Williamstown Gardens

The following photographs were taken yesterday on a short visit to the Williamstown Botanical Gardens. The official start to Spring is still a few days away, however, if one kept out of the chilly breeze, one would think it had started a little early.

Flowers, Botanic Gardens, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

By chance, the entry I used had me walking towards the sun. A lot of what I saw was backlit; not a bad thing.

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Historic Camperdown

Continuing from a previous post, Using Expired Film, the following photographs are of some of the historic buildings which are found in the small country town of Camperdown. In an ever-changing world, many small towns use their past history as a means of attracting tourists to their area.

Old Leura Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria. Built 1857-59

The Leura Hotel is the earliest hotel in Camperdown, built for P. Douglas and J. Stevenson in 1857-59. Bluestone stables were added in 1860 by a new owner D.S. Walker and used by Cobb and Co. as a coach terminal and office.

Masonic Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Masonic Hall of Camperdown is built of rubble blue-stone. It was designed by one of the lodge members, John Young. It was constructed in 1867-68 and is one of the oldest surviving, continuously used purpose-built Masonic Lodges in Victoria.

Old I.O.O.F Hall, Camperdown-built 1896

Once the meeting place of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the hall is now the home of the Camperdown Historic Society.

Mechanics Institute, Camperdown, Victoria
Hampden Hotel, Camperdown, Victoria

The above photographs were taken using Kodak Black and White 35mm print film. The camera was a Nikon EM SLR.

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Using Expired Film

As a photographer, I know that using expired film has inherent risks. However, over the years, I have used expired film and I have never been disappointed-until now!

The film I used for this project was about 20 years old. It was Kodak Black and White 35mm print film, ISO 400. It was designed to be processed in C41 chemicals. 

A card, attached to the box containing the film, has the following printed on it:

Make Time Stand Still in Black & White

  • Extremely fine grain and outstanding sharpness make this film ideal for enlargements.
  • Processed at any photofinisher with standard color processing.

Do not process in black and white chemicals.

My first impression of the film is simply it is an extremely grainy film; certainly, there is more grain than the Kodak Tri-X 400 film I have been using recently. Or, has it become more grainy with age?

Failure (shown for an example only) -the first photo on the roll.

There were a few failures like the above photo. I am thinking that the age of the film has played a large part in these failures.

A side view of the Camperdown Post Office, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

Like many towns in regional areas of Australia, there are many heritage or historic buildings, many built in the 19th century or early 20th century. Post offices played an important role for the people of these areas, often isolated from the rest of the world.

The Old Shire Hall, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Hampden Shire Hall, designed by leading Melbourne architects Smith and Johnson, was built in 1886. The architects designed the building in a Lombardic Romanesque style. It was constructed by local contractors McAllister and Stansmore.

I must admit the old Hampden Shire Hall is my favourite building in Camperdown.

Old Court House, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia

The Old Court House was erected in 1886-87 by W. A. Moore, contractor. It replaced an earlier wooden structure of 1859. It was designed by architect G. B. H. Austin of the Public Works Department, who designed it in a medieval Gothic Revival style.

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I spy…

A walk around a small town not far from where I live revealed just how many photographic opportunities abound when one is willing to open one’s eyes and mind.

Many years ago I was told: “There are 10 thousand pictures within 10 minutes of home.” Those words have stayed with me ever since and are foremost in my mind whenever I pick up my camera and venture out.

So, in this instance, it was a case of “I spy with my little eye something beginning with O. Old!”

The Old Wooden Shed, Beeac

An old wooden shed down a side street, with its weathered timber and slight lean, was a certain candidate for a photograph.

Old Bedford Truck

They don’t make them like this anymore! No plastic in this blast from the past – an old Bedford truck once a common sight on our roads.

Old Common School

The Common School is now a private residence. Built in 1868, this bluestone building has had many uses – first as a school, then between 1923 and 2004, it was the Presbyterian Sunday School. It has been used as a hall by many other organisations also.

The above photographs were all taken using a Nikon EM SLR film camera loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film.

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Streets of Footscray

I recently did a photo shoot in the streets of Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne. It is a fantastic place for this type of photography.

My camera of choice for this shoot was a Nikon EM SLR film camera and I had loaded with Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film.

Railway Station

Footscray Railway Station

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1904 – Historic facade

Mural

Street Art

Mural

Street Art

Mural

Street Art

 

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Antiques

The following photographs were shot using film (Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white negative film). I believe that by using black and white film it compliments my love of taking pictures of old buildings. Many of these old buildings were built in the 19th century or early 20th century, and seem to have more character than many modern buildings.

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Fingal, Tasmania

After departing Avoca, we continued along the Esk Highway to another little town named Fingal.

It is believed that Fingal was named by Roderic O’Connor who, with John Helder Wedge, surveyed the area in 1824, after Fingal’s Cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

 

Fingal Post Office

Fingal Post Office – 1907

We stopped outside the Post Office and my first impression was our well kept it was – complete with a picket fence. White paint has a way of making things look fresh and this was no exception.

 

St Peters Anglican Church

St Peter’s Anglican – 1867

Dedicated in 1867, St Peter’s Anglican Church is the town’s oldest church.

The Old Fingal Hotel

The Old Hotel – 1844

The Fingal Hotel was originally licensed as the Talbot Arms in 1828. A two-story hotel was built in 1844.

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The two photographs above are believed to be of the Old Town Hall, built in the early 1900s. It is privately owned and has been placed on the market.

Our visit to Fingal was very brief. But I am hoping to return to this part of Tasmania for a longer stay. If I do, I will certainly explore this quaint little town further.

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