Monochrome Monday… Goods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife Railway

Goods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife RailwayGoods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife Railway
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f5.6 – Ilford Delta 100

A shot from last year’s trip to Scotland… this four-plank wagon awaits its turn in the restoration queue at the Fife Heritage Railway. Not much is known about the wagon’s history but it was donated by Tullis Russell whose paper mill at nearby Markinch closed in 2015 with the loss of more than 350 jobs.

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

Monochrome Monday… The Kelpies

The Kelpies, October 2017The Kelpies, October 2017
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 – 1/125s, f4, +1EV – Ilford Delta 100

Back in October I posted a few digital shots from a fantastic holiday in Lower Largo on the Fife coast in Scotland. I also shot a few rolls of film that week and got some of the results back from the lab a few days ago.

The Kelpies stand 30 metres high, next to an extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal in The Helix, a new parkland project in Falkirk.

Completed in 2013, the sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and are still a magnificent sight on the greyest and dampest of days. The Nikkor 20mm lens allowed me to get both Kelpies in shot from a very close range but I had a heck of a job keeping raindrops off the front of the lens!

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

Monochrome Monday… Lower Largo, Fife

Drummochy Road, Lower Largo, FifeDrummochy Road, Lower Largo, Fife
Nikon F3HP, Nikon Series E 75~150mm f/3.5 at 75mm – 1/500s, f8, +1EV – Ilford Delta 100

Back in October I posted a few digital shots from a fantastic holiday in Lower Largo on the Fife coast in Scotland. I also shot a few rolls of film that week and got some of the results back from the lab a few days ago.

Drummochy Road leads down to the harbour from the west and crosses Keil Burn on a narrow bridge just out of shot to the right. The viaduct in the background once carried the Fife Coast Railway that ran from Thornton Junction in the west to St Andrews in the north. The line closed to passengers in September 1965 and completely in December 1966.

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

Nifty Fifty!

I’d got something else planned for this post but then realised it would be my 50th so changed my mind…

‘Freelance Wastrel’ has proved surprisingly easy to create posts for and writing it has put me in touch with some fantastic people, I’m hoping that I can maintain the momentum of creating content for it throughout the winter months.

Nikkor 50mm lensesA few Nikon ‘Nifty Fifties’

I’ve mentioned my collection of Nikkor lenses before and the image above shows the 50mm examples… They are as follows:

  • 50mm f/2 AI, introduced in 1977. (Top left)
  • 50mm f/1.8 AIS, introduced in 1980. My favourite due to its minimum focusing distance of 0.45m. (Top right)
  • 50mm f/1.8 AIS, the later, more compact ‘pancake’ version of the above, introduced in 1985, has a 0.6m minimum focusing distance. (Bottom left)
  • Series E 50mm f/1.8, introduced in 1978 along with the budget Nikon EM SLR. This is the first version of the lens that doesn’t feature the traditional chrome mounting ring. (Bottom right).
  • 50mm f/2 Pre-AI, one of the oldest lenses in my collection, manufactured between 1963 and 1967. The ‘H’ appearing after the ‘Nikkor’ name indicates the number of elements making up the lens, in this case 6 (Hex). (Centre).

I do still use every one of these beautiful lenses, some more than others but they all get an outing from time to time, earlier this year I mounted the Pre-AI lens on my Fujifilm X-T10 (via an adapter) and used it to photograph a friend’s band in a local pub.

Monochrome Monday… Condemned Railway Wagons

Condemned Coal Wagons, February 1998Condemned Railway Wagons, February 1998
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5 – Kodak T-Max P3200

I have no idea what possessed me to shoot an ISO 3200 film in daylight (albeit rather dull February daylight…) but I shot a few rolls back in 1998, most of them on a Nikon F-801s that eventually got sold to a pal who continued to use it for ages.

A couple of years ago an identical camera cropped up (at a ridiculously low price) in the local branch of London Camera Exchange when I was Christmas shopping with a friend and I was thrilled to find it in a parcel with my name on under said friend’s tree on December 25th that year!

I still use it…