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  1. grebeman

    2019 Kingsbridge Vintage Bus Running Day

    This is the 12th year of the rally that replicates the old bus routes that used to serve many of the outlying villages in the South Hams centred on Kingsbridge. This is a small selection of the many photographs taken on the day. This AEC Regent was new to Devon General in 1957. I only...
  2. grebeman

    Kingsbridge 800 (Grebeman does the streets, in colour, never!)

    A day of medieval celebrations when Kingsbridge celebrated the 800th anniversary of being granted a market charter in 1219. Medieval Sreet MusIcians The Hurdy Gurdy traces its origins back 1000 years, the Bagpipes over 2000 years Medieval meets modern Barker for the test your strength...
  3. grebeman

    Beware, tractor at work

    These images are from August 2017, I thought they'd been lost but have found them somewhere I didn't expect them to be. They show my landlord, Graham, at work with his front loader tractor spreading new gravel down from the drive into Home Farm to my cottage, The Bulls House. He'd...
  4. grebeman

    2018 Kingsbridge Bus Rally

    Once again the time for this rally has come. I can't believe that it is the 11th and I have attended them all, but then for most of that time I've lived along one of the routes used. I have to admit that many of the subjects are the same as 2017 so, if I'm around for the 2019 rally perhaps I'll...
  5. grebeman

    Gimp 2.10

    With Gimp 2.10 now beginning to appear in repositories for Linux distributions I have just updated from Gimp 2.8 to 2.10. Given that the version number has only increased from 2.8 to 2.10 you might expect a small change to have taken place. Nothing could be further from the truth, the whole face...
  6. grebeman

    Fox Cubs

    I've been seeing a single fox cub for a few days now, but it always runs away under cover. The vixen has been leaving food out. Today there were two cubs present, initially they seemed to be asleep and stayed their ground rather than running away, perhaps safety in numbers. The nearest one...
  7. grebeman

    Styles of Ploughing

    With the change in weather from winter to summer almost overnight farmers hereabouts are racing to catch up with spring ploughing. Devon has had its 4th wettest March on record and was the wettest county in the UK. They are 3 or 4 weeks late with spring cultivation and ploughing, harrowing...
  8. grebeman

    Storm Emma wreaks havoc on the A379

    The A379 is a major trunk road along the south Devon coast linking the towns of Kingsbridge and Dartmouth and passing through many small villages along the way. Between Torcross and Strete Gate it runs along a shingle ridge that separates a fresh water lake, Slapton Ley, from the sea. This...
  9. grebeman

    Transitioning to RawTherapee and GIMP-Engines on the line

    During the recent SIJ I took the opportunity to transition from processing my images in ACR or DxO Optics and Photoshop to RawTherapee and GIMP. I think I've now cracked it, certainly in terms of monochrome, and have been processing many of my older images. Over the years I've taken many at the...
  10. grebeman

    Transitioning to RawTherapee and GIMP-People on the railway

    During the recent SIJ I took the opportunity to transition from processing my images in ACR or DxO Optics and Photoshop to RawTherapee and GIMP. I think I've now cracked it, certainly in terms of monochrome, and have been processing many of my older images. Over the years I've taken many at the...
  11. grebeman

    Ricoh Just bought a GXR, why did I wait so long?

    As a very early adopter of the m4/3 system in the days before there was a selection of good prime lenses I built up a collection of Cosina Voigtlander rangefinder lenses with the 39mm LTM. I had some success with these on the old 12Mp sensor G1 and GF1 but have found more edge smearing and...
  12. grebeman

    Ditsworthy Warren House-otherwise the farm house in the movie Warhorse

    In an isolated spot in south west Dartmoor lies Ditsworthy Warren House which was used as the farmhouse during location filming of Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel "Warhorse". The images, taken on a Sigma DP1M, were made on two different days hence the different...
  13. grebeman

    Dusted off my FZ200 for some insect photography

    I've been considering getting an FZ1000 to replace my FZ200 which I've recently been carrying around on bird watching walks in case I run into a rare bird in which case I can at least get a record shot. I've also been photographing some insects with it, usually at full zoom which limits me to...
  14. grebeman

