Monochrome Monday… Undercliffe Walk, Saltdean

Undercliffe Walk, SaltdeanUndercliffe Walk, Saltdean, July 2020
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 35mm f/2 Ai-S + O56 orange filter – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

An image from a roll of film that had escaped the developing queue somehow… from our one trip south to visit the Godsons last year.

The Undercliffe Walk at Saltdean, east of Brighton, is a very pleasant spot for a Sunday morning stroll even if I did make life more difficult for myself by making the already heavy Nikon F3HP even heavier with the MD-4 motordrive I’d picked up the day before from Park Cameras in Burgess Hill!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Tree stump, Tarn Hows, April 1998

Tree stump, Tarn Hows, April 1998Tree stump, Tarn Hows, April 1998
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 Planar T* – Ilford HP5 Plus.
Developed in Fotospeed FD30 at 1:9, 6 mins at 20°c.

I’m digitising some of my older negatives as they crop up during my current bout of sorting and filing…

This image is from a trip to the Lake District National Park my wife and I took at Easter 1998. If memory serves, the day before this (when I was wandering around in shorts and a t-shirt) we’d been treated to biting winds and snow flurries!

The Contax G1 is one of the few cameras I truly regret parting with…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Lower quadrant signals, Butterley station

Lower quadrant signals, Butterley stationLower quadrant signals, Butterley station
Nikon EM – Ilford XP2 Super

An image from one of the 197 (so far) sheets of negatives I’ve labelled and filed recently…

I’ve no notes for this roll other than the camera used (Nikon EM) and the dates shot (January/February 2015) but I suspect the lens used was a my Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8.

At the time I was having my films developed by the cheapest of local minilabs and the negatives are in a shocking state! Switching to the excellent AgLab for C41 and E6 processing was definitely a good move!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Bicycles, Trinity Street, Cambridge

Bicycles, Trinity Street, CambridgeBicycles, Trinity Street, Cambridge
Contax G1 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional

Today I’m trying out the excellent Negative Lab Pro plugin for Lightroom with on scans made with my Epson Perfection 4870 Photo flatbed scanner… So far things are looking pretty good!

Following advice on the Negative Lab Pro forum I’m scanning my black & white negatives as 48-bit colour positives (with all sharpening/correction/restoration options turned off). Next thing is to try a few colour negatives!

The above image was taken (I think) the day after a friend’s wedding in October 1999 (Hi Marie! Hi Andy!) during a brief wander around the university city of Cambridge.

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

From the (digital) archive… Victorian greenhouses, Holkham

Victorian greenhouses, HolkhamVictorian greenhouses, Holkham
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 11mm, 1/350s, f8, ISO 200

Another image from North Norfolk and given the unseasonably soggy May we’re having I thought I’d choose one captured during an unseasonably warm October!

The six-acre walled garden at Holkham Hall is an ongoing restoration project and a wonderful place to while away a slumberous afternoon.