Single frame… Coniston Fells

Coniston FellsConiston Fells
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/320s, f8, ISO 400

Every year a pal of mine makes a pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. It’s a lovely idea, if slightly crazy to drive all the way there and back AND climb a hill in a single day!

This year it was the turn of the Old Man of Coniston, a 2,634ft (803m) high fell (from Old Norse fell, fjall, “mountain”) that lies to the west of the village of Coniston and Coniston Water.

I went along for the ride and spent my day taking photos (and sampling the ales in the local pubs… The Yewdale Inn being a clear winner in my book!) and the above image is my favourite (at least until I have the roll of film I shot developed).

Monochrome Monday… Bicycle bell

Bicycle bell, Sheringham, September 2018.jpgBicycle bell, Sheringham, September 2018
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm – 1/125s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

Heritage railways are full of interesting items to photograph: the trains themselves, the architecture, the people (staff and visitors alike) and the myriad small details that make up a scene of days gone by…

This bicycle was sitting under the platform canopy at Sheringham station on the North Norfolk Railway during my visit there a few weeks ago and I couldn’t resist a snap whilst waiting for my train.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Brighton Guitars

Brighton Guitars, July 2018.jpgBrighton Guitars, July 2018
Olympus XA, 1/60s, f8, Kodak Colorplus 200 rated at ISO 100

Off to see the Godsons today… a couple of months ago we all wandered around Brighton together and the only camera I carried with me was the tiny Olympus XA that was kindly gifted to me in the first Emulsive ‘Secret Santa’.

Today’s camera of choice is the equally tiny half-frame Olympus Pen EE-2.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… Vivit Post Funera Virtus

Vivit Post Funera VirtusVivit Post Funera Virtus
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 14mm, 1/500s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Six years ago it was the City War Memorial, Nottingham.

Designed by T. Wallis Gordon, City Engineer and Surveyor, the memorial was unveiled on 11 November 1927 to commemorate the ‘Men of Nottingham who gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War. 1914 – 1918’.

The memorial was later adapted to commemorate those lost in the Second World War.

The Latin inscription ‘Vivit Post Funera Virtus’ is the motto of the City of Nottingham and means ‘Virtue Outlives Death’.

Single frame… Adventures with half-frame, part 1

Alleyway, DerbyAlleyway, Derby
Olympus PEN EE-2, – O.O.D. Kodak 400 rated at ISO 200, converted to black & white in Lightroom

A few months ago I picked up my first half-frame camera in the shape of an Olympus PEN EE-2. It’s a gorgeous little beast, simple, elegant and tiny.

The above shot is from the first roll I put through it, an incredibly out of date roll of Kodak 400 colour negative film that’s been lurking in my fridge for ages.

The image quality offered by the small 18x24mm negative and fixed focus lens are certainly not helped by dull conditions and very out of date film but I’m quite pleased with the results even so…

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking (and black & white conversion) in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Lower Largo, Fife (again!)

Lower Largo, October 2017Lower Largo, October 2017
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8 – Ilford Delta 100

Not long now until I’m off to this wonderful place again… Lower Largo on the Fife coast. Which cameras to take this time?

The viaduct in the background once carried the Fife Coast Railway that ran from Thornton Junction in the west to St Andrews in the north. The line closed to passengers in September 1965 and completely in December 1966.

Scan by Peak Imaging with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.