    Kingsbridge Bus Rally 2017

    The 10th rally for old buses held in and around Kingsbridge in South Devon. The 1945 Bristol K6A makes its way towards Slapton village alongside Slapton Ley (freshwater lake) The K6A returns alongside the sea en route for Kingsbridge A closer shot of the K6A, formerly a local bus This...
  15. grebeman

    A Duchess rushes through the village

    To be precise, the "Duchess of Sutherland" on her way to Plymouth with a steam hauled special Barrie
  16. grebeman

    2015 Kingsbridge Bus Rally (Devon, UK)

    The 2015 Kingsbridge Bus Rally marked its 8th year recreating mostly country bus routes around south Devon. The first bus of the morning from Totnes to Kingsbridge was not the one advertised in the programme, instead this very smart 1951 Leyland 7RT with Park Royal body built to London...
  17. grebeman

    Leica South Brent Folk Festival (with the Leica D-Lux type 109)

    This years South Brent (my village in south Devon) Folk Festival was held on the 4th July. I understand that that date has a certain significance across the "pond" so quite a bit of it was devoted to styles of American folk, particularly Bluegrass and Appalachian mountain music. However it did...
  18. grebeman

    Leica Some Dartmoor shots with the Leica D-Lux Type 109

    Clapper Bridge across River Avon by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr Huntingdon Warren above the Western Walla Brook by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr Huntingdon Warren-b+w by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr Red Brook Mire by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr A pony looking for some friends by...
  19. grebeman

    Welcome to part of my high and windswept world

    Since my move to South Brent I take every opportunity to get out onto Dartmoor. It's not all as featureless as some of these shots would suggest, more from lower down in the valleys at some future date. Clapper Bridge across River Avon by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr It's good if you can find...
  20. grebeman

    A sight not seen on Dartmoor for many a year

    I've not been active on this forum for some time, however I was stirred into thinking about posting again following a pm from Bart (bartjeej) at the weekend asking how I was. I've recently moved house once again back to a more rural location where amongst other things I've been very occupied...
  21. grebeman

    Micro 4/3 Holding the Leica D-Lux (type 109)

    As posted over at Leica Place I've been able to modify a Cullman quick release plate such that it can stay in place on the Leica D-Lux and still allow for the battery to be removed. The Cullman shoe is a plastic material and so lends itself to being modified using hand tools only if that's all...
  22. grebeman

    Leica First thoughts on the Leica D-Lux Type 109

    I was interested in the concept of the Leica D-Lux Type 109 and in particular the ability to change settings such as speed, aperture, exposure compensation and the like using dials in the manner of the old "analog" (film) cameras. Having taken delivery of one about a week ago I found that the...
  23. grebeman

    What a difference 3mm can make (some images reshot with a 12mm focal length lens)

    A few days ago I started a thread https://www.photographerslounge.org/showthread.php?t=31377 and one of the responses (from Nic, aka Luckypenquin) queried the "tight cropping" of some of the images. I explained that I was using a 15mm lens (on a m4/3 camera) and that the location was such that I...
  24. grebeman

    Anyone fancy a walk down some Devon lanes (sorry to you gear buffs, lots of images)

    I thought I'd begin a project to try and capture some of the remaining rural flavour of south Devon, so here are some images (14 actually) from a walk near South Brent. I began near the hamlet of Cheston. 140828-1100623 by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr No sooner had I begun than I had to...
  25. grebeman

    An American steams into Buckfastleigh

    These typical American switchers (shunters to us Brits) were introduced by the US Army Transportation Corp in 1942. Many were sent over to Europe, and indeed beyond, and 14 were purchased by the Southern Railway in 1946. This one was a visiting engine on a military weekend on the South Devon...
  26. grebeman

