Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Something Old, Something New

I was looking through a pile of old family photos when I came across this photograph of a German V2 rocket taken by my father probably sometime in the late 1940's at an air show. It may have been at Farnborough or Biggin Hill. I was there but I don't remember it at all. I know it was fairly soon after the 2nd World War when captured military atifacts were put on show to the general public. It was taken on roll film using a folding Kodak camera.


Something I have been trying to capture for a while is a photo showing Belmont TV tower and the spire of St. James church in Louth on the same view. This is the nearest I have got so far with Belmont on the left and the spire on the right. From where I live only the spire and tower of the church can be seen rising above the valley in which Louth sits.

Belmont and St. James

Needless to say this is an HDR processed mix of three photos which was re-processed in Paintshop Pro to bring out the subjects I wanted as they are easy to spot with the human eye but very difficult for the camera to resolve.


  1. The second shot is stunning, a grand bit of processing. The first is also very crisp and in remarkably good condition.

  2. Thank you Adrian. If I hadn't seen your many HDR shots I would never have known about the process.

    The first is a 8x6 inch print I made from the original negative about 40 years ago (when I used to have a darkroom). I did clean up the sky a bit as it was becoming blotchy. I was surprised how detailed a 120 roll film could be.

  3. Looks like you could get a little closer John and still get the two locations in.

    1. Easier said than done Roy. Undulations of the land and hedges get in the way.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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