Monochrome Monday… Alport Heights, August 2018 (yet again…)

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Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f8, – Rollei RPX 100

I’m posting this image of Alport Heights for my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel… thanks to the lockdown here in the UK we’ve not been out snapping for a while but this is one of her favourite places (and a fantastic spot for a picnic… when we’re allowed out again that is.)

Incidentally it was taken with an Olympus OM20 that she’d found for me in a charity shop a few months previously!

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

Monochrome Monday… Miniature folly

Miniature follyMiniature folly
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

In the current situation I’m struggling to motivate myself where photography is concerned but I’ve decided to post images here that evoke happy memories, if they have any artistic or technical merit too then that’s a bonus!

This miniature ‘folly’ is only a few inches across and adorns the wall that separates a holiday cottage from the sea in the Scottish village of Lower Largo.

We had glorious weather the week we stayed there in October 2018 and enjoyed a few al fresco breakfasts even though the cold waters of the Firth of Forth were only a few yards away.

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

Monochrome Monday… Four-wheel, five-plank wagon No.30

Four-wheel, five-plank wagon No.30Four-wheel, five-plank wagon No.30
Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/250s, f11, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F…

This four-wheel, five plank railway wagon, was photographed at the Midland Railway Butterley (MR-B) in October last year. Not much is known about it other than it was built by Harrison & Camm Ltd of Rotherham and was acquired by the MR-B from Royal Naval Armament Depot (RNAD) Bedenham in Hampshire.

Monochrome Monday… 98

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Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/125s, f8, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F and another railway wagon!

’98’ is a four-wheeled, rectangular tank wagon built by Charles Roberts & Co. Ltd. in 1913 that awaits restoration at the Midland Railway-Butterley. I believe that the wagon ended its working life as a Sludge Tank at Lambton Coking Plant near Sunderland.

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Green Wood, February 2020

Green Wood, February 2020Green Wood, February 2020
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/125s, f8½, – Kodak T-Max 400
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 6 mins at 20°c.

An image from a recent ‘Photography Friday’ trip out with Rachel… This patch of woodland can be found to the north of the wonderfully named ‘Great Pond of Stubbing’ near Chesterfield in Derbyshire and we used a brief break in the rainy weather during half-term to explore it. It’s definitely a location we’ll be revisiting!

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

Monochrome Monday… Middleton Top

Middleton Top, January 2020Middleton Top, January 2020
Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/125s, f8, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F…

Middleton Top engine house (in the background here) houses a preserved steam engine that used to haul railway wagons up the 708-yard long, 1 in 8&frac12 gradient Middleton Incline on the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR) that linked the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction and the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge. The incline closed in 1963, with the rest of the line following suit in 1967 and the trackbed now forms The High Peak Trail.

The railway wagon stands at the top of the incline and is VERY securely chained down to the track!

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Square Saturday… Motor Rail diesel locomotives, October 2019

Motor Rail diesel locomotives, October 2019Motor Rail diesel locomotives, October 2019
Yashica Mat 124G – 1/125s, f11 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100

Another shot from my first roll of film through the Yashica Mat 124G that I had repaired by Miles Whitehead of MW Camera Repairs last year.

These two Motor Rail diesel locomotives at the Midland Railway-Butterley have definitely seen better days since finishing work at ICI’s Smalldale Quarry in the Peak District.

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