The trigger…


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“The picture made by the camera is a more or less faithfull representation of what a single eye might have seen, and from the patches of light and shade in the positive photographic print the eye and the mind working together can arrive at a reasonably accurate interpretation of the form and nature of the objects portrayed.”

Ilford manual of photography, Chapter I, The mechanism of image formation


“Well, it would be nice if it went to Greece…” Gordon replied to my query. That led to conversations on cameras, our countries, people, the world. Also led to this series of musings that will be hosted here. Gordon Christie, a Scotsman. Nasos Papathanasiou, a Greek. Both on a camera bug.

The same object will have a different appeal photographed in Scotland and in Greece due to diverse light conditions. The blue sky of Greece Gordon wishes for, is a beautifull sight. However the sun is strong and direct, this translates to harsch shadows and colours. Scotland on the other hand, may have way less sunny days but the sun is almost always in angle. This makes up for friendlier shadows and saturated colours- a remark from Antonis, a good friend, a good photographer and photowalk companion.

You win some, you lose some…

But, enough with the light. The light was not “the trigger”.

As I was growing up, a distinctive sound was bringing a sense of joy and triggered my curiosity. A Sankyo sound 700 super/single8 projector was sending light through celluloid, forming moving images of my childhood on a Perfecta screen. I still have them, as I also have my father’s small metal rangefinder camera, his Yashica J.

I believe most of the scratches on the Yashica’s front element were made by me, wiping it, a common mistake. Eventually I grew up, and the triggered bug came to life.

Nasos Papathanasiou






Hello From Scotland


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I “met” Nasos electronically on a well known auction site.
A shared interest, in our case Photography, does not always mean a meeting of minds, but in this case I think it may mean that.
Whether that is true or not,
I’m delighted that he is allowing me to write on his website / blog.
I’m Gordon Christie, born in the Scottish capital city, Edinburgh but now living 10 miles west of Glasgow near the mouth of the river Clyde, one of several rivers in central southern Scotland. The other main river, the Forth, has dominated my life until I moved recently. The abundance of water shapes the Scots as much as it does the landscape. The word whisky comes from Gaelic uisge-beatha – the water of life. In this respect we differ from the people who inhabit Southern Europe.
When I think of that river, merging as it does in a wide estuary with the North Sea,
it is as a steel grey, vast body of water sliding silently west to east in its valley between the counties of Fife to the north and Lothian to the south. Sometimes of course it is blue but mostly it is grey. The history that goes with that river – there are Roman remains under the water at Cramond to the north of Edinburgh – is astonishing but the subject for a different blog than this.
The light in my part of the world is an unlikely catalyst (from Greek katalysis) for an interest in Photography – that word is also taken from the Greek for “drawing with light” – but the weather is so unpredictable and changeable that our landscape can be magically transformed in minutes. So it is arguably better light for landscapes than for example unremitting blue skies.
Many of us Scottish Photographers would probably trade some of our weather for some more unremitting blue skies however! Sometimes that is achieved by holidays in warmer places, like Greece.
Camera – from Latin. French – chambre; English – chamber. I used to wonder when I was younger and heard that a judge would hear evidence “in camera”, how that meant that it was in secret, away from the jury. Of course it means in (his) chamber or room.
So a camera is, strangely, a light tight chamber. No light enters unless a lens is attached. No evidence escapes unless deliberately allowed to.
I could begin by telling you about my first camera, a Halina as it turned out, or about our family camera, a Box Brownie, which had its own smell like warm cardboard and sported a mysterious red window. It was only brought out for Summer holidays on the Fife coast after an exciting journey by steam train over the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge or less often to places like Ayr. It seemed that a long roll of paper was put in, with great difficulty, then it was removed and taken to the Chemist and after a two week wait 3 or 4 unspoiled photos emerged in black and white.
Maybe starting at the beginning is a bit predictable, however.
I love cameras. I admire the design skills, the engineering, the ingenuity,
the look……just about everything. When did this start? I don’t really know.
Maybe I’ll start in the middle. Already well “into” cameras and Photography I made an impulse buy from America. A Gundlach-Manhattan Criterion half plate in a terrible state of disrepair. Gundlach history is pretty well documented on the net.
The Korona was a bigger seller. Even now you won’t see many Criterion examples but there are always Koronas kicking about.
The bellows were mostly dust but had been very thin leather. The mahogany wasn’t too bad but very dirty after years in a loft. The brass rack and pinion focus system was a carpet of oil and compacted dust and hair, accumulated over 100 years. It was jammed.
It neither racked nor pinioned!
The lens was black. Brass – but black. The glass was in reasonable condition. I can’t now remember what the focus screen was like. I need to go back to the photos that I took.
I needed a project having recently taken early retirement from a Corporate Taxation job with an International Life Assurance and Pensions Company that I did not like but which paid the mortgage. This was a project!
I painstakingly measured, sketched, recorded and dismantled the camera. I cleaned and polished the brass. I cleaned the wood. I researched and eventually found myself making replacement bellows. That was a journey in itself. They are made from 2 pieces of material with thin card strips between them like a sandwich. The measuring and cutting of the card stiffeners is crucial as is the folding and the placement of the seam.
Each stage was documented as much to remind myself where to put things when rebuilding as for any other reason.
I ended up making several versions of the bellows. Different materials were tried as well as thicknesses of card inserts.
This process however revealed something about me that I didn’t know. Something in my psyche – Greek again! – that was unsuspected. “Is it a flaw in my character?” I wondered.
I found the answer to that question.
I’ll share it with you in the next Episode (Greek epeisodion).


