Single frame… Definitely Third Class!

Definitely Third ClassDefinitely Third Class!
Sony α100, Sony DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 at 50mm, 1/320s, f11, ISO 200

I recently found an old hard drive lurking in a drawer and on it were some images that I took in 2007 using a Sony α100 that had been a prize in a ‘first name out of the hat’ competition in a photography magazine.

I was using a Nikon D200 at the time and after taking a couple of hundred images with the Sony I passed it on to my wife (who didn’t get on with it at all and traded it in for a Nikon D80 a few months later if memory serves me…)

The above image is of a door belonging to a London, Midland & Scottish Railway Third Sleeper carriage that was awaiting scrapping at the Midland Railway-Butterley in Derbyshire.

Monochrome Monday… Assorted junk

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Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/60s, f1.8, – Rollei RPX 100

A shot from my first roll of Rollei RPX 100, the second roll of film through a charity shop find Olympus OM20 (thanks Rachel!)

A couple of weeks back a visit was paid to the holt in Sheffield to view the winning entries of this year’s Photo Marathon and this was tucked away in a dark corner of the creative space there…

I’m rather taken with this film, it seems very forgiving, with a wide exposure latitude… I really must try the ISO 400 version.

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

Single frame… Shop window Triton

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Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f4, – O.O.D. Kodak 200 rated at ISO 100

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday… a Triton motorcycle in a shop window… and a clothes shop window at that!

Built in the 1960s and 70s, Tritons were the marrying of a Triumph parallel twin engine to a Norton ‘Featherbed’ frame, creating a hybrid superior to anything either manufacturer could offer ‘off the shelf’.

The Triumph engine was widely regarded as being more reliable and easier to tune that the Norton but the Norton frame was easily the best handling example of its time, the Isle of Man TT racer Harold Daniel tested the new frame in 1950 and declared it like “riding on a featherbed” as opposed to a “garden gate” and the name stuck.

This example currently sits in a window display surrounded by products from Barbour, a British brand known for their ‘International’ jacket as worn by motorcyclists for decades.

One thing I’ve always been curious about with the Triton concept… what happened to all the Triumph frames and Norton engines? Are garden sheds countrywide hiding ‘Norumphs’ banished there for misfiring and wobbling around bends? Maybe we’ll never know…

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

Monochrome Monday… Sheringham Lifeboat Museum

Sheringham Lifeboat MuseumSheringham Lifeboat Museum
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 35mm – 1/500s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

The Sheringham Lifeboat Museum, seen here on a glorious September afternoon. The museum houses the Henry Ramey Upcher, the second private lifeboat (replacing the Augusta) to be stationed in Sheringham. Launched on 4 September 1894 she stayed on station for 41 years until she was slowly retired from duty and by 1935 the RNLI Liverpool-class vessel J C Madge had replaced her on rescue work.

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