Monochrome Monday… Scaring the crows, Calke Abbey

Scaring the crows, Calke AbbeyScaring the crows, Calke Abbey
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/1000s, f4, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320

The first weekend in January saw a trip to the National Trust property of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire with my Olympus OM-1N (loaded with Rollei RPX 400) and a couple of Zuiko prime lenses.

I didn’t venture inside the house itself, preferring to wander in the gardens on such an unseasonably warm day.

Sadly it would appear that the OM-1N is in need of new light seals but as soon as I’ve done that little job it’ll be back in use…

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

Monochrome Monday… Brighton on revolog Snovlox film

West Pier, Brighton, December 2018West Pier, Brighton, December 2018
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D – 1/125s, f8, – revolog Snovlox

Before Christmas, for a bit of photographic fun I added a roll of revolog Snovlox film to an order from Analogue Wonderland.

Snovlox is a limited edition black and white film with similar effects to revolog’s Volvox film, a colour film that adds bright green dots all over the negative… with Snovlox the dots are white, giving a wintry feel to images.

Snovlox’s base is the excellent Kodak T-MAX 100 and it’s processed as such, giving results such as those you see here.

I’m rather taken with the results from this film and will be buying some more while it’s still on sale (it’s only available between October and March). I’ve also got a couple of other revolog films in stock; Kolor and Streak and am looking forward to trying them both soon…

Brighton bicycle, December 2018Brighton bicycle, December 2018
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D – 1/90s, f2.8, – revolog Snovlox

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Monochrome Monday… Woodland path, February 2019

Woodland path, February 2019Woodland path, February 2019
Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program, Zuiko Auto-T 100mm f/2.8 – 1/125s, f8½, – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 640

A wander in the woods last week to have a play with a pinhole camera also gave me the chance to finish off a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus that’s been sitting in an Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program since December…

I certainly had more success with the Olympus than with the pinhole camera, the shots from that definitely won’t be appearing on here!

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Monochrome Monday… Fountains Abbey on Ilford SFX 200

Fountains Abbey, May 1998Fountains Abbey, May 1998
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 Planar T* + #29 red filter, – Ilford SFX 200 rated at ISO 400.
Developed in Fotospeed FD30 at 1:9, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Something from the archives today…

Fountains Abbey near Ripon in North Yorkshire was founded in 1132 and became one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.

Now a Grade I listed building, the abbey is owned by the National Trust.

Ilford SFX 200 is a film I really should shoot again, I rather like its effects…

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

Monochrome Monday… Biggins Bros Ltd

Biggins Bros Ltd, SheffieldBiggins Bros Ltd, Sheffield
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/60s, f8, – Rollei RPX 100

I was going to write that in this day and age of tanning salons and nail bars it’s quite refreshing to see a good, old-fashioned ‘Electro Platers to all Trades’ but it would appear that ‘Biggins Bros Ltd’ ceased trading in the year 2000!

The Biggins’ family are still active in Sheffield though, with Silversmith James Biggins producing a range of exquisite silver sculptures, mainly hunting and shooting themed pieces.

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Monochrome Monday… Reflection, Lower Largo

Reflection, Lower Largo, October 2018Reflection, Lower Largo, October 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f11, – Agfa APX 400 rated at ISO 320

I can’t wait to get back to the coast… any bit of coast will do but my favourite is that around Fife in Scotland. A stroll on the beach at Lower Largo followed by a pie and a pint in the Railway Inn would hit the spot today.

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Monochrome Monday… Vintage section

Vintage section, December 2018Vintage section, December 2018
Fujica GW690 – 1/60s, f8, – JCH Street Pan rated at ISO 800

My first roll of JCH Street Pan film in 120 format. I’m not sure what went wrong but the negatives are very thin indeed… Did I forget to mark the roll for push-processing when I sent it to the lab?

This is part of the vintage section in the Sue Ryder charity shop on Goodramgate in York. They had an assortment of photographic bits and bobs when I called in before Christmas but the only thing I bought was a Sporran!

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Monochrome Monday… Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engine

Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engineRolls Royce Merlin X aero engine
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

A Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engine on display at The Ruskin Museum in Coniston. The engine was one of four fitted to Handley Page Halifax V bomber, LL505 ‘FD-S’ of the Royal Air Force’s 1659 Heavy Conversion unit (HCU) that crashed on Great Carrs between Coniston and Little Langdale during a navigational exercise on 22 October 1944. All eight members of the crew were killed in the crash.

The engine is one of two recovered by the RAF in 1997, the other is in the Pathfinder Museum at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire.

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