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I took this many years ago, in my pre-digital phase. It is of the fire festival in Burghead called The Burning of the Clavie, which is celebrated every year on the old Hogmanay (January 11).

The burning Clavie (a wooden barrel containing staves covered in tar, mounted on a stand) is carried through the town, and eventually to the Doorie Hill. On the hill, more tar is added so the whole construction, and parts of the hill, are ablaze.

I took the photo using black & white negative film. This was *very* unusual for me as, at the time, I typically used Kodachrome, and latterly Ektachrome slide film. For some inexplicable reason I didn't note which film I used. It may have been an Ilford HP5 ISO 400. There is quite a lot of grain in the photo, but that might be down to the photo settings. I like the grain, it gives the shot some character.

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There are many festive events marking the old Hogmanay in Scotland. When Scotland adopted the Gregorian calendar (previously using Julian) 12 days of the year were "lost". People went to bed on the evening of the 2nd of September, and next morning when they got up it was September 14th.

Some communities took a dim view of this change. So, they continued to celebrate the old Hogmanay which happens on January 11th (Gregorian), rather than December 31st.

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This photo is from earlier in the evening when the men of Burghead take turns to carry the burning Clavie through the streets. Not only is it an arduous task, due to the size & weight, it is also very dangerous. Regardless, they are all very keen to have their turn.

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@fitheach To my eyes it has the look of classic grain 400 pushed a couple stops, so HP5 would match that 👍

@tfb
Yeah, it might be... The photo was from 2002, so I don't remember the details. I have spreadsheet records for all my slide films, but not for this one. I suspect because it was an out of the norm film I didn't follow my usual routine.

@fitheach The very inverse of what I shot: first Ilford classic grain films, then Kodak T-grain, then eventually Ilford again. With some random Ektachrome thrown in here and there.

I wish I'd shot more Kodachrome; the few rolls I did shoot still look amazing. At least I got a family session on K64!

@tfb
I loved the colours you would get on Kodachrome. I was so disappointed when Kodak discontinued it. I had quite a few rolls of K64 left, but it became increasingly difficult to get labs to process it. I then moved onto E6 Ektachrome. Then in 2004 I started using digital. Not long after I sold my Olympus OM-4. That was effectively the end of my dalliance with film.

@fitheach Because I was mostly B&W, I kept my Cannon FD and Zorki setups. Currently no time and space to do development though, so I'm 100% digital right now.

Home Dev is also a fun chemistry project : home-made long-storage developer that behaves like Xtol; b&w slides with a low-toxicity process. Fun stuff.

My attempts at a low-toxicity variant to E6 were utter failures though.

@tfb
I've done some B&W processing back in the day, but, as you say, it is very time consuming. Oh, and the chemicals!

I'm impressed that you are investigating your own processing cocktail.

My ex has loads of Canon stuff with the FD mount: a nF1, FTb and a A-1. The FTb is her favourite. She got the new F1 for interchangeable viewfinders.

@fitheach My education was in biology, so the amount of chemistry lab work in photo processing never bothered me. And then it's a nice intellectual challenge to try to come up with a good process that doesn't involve anything I don't want to keep in the house.

Plus internet forums both provided inspiration as well as incomplete ideas. You could tag-team your research and crowd source your testing.

@tfb
I'm guessing you wouldn't be using treasured photos for testing your developer.

@fitheach You wouldn't believe how many bracketed shots of the courtyard in my old apartment building I took 😹

@fitheach I still have more ideas for potential colour developers, but digital is so good at colour, and colour film has gotten very expensive, so I don't think I'll ever bother.

B&W positives are a great payoff for the work, though. They have that same almost 3D look that Kodachrome had, when projected or on a lightbox. It's the silver in the final slide that makes that effect.

@fitheach Have a look at the output of

> cal 9 1752

:-)

@gemlog
Exactly!
I'd never thought to look it up using cal, that is quite something. 😃

@fitheach I should have included a screenshot for those not running *nix.
I have heard rumours that there are still people using microsoft? Is it true? Nah...

@gemlog
I just had to SSH into my box from my phone in bed just to check that 😝
Brilliant

@fitheach

@CreatureOfTheHill
Isn't it funny the little details that delight us all? :-)
@fitheach

@CreatureOfTheHill
That sounds like a good topic for a future post: what have you called your computer and why?

@gemlog

@fitheach
I once refurbished a donated computer at a convent. I named it 'lazarus'
A certain Sister Lazara complained and made me change it...

@CreatureOfTheHill

@gemlog
Termux is a Unix shell environment that runs directly on Android from within the sandbox. So for most Unix needs, I don't need to ssh anywhere, I can just do things directly on my phone. Grep through SMS's, run cal, whatever.

It alone is reason enough for me to prefer Android 😁
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@tfb
I'm familiar with both termux and android. I use juice on android for ssh. I've been a linux user for quite a long time now. Please ignore my comment.
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@gemlog
I knew you were a longtime Linux user, so I was surprised you didn't seem to know about termux. I guess it was just my joke landing flat 😜
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@tfb
No worries. It was just my badly worded post. I' ve been playing with my watch...
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@tfb
I'm sure Termux is great, and looking at their website it seems comprehensive, but it reinforces for me why we need a proper Free software *nix mobile.

I understand some folks want Android so they can get apps, but I don't need them.

@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@fitheach
I agree about the need for a free *nix phone OS. I actually think that AOSP wouldn't be a bad start, the basic architecture isn't bad at all, and the way apps are isolated is very unixy and porous when that's what you want. A nice free app ecosystem in F-Droid too.

But as long as it's in Google's stranglehold, it'll keep going in the wrong direction (Termux may not be long for this world, eg)
@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@tfb
AOSP isn't ever likely to escape Google's clutches. Even if it did, Google would be likely to change something in stock Android to keep the app ecosystem to itself.

What is happening to Termux?

@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@fitheach
I agree it isn't likely, and it would need at least a couple points of support from the outside. For example, the Chinese handset makers might start trying to support a truly open AOSP. The EU might wake up (ha ha), realize that depending so totally on two US firms is a bad idea, and mandate a more open system of app stores.

I'm not optimistic about any of the above, but it's certainly possible.

@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@fitheach
What's goin on with Termux is that Google is pushing to slowly lock down Android and push it closer to the iOS model. They've hinted at plenty of nastiness, but in particular they're going to ban exec from the data folder: github.com/termux/termux-app/i

They may have figured out a way around this one (it's not clear to me yet if they have), but it sounds like their days are numbered. This isn't the kind of app Google wants.
@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@basil
Apart from the fancy dress it sounds remarkably similar. Although, in Burghead there is only one Clavie, and only the top is cut off so the barrel can be filled with staves. The Clavie is also mounted on a stand, which is used by the men carry the barrel and to set it standing on the hill.

@fitheach No disrespect intended at all. But what is it with humans and fire. Burning Man and now this. And I'm SURE there are countless other examples. I just don't get it. I must be daft.

@Divine00
Something primordial? In a religious sense fire is also elemental, which explains its use in rituals and festivals. See my post from a few days ago:
mstdn.io/@fitheach/10368731242

When hillwalking I'm constantly amazed by the number of campfire remains I come across. It seems many people feel compelled make a fire when they are camping. There are much more convenient ways to heat your food, so my assumption is that the campfires are driven by some deep seated instinct or romantic notions.

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