Wednesday 29 June 2022
Monday 27 June 2022
The change in circumstances - a broken hip in February - meant that wasn't going to be possible. I had to make it a two day ride.
This was my third and longest multi-day ride. The first was four days to Paris and the second a two day ride along the South Downs Way (SDW). Both were with Matthew and Richard. Next year I hope to roundup some companions for a six day ride.
I packed heavy for both trips, including a full size camera. This time I carried the minimum and relied on my phone for pictures. They were both weather affected. The Paris trip by rain for most of the first day. The SDW by rain leading up to the trip. Which meant the first day especially was almost all very thick mud.
Just having the simple tasks of finding food and staying on route was brilliant. And being with my mates of course.
I was making good time, passing near Farnham, through Alton and Bighton around 08:30.
|Avington Country Park|
It wasn't until nearly 2 p.m that I was able to stop to eat properly. At the Carriers Arms in Stockton. Great food and a warm welcome. I was too hungry to take a pic of the food.
|Carriers Arms Stockton|
|Somewhere in the Quantocks|
I was meandering through Somerset, mostly singletrack gravel covered lanes. The pic below was at the beginning of a very bad stretch.
|finally into Devon|
|sheltering from the heat. Bampton|
|waiting for my sister|
|Masons Arms. Branscombe|
I arrived in Seaton mid afternoon a relaxed man.
I didn't expect the trams. But it made a nice reason to wander around for bit.
|The Tippling Philosopher|
|the long and winding road|
I made good time, the weather was much cooler. Arriving in Salisbury around four. The only blight was a painful knee and developing saddlesore. Again the option of the train for the next day was considered.
Before checking into my b&b - the Qudos. I took a moment to sit by the river. And update everyone.
|The River Avon|
|Avington country park|
|The Dill Alton|
|St Laurence church Seale|
Friday 17 June 2022
He said you'll feel great when goals are achived, but then think how much further is possible.
I realised that I had fallen into this "trap". You may have read previous blogs where I talk about wanting to test how far I could go. It is part of the reason for next weeks ride to Cornwall. Certainly the orginal intent of 250 miles in one day. The modified plan is still a big challenge; 500 miles in 5 days of riding over 6 days.
Plans for next year include another big ride over many days. Lands End to John O'Groats is on the to-do list.
I guess spare time to do longer rides will be one deciding factor for how far I go.
I have commitments and a fulltime job. Maybe some of my plans will have to wait until I retire. Age shouldn't be a barrier, I rode with I think the oldest person in Oxted CC last week. It was to celebrate his 87th birthday. We did 100 km or 60 miles.
From what I have read, exercise into old age improves and extends life, so I won't stop riding. And I hope I will still be able to push myself. Even if it's to cover the distances I am now doing.
Sunday 12 June 2022
The last time I rode this hill climb was in 2019. I wish it had happened last year. I was in the best shape I'd ever been.
And this year; well I'm sure you know how I started 2022. Link.
It's for a good cause and would be a test for me. I've been riding with Oxted CC and Matt for a while, as well as on the trainer. I hoped to be fitter and stronger than I was in 2019, I'm certainly lighter.
For the first time Oxted CC had a few riders, so I wasn't alone; quite a few supporters too.
I didn't know how to approach it this time. I was still getting over a cold, and I'm not as fit and strong as I was. So no standing up, I wanted to keep my heart rate in check. But still put as much as I could into the attempt.
The rider behind me made up the minute gap quickly and went passed me like I was standing still.
I did beat my last time so that was good. I did it in 2:38:08.
|smiling at the beginning|
|gets a bit tougher|
|the end is in sight|
Saturday 11 June 2022
I went for a walk a few weeks ago. I wanted to test how far I could go on my recovering hip. And to use my film camera. Link to previous post.
It's been a while because it had to be processed.
The area may be familiar if you have read my previous photowalk posts.
Even though my first cameras were film, it still felt strange not see the picture I'd just taken.
I took more pictures than I would with a digital camera. I needed to use the whole roll before taking it to be processed.
There is only one focus point; in the centre of the frame, modern digital cameras have them spread across the frame. And focusing is not automatic.
Here are some of the results. Can you tell the difference? Bearing in mind my camera wasn't considered top of the range when new. The D700 used for previous photowalks was pro level when first released.
I had a dilemma; to edit on not. I do tweak the fully digital files so the same should be okay now. I didn't have the choice the last time I used film. And certainly not when last using this camera; in the late 1970's. The files were supplied as jpegs so editing was limited.
Unlike my digital cameras I didn't have a view through the lens. It made composing a challenge, I wasn't sure how wide the frame was.
When I got home the garden provided images for the last few frames. I could have posted the roll, but instead waited until I could walk to the camera shop.
Several weeks passed before I returned for the files, it took much longer than I had expected. Maybe another consequence of fewer people using film. I guess they develop or pickup from shops in batches and didn't have enough straight away.
What do I think of the pictures? They were all a little over exposed, I'm not sure if it was my fault or a problem with the light meter; maybe both. They lacked contrast. This was probably caused by the lens. A better one could have improved how punchy the pictures appeared. I missed focus with some shots; more practice using the camera may improve this.
I don't think I will be returning to film; for me the camera is a tool. I'll use the "best" option available to me to produce pictures. That might be a controversial opinion. Photography is not about how you capture light as much as it is the creative process. I use a computer to write this blog, it doesn't matter who made it. It just needs to connect to the internet and be able to convert my thoughts to words on a server. I could use an older computer running an older OS. But that could be more problematic, and likely involve compromises.
And adding images taken on a film camera to a post involves more people, complexity, and delay.
Don't get me wrong, I don't strive to only use the latest tech, that's wasteful and rarely necessary. I choose whatever allows me to achieve my goal in the most efficient way. Taking into consideration what I have and the cost to replace it.
I just didn't see any advantage to film. A pro level camera may have impressed me more, but I have a high quality digital version. I have another roll, I'm not sure I'll use it with this setup. I think maybe a better body/lens combo from ebay will be needed. They don't cost much, but it'll have to wait.