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Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Oct 2016

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    I've been experimenting with some time lapse photography recently. I only have an old 5D, and no intervalometer, so have to sit for hours at a time pressing the shutter at fixed intervals. have been experimenting with a few hand-cranked mechanical panning/ camera moving rigs. Just stitched the photos together in the gopro software. Will try to refine things more as I do more tests...

    All very rough, but these are just experiments.


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    Yeah, I'll update this thread/the blog etc soon. I've not really been on the internet very much (borrowing my mum's laptop to post this!), living on the boat most of the time, trying to get things done. Making good progress, and we're looking at launching in the spring now.

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    Forgive me if I've posted any of these before, but just uploaded a few gw690 shots on flickr. Some recent, some from earlier in the year. Some of these digital versions have been cropped to 8x6, for making some digital prints, for the sake of quick convenience.

    Portra 160, pushed a stop and a half. Awkward light, but pretty happy with the result. No reflectors or anything, just available light.

    Same day, same awkward light.

    Ektachrome 64

    Ektachrome 64

    A few more/highr res on flickr. All scanned on an epson v500.

    I still don't own a light metre, but I think I've got my eye pretty well calibrated now: I get 8/8 good exposures on most rolls.

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    Have been working as a mechanic for the Pivot factory racing DH team this year, and normally too busy to take many photos at world cups etc, but was wrenching for Bernard Kerr, who just won Hardline. Managed to spent a lot of time on the course during practise, as it was a lot more relaxed with just one rider and bike. It was nice not to have to contend with the crowds, and be hanging out with the riders as they hit these massive features for the first times.
    Only had a 20mm lens with me, so interesting having to look at everything in a wide-angle perspective.

    IMG_7875 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    IMG_7837 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    IMG_7853 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    IMG_7932 by Samuel Doman, on Flickr

    There are loads more on flickr, if you want to have a look.

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    The moon is entirely predictable.

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    Massive, picture-heavy post:

    So, I've had a 1972, 88", diesel series 3 for a while. She's called Dora, and this is her:


    I used her as a daily driver, and adventure vehicle for a while, and she never skipped a beat (apart from one time, when the alternator seized and broke the fan belt, but fixed it with shoe laces to get home). Decided we wanted to use her for some winter climbing expeditions, so gave her some much deserved love:


    The chassis was very good, but needed a littile bit of welding. Was all painted and waxoyled. Bulkhead is also very good too, with no rust. Rebuilt the head, rebuilt the steering (box, rod ends, swivels etc), fitted new brake lines, hoses, slave seals, drums and shoes all round. Replaced the springs and dampers, and had the injector pump and injectors reconditioned. Also fitted some reconditioned diffs from a discovery, giving a higher final drive ratio for long-distance cruising. When I do jobs like this, I'm pretty thorough, especially if doing something now means not having to do it in the future, so I replaced the Hardy-spicers and wheel bearings too.





    After all the work, she drove like a dream, and even topped out at 72mph with the new diffs! We drover her 1800 miles in a week, and carried on using her as a daily driver.


    However, she was still a bit tatty, so we (my climbing partner restores classic cars for a living) decided it was worth restoring her properly, with big ideas of an intercontinental over-land trip... So in the spring we stripped her back down, and started. Had the engine and gearbox professionally rebuilt, full nuts and bolts rebuild of the rest of the car, and professional respray. Decided not to replace any of the body panels, as I wanted to keep it as original as possible. It's a 45 year old farm vehicle, at the end of the day, not a concourse show car, and a few little dings and ripples in the aluminium panels shows the character!






    My mate, Josh, has done most of the work, and he's very good at what he does. Very happy with it now! Have replaced all the lights etc (not with LEDs, kept it all original, but uprated the headlights), and the wiring is all sorted too. Not shown in the pictures, but also had the roof resprayed. Unfortunately it's cost me too much money, and I'm rebuilding a boat at the moment, so I'm not going to be able to keep it. It's kind of sad, but as I haven't been driving it for a few months, it's slightly easier to let it go. It will all be fully finished in the coming weeks, and I'll photograph it properly. Will be sold with zero hours on the engine, so will include the first service. So this is an advanced opportunity, before it's officially advertised, in case anyone on here is after a restored classic land rover.

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    If anyone is after a decent rangefinder with an extremely sharp, fast lens (45mm f1.4), this is a bargain. I was browsing ebay, because I want another one, but can't justify it right now. One of the best cameras I've ever owned.