Gordon Christie

Scotland 2017


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May 02 2017


on route (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

(night time dialogue @ 2nd floor hotel room)

-What time should we wake up?

-Around 8:30-9:00 have breakfast, take the bus and be at the center about 10:00, stroll a little and go pick up the car ?

-What time are we due to pick it up ?




May 03 2017

The 10′ route with the bus was beautiful, the early clouds soon dissolved into a glorious sun and only a few were there to add an artistic touch on the sky canvas.

Edinburgh was sunlit and full of colour for our second time in Scotland.


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


in front of Scott Monument (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

(daytime dialogue @ -2 parking)

-So you are from Greece! You drive on the other side there!

-Yes we do!

-Are you nervous about driving here?


-Do you feel confident?

-Of course.

-Have you rented a car in the UK before?

-Well we were here last year and I drove from Edinburgh to Inverness to Dornie to Oban…



(note: driving in the other side of the road it’s a little weird at first, but in my opinion is not something that can stop you from exploring a country. You make your own schedule as to what to see and for how long. When you drive you have to be in focus, respect the others and the rules. You also have to remember which side are you on.)



Glamis Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

To get to Glamis we exited M90 and took A92 all the way to Dundee that way crossing Tay road bridge. Glamis is a small village with a huge castle on a huge property. From the gate to the castle with a limit speed, is a 1:30 minute drive…


Glamis Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

The guided tour inside the castle was full about its history, its legends and its royal residents. We even learned about its ghosts…


Glamis Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Glamis Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

Castles are great. So is the iconic Highland cattle.


Highland Cattle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

A94 took us to Perth for a quick bite before rolling further down.


Perth  (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Perth (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR) 

A short walk along river Tay and on to M90. There was still light when entering Edinburgh.

(Forth rd bridge time dialogue @ car)

-Would be nice to see the bridges from the ground.

-Yes, let’s turn left after the bridge for Queensferry.


Queensferry (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Queensferry (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Queensferry (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

The night was on its way and we were on the way for a drink.


Leith (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Leith (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Leith (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

A small dinner with the tales of a day’s views, a favourite malt and some wine for closure.


The Shore, Leith (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

(Leith time dialogue @ commercial st)

-Just 1-2 clicks and were off to the hotel luv.

-Sure. After all the view is great.


Leith (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


May 04 2017

(breakfast dialogue @ hotel)

-Those clouds will disperse in a couple of hours I’m sure. Weather predicts sunshine today also.

-We ‘re off to the Chapel first, right?



Rosslyn Chapel (Pentax K7 / 18-55 WR)  

It goes way back. From religion to knowledge, from abandonment to salvation. Sitting in the old benches inside in the right time, one can hear nice people recite the story.


