Throwback Thursday… Mur-de-Barrez

Rue de la Pierre, Mur-de-BarrezRue de la Pierre, Mur-de-Barrez
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX at 70mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

14 years ago it was the French commune of Mur-de-Barrez in the Aveyron department in southern France.

With a population of only 800 or so it was an incredibly peaceful little place to spend an afternoon, in fact we hardly saw a soul…

Rue de la Parro, Mur-de-BarrezRue de la Parro, Mur-de-Barrez
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6 D ED at 130mm, 1/500s, f8, ISO 400

Throwback Thursday… Doorways in Donzy

31 Rue Notre Dame, Donzy31 Rue Notre Dame, Donzy
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55m f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 31mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 250

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was the commune of Donzy in the Nièvre department in central France… well, mostly the doorways of Donzy! 😁

2 Rue Frappier Saint-Martin, Donzy2 Rue Frappier Saint-Martin, Donzy
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55m f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 31mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 320

Yes, it does say ‘Support Your Local Hells Angels’ on the second door…

Single frame… A Happy New Year to you all… (hopefully…)

Frosty tree, the Nièvre-20170101Frosty tree, the Nièvre, New Year’s Day 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 78mm, 1/70s, f8, ISO 400

Here’s hoping that 2021 is kinder to us all than 2020 has been…

A pic from the digital archives today, shot on New Years’s Day 2017 in the Nièvre in central France.

I really must learn to identify trees, I know a silver birch when I see one but that’s about it!

Monochrome Monday… another forgotten roll…

Farm building, the NièvreFarm building, the Nièvre
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-M 50mm f/2 – 1/60s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another roll of film that’s been lurking in a camera since 2018…

I quite like the SMC Pentax-M lenses, not so keen on the MZ-M though… compared to my trusty Olympus OM cameras it feels a bit flimsy, perhaps I should try an ME Super or an MX instead?

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

Single frame… Shot with the Minolta Vectis S-1

Farm building, the NièvreFarm building, the Nièvre
Minolta Vectis S-1, Minolta V 25-150mm f/4.5-6.3 at 40mm – 1/125s, f8, – O.O.D. Fujifilm Nexia 200 rated at ISO 100

I’d forgotten that whilst in France during the summer of 2018 I’d put a roll of film through a charity shop find Minolta Vectis S-1 Advanced Photo System (APS) SLR camera.

I’m not entirely sure where said camera is at the moment, when it turns up I’ll write a few words about it but in the meantime I’ll share a few of the images from the roll of film I shot…

Scan by Nik & Trick Photographic Services with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… By the banks of the Loire…

Le Marinier Tirant sa BarqueLe Marinier Tirant sa Barque
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 18mm, 1/60s, f10, ISO 1250

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was this fantastic sculpture on the bank of the Loire River at Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire in central France.

Entitled ‘Le Marinier Tirant sa Barque’ (The Bargee Pulling his Boat) the sculpture was created by Jean-Jacques Bourgeois based on an idea by Marcel Van Nieuwenberg.

The bridge in the background crosses both the Loire and the border between the Nièvre and Cher départements.

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.

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

Single frame… Renault Juvaquatre Break

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Renault Juvaquatre Break, the Nièvre, August 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 320

I’ve mentioned before my fondness for photographing old vehicles wherever I find them…

This Renault Juvaquatre Break was spotted in a small town in the Nièvre department of France in August last year. Based on the Juvaquatre Camionette (van) introduced in the late 1930s, the Break (also known as the ‘Dauphinoise’ post 1956) was introduced in 1950 and remained in production until 1960, just a few months before its replacement arrived in the shape of the Renault 4.

The French (at least in rural areas) seem to keep using their old vehicles long after we (in the UK) would’ve either confined them to classic car shows or the scrapyard.