Single frame… ‘ART’

'ART', Sheffield, June 2018‘ART’, Sheffield, June 2019
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.

Monochrome Monday… Mama Jane’s Pizza & Chicken

Mama Jane's Pizza & ChickenMama Jane’s Pizza & Chicken
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S, 1/250s, f4, Kodak T-Max P3200

This is one of four shots taken during a short walk through Derby to The Brunswick Inn in January…

The centre-weighted metering of the Nikon F-301 made a surprisingly good job of this scene, when the dark nights roll around again I’ll have another go at shots like this…

Scan by Ag Photo Lab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

A few frames from… the Nikon F-301 on Kodak T-Max P3200

Sax soloSax solo
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – Kodak T-Max P3200

The Sensational Hot Rocks Band played another storming set at the Holbrook Village Fete last Saturday night and I shot a couple of rolls of Kodak T-Max P3200 of them strutting their stuff!

The Nikon F-301 is quite a nice camera to use for live music… small, light, built in motordrive and cheap enough that owning a pair doesn’t break the bank!

The Sensational Hot Rocks BandThe Sensational Hot Rocks Band
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – Kodak T-Max P3200

Folsom Prison BluesFolsom Prison Blues
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – Kodak T-Max P3200

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

Single frame… Roses

Roses, June 2019Roses, June 2019
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f4, – Kodak Portra 160 rated at ISO 100

A few frames left on a very out of date roll of Portra 160 that’s been in the camera for a year… Finish it off in the garden of course!

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

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.

Monochrome Monday… A wedding and Kodak T-Max P3200

Quiet pleaseQuiet please!
Nikon FA, Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI-S – Kodak T-Max P3200 rated at ISO 1600

Rosie and Daniel’s wedding must have been the first that I’ve attended in 20 years where I wasn’t actually expected to take photos… needless to say, I still packed a camera though.

I couldn’t resist trying some of the recently reintroduced Kodak T-Max P3200 black & white film and the above shot is one of the first I took. I’m reasonably happy with the results (even if I didn’t quite nail the focus), the grain isn’t too obtrusive and I think there’s just the right amount of contrast.

I’ve a couple more rolls in stock… what to shoot with them?

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

Monochrome Monday… Lone tree, Yorkshire Dales

Lone tree, Yorkshire DalesLone tree, Yorkshire Dales
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss T* Biogon 28mm f/2.8 – Kodak T-Max P3200 rated at ISO 1600

A long forgotten folder of negatives surfaced this evening so I just had to fire up the scanner…

Another shot on (the recently re-introduced) Kodak T-Max P3200 black & white film, this time from May 1999. A lone tree growing out of the limestone pavement above Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales stands sentinel over the Pennine Way long-distance footpath.