Rosslyn Chapel (Pentax K7 / 18-55 WR)

(entry parking dialogue @ Rosslyn Chapel)

-She mentioned a castle near by…

-Yes she did. Need to look at the map, we thought only the Chapel is here.

-Let’s walk down this road. We have time, the bridge won’t go anywhere.


Rosslyn (Pentax K7 / 18-55 WR)

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Rosslyn Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55)


Rosslyn Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Rosslyn Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55 WR)


Rosslyn Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

(GR dialogue @ 35 miles away from Rosslyn)

-One is a motorway not much to see. The other is beautiful, old. The third one is gorgeous. Great decision to come here. What are you starring at?

-That red GR on the letter(?) box there.

-Snap the photo if you want and come see the bridge.

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just off A68 on B6360 (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

About 35 miles away from Rosslyn while on A68 just before going over river Tweed you exit to B6360 and once parallel with the river you search a place to park.


A68 over river Tweed (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Old Bridge, Leader water path (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Leaderfoot Viaduct (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Leaderfoot Viaduct (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Leaderfoot Viaduct (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


road, Leaderfoot Viaduct (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

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info on wood (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

(Leaderfoot dialogue @ wooden sign)

-Time to head on towards other waters.

-Hard to beat this bridge here.

-Yes, this and Culloden. Maybe the Glenfinnan too, but we will see it on another trip. Or another one we don’t know of yet. Now a castle is waiting by the sea…


won’t be long now (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

It was quite windy when we got there, I suppose the wind is always present cause of the location high over there at the edge. In the sea, the “white” rock, its beacon.

The Tantallon Castle.


Tantallon Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Tantallon Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Tantallon Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Tantallon Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Tantallon Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Bass Rock, Tantallon Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Bass Rock (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Bass Rock, Tantallon Castle (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Tantallon Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


nest (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

(nest photo dialogue @ Tantallon Castle)

-I vote for a nice meal in North Berwick and then back to Edinburgh to return the car.

-Ok, let’s drive by North Berwick seaside to see the colourful houses, eat and then stroll and have coffee in Edinburgh.


North Berwick (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


May 05 2017

(coin dialogue @ breakfast)

-Do we have enough coins for the bus tickets?

-I’ll count what we have and ask for more when I pay for breakfast.

-Ready for some sand in the beach?



Portobello Beach (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Portobello Beach (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Portobello Beach (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

The wind was strong but the sunshine great. People walking up and down the road by the sand or on the sand. It was the third day without a drop of rain.

(on beach dialogue @ portobello beach)

-Lets walk down some more and then take the bus back.

-We’ll enjoy the sun in the center today. A nice day to go to the village.


Dean Village (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

Surrounded by Dean Gardens and Water of Leith, lies Dean Village. You walk on Dean path and explore one of Edinburgh’s most picturesque places.


Dean Village (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Dean Village (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Dean Village (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Dean Village (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


The Laundry Square, Dean Village (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

Walking up Bells Brae away from the village, we turn left and stop to enjoy the view of the Dean Gardens from Queensferry Rd.


Dean Gradens (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)

(what next dialogue @ Queesnferry rd)

-What next?

-I’m thinking of a meal. Are you hungry?

-Yes. Then we can walk towards the castle and end up strolling on The Royal Mile for a drink.

-On Tolbooth Tavern.

-Oh yaeh.


At Zizzi (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


 On The Royal Mile (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Edinburgh (Pentax K7 / 18-55WR)


Tolbooth Tavern (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Tolbooth Tavern (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Tolbooth Tavern (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


May 06 2017


(Pentax K7 / 18-55WR video frame)

The ending from “Scotland 2016” post. Still applies with just a small change:

This was not a guide. Just some words and photos of our second trip in Scotland. There will be more, as we have open matters (Eilean castle with better weather, Ness boat trip, Thurso, Skye, Glenfinnan, more Oban, more Edinburgh, more Scotland.)  Time maybe on our side.




Scotland 2016


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May 17 2016

Stepping out of the airplane just after 01am a cold breeze welcomed our faces.

