Tuesday, 19 April 2016

More of the same

I know, I know - I post far too many snaps of Portstewart Strand.  But here's another:

I think I'm going to have to take that one into the darkroom and print it out on some lovely paper sometime soon.  That one came out out of some Ilford HP5+ loaded in the FM3a via a 50mm f/1.8.  And while we're on the subject, FM3a is very strange identifier for a camera - I mean, there was no FM3 and no FM3b so what's all this 'FM3a' about?  (Ed: Answers on a postcard please to the usual address).

Those posts there tell a story.  There used to be more of them, and more evenly spaced - but that's what some Big Spring Tides do in this part of the world - they rip them out and smash them up and so men with big tractors have to come and re-set new ones ready for the summer rush.

And can you spot that wee bit of grey headland there in the middle of the shot, just poking out behind Inishowen peninsula?  That, dear friends, is none other than Malin Head.  The most Northerly point of Ireland I'll have you know - and if you ever listen to the BBC Radio4 shipping forecasts you'll know all about the Malin Head coastal weather station - usually after Ronaldsway and before Machrihanish, wherever they are...


  1. Nope, you don't... post too many snaps of Portsteward strand, and stuff from thereabouts. It's nice to have things like that to look at, you know, living over here where sandy beaches are a bit hard to find. At least when you compare them to the size of your strands over there.

    As for the Nikon FM3a, which is one camera I really would love to have around in my collection of far to many FM2 and F3 cameras, and such, I would think that they named it for the following reasons: a more or less standard FM camera, but with the automatic twist... hence the "a". FM+FE would be just as appropriate, me thinks. It does everything from both series, which is freakin' brilliant seen from my point of view. I need to go get one, some day. But that will not be today, or tomorrow for sure. I need to pause now, and use the ones I got. Which I do, luckily... At least to a point.

    And it's great to see that you got a northern which I have named my elder daughter after. She's called Malin... without the "head" even though she got a good one :)

    1. Thanks Roy. It is amazing what they packed into the FM3a I have to say. It's such a compact little beast too - those Nikon people certainly knew what they were doing 20-odd years ago. Still do, I guess, but can't say the digital bandwagon holds much interest for me. I just hope these old film cameras keep working for another wee while yet. At least there are plenty still around to still waste our money on.

      Malin, eh? That's a good one. Nice. Very nice. And I can well believe she has a good head on her, with those Karlsvig genes :)