Monochrome Monday… Alport Heights, August 2018 (yet again…)

Alport HeightsAlport Heights
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f8, – Rollei RPX 100

I’m posting this image of Alport Heights for my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel… thanks to the lockdown here in the UK we’ve not been out snapping for a while but this is one of her favourite places (and a fantastic spot for a picnic… when we’re allowed out again that is.)

Incidentally it was taken with an Olympus OM20 that she’d found for me in a charity shop a few months previously!

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

Monochrome Monday… Miniature folly

Miniature follyMiniature folly
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

In the current situation I’m struggling to motivate myself where photography is concerned but I’ve decided to post images here that evoke happy memories, if they have any artistic or technical merit too then that’s a bonus!

This miniature ‘folly’ is only a few inches across and adorns the wall that separates a holiday cottage from the sea in the Scottish village of Lower Largo.

We had glorious weather the week we stayed there in October 2018 and enjoyed a few al fresco breakfasts even though the cold waters of the Firth of Forth were only a few yards away.

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

Monochrome Monday… Four-wheel, five-plank wagon No.30

Four-wheel, five-plank wagon No.30Four-wheel, five-plank wagon No.30
Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/250s, f11, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F…

This four-wheel, five plank railway wagon, was photographed at the Midland Railway Butterley (MR-B) in October last year. Not much is known about it other than it was built by Harrison & Camm Ltd of Rotherham and was acquired by the MR-B from Royal Naval Armament Depot (RNAD) Bedenham in Hampshire.

Monochrome Monday… 98

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Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/125s, f8, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F and another railway wagon!

’98’ is a four-wheeled, rectangular tank wagon built by Charles Roberts & Co. Ltd. in 1913 that awaits restoration at the Midland Railway-Butterley. I believe that the wagon ended its working life as a Sludge Tank at Lambton Coking Plant near Sunderland.

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

Monochrome Monday… Middleton Top

Middleton Top, January 2020Middleton Top, January 2020
Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/125s, f8, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F…

Middleton Top engine house (in the background here) houses a preserved steam engine that used to haul railway wagons up the 708-yard long, 1 in 8&frac12 gradient Middleton Incline on the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR) that linked the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction and the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge. The incline closed in 1963, with the rest of the line following suit in 1967 and the trackbed now forms The High Peak Trail.

The railway wagon stands at the top of the incline and is VERY securely chained down to the track!

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

Monochrome Monday… Ruined cottage, Derbyshire

Ruined cottage, Derbyshire, January 2020Ruined cottage, Derbyshire, January 2020
Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/250s, f8, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

I’m fortunate enough to have been loaned a beautiful Nikon F and Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4 lens (thanks Simon!) and I’ve been shooting some Kodak Tri-X with it.

This cottage is about a 20 minute drive from home and I’ve been meaning to photograph it for a while…

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

Monochrome Monday… Silver Birch trees (again)

Silver Birches, Jack Flat, January 2020Silver Birches, Jack Flat, January 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/125s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 14 mins at 20°c.

Another image of the Silver Birch trees (Betula pendula) in the area between Baslow Edge and the Baslow-Sheffield road known as Jack Flat, this time shot on film…

I’ve really caught the home developing bug!

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

Monochrome Monday… Wellington’s Monument, January 2020

Wellington's Monument, January 2020Wellington’s Monument, January 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 14 mins at 20°c.

Wellington’s Monument stands high above the Derbyshire village of Baslow. Dedicated to the Duke of Wellington it was raised by local dignitary Lieutenant Colonel Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912) in 1866.

Not much else seems to be known about the monument, one story, probably apocryphal, suggests that it was built to commemorate a visit of the Iron Duke to the area while a guest of the Duke of Rutland. Or perhaps it was merely built to provide a balance for the monument to Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson on nearby Birchin Edge.

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

Monochrome Monday… Mossdale

MossdaleMossdale
Nikon FA, Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f2.8, – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320

Mossdale is a wooden ‘Mersey Flat’ cargo vessel, built in 1860 by William Speakman of Chester and is currently undergoing restoration at the National Waterways Museum (NWM).

Originally owned by the Shropshire Union Canal Company and named Ruby she often unloaded her cargoes of general goods, grain and margerine at Ellesmere Port where she was eventually found abandoned in 1970.

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

Monochrome Monday… Spiral staircase

Spiral staircase, New Year's Day 2020Spiral staircase, New Year’s Day 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f4, – Kodak T-Max 400
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 6 mins at 20°c.

I’ve been developing film again… a roll of Kodak T-Max 400 that had been hanging around for a couple of weeks until I plucked up the courage to wrestle it into a developing tank (I find 120 film so much more fiddly to feed onto a spiral than 35mm).

I’m chuffed to bits with the results, especially considering the grotty weather the film was shot in on New Year’s Day!

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