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Plastics

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Plastic.

I had a few photos picked out for the challenge before thinking of different types and uses of plastics. As a result the selection changed three or four times before I decided enough was enough and to go with the current selection.

Weekly Prompts: Plastic

Plastic scissor handles photographed with a fast portrait lens for a very shallow depth of field. I found the shapes and colour combination interesting.

One Word Sunday: Plastic

Reusable plastic water bottles. There’s probably three or four types of plastic used in the different parts. I’ve been using these bottles for years.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Switch It Up

An early Cordura camera bag. In the early 1980s there wasn’t a lot of plastic being used in cameras and lenses. But a few years earlier scientists had discovered how to dye the material known as Cordura. This is my original Tenba camera bag. Made from Cordura and other plastics I still have the bag 40 years later.

Fan Of... Old Fashioned Technology

A selection of plastic bubble (spirit) levels. I have had one in each camera bag for years. Used for leveling the camera I still use one as they’re more accurate than the electronic level built into some cameras these days.

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Fan Of… Old Fashioned Spirit Levels

This is a contribution to Jez Braithwaite’s Fan Of… #57.

These are the various spirit (bubble) levels I use to level cameras. The large ones are carried in each of my regularly used camera bags. They were originally used for leveling desktop processors in darkrooms. I walked into a camera store in the early 1990s and there was five of the levels on sale in the corner of a display cabinet. I brought them all and have been using them on the quick release clamps of my various tripod heads ever since.

The smaller (inaccurate) levels I glue to camera supports and brackets with epoxy resin. The epoxy allows me to adjust the level so that it reads accurately.

I still use them despite many of the modern digital cameras have electronic levels built in.

Fan Of... Old Fashioned Technology