Monochrome Monday… ‘Strop’ steps, Bridlington

'Strop' steps, Bridlington‘Strop’ steps, Bridlington
Olympus [mju:] Zoom, Olympus 35-70mm at 35mm – Rollei RPX 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I’m not going to go into why these steps down to North Beach at Bridlington are known (to some of us at least) as ‘strop’ steps… 😁

What I will say is how pleased I am that the £5.00 Olympus [mju] zoom I picked up from a charity shop last year works perfectly! Bargain!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Weir, Monsal Dale

Weir, Monsal Dale, July 2020Weir, Monsal Dale, July 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 14mm f2.8 R, 1/3s, f22, ISO 200

A digital image that somehow ‘slipped the net’ for you today… captured during a ‘Photography Friday’ outing to Monsal Dale with Rachel back in July this year.

Torrential rain in the Peak District in summer isn’t at all unusual and we were thoroughly soggy by the time we’d packed up our tripods and made our way back to the car.

I didn’t make any notes at the time but I seem to remember using both a polarising filter and a three-stop neutral density filter for this shot.

Single frame… Curbar Edge, October 2020

Curbar Edge, October 2020Curbar Edge, October 2020
Nikon FE, Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8, 1/125s, f8 – Kodak Gold 400 rated at ISO 200

Another image from a recent ‘Photography Friday’ outing to Curbar Edge in the Peak District.

The Nikon (not ‘Nikkor’) Series E 28mm f/2.8 is a lovely little lens, tiny and lightweight and it’s often in my bag when I’m not planning on needing a wide-angle lens. The Series E lenses are underrated but I’m a big fan, owning the 28mm, 50mm, 100mm and the fantastic 75-150mm zoom!

Scan by AgLab 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.


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.