Throwback Thursday… The Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge, September 2005Forth Bridge, September 2005
Nikon D100, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM at 70mm, 1/160s, f5.6, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Sixteen years ago it was the Forth (rail) Bridge on my first ever trip to Scotland.

Although I did photograph the bridge as a whole it’s these detail shots, complete with trains, that remind my of the hour or so spent at South Queensferry as the sun went down…

Forth Bridge and Inchgarvie, September 2005Forth Bridge and Inchgarvie, September 2005
Nikon D100, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM at 125mm, 1/160s, f5.6, ISO 200

Throwback Thursday… Skipton’s canals

The Thanet Canal, SkiptonThe Thanet Canal, Skipton
Nikon FA, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P, 1/125s, f8 – Agfa vista plus 200 rated at ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was the picturesque Yorkshire town of Skipton and its canals.

The first section of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal opened between Bingley and Skipton in 1773 and is still a busy waterway today (albeit with pleasure boats). The Thanet Canal (pictured above) was a privately financed branch built to serve Lord Thanet’s limestone quarries near Skipton Castle and is usually home to narrowboats taking a break from the arduous journey across the Pennines.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal, SkiptonLeeds and Liverpool Canal, Skipton
Nikon FA, Kiron 28mm f/2, 1/125s, f8 – Agfa vista plus 200 rated at ISO 100

I mainly use NIKKOR lenses with my Nikon cameras but the above image was taken using a Kiron 28mm f/2 lens that I picked up from a brocante (flea market) in France a month or so earlier… for the amazing sum of €0.50!

Throwback Thursday… Footbridge over Burbage Brook, August 2011

Footbridge over Burbage Brook, August 2011Footbridge over Burbage Brook, August 2011
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 18mm, 1/125s, f6.3, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was a footbridge over Burbage Brook in Yarncliffe Wood in the Peak District, in an area better known as Padley Gorge.

I’ve not been up there in a while, it’s a beautiful spot but incredibly difficult to get to yourself!

Single frame… Bridges over the Tweed, August 2021

Bridges over the Tweed, August 2021Bridges over the Tweed, August 2021
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 20mm – 1/750s, f/5.6, ISO 200

A tenacious clump of Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) helps frame this image of the Royal Tweed and Royal Border Bridges.

The four-arch Royal Tweed Bridge is constructed from reinforced concrete and was opened in 1928. The more famous Royal Border Bridge was built to carry the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway over the river and opened in 1850, it still forms part of the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley stations.

From the (digital) archive… Tees Transporter Bridge

Tees Transporter Bridge-20170911dTees Transporter Bridge
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm – 1/210s, f/11, ISO 200

This image popped up today while I was looking for something else…

The iconic Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough, framed by the remains of the Cleveland Salt Works on Vulcan Street in September 2017.

This fantastic structure has featured here before and no doubt will do so again…

Monochrome Monday… Quando, quando, quando*

East Mill, BelperEast Mill, Belper
Camera unrecorded – Ilford FP4 Plus

The ease with which I can digitise negatives using the excellent pixl-latr has encouraged me to delve into the pit that is my unlabled/unprinted negative folder(s) to try and make some sense of it all…

It’s not going well…

Take the roll this image is from. I’ve no clue as to when any of the 35 frames were exposed. None. I can’t even hazard a guess as to the year!

Is this sort of shambles common in other photographers?

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.

* Engelbert Humperdinck singing “tell me quando, quando, quando” sounded quite exotic to me as a youngster… “tell me when, when, when” sounds much less so…