Monochrome Monday… The narrowboat ‘SOVEREIGN’

SOVEREIGN-20080615The narrowboat ‘SOVEREIGN’
Nikon FG, Nikon Series E 36-72mm f/3.5, – Kodak T-Max T400 CN

Lockdown is giving me chance to look through folders full of (mostly unidentified) negatives…

From the few notes I made at the time I can at least tell that this roll was shot in the summer of 2008 on a Nikon FG and mainly using a Nikon Series E 36-72mm f/3.5 lens.

The FG was one of the first cameras I bought when I returned to shooting film after shooting digital for a few years… I really ought to dig it out and use it again.

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Monochrome Monday… Yachts at rest, Isle of Whithorn

Yachts at rest, Isle of WhithornYachts at rest, Isle of Whithorn
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/250s, f11, – Kodak T-Max 400

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

I really can’t wait to visit Scotland again and my fingers are tightly crossed that the trip I’ve got booked for later this year will be able to go ahead…

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Single frame… Hendo’s!

'Hendo's!'‘Hendo’s!’
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

A trio of brass bottles, modelled on the famous Henderson’s Relish (Hendo’s) bottle, adorning a seating area in Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, a few yards away from the former Henderson’s Relish factory. The seating areas and ‘planter tables’ were designed by local artist David Appleyard.

A happy reminder of a wander around my favourite city on an utterly glorious day in June 2019.

If there is a finer condiment to splash on a meal I’ve yet to taste it!

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Slide Film Sunday… Tea’s Maid!

Tea's Maid!Tea’s Maid!
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, 1/45s, f8, Kodak Ektachrome E100

Another image shot on Kodak Ektachrome E100 last summer…

I’ve photographed this cheeky sign that advertises That Little Tea Shop in the Lanes in Brighton a few times but as yet I’ve not sampled said shop’s menu… I really must pop in for tea and cake at some point!

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Square Saturday… Belper River Gardens on the Kodak Duaflex II

Bandstand, Belper River GardensBandstand, Belper River Gardens
Kodak Duaflex II – Kodak Gold 200

With a lot of time to spare at the moment I’ve been rummaging through folders of negatives, looking for nothing in particular but finding all sorts!

This shot was taken in the summer of 1998 on a Kodak Duaflex II, a simple box camera designed to look like a twin-lens reflex camera (TLR).

Kodak Duaflex IIKodak Duaflex II
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 43mm, 1/105s, f11, ISO 200

There were a number of Duaflex models with some having a focusing 72mm f/8 Kodar lens but this version has the fixed 75mm Kodet f/15 and was produced in the UK at some point between 1949 and 1955.

All versions took 620 roll film and although Kodak Gold 200 was certainly produced in 620 format I’ve a feeling that I re-spooled a roll of 120 (which is quite simple to do in a film changing bag) before taking the camera for an outing to Belper River Gardens.

I notice that Analogue Wonderland are stocking the Film Photography Project‘s range of 620 film… perhaps I should order a roll and give the Duaflex another outing?

Slide Film Sunday… From the archives

All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f5.6, – Kodak Ektachrome 100S

I’ve mentioned before one of the ‘perks’ of working in the photographic retail trade being the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise get to use…

20 years ago (almost to the day) I borrowed a Fuji GSW 690 III for a weekend, shooting a mixture of black & white and out of date slide film.

The above image, of All Saints Church in Ashover, Derbyshire, was taken during a stroll around the village after shutting up the shop for the day. The EBC Fujinon SW 65mm f/5.6 lens gives a wider view than the GW 690’s 90mm that I’ve got used to in the last 18 months (and finally bought from the chap who kindly loaned it to me… thanks James!) and the notes I made at the time show that I was hand-holding the camera at shutter speeds down to 1/30 second!

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Slide Film Sunday… Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D at 50mm, 1/160s, f11, Kodak Ektachrome E100

I hadn’t used slide film in almost 20 years until I bought a couple of rolls of Kodak Ektachrome E100 from Analogue Wonderland last summer.

This gleaming 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup was photographed at MFN‘s ‘American ‘n’ Classic Car ‘n’ Truck ‘n’ Bike’ show in August on the fantastically compact and lightweight Nikon F75 SLR fitted with the very underrated AF Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lens…

I loved the results from the Ektachrome, the images are sharp, contrasty and so very colourful, hopefully I’ll be able to shoot some more this summer!

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Single frame… Expired Film Day 2020

Caribbean SpiceCaribbean Spice
Canon EOS 600, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, 1/125s, f4 – O.O.D. Kodacolor 200

Last weekend I managed to shoot a roll of Kodacolor 200 (that went out of date in September 2001!) for Expired Film Day 2020. Using the rule of thumb ‘overexpose one stop for every decade the film is out of date I rated it at EI 50 and the results aren’t bad!

This security shutter caught my eye, it belongs to Caribbean Spice, a restaurant and takeaway on London Road in Sheffield… and I really must try the food there!

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