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Aberdare and District Photographic Notes. BY "ROLLO." What glorious weather favoured the legion of Camerists over the Easter Holidays, more especially those fortun- ate ones who were able to leave their domiciles, and take a journey into the country-to the countryside of Great Britain, more favoured, more varied, and more interesting in its everchanging character than the traveller is able to find in any other country under the sun. British weather again is just as changeable with its bursts of sunshine, its coldsnaps, its rainstorms, and then the howling gale. Truly we are never driven desperate and to boredom by long continued droughts or deluges, and without these varying conditions, at least one subject for conversation or casual introductions would be debarred us, which would be such a pity. The writer had the privilege of spend- ing a week in a quaint old English dis- trict, teeming with interesting features of both antique and modern origin. The weather, if anything, was too hot, as a heavy camera and outfit quickly decided, but taking things somewhat leisurely, it was not so very bad, and a good mileage on tramp was covered each day. And- whisper it not in Gath—Sunday was nol. excluded. I have no intention of raising a con- troversy of any kind anent Sunday camera work, but to me, one who has rarely much spare time for a country ramble, Sunday comes as a blessing 01 llÜ mean quality, and in devoting the early morning to a good walk with a light camera for a companion, sclent and j true, I em gaining a stimulus for the rext week's labours, which no amount of Sandow or any other such-like aids to health can ever hope to compete with. The writer found the light (brilliant sunshine for the most part) exceedingly actinic, and frequent meter tests continu- ally surprised me as to the shortness of the time required. In fact, comparing them with an old book for June of last year I found them even less, and I ac- count for it in this way. At the moment the trees, hedgerows, and forestlands are bar? of foliage, hence there is little or no shade Now in June all trees and plants are fully equipped with their burden of leaf and blossom, making shade every- where, and often just where we want to work. Again, in June and July the light is more decidedly blue than now, the Easter light being quite yellow in its glow, hence the use of a deep screen could not be recommended. Working on an average landscape with trees in the foreground and with distant hills of a grey tone lit from the side, I found that with a lens working at 6.3 the time re quired was 1-21 of a ec., and the same with a three times screen 1-8 of a sec. Now an ordinary R.K. leiis working at F.8 would only have been 1-16 of a sec., which is short enough with fairly rapid plates, as many nnd to their cost by over-exposure. My plates were Barnet E. Rapid Ortho, and in some cases I had to stop down considerably so as to con- trol the exposure with the time shutter. The aforegoing may help to assist some of my readers who may be busy de- veloping their plates exposed during the holidays, and find them over-exposed. My last text again is "Buy an Exposure Meter, and use it on all ocasions." A quarter plate picture printed upon an ordinary postcard without a border or other addition fails to satisfy, and lacks interest owing to the amount of white space surrounding the picture. I promised last week to explain how it might be overcome, and I will explain my procedure as well as possible, see- j

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Bryn Seion (M.C.), Trecynon.

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