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Friday, 6 June 2014

DAY OF DAYS II


Day of Days, now where does that title originate from? As far as I am concerned it comes from the brilliant TV Mini Series: 'Band of Brothers' by Steven Spielberg. In my own personal opinion the best ever TV series on this subject.

Now onto the three monochrome photographic prints displayed above. The first one features British D-Day and Normandy veteran Jim Homes who served has an infantry soldier with the Welsh Regiment and landed on Sword Beach (where he is pictured).

The second photo features former East Yorkshire Regiment soldier Maxwell Vernon Hearst who I had the honour and pleasure to have known. I used to visit him at his home on a regular basis whilst he was alive. Sadly like a lot of this generation Max passed away in 2002.

The third and final photograph features: Len Wooldridge, a former Lincolnshire Regiment infantry soldier. Incidentally I served for 9 years in the modern successor to the Lincolnshire Regiment (the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment). Len is pictured with some young German motor bikers, sharing some lunch. Len passed away several years ago.

This is my own humble tribute to this special generation who we owe so much.

From my The Normandy Veterans - Lest We Forget Project, 1998-2002.

Copyright of all images displayed upon this blog spot are the exclusive property of Trevor David Betts. All rights reserved.

2 comments:

  1. Having been interested in D-Day and the Normandy Invasion since I was at school (in the early 70's) I have over the years read and learned much about this momentous operation. It's right that we do pay tribute to the many brave souls who risked everything so that we might be free. Band Of Brothers was indeed a great series, seen it twice, must be time to watch it again.

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  2. Thanks again Tony. What got me started on all of this (apart from the fact I am a former infantry soldier myself). Was going to the cinema to see 'Saving Private Ryan.' This got me thinking and after doing some research I got in contact with my local branch of The Normandy Veterans. Band of Brothers was excellent. Most of the soldiers/actors in it were British. Major Dick Winters only passed away last year (I think). Without the manpower, finances, and industrial might of the US we would have not won the war. But other countries more than played there part.Sadly that often gets overlooked.

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All the photographs featured on this blog spot were taken on Canon analog 35mm SLR cameras which included: Canon A1, Canon AE1 (non-programme) and Canon T90. The Canon A1 was rendered useless after prolonged exposure to salt spray residue, and the AE1 suffered a malfunction, and one of my T90 just packed up.

Most of my camera equipment was initially purchased brand new, then as the years have past I have purchased second-hand equipment. But the vast majority of equipment I currently possess is over twenty years old.

Canon FD lenses used were: 28, and 35mm wide angle, 50mm standard, 35-105mm short telephoto zoom and a 70-210mm large telephoto zoom lenses. Also used was a loaned Mamiya 645 with 50 and 80mm lenses. My favourite combination is a T90 fitted with the 35-105mm lens with an Hoya orange filter. I use Hoya orange, red, neutral density, and skylight filters. Hoya and Canon lens hoods. A Canon remote cable. I have used a great Metz 45 CT-4 flashgun for many years. I used this for the bounced and fill-in flash for some of the documentary and portraiture work.

Studio flash used was Courtenay brolly flash (just two heads fitted with soft boxes) at Hull Community Artworks studio (sadly this excellent local arts facility closed in 2001). Billingham and Oyster camera bags (the Billingham is a old model that I have had for years - wonderful bags). The Oyster one is a backpack bag. Slik Black Diamond 88, and 500 DX Pro tripods. A Cullmann touring set (which consists of a light tripod, ball and swivel head, all-purpose clamp, suction cap, and a ground spike). I presently have two Canon T90 SLR cameras.

Film used was mainly 35mm (with some 120mm). Ilford Delta monochrome negative print film, 100 asa (a few rolls of 400 asa as well). Ilford HP5 and FP4 (400 and 125 asa respectively). Fuji Neopan 400 asa. Various Fuji colour film. Photographic chemicals: Ilford ID-11 and Microphen film developers. Agfa Rodinal fine grain film developer, and Ilford Hypam fixer.

Photographic paper: Ilford Multigrade IV VC paper, Fibre based VC paper including warm and cool tone. Kentmere Velvet Stipple and Art Document papers. Kodak selenium toner. Barclay and Fotospeed sepia toners, and Colorvir blue toner. Durst M60 and Meopta 5 enlargers fitted with 50 and 80mm Schneider lenses. Kenro negative sheets and Jessops negative folders.

Most of my photography involves the use of the camera being securely mounted onto the tripod, with the shutter set to the 10 second delay. I bracket my exposures (relying on the excellent Canon in-camera meter). My aperture settings are usually between F5.6 and F22. In the vast majority of cases the very first exposure I take is usually the correctly exposed one.

Finished photographic prints (spotted if needed). At the 10 x 8 inch size are then scanned on an Epsom 1660 photo perfection scanner using Adope Photoshop CS2 at the 5.5 x 3.5 inch image or canvas size, 150 dpi and at the 750 x 550 pixels size, and saved as for the web. The only thing that is manipulated is the brightness balance and contrast levels.

DON'T FORGET

"It is the soldier, not the minister, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair protest.

It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

From: "Fighting for Queen and Country,
by Nigel 'Spud' Ely. Blake Publishing London, 2007.
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