Monochrome Monday… Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020

Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020
Nikon FE, Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 at 43mm, 1/125s, f8 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

I can’t tell you why I find this image of the defunct cooling towers at Willington Power Station so appealing… I just do.

It’s also one of only half a dozen or so images (so far) taken with my Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 Ai lens…

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

Throwback Thursday… The Forth Bridge

Forth Bridge, September 2005Forth Bridge, September 2005
Nikon D100, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM at 70mm, 1/160s, f5.6, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Sixteen years ago it was the Forth (rail) Bridge on my first ever trip to Scotland.

Although I did photograph the bridge as a whole it’s these detail shots, complete with trains, that remind my of the hour or so spent at South Queensferry as the sun went down…

Forth Bridge and Inchgarvie, September 2005Forth Bridge and Inchgarvie, September 2005
Nikon D100, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM at 125mm, 1/160s, f5.6, ISO 200

Single frame… Bridges over the Tweed, August 2021

Bridges over the Tweed, August 2021Bridges over the Tweed, August 2021
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 20mm – 1/750s, f/5.6, ISO 200

A tenacious clump of Red Valerian (Centranthus ruber) helps frame this image of the Royal Tweed and Royal Border Bridges.

The four-arch Royal Tweed Bridge is constructed from reinforced concrete and was opened in 1928. The more famous Royal Border Bridge was built to carry the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway over the river and opened in 1850, it still forms part of the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley stations.

Throwback Thursday… A walk across the Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct, July 2007bRibblehead Viaduct, July 2007
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f2.8-4 D at 62mm, 1/400s, f10, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

14 years ago it was a walk across the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

Batty Green from the Ribblehead ViaductBatty Green (with Pen-y-Ghent visible in the distance)
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f2.8-4 D at 24mm, 1/640s, f13, ISO 400

The Grade II* listed structure had been closed for a couple of weeks for maintenance and the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line organised a number of walks for the final day of closure.

The walks set off north across the viaduct from Ribblehead Station with the return being via the area known as ‘Batty Green’ where 2,300 men and their families were housed in temporary camps during the viaduct’s construction.

Ribblehead Viaduct, July 2007aRibblehead Viaduct, July 2007
Nikon D200, AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f2.8-4 D at 24mm, 1/500s, f11, ISO 400

The viaduct was designed by the Midland Railway’s chief engineer, John Sydney Crossley, and took five years to build, finally opening on 3 August 1875. At 440 yards (400m) long and 35 yards (32m) high, the 24 arch structure is awe inspiring and although no further walks across it are planned I’d definitely recommend taking a trip across it by train!

Monochrome Monday… Mansfield Viaduct

Mansfield ViaductMansfield Viaduct
Nikon F2S, NIKKOR-S.C 50mm f/1.4, 1/250, f11 – Kodak Tri-X rated at ISO 320
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

This particular railway viaduct has featured on this blog before, here and here

This 13 arch structure dates from 1875 and carries the Robin Hood Line high above the Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield.

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.

Throwback Thursday… The Golden Valley Light Railway

KS 'Wren' class 0-4-0ST PETER PAN (works no.4256 of 1922)-20070708Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd ‘Wren’ class 0-4-0ST PETER PAN (works no.4256 of 1922)
Nikon D200, AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED at 31mm, 1/200s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

14 years ago it was the Narrow Gauge Weekend at the Golden Valley Light Railway in Derbyshire.

If memory serves there were five steam locomotives at work on the 2ft (610mm) gauge line, the oldest being IRISH MAIL, a ‘Quarry Hunslet’ 0-4-0ST built in 1903 (and partially visible in the above image) and the newest was…

HE 'Quarry Hunslet' class 0-4-0ST JACK LANE (works no.3904 of 2005)-20070708Hunslet Engine Co Ltd ‘Quarry Hunslet’ class 0-4-0ST JACK LANE (works no.3904 of 2005)-20070708
Nikon D200, AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED at 44mm, 1/200s, f7.1, ISO 400

JACK LANE is another ‘Quarry Hunslet’, but one built 102 years after IRISH MAIL in 2005!

Single frame… Lower quadrant signals, Butterley station

Lower quadrant signals, Butterley stationLower quadrant signals, Butterley station
Nikon EM – Ilford XP2 Super

An image from one of the 197 (so far) sheets of negatives I’ve labelled and filed recently…

I’ve no notes for this roll other than the camera used (Nikon EM) and the dates shot (January/February 2015) but I suspect the lens used was my Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8.

At the time I was having my films developed by the cheapest of local minilabs and the negatives are in a shocking state! Switching to the excellent AgLab for C41 and E6 processing was definitely a good move!

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.