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« on: March 25, 2017, 06:26:53 PM »

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time.
Bingo, Bowls, Watching TV, Visiting Family.
Lets know because your hobby might inspire someone else to join in.
Too many people are too lonely these days so lets give people
some ideas about what they might do to break the boredom.
Gerald.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 07:21:40 PM »

What's spare time ?  What with babysitting, maintaining the car, visiting the Doctors/Hospital, helping to maintain the garden and shopping I had more time to spare when I was working.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2017, 02:19:24 PM »

Don't seem to have a lot of time for hobbies. Love socialising with family & friends, meditatating, reading my angel cards, not to fussed about TV but like Corrie, watching "I'm a celebrity get me out of here" at the moment. My all time favourite is Dr Who. Although I say I don't watch a lot of TV just realised it is taking up at least 10 hours per week of my time! Less time watching TV 📺 would give me more time to persue my hobbies, food for thought.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2018, 05:59:41 PM »

A large part of my day is spent in front of my computer which provides me with entertainment, information, relaxation and where I pursue my only real hobby of photography. I am not very mobile due to the usual challenges of getting older but, as long as my brain stays in gear, I'll be happy.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 07:23:01 PM »

Hello Norman, welcome to the forum. I do enjoy taking photographs mostly of wildlife and farming. I'm not very professional, just with my iPad. I did have a cannon AE1 program many years ago, but its all digital these days.

What camera do you have and what are your favourite subjects for your photographs?

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 08:28:49 PM »

Hi Twm, good to meet you. Because I am not very mobile I am having to be satisfied with table top stuff and, I hope, some macro images. I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 and have recently bought an old Lumix GI which has been converted to shoot using Infra Red radiation. This fits in with my main interest in producing black and white images. In addition, I enjoy scanning old colour slides and negatives and trying to make reasonable pictures out of them. Years ago I had a wet chemical darkroom and now I have a digital darkroom.

If there is anything about photography that you or any of our members would like to ask, I will do my best to answer them.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 11:21:01 PM »

Hi Norman, I've had a bit of a clear out at home ( long over due). I found my old AE1 program, all its instructions and the original receipt from 1983. I also found a Miranda flash with filters that came free with the camera. I later bought a cannon speed light. Not found that yet.

Interested to hear about you developing film. In my role I was seconded into mental health care for a while in about 1992. The care was about rehab, they had a photography group which I worked with. They turned out one amazing stuff.

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 11:19:57 AM »

Its quite exciting when you discover things which you have missed for a long time especially if what you find is in working order. To find a film camera is quite a thing these days especially as many photographers are going back to film instead of digital. Back in the old days the development of film was geared to produce negatives which could then be printed in the darkroom but the idea nowadays is to scan the negative so that further processing may be done digitally.

To set up a darkroom requires not only adequate space but also cash for equipment which includes an enlarger whereas to go the hybrid route of scanned negative requires a scanner, computer and software. Those who are interested and reading this will have the computer, software is relatively cheap but a reasonable scanner is a bit costly. If you already have a 35mm camera then development is not difficult and does not need a darkroom. I developed my films in the kitchen using a developing tank into which the film was loaded using a lightproof bag. Those were the days but bags, tanks and chemicals are still available today and becoming more readily available month by month.

Let me know as and when you would like some more information.

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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 02:54:06 PM »

Hello
It would be great if you could put some pictures on the forum.
Best wishes
Gerald.
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 06:52:06 PM »

The thing is that I do not have many pictures, if any, which relate to Birmingham or its environs. If, on the other hand, you fancy looking at some photographs I will be pleased to sort some out and post them from time to time.

What are the forum's rules with regard to the sizes acceptable and the method of posting?
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2018, 07:38:29 PM »

I was thinking about hobbies that I used to do and one of them, which spanned quite a few years, was stamp collecting. I know, saving bits of coloured paper, cataloguing them and then carefully storing them in albums. This was a very educational hobby from which I learned a lot about other countries, their language, their histories and geography, their currency and ways of life.

Do you remember the stamp shops in Needless Alley? If I remember correctly there were two but I can't remember their names.
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« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 08:07:47 PM »

Hi Norman,remember the stamp shops very well.Because some friends of my wife went to live in New Zealand we had letters of them,so decided because they were on different subjects started to collect them.They used to get me miniature sheets ,first day covers and anything about N Z .As you say you learn a lot about different country's through stamps
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 08:44:53 PM »

I remember when we were kids in our local newsagents they used to sell packs of stamps from all over the globe. I brought loads of them. Wonder what happened to them Huh
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 09:27:19 PM »

Hello Townie
If we had 2 of something we would swop it with one our pals who had 2 of something else.
Simple things but we had great fun.
Gerald.
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