Photo101: Treasure & Close Up

I liked the way our assignment was put across today, because I’m definitely one of those people for whom “treasure” is not about material value, for me it’s all about the emotional attachment.

When my late father died he had two wrist watches; one was an Omega and it was quickly claimed by my materialistic young sister, not I suspect for any emotional attachment but purely for what the thing was worth! The other old valueless watch suited me fine, it doesn’t work any more, but it’s the watch that I can remember Dad wearing when I was very young and without the encumbrance of that annoying younger sibling!! Now here’s a funny thing, I couldn’t find that old watch today! You know that feeling? It’s somewhere safe, but for the life of me I can’t remember where!

In that case I turned to another piece of treasure and in a way its something much more suited to Photo101, again the link is with my late father, but this time it’s his old camera.

This is an Ensign and Ross Selfix 820 Special dating from 1953.

Ensign and Ross Selfix 820 Special.

Ensign and Ross Selfix 820 Special.

For the technical, it takes 120 roll film has a f3.8 10.5mm Ross Xpres lens which will stop down to f22. Shutter speeds range from one second up to 1/250th second. It has a part leather-covered body and leather bellows.

To my knowledge Dad only ever shot back and white film through this camera. As a result I thought that a couple of monochrome close-ups were appropriate!P1050529image
On the open market, I don’t think that this camera is worth very much, but to me it’s priceless.

I believe that Dad bought it new, no one else has ever used it and at least whilst I’m alive no-one else ever will, it’s too emotionally precious for me to see that happen.

I hope you understand.

Catch you soon.



Photography 101. Todays assignment: Treasure

Hmmm, tricky!

Another one that got me really thinking, because my idea of treasure is quite off the wall.

My wife despairs of the collection of random things that I class as “treasure.” Things like pieces of rock from geological sites that I have visited, a sliver of wood from Mametz on the Somme, a pebble from a Cornish beach, a button from an old uniform, a feather from the first pheasant one of my gun dogs retrieved.

It’s all very random and apart from my emotional attachment, frankly worthless, but that’s the essence of it to me, emotional treasure is priceless!

So whilst pondering today’s task I discovered my latest treasure as we did the rounds of our animals this morning. The first goose egg and the first duck egg of the season, magic and something to really treasure!

Left Goose: Right Duck

Left Goose: Right Duck

They make quite a nice side lit photo as well.

Just for scale this is a shot of the goose egg next to a normal size pen, you’ll need big toast soldiers for this one!DSCF3785

I bet my friend Lili could use these in one of her wonderful cakes!

Catch you all soon.