    A Black Five on foreign territory dares to enter Cornwall

    This class of steam engine, known as a Black Five, never appeared in this part of the world in the days of steam on the UK railways. Today 45407 ventured west into Cornwall. 140629-1100448 by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr Here it is exiting the western portal of Isambard Kingdom Brunels...
  27. grebeman

    Dartmoor in mono part 2

    Number 2 in what might become a series of Dartmoor in mono images. A morning when I carried some camera gear on my Wheatear survey, and concentrated more on the photography rather than the Wheatears :rolleyes: 140608-DP1M0739 by barrie.whitehall, on Flickr In the distance is Ditsworthy...
  28. grebeman

    Fuji Saw my first Fuji X-Pro1 today

    Whilst out on Dartmoor today carrying out my bird survey work I saw in the distance a photographer engaged in landscape photography with a tripod mounted, rather slim camera fitted with an obvious old fashioned thread cable release. Now thinks I, there aren't many modern cameras with a threaded...
  29. grebeman

    Image loading speeds

    I've noticed recently that some images in posts are taking three or four minutes to load, whilst others load in seconds. Whilst the pixel dimensions of the image appear to satisfy the requirements of the forum rules I'm unable to ascertain what the total file size is. Are there instances of...
  30. grebeman

    Dartmoor in mono part 1

    I'm getting rather fixated with portraying Dartmoor in mono, even to the extent of setting my Sigmas to b+w and using a yellow filter, So I thought I'd take the liberty of starting a thread to bring some of them together. On the slopes of Swelltor 140514-DP1M0696 by barrie.whitehall, on...
  31. grebeman

    Anyone know London well enough to recognise these? (Oh, they're in Arizona)

    These granite blocks, 12 in number and partially carved lie abandoned at Swelltor Quarry on Dartmoor. The quarry closed in 1906 and these lie there for all the world like the famous unfinished statues on Easter Island. I understand that somewhere up in one of the quarries lies an assembled pier...
  32. grebeman

    Sigma Spirited departure

    By way of a change on what has been a busy couple of days for old engines working the mainline I thought I'd photograph at Plymouth Station (or as I still call it North Road). My Mother was born just a few minutes walk from the other end of the station. Anyway, to business. 140510-DP2M0583 by...
  33. grebeman

    Double headed on Hemerdon Bank with 14 up (mainline steam)

    In the space of some 30 miles between Newton Abbot and Plymouth in south Devon are the third, fourth and seventh steepest inclines on the British mainline railway system, collectively known as the South Devon Banks. They were a formidable challenge in the days of steam. Today that era was...
  34. grebeman

    An Ivatt in deepest Devon

    A visiting locomotive on the South Devon Railway, an LMS Ivatt designed Mogul, although actually built in British Rail days at Swindon works in 1953, but a long way from it's former running area of north Wales. The "perisher". Replicating a perishable goods train, here with milk tankers...
  35. grebeman

    Sigma A high and lonely Dartmoor pub, Warren House Inn

    Standing alongside the Two Bridges to Moretonhampstead road is the Warren House Inn, the present building dating from 1845 was built opposite the previous pub. When finished a lighted peat faggot was taken from the grate in the old pub to the new pub and the fire has reputably been lit ever...
  36. grebeman

    More Images from Dartmoor (7 in total)

    A couple of fine, and for the time of year warm days, have seen me visiting the moor whilst tourist numbers are still thin on the ground This clapper bridge at Postbridge, frequently photographed during the season, was likely to have been built in the old style as late as the 1300's AD, so...
  37. grebeman

    More Branch line steam

    30053 with an early morning parcels train alongside the River Dart The boiler backhead of 30053 Later in the morning 30053 makes a spirited start with a 3 coach passenger train 3205 makes a start from Buckfastleigh with the cylinder drain cocks wide open, more steam than engine...
  38. grebeman

    Sigma Steam on a frosty morning

    With most mainline rail services in south Devon and Cornwall suspended the South Devon Railway has at least been able to run services having cleared the line of a landslip that occured at the very end of 2013. This morning was bright and chilly, with a frost on the ground and black ice on...
  39. grebeman

