With every gust of wind the sky is filled with falling leaves from the Sycamore and Beech trees.
Another week at the boatyard done.
Last night we slipped two trawlers back into the water and slipped two more out ready to start work on them next week. A fun exercise when you have trawlers without engine power, weigh upwards of 75 tonnes and have to get them into the cradles completely level, chock them and haul them out.
A team of of workers with the 'boss' giving rather pointed instructions...
Myself + 1 working from a rowing boat to get the boat aligned and chocks into place.
Been 'off-grid' this last week...
1st off I was helping a friend for 3 days on his boat with a filming gig with Discovery Channel then the remainder of this last week I have been working at the boatyard in Mallaig prepping and painting two fishing trawlers. I'll be there again for the next week or two also.
In the meantime I am back in Knoydart to check on the veggies over the weekend and catch-up on life generally.
Film developing day.
2x 120 Kosmo Mono 100 & 1x 35mm Kodak 5222 Double-X
The Kosmo I dev'd in Rodinal @ 1:25 & the Double-X in Bellini D-96.
I'm part way through scanning at the moment.
Pakwâci on the beach at Eilean Iarmain, Isle of Skye.
Pakwâci is now safely back in the shed at home. https://m-thompson.co.uk/pakwaci-is-now-safely-back-in-the-shed-at-home
An account of the Whisky Run. https://m-thompson.co.uk/an-account-of-the-whisky-run
All repairs now complete, looking like new again 😉
I also glued blocks to the foredeck to attach the anchor whilst underway; and today I broke out the sewing machine again and made a canvas storage bag to hold 50m of anchor warp + 2m chain. This is fastened just inside the cockpit by the fore compartments so its accessible.
Received 6x rolls of Kodak 5222 (Double-XX) on Friday plus a litre of Belini D96 Developer. This is the recommended developer for this film stock.
Looking forward to using both film and developer and comparing to the Double-XX images I dev'd in Rodinal.
I took Pakwâci out this afternoon for a couple of hours.
A better wind today to do some more strenuous sea trials. A steady 8 – 10 Kts, gusting 15 kts. I set off from the slip under 'Main' only and once out of the shelter of the pier quickly built speed heading almost due West. I had half an idea to sail out into the Sound of Sleat, but thought some more local trials would suffice...
For the photophiles:
Sigma 75-300 f/4 - f/5.6 @ 300mm
Auto everything today.. 😉
Handheld, Burst shooting.
PP - GIMP 2.10
Flowering Privet absolutely alive this morning in the sunshine, with Honey Bee's Bumble Bee's, Solitary Bee's, Hoverflies, and Butterflies.
The four Butterflies present were: Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock, and Speckled-Wood Marcham.
Added a few more images to this collection.
I quite like this film stock, shall have to get some more I think. The 2nd roll I developed at the same ratio as the 1st, but reduced the agitation to one gentle rotation per minute and the developing time down to 5.5 mins. This seems to have given me more control over this grainy traditional stock.
10x Hazel, 6x Oak planted out on the plot this afternoon. These were all grown from seed. Along with the Birch and Scot's Pine they will fill some of the space along the driveway.
I have around 20x Oak and 15x Hazel along with Lime, Crab Apple, Wych Elm to find space for in the woodland/Dell or around the plot.
Not doing so well, or delayed germination are Juniper, Rowan, more Birch, and Cherry Plum.
Slowly turning analog..!
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