Monochrome Monday… In Memory of Edward Anthony Attwood

In Memory of Edward Anthony AttwoodIn Memory of Edward Anthony Attwood
Minolta X-700, MC W.ROKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/125s, f8 – Foma Pan 100 Classic
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:50, 9 mins at 20°c.

An image from one of my current favourite cameras, the Minolta X-700…

I’d love to know how a man born in Odessa in the Ukraine in 1823 (then part of Imperial Russia) ended up buried in the small Derbyshire village of Pentrich (best known for the Pentrich Revolution of 1817).

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 and Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… York Minster, illuminated by Patrice Warrener

York Minster-20051104aYork Minster
Nikon D100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4 AF-D at 42mm, 2s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Sixteen years ago it was York Minster, bathed in light by the French artist Patrice Warrener.

York Minster-20051104aYork Minster
Nikon D100, Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4 AF-D at 42mm, 1.5s, f8, ISO 400

Two projectors were used to illuminate the west front of the Minster, creating a design called the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’, part of a project to ‘breathe new life into the city centre in ways that are both sympathetic to our treasured heritage and reflective of leading-edge contemporary art’ (according to a member of the City of York Council at the time).

Monochrome Monday… All Saints Church

All Saints Church, RipleyAll Saints Church, Ripley
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

A pre-lockdown image from a beautiful spring afternoon’s visit to the local churchyard…

I owned a chrome Nikon FE around 25 years ago and loved it, only parting with it to fund the purchase of a Nikon F-801s for work, so when a mint condition black one came my way recently how could I resist?

A blog post about the Nikon FE is on its way…

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

Square Saturday… ‘Tin Tabernacle’

Tin Tabernacle, October 2019Tin Tabernacle, October 2019
Yashica Mat 124G – 1/250s, f8 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100

Another image from a test roll of Ilford FP4 Plus put through a Yashica Mat 124G that I had repaired last year.

This ‘tin tabernacle’ is located at Swanwick Junction at the Midland Railway-Butterley and is officially known as ‘St. Saviours Church’ and is available for wedding blessings (although not the actual marriage ceremony for legal reasons), funerals and memorial services.

It originally stood at Westhouses near Alfreton and was built in 1898 with support from the Midland Railway (MR).

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

Slide Film Sunday… From the archives

All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f5.6, – Kodak Ektachrome 100S

I’ve mentioned before one of the ‘perks’ of working in the photographic retail trade being the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise get to use…

20 years ago (almost to the day) I borrowed a Fuji GSW 690 III for a weekend, shooting a mixture of black & white and out of date slide film.

The above image, of All Saints Church in Ashover, Derbyshire, was taken during a stroll around the village after shutting up the shop for the day. The EBC Fujinon SW 65mm f/5.6 lens gives a wider view than the GW 690’s 90mm that I’ve got used to in the last 18 months (and finally bought from the chap who kindly loaned it to me… thanks James!) and the notes I made at the time show that I was hand-holding the camera at shutter speeds down to 1/30 second!

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

Throwback Thursday… Derby Cathedral, November 2015

Derby Cathedral, November 2015Derby Cathedral, November 2015
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8, 1/3500s, f2.8, ISO 800

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was the city of Derby…

I was trying out the Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 lens for the first time, I didn’t get on with it… Optically the lens was flawless, I just didn’t care for the lack of an aperture ring, something I was used to with my other X-series lenses.

I’m not quite sure what was going on with my camera settings that day… ‘1/3500s, f2.8, ISO 800’ What was I thinking?

Monochrome Monday… A few frames from Tideswell on JCH Street Pan 400

Forget Not The DeadForget Not The Dead
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/500s, f4 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

One of the films that came back from the lab on Saturday was a roll of JCH Street Pan 400 that had been lurking in my Nikon FA since August last year!

Corner House, TideswellCorner House, Tideswell
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

Tideswell in the Derbyshire Dales (known locally as ‘Tidza’) is a beautiful village, the centrepiece of which is the Church of St John the Baptist, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’.

The dull weather during my visit didn’t do the sights any favours but Bellamy Hunt’s JCH Street Pan 400 film has still delivered some nice, contrasty images…

1929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 20181929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

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