    Sigma Dartmoor walk around Sheepstor (7 images)

    Another morning with periods of excellent clear winter light saw me walking around the Sheepstor area of Dartmoor. Looking north from above the village with the flat topped Sheepstor itself in the background and on the horizon to the left of Sheepstor the pencil thin mast of the BBC transmitter...
  40. grebeman

    Sigma A Dartmoor pony on the wrong side of the cattle grid

    Whilst out walking on Dartmoor this morning I came across a pony that was on the wrong side of a cattle grid, that's a series of metal slats over a pit in the road which is of course designed such that they won't cross it, although I do recall some that used to lie down on one side and then roll...
  41. grebeman

    Sigma Between weather fronts with light to die for

    The fast moving jet stream that has been bringing us wind and rain is also responsible for some remarkably clear air, so when we do see the sun the quality of the light is exceptional. This was today on Dartmoor. The river Plym below Trowlesworthy Tor Further up the Plym. There's...
  42. grebeman

    Sigma River Yealm, the river that currently belies its name

    Yealm, an Anglo Saxon word meaning kind, peaceful or tranquil, depending on the source consulted. Following our recent rain the river is far from peaceful at the moment. A short river, just some 12 miles in length rising on southern Dartmoor at about 1400 feet above sea level, here it is...
  43. grebeman

    Say a prayer for a missing student of photography

    On Thursday afternoon an 18 year old student of photography left his home in the hamlet of Membland to walk the mile or so to the coast in order to photograph the bad weather. Sadly he's not been seen since, that is over 48 hours and now the third night. On Friday there was torrential rain...
  44. grebeman

    Below the moor in Owley Bottom

    This morning I took advantage of a short break in our stormy weather to walk around Owley Bottom, the valley of the Glaze Brook as it decends off Dartmoor. The walk initially took me past Lady's Wood and then out onto a network of country lanes. The morning sun breaks out from behind the...
  45. grebeman

    5 from the Glaze Brook with GF1 and adapted Nikon lenses

    I've given the black and white treatment to some of my Glaze Brook images from 11th December, all taken on a Panasonic GF1 35mm f/2.8 35mm f/2.8 105mm f/4 micro Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Nikkor Barrie
  46. grebeman

    Micro 4/3 8 images from a Dartmoor walk, 50% being "retro" (GF1 with adapted lenses)

    With another fine day breaking our run of grey weather, due to return tomorrow, I ventured a little way up the Glaze Brook on the southern edge of Dartmoor this morning. Two cameras were carried, a G6 with a Panasonic 14-45mm zoom and a GF1 with a 35mm f/2.8 Nikkor and a 55mm f/2.8 micro Nikkor...
  47. grebeman

    Micro 4/3 Going all retro, Panasonic GF1 with 105mm micro Nikkor

    Remember the GF1? Well today I decided to take a GF1 fitted with a 105mm micro Nikkor lens with me on a walk on Dartmoor with a view to taking a few shots to see if it would make a dedicated macro/ close-up set up. I took each shot at four aperture values, f/8, 11, 16 and 22 with a view to...
  48. grebeman

    Photographing you photographing me

    When I examined this photograph in detail I'm pretty certain that the guy on the bridge of the tug Morgawr is actually photographing me whilst I was photographing him, or rather the tug. He would seem to be using a very small compact or a phone, so I guess I'll be pretty insignificant in his...
  49. grebeman

    Royal William Victualling Yard-Plymouth (10 black and white images)

    Built between 1826 and 1835 The Royal William Victualling Yard supplied Royal Navy ships from Devonport dockyard with most of the supplies required for their voyages. The grade 1 listed yard was decommissioned and sold in 1992 and has become an area of up market flats (apartments), boutiques...
  50. grebeman

    Remembrance Day (feel free to add any appropriate images to this thread)

    As befits a city with a long military tradition, particularly with the navy, marines and commandos, Plymouth hosts a large remembrance day ceremony. I can't help feeling that attendance at a smaller gathering might have been more meaningful, however here are a few images from this mornings...
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