We had arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland.


walking to the first hotel (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE) 

   The airlink 100 bus was our way off the airport and after a while we were strolling near by into the peaceful night towards the hotel.

May 18 2016

A few hours sleep, a good breakfast and a cloudy morning.


close to Edinburgh airport (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

The bus returned us close to the airport to get our rented car.

I instructed myself to enter the car form the correct opposite side, where I would find the steering wheel. Then we drove off towards Stirling castle.

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view from Stirling Castle (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

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Elina and Bruce, Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)


… (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Stirling Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

The shinning knight watched towards the window as a pouring rain began.

It was time to move on.

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Doune (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

By the time we got to Doune Castle the rain was at ease with just a few drops here and there…


Doune Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Doune Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Doune Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

Leaving Doune we took A84 and A85 up to Killin, enjoying the scenery.

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Loch Lubnaig (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)

Then we got back on A9.


On A9 close to Aldclune (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


On A9 near Bogbain  (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

Checked in with some light left to enjoy a quick walk around the hotel by the river in the capital of the Highlands.


Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE_video frame)


May 19 2016


A new day, a good breakfast and a river to start.


Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Before going up, we had to go down. Cause there are two places near Inverness we wanted to visit. The third one was a bonus.


Culloden Battlefield (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Culloden Battlefield (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

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Culloden Battlefield (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Culloden Battlefield (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Culloden Battlefield (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)

An emotional place to walk through, with the monument stones for the clans and the small house.

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river Nairn  (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

On route from Culloden Battlefield to the prehistoric Clava Cairns crossing the river Nairn via a small bridge, the vegetation was not enough to hide a surprise…


Clava Cairns (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Clava Cairns (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Clava Cairns (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

Exiting the prehistoric site we turned right and down the road we reached an open area, there it was…

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Culloden Viaduct (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)


Back up again and along the road side by side with the famous loch. The route continued. Ness was calm.


Loch Ness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

We left A82 for A887 following river Moriston. Stopped to get coffee and snack to a beautiful cafe.


Redburn cafe (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Highland Cattles (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

Upon reaching Dornie the weather got pretty rough but there it was.

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Eilean Donan Castle (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

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Eilean Donan Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 Tri-x400)

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Eilean Donan Castle (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

On the road back to Ness territory for a castle, an exhibition place and a meal.


Urquhart Castle (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

The visiting hours on Urquhart were over. On to the center…

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Loch Ness Center & Exhibition (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

…the time was almost six in the afternoon, the center was closed. But the restaurant close by was open and it’s been a long day.


 Drumnadrochit hotel restaurant (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Drumnadrochit hotel restaurant (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

A salute to the cool mouse and back to Inverness for a walk.


Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Inverness (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Scotland’s national animal, Inverness (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)


May 20 2016

Next day finds us side by side with Ness once more. This time we admire her full length to the end as we head on…

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Loch Ness (KMZ FT-2 FujiC200)

The weather varied but we didn’t mind.

Frames from video while driving.

Soon to reach “Our land” …


Lady Elina of Glencoe (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

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Highland Titles, Glencoe (Rolleicord VA Portra400)


It was a great nature walk and with a “royal” feeling of pleasure as an outcome of contributing to this purpose, we drove off for Oban. We were half way there when we saw it.

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Stalker Castle (Rolleicord VA Portra400)

Arriving at Oban we decided not to walk through the town but head straight to were the town began.


The Oban Distillery (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)

The Oban distillery was built first, then the town grew up around it. We got the two last tickets on the last tour on a Friday afternoon. It was well worth it despite the hurry back to deliver the car on time in Edinburgh.


May 21 2016


All day out and about with no planned route and gloomy weather.

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 KodakGold100)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 KodakGold100)

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Greyfriars Booby, Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 KodakGold100)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)

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Edinburgh (Leica CL Jupiter12 T-max400)


May 22 2016


On the way to the airport we saw David and the sun lighting up Edinburgh Castle.


