Single frame… Great Central Railway steam gala

Southern Railway 'Schools' class 4-4-0 925 'CHELTENHAM'Southern Railway ‘Schools’ class 4-4-0 925 ‘CHELTENHAM’
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 45mm, 1/400s, f6.3, ISO 500

Today’s ‘Photography Friday’ involves a trip to the autumn steam gala at the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.

The above image was captured at the same event seven years ago and shows Southern Railway ‘Schools’ class 4-4-0 locomotive No.925 ‘CHELTENHAM’ at Loughborough Central station, preparing to couple on to its first train of the day…

Coincidentally a classmate of ‘CHELTENHAM’ should be running today… No.926 ‘REPTON’ is visiting from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and I’m looking forward to having a ride behind it.

Throwback Thursday… Gateway, Coniston, September 2018

Gateway, Coniston, September 2018Gateway, Coniston, September 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/60s, f5.6, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Last year I was accompanying a pal of mine (Hi Mark!) on his annual pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. I didn’t join him on his climb up the 2,634 feet high Old Man of Coniston but did have a gentle stroll down the old Furness Railway line towards Torver and this shot was taken just before I took a detour off the path for a pint in The Sun Inn.

Today we’re off to the Lakes again, Mark’s got his Kendal Mint Cake and I’ve got my camera…

Scan by AgLab 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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

Single frame… The old and the new, Sheffield

The old and the new, SheffieldThe old and the new, Sheffield
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f11, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

A contrast between old and new in Sheffield, photographed in June. In the foreground is part of the Royal Exchange Buildings, a brown glazed brick structure dating from 1900 and designed by John Henry Bryars. The modern building in the background is the 52-metre, 16 floor iQuarter apartment building on Blonk Street, built on the site of the former Hancock and Lant furniture company premises.

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

Single frame… Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019

Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/4000s, f2.8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

Another image from my recent trip to Sheffield, captured while enjoying a cold beer outside the Sheffield Tap, a fantastic ‘world beer freehouse’ at the railway station.

The shirt caught my eye as I’ve recently taken a sartorial leaf out of Godson No.2’s book and bought myself a few Hawaiian shirts to jazz up my wardrobe!

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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!

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Single frame… ‘ART’

'ART', Sheffield, June 2018‘ART’, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

This beautiful carved lettering adorns the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and it caught my eye during a wander around the city in June this year.

The gallery occupies the third floor of The Central Library which was opened in July 1934, dedicated to ‘the service of knowledge and art’.

Built with the support of John George Graves, an entrepreneur who made his fortune out of one of the country’s earliest mail order businesses (which became part of Great Universal after his death in 1945), the gallery is the main home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and hosts significant touring shows.

As the lettering is a few feet above my eye level I used what is rapidly becoming my favourite Nikon lens, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S… a wonderfully sharp, short telephoto that balances perfectly on my Nikon FE2 and FA bodies.

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