Throwback Thursday… The Golden Valley Light Railway

KS 'Wren' class 0-4-0ST PETER PAN (works no.4256 of 1922)-20070708Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd ‘Wren’ class 0-4-0ST PETER PAN (works no.4256 of 1922)
Nikon D200, AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED at 31mm, 1/200s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

14 years ago it was the Narrow Gauge Weekend at the Golden Valley Light Railway in Derbyshire.

If memory serves there were five steam locomotives at work on the 2ft (610mm) gauge line, the oldest being IRISH MAIL, a ‘Quarry Hunslet’ 0-4-0ST built in 1903 (and partially visible in the above image) and the newest was…

HE 'Quarry Hunslet' class 0-4-0ST JACK LANE (works no.3904 of 2005)-20070708Hunslet Engine Co Ltd ‘Quarry Hunslet’ class 0-4-0ST JACK LANE (works no.3904 of 2005)-20070708
Nikon D200, AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED at 44mm, 1/200s, f7.1, ISO 400

JACK LANE is another ‘Quarry Hunslet’, but one built 102 years after IRISH MAIL in 2005!

Monochrome Monday… Shadows, Pennytown Ponds

Shadows, Pennytown PondsShadows, Pennytown Ponds
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S, 1/125s, f8 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

It took me a while to remember where this pic was taken and even now I’m not 100% certain!

The area known locally as Pennytown has now mostly been swallowed up by the Derbyshire village of Somercotes and surrounding industrial estates but the ponds remain as a Local Nature Reserve.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… The Portway, July 2018

The Portway, July 2018The Portway, July 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 66mm – 1/80s, f/8, ISO 2000

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Three years ago it was North Lane near Belper in Derbyshire, part of an ancient route known as ‘The Portway’ that was used by the Romans to transport lead from mines in north Derbyshire to the fort at Derventio Coritanorum (now the Little Chester area of Derby).

Monochrome Monday… Rottingdean, July 2020

Rottingdean, July 2020Rottingdean, July 2020
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 35mm f/2 Ai-S + O56 orange filter, 1/250s, f11 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of film that had escaped the developing queue somehow… from our one trip south to visit the Godsons last year.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Market Day

Market DayMarket Day
Nikon F2S, NIKKOR-S.C 50mm f/1.4, 1/500, f8 – Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 320
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

I’m slowly gaining confidence when it comes to candid/street photography, it’s a slow process as although cameras are now commonplace, people seem to be far more wary of them.

Market day in Mansfield was a good place to practise though, folks were far more interested in getting their fruit and veg!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Tommy (again)

TommyTommy
Fujica GW 690 Professional, Fujinon EBC 90mm f/3.5, 1/125, f11 – Rollei Retro 400S
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 10½ mins at 20°c.

Ray Lonsdale’s statue Tommy has featured here before but I rather like the atmosphere in this image shot on Rollei Retro 400S film and make no apologies for featuring it again.

The 9ft 5in (2.87m) tall statue is officailly named 1101 (Eleven-O-One) which refers to the first minute of peace after the armistice was declared at 11am on 11 November 1918, but everyone seems to know it as Tommy (a reference to the popular nickname of Tommy Atkins for a common soldier in the British Army).

The statue was unveiled close to the war memorial in Seaham, County Durham, on 4 August 2014, the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.