Monochrome Monday… The narrowboat ‘SOVEREIGN’

SOVEREIGN-20080615The narrowboat ‘SOVEREIGN’
Nikon FG, Nikon Series E 36-72mm f/3.5, – Kodak T-Max T400 CN

Lockdown is giving me chance to look through folders full of (mostly unidentified) negatives…

From the few notes I made at the time I can at least tell that this roll was shot in the summer of 2008 on a Nikon FG and mainly using a Nikon Series E 36-72mm f/3.5 lens.

The FG was one of the first cameras I bought when I returned to shooting film after shooting digital for a few years… I really ought to dig it out and use it again.

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

Monochrome Monday… New Bridge, Calver, March 2020

New Bridge, Calver, March 2020New Bridge, Calver, March 2020
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Yet nother image from the recent roll of Kentmere 400 I used to test a Nikon FE.

New Bridge carries the A625 Sheffield to Chapel-en-le-Frith road over the River Derwent at Calver in the Derbyshire Dales.

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

Single frame… Hendo’s!

'Hendo's!'‘Hendo’s!’
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

A trio of brass bottles, modelled on the famous Henderson’s Relish (Hendo’s) bottle, adorning a seating area in Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, a few yards away from the former Henderson’s Relish factory. The seating areas and ‘planter tables’ were designed by local artist David Appleyard.

A happy reminder of a wander around my favourite city on an utterly glorious day in June 2019.

If there is a finer condiment to splash on a meal I’ve yet to taste it!

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

Slide Film Sunday… Tea’s Maid!

Tea's Maid!Tea’s Maid!
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, 1/45s, f8, Kodak Ektachrome E100

Another image shot on Kodak Ektachrome E100 last summer…

I’ve photographed this cheeky sign that advertises That Little Tea Shop in the Lanes in Brighton a few times but as yet I’ve not sampled said shop’s menu… I really must pop in for tea and cake at some point!

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

Throwback Thursday… Fellows Morton & Clayton Ltd/The Canalhouse

Fellows Morton & Clayton LtdFellows Morton & Clayton Ltd
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 42mm, 1/640s, f5.6, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

10 years ago it was The Canalhouse, a pub occupying the lower floors of the former canal museum in Nottingham. I believe it’s the only canalside pub in Britain where the canal itself (The Beeston Canal) actually enters the building!

Fellows Morton & Clayton Ltd was, for much of the early 20th century, the largest and best-known canal transportation company in England. They went into liquidation in 1948 but the name lives on in a smaller pub next door to The Canalhouse.

Monochrome Monday… Calver Weir

Calver Weir, March 2020Calver Weir, March 2020
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Another image from the recent roll of Kentmere 400 I used to test a Nikon FE.

Calver Weir on the River Derwent in the Peak District, photographed during a ‘Photography Friday’ walk with Rachel a few weeks back (although it seems like forever ago now…)

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

Monochrome Monday… Land Rover

Land RoverLand Rover
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f8½ – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

This Land Rover Discovery has been in bits for a few months now and I’d been meaning to photograph it for a while, finally doing so a couple of days before the Coronavirus lockdown began… It was also the last shot on a roll of Kentmere 400 film that I was testing a recently acquired Nikon FE with.

This is the first roll of Kentmere that I’ve developed in Ilford DDX and I rather like the results, much more contrast and seemingly finer grain than with my usual developer, Ilfosol 3.

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

Throwback Thursday… Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Nikon Coolpix 885, Zoom-Nikkor 8-24mm f/2.8-4.9 at 24mm, 1/250s, f4.9, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

17 years ago it was this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae). The pic isn’t wonderful quality but I think this was the first time I’d composed an image on a LCD screen at arm’s length to avoid disturbing a skittish subject…

A 3.2-megapixel sensor is laughable these days but in 2003 the Nikon Coolpix 885 (replaced in October 2002 by the 4-megapixel Coolpix 4300) was still regarded as a very capable camera!