Monochrome Monday… Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020

Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020
Nikon FE, Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 at 43mm, 1/125s, f8 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

I can’t tell you why I find this image of the defunct cooling towers at Willington Power Station so appealing… I just do.

It’s also one of only half a dozen or so images (so far) taken with my Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 Ai lens…

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

Monochrome Monday… Belper Mill and The Triangle, March 2021

Belper Mill and The Triangle, March 2021Belper Mill and The Triangle, March 2021
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 90s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 4 mins at 20°c.

Another image of Belper East Mill, this time with ‘The Triangle’ in the foreground.

‘The Triangle’ was created c.1900 when a number of houses were demolished to improve the road juction here. It was used as the turning circle for the Derby-Belper bus from the end of the First World War until the 1970s.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Square Saturday… Belper Mill and the River Derwent

Belper Mill and the River Derwent, March 2021Belper Mill and the River Derwent, March 2021
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 201s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 4 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the fantastic Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole camera…

The seven-storey Belper East Mill dates from 1912 and as a child (not quite as far back as 1912!) I got to explore most of it thanks to my Dad being assistant general manager there.

The Horseshoe Weir (built c.1797) was built to enable the River Derwent to power the older West Mill and replaced a much simpler structure located slightly further upstream.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

From the (digital) archive… Tees Transporter Bridge

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Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm – 1/210s, f/11, ISO 200

This image popped up today while I was looking for something else…

The iconic Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough, framed by the remains of the Cleveland Salt Works on Vulcan Street in September 2017.

This fantastic structure has featured here before and no doubt will do so again…

Single frame… Torn up tracks

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Canon EOS 600, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, 1/750, f8 – Kodak Tri-X
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

Monday was a glorious day (weather-wise) and it felt wonderful to get out for a few hours with a couple of cameras and a few rolls of film…

These tracks are only a few feet long and can be found on the High Peak Trail at Middleton Top, the summit of a 708 yard long 1 in 8½ incline on what was the Cromford and High Peak Railway that once linked the Cromford Canal to the Peak Forest Canal.

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Chimneys, Long Eaton

Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019
Olympus OM-20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f11 – Foma Retropan 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

It’s taken me over a year to finish this roll of Foma Retropan 320 and although the results are better than the roll I shot in Norfolk last year (in the then on loan Fujica GW 690) I still don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy any more…

This roll only had one damaged frame but the lack of contrast and ‘fluffy’ grain still aren’t to my taste. If anyone has any tips for exposing and/or developing this film to get the best out of it then please let me know…