Monochrome Monday… Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier, September 2019Cromer Pier, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/250s, f11, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of Fujica GW690 negatives that I recently received back from the lab…

Cromer Pier is a Grade II listed structure and dates from 1901. Designed by Douglass and Arnott, the 495ft long pier is home to the Cromer Lifeboat Station and the Pavilion Theatre.

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

Monochrome Monday… Morston Quay

Morston Quay, September 2019Morston Quay, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/250s, f11, – Foma Retropan 320

An image from my first (and apart from a roll currently loaded in my Olympus OM20, possibly my last) roll of Foma Retropan 320…

I’ve not heard many positive reports of this film, with a number of people saying that it’s very lacking in contrast… I’d agree with that (although maybe a grey day on the North Norfolk coast isn’t an entirely fair test) but it also seems to be very easily damaged, about half of the shots are pretty much unusable due to what look like smears on the emulsion. Other films shot and processed at the same time as this roll (mainly Ilford Delta 400) are perfectly fine with just the occasional dust spot.

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

Monochrome Monday… Tractors, Cromer

Tractors, CromerTractors, Cromer
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f16, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of Fujica GW690 negatives that I recently received back from the lab… and some more tractors used for hauling fishing boats onto the beach at Cromer in Norfolk.

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

Throwback Thursday… Gateway, Coniston, September 2018

Gateway, Coniston, September 2018Gateway, Coniston, September 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/60s, f5.6, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Last year I was accompanying a pal of mine (Hi Mark!) on his annual pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. I didn’t join him on his climb up the 2,634 feet high Old Man of Coniston but did have a gentle stroll down the old Furness Railway line towards Torver and this shot was taken just before I took a detour off the path for a pint in The Sun Inn.

Today we’re off to the Lakes again, Mark’s got his Kendal Mint Cake and I’ve got my camera…

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

Monochrome Monday… Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019

Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f11, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of negatives that I received back from the lab last week.

JPR 292, one of several Fordson Major tractors used for hauling fishing boats onto the beach at Cromer in Norfolk. This example was first registered in May 1956 in the Bournemouth area.

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

Single frame… Narrow boats on the Macclesfield Canal, Marple, July 2019

Narrow boats on the Macclesfield Canal, Marple, July 2019.jpgNarrow boats on the Macclesfield Canal, Marple, July 2019
Fujica GW690 – Exposure unrecorded, – Kodak Ektar rated at ISO 64

I haven’t posted anything shot on my (borrowed) Fujica GW 690 for a while but yesterday I had six sets of negatives arrive in the post from Ag Photo Lab so here you are!

The narrow boat chugging its way along the Macclesfield Canal at Marple has just come off the Peak Forest Canal (which is on the other side of the bridge in the background) but whether it had traversed the 16 lock Marple Flight or not I don’t know…

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

Monochrome Monday… Midland Railway-Butterley on Paterson Acupan

'Devious' Diesel‘Devious’ Diesel
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 – 1/4000s, f8, – Paterson Acupan 800 rated at ISO 1600

A couple of images from a sheet of negatives that turned up while I was looking for something else yesterday…

For a while in the late 1990s Paterson Photographic sold their own brand of film with both ISO 200 and 800 emulsions being available.

Pushing the ISO 800 film one stop really accentuated the grain but I love the effect on these images, taken at my local heritage railway, the Midland Railway-Butterley.

‘Devious’ Diesel is a character in the Thomas the Tank Engine books (I’ve probably still got my childhood copy of ‘Duck and the Diesel Engine’ squirrelled away somewhere…) and the fibreglass face is being worn here by British Railways class 08 diesel shunter 08590 (built in 1959 at Crewe).

The other diesel loco in these images is probably Andrew Barclay Sons & Co Ltd 0-4-0DM No.2 (works no.416 of 1957) that was preserved at Butterley after it was withdrawn from use at Castle Donington Power Station.

Water craneWater crane
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 – 1/4000s, f8, – Paterson Acupan 800 rated at ISO 1600

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

Monochrome Monday… Coniston Fells

Coniston FellsConiston Fells
Nikon F3HP, Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5 at 150mm – 1/250s, f8, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

Last year I accompanied a pal of mine on his annual pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. I didn’t climb the hill with him but spent my day taking photos in and around the village of Coniston.

This is definitely my favourite image from the roll of Kentmere 400 film that I shot with my trusty Nikon F3HP that day…

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