Square Saturday… Stairway to… Malham

Stairway to… MalhamStairway to… Malham
Minolta Autocord – Kodak T-Max T400CN

‘There’s a lady who’s sure
All that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to…’

Another image from the sheet of negatives I found recently that were shot on a borrowed Minolta Autocord.

These are a few of the 400 odd steps that form part of the Pennine Way footpath leading to the top of Malham Cove, a 230ft high, curved limestone formation half a mile north of the village of Malham in North Yorkshire.

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

Monochrome Monday… Holy Island, September 1998

Holy Island, September 1998Holy Island, September 1998
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss T* Biogon 28mm f/2.8 – Ilford HP5 Plus

Saturday saw another madcap round trip to Scotland so that my pal Mark could go to a football match, this time in Edinburgh.

The journey gave us good views of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and that reminded me that somewhere I’d got some black & white pics taken there in 1998 (filed away so safely that it’s taken me all afternoon to find them!)

The couple of days I spent on the island were marred by awful weather and the negatives are lacking in contrast, something I could’ve improved upon had I processed the film myself…

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

Throwback Thursday… Burnham Overy Staithe Windmill

Burnham Overy Staithe Windmill, July 2009Burnham Overy Staithe Windmill, July 2009
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 45mm, 1/320s, f9, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was this Grade II* listed tower mill at Burnham Overy Staithe on the North Norfolk coast.

Returning home (the pretty way, around the coast on the A149) from my first trip to Norfolk and just had to stop and photograph this most East Anglian of buildings!

Built in 1816 for miller Edmund Savory, the mill last worked in 1919 and was turned into holiday accommodation by Cambridgeshire architect Hugh Hughes in the late 1920s. Following restoration in 1957 the mill was given to the National Trust and today is available to rent by holidaymakers.

Monochrome Monday… Little Chester, Derby, January 2019

Little Chester, Derby, January 2019Little Chester, Derby, January 2019
Contax T2, Carl Zeiss T* 38mm f/2.8 lens – 1/125s, f8, – Silberra Ultima 160

A snapshot taken on a bright but bitterly cold day in January this year. This was my first roll of Silberra film and I doubt it’ll be my last even though the results I obtained from it were less than spectacular…

This roll was shot at the box speed of ISO 160 but I think that my next roll I’ll try at ISO 100, it seems to be a film that would benefit from overexposure…

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

Monochrome Monday… Southwell Minster on Ilford SFX 200

Southwell Minster, October 1997Southwell Minster, October 1997
Nikon F-801s, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 + red filter, – Ilford SFX 200
Developed in Ilfosol S at 1:9, 9½ mins at 20°c.

Something from the archives today…

Another shot on a film that I really should shoot again, Ilford SFX 200.

Southwell Minster is a striking building, easily dominating the small Nottinghamshire town of Southwell and in spite of only being 25 miles from my home I haven’t been back since 1997! Time to place a film order with Analogue Wonderland and plan a day out I think!

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

Single frame… Crich Memorial Tower

Crich Memorial Tower, April 2019Crich Memorial Tower, April 2019
Fujifilm X-T10, thingyfy 11mm Pinhole Pro S, 0.7s, f79, ISO 200

Another image taken with my thingyfy Pinhole Pro S ‘lens’.

Last Sunday would have been my late father-in-law’s 99th birthday so Joy and I took some flowers up to Crich Stand, a memorial tower dedicated to the memory of the soldiers from the Sherwood Foresters Regiment who died in World War I and World War II* (Joy’s Dad lived to a ripe old age but spent World War II serving in North Africa and Italy with the regiment).

I thought I’d sneak a few minutes capturing a couple of images for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day while I was there…

*The memorial is also dedicated to those who died serving in the Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1945 to 1970, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1970 to 2007 and the Mercian Regiment since 2007.

Monochrome Monday… Porters Bridge, Trent & Mersey Canal

Porters Bridge, Trent & Mersey CanalPorters Bridge, Trent & Mersey Canal
Fujica GW690 – 1/125s, f5.6½, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

The Grade II listed Porters Bridge over the Trent & Mersey Canal at Shardlow in Derbyshire, photographed on a cold and damp Photography Friday in January this year…

Another shot from the Fujica GW 690 camera that I’ve got on loan…

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

Single frame… St Mungo Mural, Glasgow

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 28mm, 1/350s, f8, ISO 400

Last Saturday saw four people undertake a madcap 550 mile round trip to Glasgow so that one of them (hi Mark!) could go to a football match.

Mark’s wife (and my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel), my wife, Joy, and myself had a few hours to explore the city (and have a wee drink or two) but we were all keen to see as much of the city’s Mural Trail as possible.

The above image is of the first mural we found… Painted by Australian artist ‘Smug’ (Sam Bates) in 2016 it depicts St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.

Btw, Rachel’s image of the mural is currently gracing the BBC’s ‘Your pictures of Scotland‘ page!