Monochrome Monday… Bullseye!

Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8½, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

Another shot from the recent test roll put through my resealed Nikon FE2.

I’ve had a couple of Nikon’s screw-in close-up lenses squirrelled away for a while and this is the first time I’ve used the No.2 (3.0 diopter) version.

Scan by Ag Photo Lab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… 20.18 to Brighton

20.18 to Brighton20.18 to Brighton
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 21mm, 1/9s, f16, ISO 200

A shot from the digital archives tonight…

An unidentified class 377 ‘Electrostar’ electric multiple unit crosses Worthing Road at Angmering with the 19.32 Southern service from Portsmouth & Southsea (the 20.18 from Angmering) to Brighton on 20 May 2015. I didn’t have a tripod with me so rested my camera on top of a handy fence post and hoped for the best!

This pic cropped up tonight while I was looking for something else entirely, my archives definitely need a good sort out!

Single frame… Crich Memorial Tower

Crich Memorial Tower, April 2019Crich Memorial Tower, April 2019
Fujifilm X-T10, thingyfy 11mm Pinhole Pro S, 0.7s, f79, ISO 200

Another image taken with my thingyfy Pinhole Pro S ‘lens’.

Last Sunday would have been my late father-in-law’s 99th birthday so Joy and I took some flowers up to Crich Stand, a memorial tower dedicated to the memory of the soldiers from the Sherwood Foresters Regiment who died in World War I and World War II* (Joy’s Dad lived to a ripe old age but spent World War II serving in North Africa and Italy with the regiment).

I thought I’d sneak a few minutes capturing a couple of images for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day while I was there…

*The memorial is also dedicated to those who died serving in the Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1945 to 1970, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1970 to 2007 and the Mercian Regiment since 2007.

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… Reflection, Lower Largo

Reflection, Lower Largo, October 2018Reflection, Lower Largo, October 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f11, – Agfa APX 400 rated at ISO 320

I can’t wait to get back to the coast… any bit of coast will do but my favourite is that around Fife in Scotland. A stroll on the beach at Lower Largo followed by a pie and a pint in the Railway Inn would hit the spot today.

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

Single frame… Pinhole image of Chester Green, Derby

Chester Green, DerbyChester Green, Derby
Fujifilm X-T10, thingyfy 11mm Pinhole Pro S, 1.1s, f79, ISO 400

Last year I posted an image taken using a Wanderlust Pinwide 22mm pinhole lens on a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and mentioned that I was rather tempted to find something similar for my Fujifilm X system.

Ten months later (and thanks to an eBay bargain), I have, in the shape of the thingyfy Pinhole Pro S and the above image is one of my first taken with it.

The effective aperture of f79 isn’t particularly ‘pinholey’ and as a result the image is very soft but I have a cunning plan to both reduce the angle of view (which is very wide at 11mm) and the effective aperture…

Watch this space…