Monochrome Monday… Socially distanced picnic table

Redhill Quarry, January 2020Redhill Quarry, January 2020
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/125s, f8, – Foma Pan 400
Developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X at 1:9, 12 mins at 20°c.

An image from one of my last ‘pre-lockdown’ photographic forays…

Redhill Quarry, near Middleton in the Derbyshire Dales is now a nature reserve and picnic area and I had the place to myself on the bleak January day that I chose to visit (I was ‘social distancing’ before it was a necessity).

I can’t help feeling that the isolated picnic table has far more meaning now than when I photographed it…

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.