Square Saturday… Stairway to… Malham

Stairway to… MalhamStairway to… Malham
Minolta Autocord – Kodak T-Max T400CN

‘There’s a lady who’s sure
All that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to…’

Another image from the sheet of negatives I found recently that were shot on a borrowed Minolta Autocord.

These are a few of the 400 odd steps that form part of the Pennine Way footpath leading to the top of Malham Cove, a 230ft high, curved limestone formation half a mile north of the village of Malham in North Yorkshire.

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

Single frame… The old and the new, Sheffield

The old and the new, SheffieldThe old and the new, Sheffield
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f11, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

A contrast between old and new in Sheffield, photographed in June. In the foreground is part of the Royal Exchange Buildings, a brown glazed brick structure dating from 1900 and designed by John Henry Bryars. The modern building in the background is the 52-metre, 16 floor iQuarter apartment building on Blonk Street, built on the site of the former Hancock and Lant furniture company premises.

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

Monochrome Monday… Holy Island, September 1998

Holy Island, September 1998Holy Island, September 1998
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss T* Biogon 28mm f/2.8 – Ilford HP5 Plus

Saturday saw another madcap round trip to Scotland so that my pal Mark could go to a football match, this time in Edinburgh.

The journey gave us good views of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and that reminded me that somewhere I’d got some black & white pics taken there in 1998 (filed away so safely that it’s taken me all afternoon to find them!)

The couple of days I spent on the island were marred by awful weather and the negatives are lacking in contrast, something I could’ve improved upon had I processed the film myself…

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

Square Saturday… Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998

Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998
Minolta Autocord – Kodak T-Max T400CN

I spent a few years (what seems like a lifetime ago now) working in the photographic retail trade and one of the ‘perks’ was the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get my grubby little mitts on!

To be honest I’d completely forgotten ever using a Minolta Autocord until I found a sheet of negatives earlier this week but unfortunately I have no idea which model it was.

Jervaulx Abbey is somewhere I really should return to, it’s a beautiful, tranquil place in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

I think this is the remains of the Monk’s Infirmary, on the south east corner of the site (I really need to keep better notes!).

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

Single frame… Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019

Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/4000s, f2.8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

Another image from my recent trip to Sheffield, captured while enjoying a cold beer outside the Sheffield Tap, a fantastic ‘world beer freehouse’ at the railway station.

The shirt caught my eye as I’ve recently taken a sartorial leaf out of Godson No.2’s book and bought myself a few Hawaiian shirts to jazz up my wardrobe!

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Monochrome Monday… Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019

Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019.jpgShady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

Another image from the recent test roll put through my resealed Nikon FE2.

I’ve no idea what kind of tree this is, I just loved the texture and the shadows… The shady spot it created was welcome on this particularly sunny spring day too!

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Single frame… ‘ART’

'ART', Sheffield, June 2018‘ART’, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

This beautiful carved lettering adorns the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and it caught my eye during a wander around the city in June this year.

The gallery occupies the third floor of The Central Library which was opened in July 1934, dedicated to ‘the service of knowledge and art’.

Built with the support of John George Graves, an entrepreneur who made his fortune out of one of the country’s earliest mail order businesses (which became part of Great Universal after his death in 1945), the gallery is the main home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and hosts significant touring shows.

As the lettering is a few feet above my eye level I used what is rapidly becoming my favourite Nikon lens, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S… a wonderfully sharp, short telephoto that balances perfectly on my Nikon FE2 and FA bodies.

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Monochrome Monday… ‘Purveyors of High Class Meat’

Purveyors of High Class MeatPurveyors of High Class Meat
Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program, F-Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f8 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 640

A fantastic ‘ghost’ sign, spotted in Belper, Derbyshire in January this year… Although now a kitchen and bathroom showroom I do vaguely remember this building being a butcher’s shop.

Another image from the first roll of film through my Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program.

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Single frame… Serrurerie Sécurité

Serrurerie Sécurité.jpgSerrurerie Sécurité
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Colorplus 200 rated at ISO 100

Another wonderful old business premises in central France, photographed between beer breaks at pavement cafés during a wander around Cosne-sur-Loire in August last year. This ‘Locksmith Security’ specialist had long since moved on…

I really could spend hours just wandering around and photographing things like this.

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