda crystals, etc.) would be "anhydrate" (I think that's the word,...meaning no water added) if you can get it.
  18. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    To go from anhydrous to the decahydrate (i.e. 10 H20) you need to use the following calculation: 285.99 x (weight required / 105.99). The different forms have different crystal structures and so have more of less water associated with them. Once dissolved they are identical but you need to take account of the amount of water in the crystals. The molecular weight of anhydrous Na2CO3 105.99 and so to calculate how much of any hydrated form is required you need you adjust the weight required by the ratio of the weight of the hydrated form to the anhydrous form. Above is for the decahydrate, i.e. 105.99 + (10 x 18 [molecular weight of water]); so for the monohydrate it would be 105.99 + 18 and for the heptahydrate 105.99 + (7 x 18).
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  19. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore Moderator

    Uhhh,...yeah that's what I meant, Pete. ;)
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  20. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

    Feel free to include it in your blog post! ;)

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