Monochrome Monday… Signal post, High Peak Junction

Signal post, High Peak JunctionSignal post, High Peak Junction
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-A 50mm f/2 – 1/90s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the recently developed roll of Kosmo Foto Mono that had been lurking in a Pentax MZ-M since 2018.

I must photograph this railway signal post every single time I visit High Peak Junction, where the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR) met the Cromford Canal until the latter was abandoned in 1944.

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

Monochrome Monday… Whatstandwell Station Footbridge

Whatstandwell Station FootbridgeWhatstandwell Station Footbridge
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-A 50mm f/2 – 1/60s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the recently developed roll of Kosmo Foto Mono that had been lurking in a Pentax MZ-M since 2018.

The Midland Railway (MR) footbridge at Whatstandwell station is still used daily and was constructed by Andrew Handyside & Co. Ltd. of Derby as long ago as 1894!

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

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… Starvehimvalley Bridge, June 2020

Starvehimvalley Bridge, June 2020Starvehimvalley Bridge, June 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/60s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

Another image from my first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono 100 film…

Starvehimvalley Bridge carries a narrow track over the Cromford Canal, the remnants of which now form a small fishing pond.

‘Starvehimvalley’ is an unusual name, the origins of which have been lost with time, none of my local contacts can shed any light on it…

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

Single frame… Buckland Hollow

Buckland Hollow, June 2020Buckland Hollow, June 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f3.5, – Kosmo Foto Mono 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

Last week I did a little exploring on one of the many old railway lines hereabouts…

This is the former Buckland Hollow branch line in Derbyshire, the branch, off the Midland Railway’s Ambergate to Pye Bridge line, served Ambergate Brickworks and Heage and Hartshay Collieries.

Passenger services on the Ambergate to Pye Bridge line ceased in 1947 and the line closed completely in December 1968 but I believe that some of the track was recovered for use at what is now the Midland Railway-Butterley.

This is my first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono 100 film and it certainly won’t be my last, it’s a beautiful film, grainy and high in contrast (but in a pleasantly traditional way) and very reasonably priced!

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