Monochrome Monday… Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier, September 2019Cromer Pier, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/250s, f11, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of Fujica GW690 negatives that I recently received back from the lab…

Cromer Pier is a Grade II listed structure and dates from 1901. Designed by Douglass and Arnott, the 495ft long pier is home to the Cromer Lifeboat Station and the Pavilion Theatre.

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

Monochrome Monday… Morston Quay

Morston Quay, September 2019Morston Quay, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/250s, f11, – Foma Retropan 320

An image from my first (and apart from a roll currently loaded in my Olympus OM20, possibly my last) roll of Foma Retropan 320…

I’ve not heard many positive reports of this film, with a number of people saying that it’s very lacking in contrast… I’d agree with that (although maybe a grey day on the North Norfolk coast isn’t an entirely fair test) but it also seems to be very easily damaged, about half of the shots are pretty much unusable due to what look like smears on the emulsion. Other films shot and processed at the same time as this roll (mainly Ilford Delta 400) are perfectly fine with just the occasional dust spot.

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

Monochrome Monday… Tractors, Cromer

Tractors, CromerTractors, Cromer
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f16, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of Fujica GW690 negatives that I recently received back from the lab… and some more tractors used for hauling fishing boats onto the beach at Cromer in Norfolk.

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

Monochrome Monday… Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019

Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019Fordson Major tractor, Cromer, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f11, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of negatives that I received back from the lab last week.

JPR 292, one of several Fordson Major tractors used for hauling fishing boats onto the beach at Cromer in Norfolk. This example was first registered in May 1956 in the Bournemouth area.

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

Monochrome Monday… Midland Railway-Butterley on Paterson Acupan

'Devious' Diesel‘Devious’ Diesel
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 – 1/4000s, f8, – Paterson Acupan 800 rated at ISO 1600

A couple of images from a sheet of negatives that turned up while I was looking for something else yesterday…

For a while in the late 1990s Paterson Photographic sold their own brand of film with both ISO 200 and 800 emulsions being available.

Pushing the ISO 800 film one stop really accentuated the grain but I love the effect on these images, taken at my local heritage railway, the Midland Railway-Butterley.

‘Devious’ Diesel is a character in the Thomas the Tank Engine books (I’ve probably still got my childhood copy of ‘Duck and the Diesel Engine’ squirrelled away somewhere…) and the fibreglass face is being worn here by British Railways class 08 diesel shunter 08590 (built in 1959 at Crewe).

The other diesel loco in these images is probably Andrew Barclay Sons & Co Ltd 0-4-0DM No.2 (works no.416 of 1957) that was preserved at Butterley after it was withdrawn from use at Castle Donington Power Station.

Water craneWater crane
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 – 1/4000s, f8, – Paterson Acupan 800 rated at ISO 1600

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

Monochrome Monday… Coniston Fells

Coniston FellsConiston Fells
Nikon F3HP, Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5 at 150mm – 1/250s, f8, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

Last year I accompanied a pal of mine on his annual pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. I didn’t climb the hill with him but spent my day taking photos in and around the village of Coniston.

This is definitely my favourite image from the roll of Kentmere 400 film that I shot with my trusty Nikon F3HP that day…

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

Monochrome Monday… Lone tree, North Yorkshire

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Nikon F-801s, Tokina 20-35mm f/3.3-4.5 – Kodak T-Max P3200

This lone tree featured on the blog in April 2018 in an image dating from 1999. Today’s images were taken during my first visit to Malham two years prior to that in September 1997.

The few notes I took at the time don’t mention it but I vaguely remember using a red filter on the (borrowed) Tokina 20-35mm lens. I also remember repeatedly dislodging the lens hood so quite a few of the images shot with this lens suffer from uneven vignetting…

Lone tree, North Yorkshire-19970917bLone tree, North Yorkshire
Nikon F-801s, Tokina 20-35mm f/3.3-4.5 – Kodak T-Max P3200

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED 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.

Monochrome Monday… Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019

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Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

Another image from the recent test roll put through my resealed Nikon FE2.

I’ve no idea what kind of tree this is, I just loved the texture and the shadows… The shady spot it created was welcome on this particularly sunny spring day too!

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

Monochrome Monday… ‘Purveyors of High Class Meat’

Purveyors of High Class MeatPurveyors of High Class Meat
Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program, F-Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f8 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 640

A fantastic ‘ghost’ sign, spotted in Belper, Derbyshire in January this year… Although now a kitchen and bathroom showroom I do vaguely remember this building being a butcher’s shop.

Another image from the first roll of film through my Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program.

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