Square Saturday… Thurne Windmill

Thurne Windmill, September 2020Thurne Windmill, September 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 19s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another pinhole pic taken on the fantastic ONDU 6×6 Pocket pinhole camera!

Thurne Mill in Norfolk, dates from 1820 and was built by local millwrights England & Co. to drain the marshes, creating land for farming.

Ronald (Bob) Morse purchased the then derelict mill in 1949 and within 18 months the tower was restored. Bob passed away in 2007 and the mill is now in the care of Debra Nicholson with help from The Friends of Thurne Mill.

I shot a full roll of film here, in less than half an hour… unusual for someone who can have a roll in a camera for up to a year!

The Lion Inn at Thurne is definitely worth a mention too, we had an excellent lunch there and the selection of beers on offer was fantastic!

Monochrome Monday… RAF Wigtown Control Tower, October 2019

RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/250s, f11 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of film that’s been lurking in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

This is the control tower at the former Royal Air Force (RAF) station at Wigtown in Scotland. The station was active between 1941 and 1945 and from 1947 to 1948, mainly in a training role, but a number of operational squadrons also visited the station, the last being the Bomber Command Trials Unit flying Avro Lancasters.

Monochrome Monday… Rustic Swing

Rustic Swing, Rigg BayRustic Swing, Rigg Bay
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/2000s, f4 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

I’ve finally got around to finishing and developing the roll of film that’s been in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

Rigg (or Cruggleton) Bay is a beautiful spot near Garlieston in Dumfries and Galloway and was a fantastic place for a bracing walk along the beach at the end of October!

Single frame… Humber Bridge, August 2020

Humber Bridge, August 2020Humber Bridge, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 25s, f167 – Rollei RPX 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11 mins at 20°c.

An image from the second roll of film through my Ondu 6×6 Pocket pinhole camera…

I’m still getting to grips with how wide an angle of view this camera has, the 25mm focal length of the Ondu pinhole has roughly the equivalent angle of view of a 14mm lens on 35mm or full-frame digital!

Monochrome Monday… National Coal Board Fife Area No.19

National Coal Board Fife Area No.19National Coal Board Fife Area No.19
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8, – Ilford HP5+ rated at ISO 320

This Hunslet Engine Co Ltd ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST locomotive was built in 1954 for the National Coal Board (NCB) and spent its entire working life in Fife, first at Michael Colliery and then at Comrie Colliery until the latter’s closure in 1986 when it was purchased by the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (B&KR).

I only took one pic of the loco during my visit to a steam gala at Bo’ness in November 2018, I was too busy riding up and down behind it!

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

Monochrome Monday… Cove Harbour (again)

Cove HarbourCove Harbour, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 15s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

I make no apologies for posting yet another image from the Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole camera… I love it!

This is the last image on my first roll and I’m finally starting to get close enough to the subject.

These shellfish creels and lump of weathered wood were found beside what I think is the harbour master’s cottage at Cove and I popped the camera on the doorstep to take this pic!

Monochrome Monday… Winch, Craster, August 2020

Winch, Craster, August 2020Winch, Craster, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 30s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another pinhole pic from a recent visit to Craster in Northumberland.

This winch is quietly rusting away beside the harbour and only a couple of feet away from the bench where we tucked into a picnic lunch…

Again, I could’ve done with getting much closer with the wide-angle Ondu camera!

Square Saturday… Craster on the Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole camera

Craster, August 2020Craster, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 19s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another pic from a recent visit to Craster in Northumberland, this time taken on the ONDU 6×6 Pocket pinhole camera.

Last weekend’s trip north came just a couple of days after I received my camera in the post so I just had to take it!

I’ve not yet got the hang of getting close enough to the subject with the camera’s wide 115° angle of view (and no viewfinder) but I’m sure practice will make perfect!

Monochrome Monday… Mercia Marina on Kentmere Pan 400

From Friday’s film disappointment (Foma Retropan 320) to a film I’m really beginning to love… Kentmere Pan 400.

Mercia Marina, January 2020Mercia Marina, January 2020
Nikon FE, Zoom-NIKKOR 43˜86mm f/3.5 AI at 43mm, 1/250s, f8½ – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Mercia Marina (off the Trent & Mersey Canal in South Derbyshire) is an odd mix of old boats and new buildings and it made for an interesting ‘Photography Friday’ outing back in January.

I was testing a (new to me) Nikon FE and shooting an inexpensive black & white film made sense as I’d just started home developing again.

Kentmere Pan 400 is certainly more contrasty than the Retropan and whilst still grainy, it’s a more ‘crisp’ grain that I rather like.

I’ve just bought some Kentmere Pan 100… let’s see what that’s like?

Single frame… Chimneys, Long Eaton

Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019
Olympus OM-20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f11 – Foma Retropan 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

It’s taken me over a year to finish this roll of Foma Retropan 320 and although the results are better than the roll I shot in Norfolk last year (in the then on loan Fujica GW 690) I still don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy any more…

This roll only had one damaged frame but the lack of contrast and ‘fluffy’ grain still aren’t to my taste. If anyone has any tips for exposing and/or developing this film to get the best out of it then please let me know…