Throwback Thursday… Steam on the North Norfolk Railway

LNER class B12 4-6-0 8572LNER class B12 4-6-0 8572
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 50mm, 1/160s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was this beautiful steam locomotive at the North Norfolk Railway (NNR). 8572 is a London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) class B12 4-6-0, built in 1928 by Beyer, Peacock & Co Ltd and withdrawn from British Railways service in 1961.

It arrived at the NNR in 1967 and was finally returned to steam in 1995 after a long and difficult restoration.

I’ve spent many hours photographing heritage railways in general and the North Norfolk in particular and I’m looking forward to more of the same this summer.

I should point out that this image was captured with the aid of a NNR lineside photographic pass.

Single frame… Knife Angel, Coventry

Knife Angel, CoventryKnife Angel, Coventry
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/420s, f8, ISO 400

Currently on display in Coventry, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, more commonly known as the ‘Knife Angel’ is a towering, poignant tribute to the lives lost to knife violence.

Artist Alfie Bradley disinfected and blunted more than 100,000 weapons before welding them together to form the angel. Thirty percent of the knives used in the sculpture were bloodied on arrival and came in biohazard bags.

It’s an incredibly moving piece of art and ironically I almost had a moment of ‘violence and aggression’ myself while viewing it… The urge to slap senseless the person who insisted on telling me ‘it’s a statue dedicated to Mick Dagger! Geddit? Mick DAGGER!’ was almost irresistible…

Throwback Thursday… Radio Times ‘ghost’ sign

HRadio Times 'ghost' sign, DerbyRadio Times ‘ghost’ sign, Derby
Olympus Stylus XZ-10, i.Zuiko 4.7-23.5mm f1.8~2.7 ED at 11.1mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 160

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was this ‘ghost’ sign in Derby. I have a fondness for old painted, carved or tiled signs advertising long defunct businesses and I photograph them whenever possible.

This one has obviously been repainted at some point as two sets of ‘Radio Times’ lettering are clearly visible…

Throwback Thursday… Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480

Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480 (tail section)Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 32mm, 1/1000s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was this gently decaying Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost trainer aircraft XM480.

Delivered new in July 1960 to No.27 Maintenance Unit (MU) at RAF Shawbury XM480 moved to No.1 Flight Training School (FTS) at RAF Linton-on-Ouse three months later. A transfer to No.6 FTS at RAF Acklington followed in June 1962 and a return to No.27 MU in December 1967 for storage.

Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480Hunting Aircraft Jet Provost XM480
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 48mm, 1/320s, f8, ISO 200

Declared non-effective in March 1969 XM480 was transported to No.1 School of Technical Training (SoTT) at RAF Halton for ground instructional use and allocated the maintenance serial no. 8080M. A final transfer to RAF Finningley came in February 1994 before finally being tendered for sale in February 1995.

Jet Provosts were regular visitors to the skies above my childhood home and I used to watch them for hours…

Throwback Thursday… Cley Windmill, March 2015

Cley Windmill, March 2015Cley Windmill, March 2015
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 33mm, 1/25s, f3.6, ISO 3200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was the windmill at Cley next the Sea in Norfolk.

The light was fading rapidly and unfortunately my tripod was packed underneath everything else in the boot of the car so I had to rely on the 18-55’s Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and a high ISO to get any image at all…

Throwback Thursday… Snowdrops

Snowdrops, February 2012Snowdrops, February 2012
Panasonic Lumix GF1, Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8, 1/50s, f4, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Seven years ago it was this clump of Snowdrops (Galanthus) in our garden.

To get the camera level with the flowers I reversed the centre column of my tripod, composing the image on the GF1’s LCD screen (a spinal injury means that I can’t get down to ground level anymore…)

The Micro Four Thirds fitting Leica Macro-Elmarit 45mm lens is a beautiful piece of kit… I miss it.