Throwback Thursday… Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480

Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480 (tail section)Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 32mm, 1/1000s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was this gently decaying Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost trainer aircraft XM480.

Delivered new in July 1960 to No.27 Maintenance Unit (MU) at RAF Shawbury XM480 moved to No.1 Flight Training School (FTS) at RAF Linton-on-Ouse three months later. A transfer to No.6 FTS at RAF Acklington followed in June 1962 and a return to No.27 MU in December 1967 for storage.

Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 48mm, 1/320s, f8, ISO 200

Declared non-effective in March 1969 XM480 was transported to No.1 School of Technical Training (SoTT) at RAF Halton for ground instructional use and allocated the maintenance serial no. 8080M. A final transfer to RAF Finningley came in February 1994 before finally being tendered for sale in February 1995.

Jet Provosts were regular visitors to the skies above my childhood home and I used to watch them for hours…

Monochrome Monday… Scaring the crows, Calke Abbey

Scaring the crows, Calke AbbeyScaring the crows, Calke Abbey
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/1000s, f4, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320

The first weekend in January saw a trip to the National Trust property of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire with my Olympus OM-1N (loaded with Rollei RPX 400) and a couple of Zuiko prime lenses.

I didn’t venture inside the house itself, preferring to wander in the gardens on such an unseasonably warm day.

Sadly it would appear that the OM-1N is in need of new light seals but as soon as I’ve done that little job it’ll be back in use…

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

Monochrome Monday… Brighton on revolog Snovlox film

West Pier, Brighton, December 2018West Pier, Brighton, December 2018
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D – 1/125s, f8, – revolog Snovlox

Before Christmas, for a bit of photographic fun I added a roll of revolog Snovlox film to an order from Analogue Wonderland.

Snovlox is a limited edition black and white film with similar effects to revolog’s Volvox film, a colour film that adds bright green dots all over the negative… with Snovlox the dots are white, giving a wintry feel to images.

Snovlox’s base is the excellent Kodak T-MAX 100 and it’s processed as such, giving results such as those you see here.

I’m rather taken with the results from this film and will be buying some more while it’s still on sale (it’s only available between October and March). I’ve also got a couple of other revolog films in stock; Kolor and Streak and am looking forward to trying them both soon…

Brighton bicycle, December 2018Brighton bicycle, December 2018
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D – 1/90s, f2.8, – revolog Snovlox

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

Single frame… Tranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal

Tranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal, February 2019.jpgTranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal, February 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f16, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 800

Tranquillity… a 60ft long narrow boat, moored on the Trent & Mersey Canal near Keepers Lock at Fradley Junction.

A brisk morning stroll and a spot of ‘gongoozling’ before the first outdoor pub lunch of the year (and a couple of pints of Everards Tiger) at The Swan.

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

Throwback Thursday… Cley Windmill, March 2015

Cley Windmill, March 2015Cley Windmill, March 2015
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 33mm, 1/25s, f3.6, ISO 3200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was the windmill at Cley next the Sea in Norfolk.

The light was fading rapidly and unfortunately my tripod was packed underneath everything else in the boot of the car so I had to rely on the 18-55’s Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and a high ISO to get any image at all…