Monochrome Monday… The Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge, October 2018The Forth Bridge, October 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f16, – Agfa APX 400 rated at ISO 320

The iconic Forth Bridge photographed from North Queensferry a few weeks ago. The rail wheels on the shore provide interesting (if somewhat worrying) foreground interest.

On this particular day I photographed the bridge from both North and South Queensferry and I really do think that I could photograph it month in and month out and never become bored with it…

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

Single frame… Culross Pier

Culross PierCulross Pier
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 31mm, 1/90s, f16, ISO 400

Culross has one of the oldest harbours in Scotland and was a busy port in the 16th and 17th centuries trading coal and salt with the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark.

Since the 1930s the National Trust for Scotland have been working on preserving and restoring its many unique historical buildings.

The pier was neglected for many years but thanks to the efforts of determined locals its restoration is now complete.

The Hopper Dredger UKD Orca can also be seen in the distance.

Square Saturday… Fife Ness, October 2018

Fife Ness, October 2018Fife Ness, October 2018
Seagull 4A – 1/300s, f8 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320

I received five rolls of film back from the lab today, this image is from a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus shot in a charity shop find Seagull 4A twin-lens reflex camera.

Fife Ness is a headland that forms the most easterly point in Fife, Scotland and consists mainly of a windswept golf course and a light house.

The circular marks in the rocks in the foreground are the remains of a template for a lighthouse that was started in 1813 by the engineer Robert Stevenson. The cut stones for the tower were checked against these marks to ensure they would fit perfectly before being shipped out to the offshore North Carr Reef. Construction ended in 1818 when the almost complete lighthouse was destroyed in a winter storm.

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

Monochrome Monday… Alport Heights, August 2018 (again…)

Alport Heights, August 2018Alport Heights, August 2018
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/250s, f8, – Rollei RPX 100

As winter approaches I’m already looking forward to hot days, picnicking somewhere quiet with views across the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. From this particular spot near Wirksworth, The Wrekin, the Long Mynd and Clee Hill (in Shropshire) can all be seen on a clear day.

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

Single frame… Remembrance

32434 Private D. Revitt R.A.M.C.32434 Private D. Revitt R.A.M.C.

Private Revitt was a postman in the 69th Field Ambulance, part of the 23rd Division who were involved in the capture of Contalmaison, a village four miles north-east of Albert in the Somme department in Picardie (now part of the new region Hauts-de-France).

On the 6th July a cry went out for stretcher bearers to retrieve the wounded and Private Revitt volunteered.

He was killed in action and his body buried on the battlefield.

Douglas Revitt was my great-uncle.

Tomorrow at 06.00 I’ll be attending the first part of Battle’s Over, a nationwide day of commemorative events marking the centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.

Single frame… ‘Women of Steel’

'Women of Steel'‘Women of Steel’
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/500s, f2.8, – Rollei RPX 100

Yet another shot from my first roll of Rollei RPX 100 film.

‘Women of Steel’ is a bronze sculpture that commemorates the women of Sheffield who worked in the city’s steel industry during World War I and World War II. Sculpted by Martin Jennings, it was unveiled at Barker’s Pool in June 2016.

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