Monochrome Monday… Miniature folly

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Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

In the current situation I’m struggling to motivate myself where photography is concerned but I’ve decided to post images here that evoke happy memories, if they have any artistic or technical merit too then that’s a bonus!

This miniature ‘folly’ is only a few inches across and adorns the wall that separates a holiday cottage from the sea in the Scottish village of Lower Largo.

We had glorious weather the week we stayed there in October 2018 and enjoyed a few al fresco breakfasts even though the cold waters of the Firth of Forth were only a few yards away.

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

Monochrome Monday… 98

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Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/125s, f8, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F and another railway wagon!

’98’ is a four-wheeled, rectangular tank wagon built by Charles Roberts & Co. Ltd. in 1913 that awaits restoration at the Midland Railway-Butterley. I believe that the wagon ended its working life as a Sludge Tank at Lambton Coking Plant near Sunderland.

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

Monochrome Monday… Middleton Top

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Nikon F, Nikkor-S.C. 50mm f/1.4, 1/125s, f8, Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 200
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 7½ mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of Kodak Tri-X shot in a borrowed Nikon F…

Middleton Top engine house (in the background here) houses a preserved steam engine that used to haul railway wagons up the 708-yard long, 1 in 8&frac12 gradient Middleton Incline on the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR) that linked the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction and the Peak Forest Canal at Whaley Bridge. The incline closed in 1963, with the rest of the line following suit in 1967 and the trackbed now forms The High Peak Trail.

The railway wagon stands at the top of the incline and is VERY securely chained down to the track!

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

Monochrome Monday… Mossdale

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Nikon FA, Nikkor 85mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f2.8, – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320

Mossdale is a wooden ‘Mersey Flat’ cargo vessel, built in 1860 by William Speakman of Chester and is currently undergoing restoration at the National Waterways Museum (NWM).

Originally owned by the Shropshire Union Canal Company and named Ruby she often unloaded her cargoes of general goods, grain and margerine at Ellesmere Port where she was eventually found abandoned in 1970.

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

Monochrome Monday… Bench shadow, Leith, August 2019

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Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5 at 50mm, 1/125s, f11, Lomography Lady Grey rated at ISO 320

Another image from August’s madcap day trip to Leith… This shadow caught my eye during a wander along the Shore of Leith towards the end of the day (and just before stopping for a couple of beers at the Granary).

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

Monochrome Monday… Residents Parking Only, Leith

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Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5 at 50mm, 1/125s, f5.6, Lomography Lady Grey rated at ISO 320

Another image from a trip to Portobello and Leith in August.

I love how the shadow falls in this alley off Bernard Street in Leith. The double yellow lines seem like overkill in an alley barely wide enough for a car!

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