The Bucket Trail

So the Agfa Isolette III which I purchased during September of last year didn’t work. It was a risky buy, an old bellows camera but it looked cool so I hoped for the best. It also came with a used roll of film still in the case, sadly it wasn’t shots from the grassy knoll it had captured.


The first roll was a waste I think only a couple of reasonable images were captured and the camera was placed in hibernation.
Decided to fix the thing and take apart the top plate holding the rangefinder a couple of drops of lighter fluid had it free in no time. Back out shooting and another roll of film wasted due to sticky shutters which I had somehow managed to not spot. Camera retired again.


Find a tutorial on taking the lens apart and give that a go, lighter fluid releases the shutters and leave it over night. Check next morning shutters firing until I go to lower speeds and they jam up again.
More fluid and left for the rest of the day, same problem. Decided to shoot a roll anyway and get nothing decent after a few days it’s jamming on all speeds again.


Next is the attempt to take the entire lens out from the camera and leave it submerged in fluid over night. The lens is pretty tight in the bellows but I manage to free it without ramming a screwdriver through the bellows.
A night in it’s bath and the next night of firing on all speeds over and over again to free up any jammed in grime. Followed by another night in its liquid bath.


I’ve decided to pull of the original skin covering the body and replace it with a nice soft leather covering. Now I’ve got to put the lens back together, probably should have recorder the order in which it came apart but I manage.
The final part is to align the lens to the rangefinder distance reading and screw in the bezel at the required distance.
Amazingly I seem to have got the lens pretty close to spot on and the next roll of film reveals images that I can actually see!

I’ve got a fair bit of 120 film to get through so expect more in a couple of weeks.

The Isolette rebuild continues. Yesterday I was checking out the lens after its night in lighter fluid, it was firing well on all speeds but needed to see how well it fired once it was completely dried out. Spent the evening removing bits and pieces from the body, cutting to size and adding the new leather skin.


It’s my first attempt at putting a new skin on a camera body. Turned out pretty well, a decent thick but soft leather now covers all but the bellows door. Not too sure if that can be replaced and don’t want to rip it off and mess it up.

Today checked the shutter again and appears to be firing well, just have to get it all back together. All parts of the lens have been polished up, probably the first time since it was put together.
Now comes the tricky part of getting the lens to focus correctly.

Isolette III

A bit of that lens paper that comes with cleaning kits stuck to some tape seems to have done a not too bad job of replicating ground glass. Tomorrow I’ll shall burn off a roll of 120, it’ll either be a stunning success or a devastating failure.

Agfa Isolette Rebuild/Reskin

Not posted for a few weeks my photography mojo has gone! I’ve been in the man cave tonight checking up on the lens from an Agfa Isolette III which is pretty sticky. I’ve read conflicting reviews about leaving the lens body in lighter fluid but I’ve decided to give it a go seeing it did a decent job on the rangefinder.

Agfa Isolette Rebuild/Reskin

Above the aperture blades and below the shutter blades after a night in the fluid. I’ve been firing the shutter a few times to let the fluid dry out a bit and tonight I’m letting it dry completely and I’ll check it at all speeds tomorrow.

Agfa Isolette Rebuild/Reskin Agfa Isolette Rebuild/Reskin

Finally decide to tear off the original skin which was coming away at the corners and get a start in getting the body ready for its new top of the range leather skin.

Agfa Isolette Rebuild/Reskin

The old skin’s peeled off pretty easily and will be used as templates for the new one.

Agfa Isolette Rebuild/Reskin

The Instagram link on the right at the moment is a short clip of the rangefinder in working order. Obviously the ebay discription wasn’t close to the condition it turned out to be in, the best part seems to be the bellows which don’t appear to show any light leaks.

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Went for a walk today and ended up spotting five of the Oor Wullie statues dotted around the city. Not sure how many there are in total spotted three yesterday so surely can’t be that many more around.
Just checked and there are fifty of the bucket sitting scamp around town.

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

The first Wullie spotted was on the Hilltown covered in sweets. I wasn’t planning on tracking these down today they were all spotted by accident, looking at the map of the trail I was pretty close to a few other ones. Second one was in Baxter Park looked like he’d been dumped in a nursery and a group of paint covered kids let loose on him.

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

Old Oor Wullie looking suspiciously like Pa Broon think Wullie’s mum might have some questions to answer after this revelation.

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

RNLI Wullie next to the Lifeboat station in Broughty Ferry and below he’s sitting guard at the castle.

