Monochrome Monday… Marshall’s Lock, Codnor Park

Marshall's Lock, Codnor ParkMarshall’s Lock, Codnor Park
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5, 1/60s, f8; – Kentmere Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10½ mins at 20°c.

Today’s pic is from the first roll through my my Olympus OM-2N since having it repaired last year by PPP Cameras and I’m so happy to have it back in action!

I do enjoy strolling beside canals, even when (as here) they’ve been abandoned for years… the Friends of the Cromford Canal do have long-term plans to restore this section though so perhaps one day I’ll be able to photograph boats here?

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… IDA-WAY, Erewash Canal, September 2020

IDA-WAY, Erewash Canal, September 2020IDA-WAY, Erewash Canal, September 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko 75-150mm f/4 at 75mm, 1/125s, f11 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

The narrowboat ‘IDA-WAY’ moored at Mills Dockyard on the Erewash Canal in September 2020, the 32ft vessel was built by the Stoke-on-Trent Boat Building Company in 1989.

In 2017 ‘IDA-WAY’ was spotted on sale for a very tempting £17,950…

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… Brian Clough Way overhead…

Brian Clough Way overhead…Brian Clough Way overhead…
Olympus OM20, Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro, 1/125s, f8 – O.O.D. unbranded ISO 200 colour negative film rated at ISO 100

This bridge carrying the A52 over the Erewash Canal provided some much needed shade during a sunny September stroll along the towpath.

The stretch of A52 linking Derby to Nottingham was named Brian Clough Way in 2005 in honour of the legendary footballer who managed both Derby County (1967-1973) and Nottingham Forest (1975-1993).

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

Monochrome Monday… Signal post, High Peak Junction

Signal post, High Peak JunctionSignal post, High Peak Junction
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-A 50mm f/2 – 1/90s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the recently developed roll of Kosmo Foto Mono that had been lurking in a Pentax MZ-M since 2018.

I must photograph this railway signal post every single time I visit High Peak Junction, where the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR) met the Cromford Canal until the latter was abandoned in 1944.

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

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…