The above photograph was captured on my favourite little Olympus XA2, loaded with Rollei retro 400S film. I have been really concentrating the past three months on compact camera 35mm b/w photography. On one hand, I use the Yashica T2 AF compact, loaded with Kodak Tmax 400, that I then develop in Kodak Tmax developer; on the other hand, I use the XA2 loaded with Rollei Retro 400S, that I usually develop in Ilford LC29.
The Tmax camera produces smooth, clean, "nice" b/w negatives. The Retro 400S camera produces high contrast, rough and ready negatives, that often suffer from underexposed / under developed - but above all, high contrast and grainy. On the latest couple of films, I've been setting the XA2 exposure one stop up to ISO 200, and I've added a minute to developing time. They look better. However, it is because Retro 400S looks so odd and high contrast that attracts me to it. It makes interesting images. The film (as I understand), was initially produced for aviation aerial photography, and has near infrared range - for better cloud and mist penetration. Even with no infra red filter, it produces some interesting infra red-like results. I like it so much, I recently bought a ten pack.
Running with dogs
I've just completing my 23rd run in the campaign. Last month, with the dogs, I ran over 60 miles. Go our canicross team. I feel pretty confident at keeping it up. I have let the strength training go, but I'll pick that up again when I feel ready. Nutrition plans, I've been pretty good. Okay, I slip a little from time to time, but I have eaten one hell of a lot of vegetables and fruit over the past three months. Weight loss really slowed down after losing a stone and a half. I'm lucky to lose a pound a week. Still, I'm not going to let it put me off. This is a long term thing, not just a weight loss diet.
The below image is from Rollei Retro 400S in the XA2.
Right at the moment I'm feeling a little concerned and annoyed with 23andMe.com. I don't think that they are really looking after their European or outside-of-the-USA customers as well as they should be if they are serious about our markets. All information, updates, and shipping appear to be two class - USA, and Others. I'll let this journal know how it goes, and to be fair, it is early days.
On the paper maternal genealogy chase, I have today received from the GRO, a copy of the marriage certificate between my great great great grandparents, Reuben Daynes, and Sarah Quantrill, on the 26th April 1848, at Besthorpe parish church. Reuben's father is confirmed as Reuben Daynes (senior). It tells me that Reuben Dayne senior was actually a publican. Sarah's father was a Robert Quantrill, a labourer.
In my search for my mtDNA line, I must return to the Norfolk Record Office next, and search for a family of Quantrill's, headed by a Robert Quantrill. On more than one census, Sarah claimed that she was born at Wymondham, Norfolk, around 1827. I'll first look for baptisms of any Quantrill children in Wymondham or Besthorpe, around 1815 - 1840. I have seen what may have been my Sarah, staying with a family of Long's in Wymondham, age 13, in the 1841 census.
The above photo, taken on the Yashica T2/Tmax 400 film, is of my mother, my surviving mtDNA donor, standing next to (not the donkeys) a headstone for a William Quantrell. I don't yet know if he was a relative, but this is at Besthorpe church last week, and this William was several years older than my Sarah. He could potentially be an older brother of Sarah, and therefore my G.G.G.G uncle. If he indeed is, then his bones in that graveyard would contain the same lineage of mtDNA as myself and my mother here.