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.

Single frame… Café, Avenue Edgard Hubert

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Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak ColorPlus 200 rated at ISO 100

A road trip through the French countryside is a fantastic way of finding interesting things to photograph… this closed up café was in the sleepy commune of Jars in the Cher department.

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