Single frame… Derwent reflections

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Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/70s, f11, ISO 200

An image from a recent ‘Photography Friday’ walk with Rachel along the banks of the River Derwent near Calver in the Peak District.

This is the point at which Stoke Brook flows into the river, home to Brook Lampreys, a primitive, eel-like fish with a sucker for a mouth… We didn’t see any though.

Here’s hoping that our jaunts (and the world in general) return to normal soon…

Single frame… Green Wood, February 2020

Green Wood, February 2020Green Wood, February 2020
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/125s, f8½, – Kodak T-Max 400
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 6 mins at 20°c.

An image from a recent ‘Photography Friday’ trip out with Rachel… This patch of woodland can be found to the north of the wonderfully named ‘Great Pond of Stubbing’ near Chesterfield in Derbyshire and we used a brief break in the rainy weather during half-term to explore it. It’s definitely a location we’ll be revisiting!

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

Monochrome Monday… Silver Birch trees (again)

Silver Birches, Jack Flat, January 2020Silver Birches, Jack Flat, January 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/125s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 14 mins at 20°c.

Another image of the Silver Birch trees (Betula pendula) in the area between Baslow Edge and the Baslow-Sheffield road known as Jack Flat, this time shot on film…

I’ve really caught the home developing bug!

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

Monochrome Monday… Wellington’s Monument, January 2020

Wellington's Monument, January 2020Wellington’s Monument, January 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800
Developed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9, 14 mins at 20°c.

Wellington’s Monument stands high above the Derbyshire village of Baslow. Dedicated to the Duke of Wellington it was raised by local dignitary Lieutenant Colonel Edward Mason Wrench (1833-1912) in 1866.

Not much else seems to be known about the monument, one story, probably apocryphal, suggests that it was built to commemorate a visit of the Iron Duke to the area while a guest of the Duke of Rutland. Or perhaps it was merely built to provide a balance for the monument to Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson on nearby Birchin Edge.

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

Single frame… Silver Birches, Derbyshire, January 2020

Silver Birches, Jack Flat, January 2020Silver Birches, Jack Flat, January 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 29mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 250

The first ‘Photography Friday’ trip of 2020 saw Rachel and I visit the Peak District National Park. These Silver Birches (Betula pendula) were captured in an area between Baslow Edge and the Baslow-Sheffield road known as Jack Flat, an area also home to a small herd of Highland cattle!

Single frame… Lumsdale, March 2019

Lumsdale, March 2019Lumsdale, March 2019
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 22mm, 3.7s, f22, ISO 200

As the end of the year approaches we start to look forward to the next and one of the things I’m looking forward to is my ‘Photography Friday’ outings with my friend/partner in crime Rachel…

We’re definitely planning a return to the Lumsdale Valley near Matlock in Derbyshire to photograph the industrial ruins and the waterfalls again.

A few frames from… Expired Film Day 2019

Yachts, Bridlington, March 2019Yachts, Bridlington, March 2019
Olympus μ [mju:] – II – Kodak Gold 100 (expired 1996) rated at ISO 25

A very quick post today as I’m off to Bridlington tonight to see The Red Hot Chilli Pipers perform at the Spa!

Back in March one of mine and Rachel’s ‘Photography Friday’ jaunts coincided with Expired Film Day and these images were taken on a very battered Olympus μ [mju:] – II compact camera that I managed to pick up in a charity shop a few weeks before for a mere £1.95!

I was pleasantly surprised by how well these films performed, especially the Fuji Super G Plus 200 that was 22 years out of date!

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Olympus μ [mju:] – II – Fuji Super G Plus (expired 1997) rated at ISO 50

Single frame… Grey Seal pup

Grey Seal pup, November 2019Grey Seal pup, November 2019
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 55-200mm f3.5~4.8 R LM OIS at 116mm, 1/125s, f9, ISO 640

This week’s ‘Photography Friday’ saw Rachel and I visit Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast to see the Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) that breed (and give birth to their pups) there every year between October and December.

The area is a salt marsh, used by the Royal Air Force as a bombing range but it is also home to a staggering 30% of the worldwide Grey Seal population!

The public viewing area is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the volunteer wardens do a fantastic job of keeping both seals and visitors safe, the above image was captured from well behind the fencing that separates the two!