Monochrome Monday… Mercia Marina on Kentmere Pan 400

From Friday’s film disappointment (Foma Retropan 320) to a film I’m really beginning to love… Kentmere Pan 400.

Mercia Marina, January 2020Mercia Marina, January 2020
Nikon FE, Zoom-NIKKOR 43˜86mm f/3.5 AI at 43mm, 1/250s, f8½ – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Mercia Marina (off the Trent & Mersey Canal in South Derbyshire) is an odd mix of old boats and new buildings and it made for an interesting ‘Photography Friday’ outing back in January.

I was testing a (new to me) Nikon FE and shooting an inexpensive black & white film made sense as I’d just started home developing again.

Kentmere Pan 400 is certainly more contrasty than the Retropan and whilst still grainy, it’s a more ‘crisp’ grain that I rather like.

I’ve just bought some Kentmere Pan 100… let’s see what that’s like?

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…

Throwback Thursday… Royal Albert Bridge, August 2014

Royal Albert Bridge, August 2014Royal Albert Bridge, August 2014
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 12.7mm, 1/280s, f8, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Six years ago I was travelling from Liskeard to Exeter by train and couldn’t resist poking the lens of my Fujifilm X20 out of an open window to capture the Royal Albert Bridge.

The bridge spans the River Tamar and also the border between Cornwall and Devon. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, construction commenced in 1854 with the bridge opening on 2 May 1859.

For the rail enthusiasts amongst you the train was ‘The Royal Duchy’, the 14.00 First Great Western service from Penzance to London Paddington, powered by High Speed Train power cars 43151 and 43195.

Monochrome Monday… Silver Birch and Mother Cap

Silver Birch and Mother CapSilver Birch and Mother Cap
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko-T 135mm f/3.5, 1/250s, f8 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

A (just) pre-lockdown image and another from my recently returned Olympus OM-1N but this time using a lens that rarely sees any action, the Zuiko Auto-T 135mm f/3.5.

Silver Birch trees (Betula pendula) are common on the ‘Edges’ in the Peak District but I can never resist photographing them…

The ‘Mother Cap’ stone sits high above the abandoned gritstone quarries on Millstone Edge and is very popular with climbers.

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

Monochrome Monday… Shade and light, March 2020

Shade and light, March 2020Shade and light, March 2020
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro, 1/60s, f8 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

An image from the first roll of film through my Olympus OM-1N since it’s return from PPP Repairs and one of the first to use the Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro lens that was a 50th birthday present from my wife (thank you Joy!)

The 50mm Macro has very quickly become the ‘standard’ lens on my OM cameras, it’s wonderfully compact and lightweight, not to mention fantastically sharp!

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.

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…

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

Monochrome Monday… New Bridge, Calver, March 2020

New Bridge, Calver, March 2020New Bridge, Calver, March 2020
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the recent roll of Kentmere 400 I used to test a Nikon FE.

New Bridge carries the A625 Sheffield to Chapel-en-le-Frith road over the River Derwent at Calver in the Derbyshire Dales.

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