‘I always kept my equipment down to a minimum two cameras, each with three lenses, a flash that would clip onto the camera body, and one assistant. I did not want to spend time thinking about hardware; I wanted that time to concentrate on the girl and the world around her.’
Helmut Newton (German-Australian photographer) – October 31, 1920 – January 23, 2004.
St Monans Kirk, October 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 26mm – 45 seconds, f/11 ISO 200
What was I photographing on this day in previous years?
Two years ago it was the picturesque Fife village of St Monans. Yes, I did photograph the ‘zig-zag pier’ but I also photographed the Kirk (Church) which dates from 1369 and is widely regarded to be the closest to the sea in the whole of Scotland!
If memory serves a Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 10-stop neutral density (ND) filter was used to give the 45 second exposure time and a 2-stop hard edge ND graduated filter was also used to reduce the brightness of the sky.
Wires, October 2019
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 98mm, 1/60s, f5.6, ISO 800
Harbour Row, Isle of Whithorn, October 2019
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 20mm, 1/60s, f11, ISO 1600
An image from this day last year, a day spent (as was the whole week) on the beautiful Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries & Galloway.
This pic was submitted to, and published in, The Scotsman that very week (although the subtle colours got a bit lost on newsprint!)
Railway Viaduct, Mansfield
Konica Big Mini – Ilford HP5+
A pic from the archives today… This railway viaduct spans the Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield and has featured here before.
I love the sense of scale provided by the gent sitting on the bench in the sunshine.
The Konica Big Mini is one of my all-time favourite compact cameras, it’s currently loaded with JCH Street Pan 400 film and is often in my pocket…
Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.
Back Bay, Monreith, October 2019
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 29mm, 1/125s, f16, ISO 800
Nae blether the day…
Curbar Edge, October 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 39mm, 1/60s, f11, ISO 250
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro, 1/125s, f5.6 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.
I really need to get out for a wander in the woods again…
Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.
‘I’ve always wanted to be aware of what’s going on around me, and I’ve wanted to use photography as an instrument of research into and reporting on the life of my own time’
Paul Strand (American photographer and filmmaker) – October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976.
Ilam Park, Staffordshire
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/70s, f8, ISO 200