Monochrome Monday… Spiral staircase

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Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f4, – Kodak T-Max 400
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 6 mins at 20°c.

I’ve been developing film again… a roll of Kodak T-Max 400 that had been hanging around for a couple of weeks until I plucked up the courage to wrestle it into a developing tank (I find 120 film so much more fiddly to feed onto a spiral than 35mm).

I’m chuffed to bits with the results, especially considering the grotty weather the film was shot in on New Year’s Day!

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

Monochrome Monday… Marie, Isle of Whithorn, October 2019

Marie, Isle of Whithorn, October 2019Marie, Isle of Whithorn, October 2019
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/250s, f11, – Kodak T-Max 400

Another Fujica GW690/Kodak T-Max 400/Y15 filter image from last year’s Scottish holiday…

Taken during a gentle stroll around the village between a full Scottish breakfast and a lunchtime pint at The Steam Packet Inn… Now that’s a holiday!

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

A few frames from… Expired Film Day 2019

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Olympus μ [mju:] – II – Kodak Gold 100 (expired 1996) rated at ISO 25

A very quick post today as I’m off to Bridlington tonight to see The Red Hot Chilli Pipers perform at the Spa!

Back in March one of mine and Rachel’s ‘Photography Friday’ jaunts coincided with Expired Film Day and these images were taken on a very battered Olympus μ [mju:] – II compact camera that I managed to pick up in a charity shop a few weeks before for a mere £1.95!

I was pleasantly surprised by how well these films performed, especially the Fuji Super G Plus 200 that was 22 years out of date!

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Olympus μ [mju:] – II – Fuji Super G Plus (expired 1997) rated at ISO 50

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

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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… Lone tree, North Yorkshire

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Nikon F-801s, Tokina 20-35mm f/3.3-4.5 – Kodak T-Max P3200

This lone tree featured on the blog in April 2018 in an image dating from 1999. Today’s images were taken during my first visit to Malham two years prior to that in September 1997.

The few notes I took at the time don’t mention it but I vaguely remember using a red filter on the (borrowed) Tokina 20-35mm lens. I also remember repeatedly dislodging the lens hood so quite a few of the images shot with this lens suffer from uneven vignetting…

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Nikon F-801s, Tokina 20-35mm f/3.3-4.5 – Kodak T-Max P3200

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

Square Saturday… Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998

Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998
Minolta Autocord – Kodak T-Max T400CN

I spent a few years (what seems like a lifetime ago now) working in the photographic retail trade and one of the ‘perks’ was the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get my grubby little mitts on!

To be honest I’d completely forgotten ever using a Minolta Autocord until I found a sheet of negatives earlier this week but unfortunately I have no idea which model it was.

Jervaulx Abbey is somewhere I really should return to, it’s a beautiful, tranquil place in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

I think this is the remains of the Monk’s Infirmary, on the south east corner of the site (I really need to keep better notes!).

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

Single frame… Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019

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Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/4000s, f2.8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

Another image from my recent trip to Sheffield, captured while enjoying a cold beer outside the Sheffield Tap, a fantastic ‘world beer freehouse’ at the railway station.

The shirt caught my eye as I’ve recently taken a sartorial leaf out of Godson No.2’s book and bought myself a few Hawaiian shirts to jazz up my wardrobe!

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

Single frame… ‘ART’

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Nikon FE2, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

This beautiful carved lettering adorns the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and it caught my eye during a wander around the city in June this year.

The gallery occupies the third floor of The Central Library which was opened in July 1934, dedicated to ‘the service of knowledge and art’.

Built with the support of John George Graves, an entrepreneur who made his fortune out of one of the country’s earliest mail order businesses (which became part of Great Universal after his death in 1945), the gallery is the main home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and hosts significant touring shows.

As the lettering is a few feet above my eye level I used what is rapidly becoming my favourite Nikon lens, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S… a wonderfully sharp, short telephoto that balances perfectly on my Nikon FE2 and FA bodies.

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