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

Oor Wullie’s over 80 years old now and looks pretty well for his age, must be all that fresh air in Auchenshoogle!  Only 42 more to find.

What are these
So withered and so wild in their attire,
That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth,
And yet are on ‘t?—Live you? Or are you aught
That man may question?

Macbeth In Dundee

…Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good…

Only been walking past these sculpted freezes every day for two years and been saying to myself for much of that time that I’d need to photograph them. Finally done it today, Dundee doffs its cap to Shakespeare on an industrial estate.
Above the witches cast their fateful spell on Macbeth and the tragedy begins to unfold.

Macbeth In Dundee

I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?

King Duncan killed in his bed while his drugged and drunken guards are asleep outside.

Macbeth in Dundee

Thou canst not say I did it: never shake
Thy gory locks at me.

After being crowned King of Scotland Macbeth worries that the witches prophecies are coming true, he is destined to be King but also destined to be killed by Banquo’s son. Macbeth dispatches his men to kill them both and keep his crown.
Later Banquo’s ghost appears at a banquet unseen by Macbeth’s guests but all too real for our king.

Macbeth In Dundee

Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much blood in him.

Lady Macbeth acts out the gruesome details on a regular basis washing the blood from her hands over and over. A descent into madness that she never recovers from.

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth In Dundee

Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.

Macbeth knows he will be king if Birnam Wood is kept away from battle on Dunsinane hill, surely trees cannot move on their own.
Malcolm, Duncan’s oldest son and successor to the dead king’s throne orders his men to cut branches from the trees of Birnam Wood to disguise the forces numbers. As they march on Macbeth it appears that Birnam Wood is moving to Dunsinane Hill.

Macbeth In Dundee

None of women born shall harm Macbeth

Macbeth leads a charmed life he knows no man born of woman can kill him. Macduff has joined the battle and faces down the murderous king and reveals that he was not born of woman but ripped from his mother’s womb.
Macbeth knows now that the witches prophecies have all come true and resigns himself to defeat at the hands of Macduff.
Malcolm rallies his victorious army which Macduff joins carrying the severed head of Macbeth.

Macbeth In Dundee

So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crown’d at Scone.

Put to celluloid on several occasions the 1971 version by Polanski full of mist and blood is worth a watch. It was the first film made by Polanski after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate had unsurprisingly caused him to slip into a deep depression. The blood soaked murder off Lady Macduff’s family becomes a little unsettling when you know this.

Patrick Stewart does a pretty decent job of our legend of regicide.

Michael Fassbender put his name to the Scottish play last year, I’ve still to watch it all but it does start with an excellent battle scene. I’ll give it a watch through the week if there’s a break in Euro 16 coming up.

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell Kick off

Decided to avoid the crushing depression of a trip to the city centre and headed to Glenesk Park for Dundee Violet’s final home game of the season against Dundonald Bluebell. Been a wee while since I’ve been to the football and it turned out a decent day for it, sitting on the famous east bank catching the rays.

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
A chip upfield

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
Zero one

Was only a matter of time before Dundonald opened the scoring, sitting second in the league and chasing promotion they were clearly up for this one.

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
Celebrating the second

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
Getting it away from goal

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
A rare Violet attack

Dundonald players had a few first half claims for penalties waved aside and Violet maybe could have had a shout themselves in the shot above.

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
Three nil!

A close range finish puts the Bluebells three ahead and no sign of letting up.

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell

The visitors get their banners out early, they know that the contest has been killed off in this first half. Violet can only try and get to halftime without conceding again.

Number four

Violet can’t hold out and a fourth goal goes in the referee rules another offside and maybe on a different day a different ref may have given some of those first half penalty calls.

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
How many?

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
Midfield tussel

The game was over as a contest if anyone was going to score another it was would be Dundonald who always looked sharper and quicker on the ball.

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
A break down the wing

Dundee Violet v Dundonald Bluebell
Not from the training ground


The Bluebells were a bit unlucky with some of their second half breaks not resulting in more goals. A one on one was fired straight at the keeper with the clock ticking down towards full time and Dundonald’s promotion to the Super League.

This is a man’s world….

Final kick

With time almost up Dundonald are awarded a penalty at last! It’s the final act of the match and with the keeper going the wrong way Dundonald score the fifth to send their fans home happy with chants of “The Bluebells are blue” coming from the stand as the players celebrate.

Dundee Violet V Dundonald Bluebell


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