Edinburgh (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


Edinburgh (Xiaomi HM note 1LTE)


This was not a guide. Just some words and photos of our first trip in Scotland. There will be more, as we have open matters (Eilean castle with better weather, Ness boat trip, Thurso, Skye, Glenfinnan, more Oban, more Edinburgh, more Scotland.)  Time maybe on our side.

Have a lens. Make a camera. The N12072016.


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At some point, every one with the bug of using old photographic equipment, considers the possibility of building a camera. It may be a simple can pinhole or a big 8×10, the feeling is the same. Taking photos with your self made camera is a joy.

The Mamiya Sekor 65 6.3 lens was stated as “non working” and on sale for 25$. The shutter was stuck. My plot was to fix the shutter and adapt the lens to a Graflex 6×9 Speed Graphic. The 65mm lens on a 6×9 is like a 28mm lens on 135.
The first plan was a success. Got the shutter working and the lens was ready to “see”. But to mount a 65mm lens to a 6×9 Speed Graphic means you need to go way into the body to have the focus right and you end up off the rails. I didn’t like it. That was the excuse I needed. The lens got back to its beautiful helicoid and I revised the plot. I was going to make a 6×9 camera starting with that lens.

The two most important aspects of the making were:
1. Get the lens to the correct distance from the light sensitive material (film) in order to be focused on infinity. That way you use its helicoid and shot using hyperfocal focusing or zone focusing.

2. Turn a part of the house to a construction site and eventually build something (or else…)

I had the wood for the body given from Antonis Sarantos, and the “new” camera would share a 6×9 Suydam roll film back with my Graflex slr and a Russian turret finder with my Kiev4a for its 28mm viewer. Filippos Pikopoulos gave me a shoe for the finder, my father was there providing a pleasant company and opinion and the rest was about 20 hours of work.

I wanted to do all the work myself. I almost did. The wood was cut to a store cause my jigsaw wasn’t up to it.

The Mamiya Sekor 65 6.3 is a lens for the Mamiya Press system which has a unique breach lock mount. I needed to first cut the hole in the metal and then cut certain shapes for the lens to mount. This leaves some space were light can pass and had to be sealed from inside. I used white metal (alpaca) and spray paint it black leaving a sloppy spot where i punched the camera’s name.

The Suydam roll film back slides in/out in a brass made mount.

The N12072016 is capable of stealing moments from Time.

edit Jan2018:

with the “super 23 Mamiya 65mm Finder”

Honesti Drip


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Some years ago on a shelf in a friend’s kichen I saw two moka pots.

“… you have moka pots too! don’t you just adore these?” was my remark not saying a single word about the plastic electric automatic espresso machine further down on the bench.                       “… i am Italian , you will find at least one in most homes in Italy for making caffé “ she said. 

My journey in coffee is not very long, but I have reached a point were the search on equipment is parked at a very satisfactory personal point. A strange person like me, does not want a conventional maker. No, I got to use something I like to see. Drinking mostly espresso coffee, a La Pavoni Europiccola fits the need, taking over from a Presso espresso maker. And while I don’t live in Italy (yet), my first caffé maker was a single moka pot next to a trusty copper pot (for arabic coffee).

I gave my first moka pot to a friend as soon as I bought the spout one, an instant favourite (later on I also got the double spout) and honest hassle free companion at work and vacations, sometimes I prefer it even at home.  

” Moka pots don’t have what it takes to make true certified espresso…” Yes, despite the fact that the coffee I put in is brewed for espresso, I can’t call it espresso. Oh well, call it what you want. Do I like what I drink? Yes. Is it easy to make? Yes. You can easily take it anywhere? Yes. The pot needs almost no maintanance? Yes. Is it a beautiful object? Yes.

In 1933 Bialetti introduced the original mokka express. A stove top coffee maker. It’s still being made.

Leica CL personal mods


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The Leica CL (compact Leica) is by all means a very nice camera. It’s size, construction, feel and m-mount makes it a perfect film camera to carry with you on a daily basis.


