Monochrome Monday… Signal post, High Peak Junction

Signal post, High Peak JunctionSignal post, High Peak Junction
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-A 50mm f/2 – 1/90s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the recently developed roll of Kosmo Foto Mono that had been lurking in a Pentax MZ-M since 2018.

I must photograph this railway signal post every single time I visit High Peak Junction, where the Cromford & High Peak Railway (C&HPR) met the Cromford Canal until the latter was abandoned in 1944.

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

Single frame… Literally!

Riddings Park, January 2018Riddings Park, January 2018
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-A 50mm f/2 – 1/125s, f8, – Ilford XP2 Super rated at ISO 320

This roll of Ilford XP2 Super has been knocking around in my desk drawer for quite some time… I knew it was partially exposed but couldn’t remember how many shots I’d taken on it.

One!

Taken during a ‘Photography Friday’ outing with Rachel in January 2018! Film loaded, first shot taken, camera died! (a different Pentax MZ-M from the one I’ve posted pics from recently).

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

Monochrome Monday… Whatstandwell Station Footbridge

Whatstandwell Station FootbridgeWhatstandwell Station Footbridge
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-A 50mm f/2 – 1/60s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the recently developed roll of Kosmo Foto Mono that had been lurking in a Pentax MZ-M since 2018.

The Midland Railway (MR) footbridge at Whatstandwell station is still used daily and was constructed by Andrew Handyside & Co. Ltd. of Derby as long ago as 1894!

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

Monochrome Monday… another forgotten roll…

Farm building, the NièvreFarm building, the Nièvre
Pentax MZ-M, Pentax-M 50mm f/2 – 1/60s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another roll of film that’s been lurking in a camera since 2018…

I quite like the SMC Pentax-M lenses, not so keen on the MZ-M though… compared to my trusty Olympus OM cameras it feels a bit flimsy, perhaps I should try an ME Super or an MX instead?

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

Bargain books!

Photography books-20200309Bargain books!
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 1250

As an old friend of my wife’s used to say ‘money is never wasted on books or pork products’

I picked these three up on Sunday from a shop at one of the local tourist traps… None were priced and I was pleasantly surprised to be told £15 for the lot!

I’ve a horrible feeling that ‘The Hasselblad Way’ will only aggravate an itch I’ve had for a while to own such a thing…

Monochrome Monday… The Gallery Café, January 2018

The Gallery Café, January 2018The Gallery Café, January 2018
Pentax MZ-30 + SMC-A 28mm f/2.8 – 1/45s, f4, – Kodak T400CN

One of my projects for 2018 is to become more comfortable with street photography, a genre I’ve never had much success with (one of many if truth be told…)

This is one of my recent attempts, taken in the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield during a trip to view the exhibition of images from last year’s Photo Marathon Sheffield.

With hindsight a camera with a waist-level viewfinder might be a better bet for future attempts… less obvious than holding an SLR to the eye.

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

Single frame…

Summer Shadows, July 2016Summer Shadows, July 2016
Pentax MZ-M, SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2, 1/350s, f8 – Agfa HDC 200 rated at ISO 100

Autumn has well and truly arrived, there’s a nip in the air and this evening the smell of bonfires was everywhere… I’m already longing for days like this…

Monochrome Monday… JCH Street Pan 400

Route de Bouhy, Alligny-Cosne, France, August 2017Route de Bouhy, Alligny-Cosne, France, August 2017
Pentax MZ-M, SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2, 1/180s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

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

An image from my second roll of Japan Camera Hunter Street Pan film (the first was shot in what turned out to be a faulty Olympus μ[mju:] II Zoom 80).

So far I definitely prefer this film to the Fuji Neopan 400CN that I have been using recently. The grain isn’t obtrusive and the images are nice and ‘contrasty’ which surprises me given the very flat light the afternoon I wandered around Alligny-Cosne, snapping away while waiting for the boulangerie to open at 4pm…

I’ve got one more roll in stock, I think I’ll shoot it this weekend.