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!

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

Monochrome Monday… Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019

Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019.jpgShady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019
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.

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.

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

Single frame… Serrurerie Sécurité

Serrurerie Sécurité.jpgSerrurerie Sécurité
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Colorplus 200 rated at ISO 100

Another wonderful old business premises in central France, photographed between beer breaks at pavement cafés during a wander around Cosne-sur-Loire in August last year. This ‘Locksmith Security’ specialist had long since moved on…

I really could spend hours just wandering around and photographing things like this.

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

Throwback Thursday… Fat Stan

Singer.jpgSinger
Nikon D300, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM at 95mm, 1/250s, f2.8, ISO 1600

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was local rock band Fat Stan, strutting their stuff in the Crossed Pistons Saloon at the Rock and Blues Custom Show in Derbyshire.

I don’t think I’ve ever had such good access to a stage as I did here, not only that but I’d got two massive bikers keeping a watchful eye on my gear!

Fat Stan, July 2009.jpgFat Stan, July 2009
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 31mm, 1/250s, f6.3, ISO 1600

Drummer.jpgDrummer
Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM at 17mm, 1/30s, f5.3, ISO 1600

Monochrome Monday… Mama Jane’s Pizza & Chicken

Mama Jane's Pizza & ChickenMama Jane’s Pizza & Chicken
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S, 1/250s, f4, Kodak T-Max P3200

This is one of four shots taken during a short walk through Derby to The Brunswick Inn in January…

The centre-weighted metering of the Nikon F-301 made a surprisingly good job of this scene, when the dark nights roll around again I’ll have another go at shots like this…

Scan by Ag Photo Lab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

A few frames from… the Nikon F-301 on Kodak T-Max P3200

Sax soloSax solo
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – Kodak T-Max P3200

The Sensational Hot Rocks Band played another storming set at the Holbrook Village Fete last Saturday night and I shot a couple of rolls of Kodak T-Max P3200 of them strutting their stuff!

The Nikon F-301 is quite a nice camera to use for live music… small, light, built in motordrive and cheap enough that owning a pair doesn’t break the bank!

The Sensational Hot Rocks BandThe Sensational Hot Rocks Band
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – Kodak T-Max P3200

Folsom Prison BluesFolsom Prison Blues
Nikon F-301, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – Kodak T-Max P3200

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