Monochrome Monday… RAF Wigtown Control Tower, October 2019

RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/250s, f11 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of film that’s been lurking in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

This is the control tower at the former Royal Air Force (RAF) station at Wigtown in Scotland. The station was active between 1941 and 1945 and from 1947 to 1948, mainly in a training role, but a number of operational squadrons also visited the station, the last being the Bomber Command Trials Unit flying Avro Lancasters.

Monochrome Monday… Rustic Swing

Rustic Swing, Rigg BayRustic Swing, Rigg Bay
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/2000s, f4 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

I’ve finally got around to finishing and developing the roll of film that’s been in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

Rigg (or Cruggleton) Bay is a beautiful spot near Garlieston in Dumfries and Galloway and was a fantastic place for a bracing walk along the beach at the end of October!

Monochrome Monday… National Coal Board Fife Area No.19

National Coal Board Fife Area No.19National Coal Board Fife Area No.19
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8, – Ilford HP5+ rated at ISO 320

This Hunslet Engine Co Ltd ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST locomotive was built in 1954 for the National Coal Board (NCB) and spent its entire working life in Fife, first at Michael Colliery and then at Comrie Colliery until the latter’s closure in 1986 when it was purchased by the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (B&KR).

I only took one pic of the loco during my visit to a steam gala at Bo’ness in November 2018, I was too busy riding up and down behind it!

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

Monochrome Monday… Cove Harbour (again)

Cove HarbourCove Harbour, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 15s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

I make no apologies for posting yet another image from the Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole camera… I love it!

This is the last image on my first roll and I’m finally starting to get close enough to the subject.

These shellfish creels and lump of weathered wood were found beside what I think is the harbour master’s cottage at Cove and I popped the camera on the doorstep to take this pic!

Monochrome Monday… Winch, Craster, August 2020

Winch, Craster, August 2020Winch, Craster, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 30s, f167 – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another pinhole pic from a recent visit to Craster in Northumberland.

This winch is quietly rusting away beside the harbour and only a couple of feet away from the bench where we tucked into a picnic lunch…

Again, I could’ve done with getting much closer with the wide-angle Ondu camera!

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?

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… All Saints Church

All Saints Church, RipleyAll Saints Church, Ripley
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

A pre-lockdown image from a beautiful spring afternoon’s visit to the local churchyard…

I owned a chrome Nikon FE around 25 years ago and loved it, only parting with it to fund the purchase of a Nikon F-801s for work, so when a mint condition black one came my way recently how could I resist?

A blog post about the Nikon FE is on its way…

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.

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.

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