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I got my CL for a very nice price cause of a faulty light meter and some user marks plus a bent in one of the strap lugs. But the important things, rangefinder and speeds are correct. That’s what i wanted cause the goal was to modify the camera to accept the Jupiter 12 f2.8 35. This lens normally does not fit cause the CL’s light meter arm is on it’s path due to the lens rear protruding element. The idea was taken from a friend, Antonis Sarantos, who had modified his CL to accept the Jupiter12. What he did was cut off the light meter arm and trim part of the metal behind it. He went deeper than me cause he wanted to mount his Schneider Super Angulon 21mm too.


I marked the cuts locked the camera in bulb mode got my jigsaw and my dremel tool.




The second mod had to do with the CL’s weak spot, the take up spool. Those plastic white teeth that become fragile over time and break is an issue.

My CL’s take up spool  had two teeth broken and i broke another one unloading a dummy film. So i searched for a solution. The replacement part is not easy to find and the cost is also a thing. You can try to find a Minolta x7 body that seems to have the same spool and remove it still you pay for the body,shipping and you need to mount it too plus you cannot be sure of its condition, it could also be dry and fragile. So what most people do is tape the film on the toothless spool.

I needed something more permanent and the solution came from one of my fsu cameras. I have great respect for the fsu cameras and it grew bigger when i noticed the take up spool of my zorki 4.


The metal part on this plastic spool is where you insert the film in order to hold it tight on the spool. On these spools that part is removable. I had another metal spool for the zorki 4 where the metal part is permanent. So the plastic one saved the CL’s take up spool.


The upper part of the CL’s take up spool is about the same diameter so all you need is dig path for the metal to snap in.



I went only as deep needed for the part to snap in, i didn’t want to force the plastic much.


I believe it is quite a permanent solution and the only thing needed is to cut the tongue of the film cause it is on the lower side and you snag it on the up side.

My CL is now all set.

Leica CL-01_1457632244813



Konishiroku Pearl II




      In 120 medium format film the rectangular frame option is favourite by many over the square one.
      The vast majority of cameras are 6×6 and 6×9. Other options are 4×4 , 4×5.5 ,  6×4.5 , 6×7 , 6×17.
       The 6×4.5 is one of the best options combining the quality of medium format the rectangular frame and 16 frames per roll of film.
      The choices in cameras are not so many and if searching for an easy way into 6×4.5 an old folder is to be considered.
      The above photograph pictures a Konishiroku Pearl II camera.
       Konishiroku was the company that later came to be the well known Konica.
A little search on the net is all needed for the full history.

       The Pearl II features a coupled rangefinder, a 3.5/75 Hexar lens and a Konirapid-S shutter with speeds from 1s to 1/500 and B.
        This model is from the early 50’s and was not in good condition. The lens was heavily occupied and a test roll revealed a small hole in the bellows, the shutter was sticky and the rangefinder was not correct.


     The bellows hole was patched, that was the easy part. The lens cleaned up from the visitors leaving only some permanent inhabitants.
     The hunt for the rangefinder fault cought a loose mirror. That was a bigger pain for it is a tiny mirror that will not forgive the smallest movement.
     The last pain was the shutter. That was the first time i opened a folders shutter. It was not easy. When you come to a full frustration you need to let it, relax and start again. Somehow you will get into its theory of operation and find what’s need to be done.



  For all us crazies with old cameras it is a great pleasure to ressurect one to a usable condition.


A Photograph. Its completion.



Walking down the battlefield of us versus time.

The battle is certain to be lost, but through it we are able to hold time and steal fragments of it. These are kept in our minds as memories and stay with us.

We have gone a step further and invented the way to share those memories with others, even strangers, long after our time.

A photograph. A small wound for time, of huge importance for us.

Deep into the digital age we forget one crucial thing: A photograph is not meant to be lost in a hard drive. Its meant to be printed.

A photograph needs its body.  Its completion.  





An object of great history the compass.

Found in various materials and in slight different shapes, the compass can resemble a traveler’s character.

For it may be made of brass, a classic look, a steady force that time lies on adding its wisdom.

It may be of plastic, a more modern, more stylish for some, but prone to breaks and twists over time.

It may be steady to an route, or it may change paths following some wind.

As the traveler is in a continuous search, there will be luck, misfortune, good and bad journeys, right and wrong paths.

I have travelled some.

I have found my port.