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Hi Martin

There always seems to be too much choice these days and something that has to be sacrificed to get something else. I have done flyovers but that may have been with an old version of Memory Map (there's another option) as I can't see any mention in Quo.

I have just had to reinstall all my apps as Win10 cocked up an upgrade. I don't recollect any problems in re-installing Quo. Yes it is a bit clunky but it's cheap and does the job I want it to do. I don't see any problem with map drawing in Quo. Zooming in and out with the mouse wheel the maps change instantly between the scales. I have no idea what can be causing your slow screen updates. I'm running on a 10 year old computer so definitely not fast by modern standards.

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An Ruadh Stac, in the superb area between glens Torridon and Carron, taken
22 years ago. Remote but with some excellent paths.
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/701748


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Thanks Fraser. Quo now working ok with a couple of local tiles. For some reason the 3D viewer is faster than the map viewer.

A couple more from 1969.

Towyn:



 http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5737269

Tal-y-llyn Lake:



 http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5737281

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Moreton-on-Lugg, Herefordshire, April, 1990.

1. scanned negative. Much fiddling about needed in handling negative, removing dust specks, improve contrast, etc:




2. scanned from commercial postcard-sized print in 2 minutes flat, no adjustments:



I'm not too sure what to make of that. The commercial print chopped off a chunk of signal box, but apart from that there is not much to choose between them.

 http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5739214

This level crossing was the location of a fatal accident in 2010 when the signaller was distracted by a telephone call, see RAIB report:

 https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/547c8ff3e5274a4290000191/R042011_110228_Moreton_on_Lugg_v2.pdf

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That interesting bit around Hereford where at one time you could see clusters of buildings which never appeared on OS maps!

They couldn't have somehow swiped your pic, could they? Looks identical.

My memories of dodgy level crossings around there are of the Tram Inn one, to the south.
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Nigel Brown wrote: That interesting bit around Hereford where at one time you could see clusters of buildings which never appeared on OS maps!

They couldn't have somehow swiped your pic, could they? Looks identical.
Hi Nigel,

Sorry, I meant that it was a postcard-sized print from my negative. The printing was commercial, not a commercial postcard. I have edited it now.

This illustrates why I spend so much time thinking about every single word when writing the Templot docs, and still I find folks can get the wrong end of the stick. :(

It was an MOD Ordnance Depot (it's now an industrial trading estate). You can just see the siding leading off to the left. See this later view from Ben Brooksbank: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3790361

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Martin,

The printing machines did a lot of the work for you in terms of print exposure, contrast etc and many of them had a blower duct to keep the negs free of dust. There was often an undersize mask used for each print that chopped off one side to make sure any slight slippage in the feed mechanism didn't result in overlapping frames. They would have been printed from a complete 36 ( or 20/24 ) roll before they were cut into strips to fit in the little packet you collected them in. The bigger machines had many rolls of film spliced together with tape for developing and printing. You sometime see the tape on the end of some of the neg strips.

Colour neg film has a large exposure lattitude (certainly compared to slide/reversal stock ) which is how fixed shutter speed cameras with just a sunny and cloudy setting for the aperture ( the famed Olympus Trip for example ) could produce a whole roll of useable postcards.

Rob

P.S. Written before you clarified the stick :)

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p.s. Nigel,

Here is the 1972 25" map showing the MOD sidings:





It's a shame that the old-maps.co.uk maps have been scanned at such a poor quality, compared to the NLS maps, because they have a much wider coverage of maps at different dates than NLS.

The loop headshunt in the wood looks very modellable. But not nowadays: :(

 https://goo.gl/maps/BMXpFwoTZim

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Rob Manchester wrote: The printing machines did a lot of the work for youHi Rob,

I imagine they have all gone for scrap now. I can't remember the last time one of those envelopes for sending off your films fell out of a magazine. :)

I'm thinking I will scan my black&white negs, but simply scan the prints instead for the colour pics. In any event I've seen the colour prints, my main interest is to see the black&white negs which I developed but never printed. I did very little colour printing, it was just too much hassle compared with taking the film to a photo shop.

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A couple of shots of the sorry-looking Healey Mills yard at Horbury, West Yorkshire. It closed finally in 2012. Somebody forgot to empty it completely as there are two TEA 100 ton bogie tankers up the other end.



The nearest line in the first shot is still in use by passenger trains. Even without trains the walk is good as the Calder and Hebble Navigation is nearby. I was on the way back from Scalefour North yesterday with my bags of goodies :)

Rob
P.S. I can confirm the Scalefour Society's FB rail is of the skinny head type having measured it.



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....and in case anybody has the wrong end of the stick I didn't walk all the way back from Wakefield.

:D


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Hi Rob,

Map? We don't all live in the Frozen North. :)

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Never really happy with my attempts to scan colour negatives. However, colour prints were fine. My finally acquiring a decent camera (Yashica Minister III rangefinder) around 1979 coincided with Kodak improving not only their print films but also the processing thereof. Much preferred prints to slides anyway so stuck mainly to them. The pic of An Ruadh Stac above was taken with a Nikon F601 with 35-70 zoom, and Kodak Gold 100.

Most of the time Kodak processing was great, right up until the processing went from analogue to digital. Never really the same. After Kodak pulled out of processing I failed to find a decent alternative, otherwise I'd still be using colour films. Still take the occasional B&W, as in this Borth shot (Yashica FX3, Zeiss 50mm f1.7, Ilford FP4):



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Martin Wynne wrote: Hi Rob,

Map? We don't all live in the Frozen North. :)

Martin.
Martin,

Healey Mills Yard -> Here

Thought everybody knew where it was :) and it was far from the frozen north yesterday - I had to take my coat off.

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Back to digital - Bringsty Common, Herefordshire, 3rd July 2017.

Seats and a trig pillar:



With a view:



Looking across Suckley to the Malvern Hills.

 http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5739704

 http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5739708

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Rob Manchester wrote:Healey Mills Yard -> Here

Thought everybody knew where it was :) and it was far from the frozen north yesterday - I had to take my coat off.
Obviously a modern construction because it doesn't appear on maps before the 1960s. Someone had fun with Templot: :)



It was fine here too on Saturday. For one day only.

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Bringsty Common... Ah the Live and Let Live. In the 70s a few of us used to nip over there, camp for the night and sample the pub. Great spot!
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Nigel Brown wrote: Bringsty Common... Ah the Live and Let Live. In the 70s a few of us used to nip over there, camp for the night and sample the pub. Great spot!Still there: http://liveandletlive-bringsty.co.uk.websitebuilder.prositehosting.co.uk/

As a boy in the 1950s we used to visit the nearby Bringsty Garage & Cafe which at that time was run by my Uncle Roland. That's still there too: https://goo.gl/maps/Mys54ZUr3Fs

I haven't been there for years, but it's known for its breakfast if you are spending a day walking on Bringsty and the Brockhampton Estate (NT):



Warren Farm, Brockhampton

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Hiding in plain sight is Bewdley South's Down Distant:



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Back to August 1969.

Bridge Street, Llanfair Caereinion:







St. Mary's Church, Llanfair Caereinion:



Ilford HP4 developed in Johnsons Unitol.

I've obtained an air blast gun which has helped with eliminating dust specks from the negs. :)

 http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/5742473

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