Monochrome Monday… Scaring the crows, Calke Abbey

Scaring the crows, Calke AbbeyScaring the crows, Calke Abbey
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/1000s, f4, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320

The first weekend in January saw a trip to the National Trust property of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire with my Olympus OM-1N (loaded with Rollei RPX 400) and a couple of Zuiko prime lenses.

I didn’t venture inside the house itself, preferring to wander in the gardens on such an unseasonably warm day.

Sadly it would appear that the OM-1N is in need of new light seals but as soon as I’ve done that little job it’ll be back in use…

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

Monochrome Monday… Brighton on revolog Snovlox film

West Pier, Brighton, December 2018West Pier, Brighton, December 2018
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D – 1/125s, f8, – revolog Snovlox

Before Christmas, for a bit of photographic fun I added a roll of revolog Snovlox film to an order from Analogue Wonderland.

Snovlox is a limited edition black and white film with similar effects to revolog’s Volvox film, a colour film that adds bright green dots all over the negative… with Snovlox the dots are white, giving a wintry feel to images.

Snovlox’s base is the excellent Kodak T-MAX 100 and it’s processed as such, giving results such as those you see here.

I’m rather taken with the results from this film and will be buying some more while it’s still on sale (it’s only available between October and March). I’ve also got a couple of other revolog films in stock; Kolor and Streak and am looking forward to trying them both soon…

Brighton bicycle, December 2018Brighton bicycle, December 2018
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D – 1/90s, f2.8, – revolog Snovlox

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

Single frame… Tranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal

Tranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal, February 2019.jpgTranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal, February 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f16, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 800

Tranquillity… a 60ft long narrow boat, moored on the Trent & Mersey Canal near Keepers Lock at Fradley Junction.

A brisk morning stroll and a spot of ‘gongoozling’ before the first outdoor pub lunch of the year (and a couple of pints of Everards Tiger) at The Swan.

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

Monochrome Monday… Woodland path, February 2019

Woodland path, February 2019Woodland path, February 2019
Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program, Zuiko Auto-T 100mm f/2.8 – 1/125s, f8½, – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 640

A wander in the woods last week to have a play with a pinhole camera also gave me the chance to finish off a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus that’s been sitting in an Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program since December…

I certainly had more success with the Olympus than with the pinhole camera, the shots from that definitely won’t be appearing on here!

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

Single frame… Trent & Mersey Canal, Fradley Junction

Trent & Mersey Canal, Fradley JunctionTrent & Mersey Canal, Fradley Junction
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-T 100mm f/2.8 – 1/125s, f8, – Agfa Vista 200 rated at ISO 100

Some more ‘gongoozling’ on a recent Photography Friday outing, this time at Fradley Junction, where the Trent & Mersey and Coventry Canals meet…

It was also warm enough for the first outdoor pub lunch of the year (and a couple of pints of Everards Tiger) at The Swan.

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

Monochrome Monday… Fountains Abbey on Ilford SFX 200

Fountains Abbey, May 1998Fountains Abbey, May 1998
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 Planar T* + #29 red filter, – Ilford SFX 200 rated at ISO 400.
Developed in Fotospeed FD30 at 1:9, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Something from the archives today…

Fountains Abbey near Ripon in North Yorkshire was founded in 1132 and became one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.

Now a Grade I listed building, the abbey is owned by the National Trust.

Ilford SFX 200 is a film I really should shoot again, I rather like its effects…

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

Single frame… St Pancras Basin

St Pancras Basin, February 2019St Pancras Basin, February 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Portra 800 rated at ISO 400

A couple of hours between trains in London recently gave me the opportunity to explore St Pancras Basin on the Regent’s Canal. It’s an interesting location, one worth further visits (in better weather!)

The dull weather actually suited my purposes with this image though… the drab sky and grey catenary powering the Channel Tunnel Rail Link contrast rather nicely with the colourful boats and brickwork surrounding the basin.

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