Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Moving on

Moving on from my early beginnings in photography, Lindsays photographers was sold off just a few years after I had left for a new adventure, another photographic employer JD Brown in Castle Street , Dundee. This was a modern upgrade to the rather basic laboratory I had just left. Things were mostly automated, no more manually having to lift rods of acetate film in development processing, but a new electrical system which lifted the rods and moved them through each chemical bath on a timed system, eventually dropping the rods of film in to a heated conveyor which dropped the rods into another room where the girl printers took over.

This was processing on a large scale and was probably the biggest lab in Dundee at the time. I will continue with the narrative on my next post as there are lots more to tell. JD Brown was also a commercial photographers business and I was also involved in this side.

Monday, 15 June 2020


Yesterday I had a thought about moving my Blog over to a WordPress Blog which was available on my website, the idea being that I would have full control of the Blog. I spent some time reading up on WordPress and it seemed like a good idea.

It was set up automatically from my website control panel and very quick too. I had already downloaded my Blogger content to an .xml file ready for the import to WordPress, and that was an easy task too.

Then came the customize part, adding a theme and various other things to make the blog presentable, this part was to say the least very frustrating and not easy at all. In the end, frustration took over and I removed the WordPress blog from my website.

At least I gave it a try and all that was lost was a few hours of my time.

Another Photo Restoration

Continuing on the Photo Restoration theme, here is another one of myself from 62/63 from a very small print I still have, it was scanned some time back and finally got round to restoring it to a reasonable condition.

The print was on lustre paper, one of the worst types to scan, no idea who took the photo, the hat was made from a large manilla envelope, the jacket was bronze coloured with a nice warm collar. Have happy memories of working there, Lindsays Chemists and Photographers, Step Row in Dundee. The shop was in Castle Street, Dundee and was eventually sold to another Photographic business, Elena Mae.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Posting comments

Not one comment has been posted to my Blog since it started,so checked google and it seems the default comment setting "embedded" was causing the problem as I had tried commenting myself which did not work.

Changed the comment setting to (pop up box) tried it out and it works fine.

Can someone carry out a test comment on any post for me to prove it works, many thanks.

Have got the comments working now, thanks to my pal Scott for testing it out.

Was it so long ago

Busy going through old photos and restoring them, came across this one from the early 60's when I worked as a darkroom technician in a lab at Step Row, Dundee, used to cycle to work from Fintry the housing estate we lived in at the time,  hence the cycle shoes. I was busy setting the points on this old BSA Bantam which was used for delivering finished photos to various chemist shops in town. Happy days. Not too sure, but think this would have been 62/63 ish.

Monday, 8 June 2020

USB SD Card Reader

Years back I had a PC that had a card reader built in and in those days it got used a lot. I recently got my Lumix camera out and had to charge both batteries through lack of use.

Had a specific picture in mind and captured it no problem. Got back indoors and after spending like what seemed ages, found the camera USB lead, plugged the camera in and had forgotten the long winded procedure of getting to the images to download. Eventually figured it out and downloaded the images I wanted, all in all took a while.

Decided to get myself a USB card reader and tried it out today, simple, insert the card, plug it in to the PC, look in the file contents window, find the images, download them to PC and it was so easy, glad I spent £3.55 on the card reader now, job done.


Over the last few weeks while the weather has been good for gardening, we have sorted out the back garden, re-potting most of the big pots with new compost etc., as some were getting a bit pot bound.

Checked out the barbecue which has not been used for a few years, but was under a cover. Unfortunately when the cover was removed it revealed that the coal tray was completely rusted up and nearly falling out. Not much left of the barbecue, so with a bit of thought, I transformed it into a two tier plant trolley and put it to good use, also allows the hosta plants to be raised off the ground and hopefully out of reach of slugs/snails etc.,

Time Capsule

Created a time capsule of where I lived 143 Lochee Road, Dundee till 1953, very old tenement building on the right with outside toilet share...