Single frame… ‘BE Excellent to EACH Other’

'BE Excellent to EACH Other'‘BE Excellent to EACH Other’
Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8, 1/60s, f5.6, CineStill 50D

More people need to practise this…

So many of my friends, employed in service industries, are finding their working days being made thoroughly unpleasant thanks to customers who can’t even be ‘civil’ let alone ‘excellent!’ to them… Being on the recieving end of outright abuse is becoming a daily occurence for some of them and it needs to stop!

End of sermon…

This piece of street art was spotted in Norwich a few weeks ago, after an hour of trawling the internet I still don’t know who painted it but it may be the work of artist Tony Allen… If anyone knows for certain, please tell me.

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

Single frame… Starvehimvalley Bridge, June 2020

Starvehimvalley Bridge, June 2020Starvehimvalley Bridge, June 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/60s, f8, – Kosmo Foto Mono 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

Another image from my first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono 100 film…

Starvehimvalley Bridge carries a narrow track over the Cromford Canal, the remnants of which now form a small fishing pond.

‘Starvehimvalley’ is an unusual name, the origins of which have been lost with time, none of my local contacts can shed any light on it…

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

Single frame… Buckland Hollow

Buckland Hollow, June 2020Buckland Hollow, June 2020
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f3.5, – Kosmo Foto Mono 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

Last week I did a little exploring on one of the many old railway lines hereabouts…

This is the former Buckland Hollow branch line in Derbyshire, the branch, off the Midland Railway’s Ambergate to Pye Bridge line, served Ambergate Brickworks and Heage and Hartshay Collieries.

Passenger services on the Ambergate to Pye Bridge line ceased in 1947 and the line closed completely in December 1968 but I believe that some of the track was recovered for use at what is now the Midland Railway-Butterley.

This is my first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono 100 film and it certainly won’t be my last, it’s a beautiful film, grainy and high in contrast (but in a pleasantly traditional way) and very reasonably priced!

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

Monochrome Monday… Yachts at rest, Isle of Whithorn

Yachts at rest, Isle of WhithornYachts at rest, Isle of Whithorn
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/250s, f11, – Kodak T-Max 400

Yet another Fujica GW690/Kodak T-Max 400/Y15 filter image from last year’s Scottish holiday…

I really can’t wait to visit Scotland again and my fingers are tightly crossed that the trip I’ve got booked for later this year will be able to go ahead…

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

Single frame… Carr Wood (yet again!)

Carr Wood, December 2018Carr Wood, December 2018
Fujica GW690 – 1/125s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

Posting this for a pal in Southern California today…

Yet another shot from one of the first rolls through a (then) borrowed (now mine!) Fujica GW 690 Professional.

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

Monochrome Monday… Socially distanced picnic table

Redhill Quarry, January 2020Redhill Quarry, January 2020
Fujica GW690 + Y15 yellow filter – 1/125s, f8, – Foma Pan 400
Developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X at 1:9, 12 mins at 20°c.

An image from one of my last ‘pre-lockdown’ photographic forays…

Redhill Quarry, near Middleton in the Derbyshire Dales is now a nature reserve and picnic area and I had the place to myself on the bleak January day that I chose to visit (I was ‘social distancing’ before it was a necessity).

I can’t help feeling that the isolated picnic table has far more meaning now than when I photographed it…

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

Slide Film Sunday… From the archives

All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f5.6, – Kodak Ektachrome 100S

I’ve mentioned before one of the ‘perks’ of working in the photographic retail trade being the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise get to use…

20 years ago (almost to the day) I borrowed a Fuji GSW 690 III for a weekend, shooting a mixture of black & white and out of date slide film.

The above image, of All Saints Church in Ashover, Derbyshire, was taken during a stroll around the village after shutting up the shop for the day. The EBC Fujinon SW 65mm f/5.6 lens gives a wider view than the GW 690’s 90mm that I’ve got used to in the last 18 months (and finally bought from the chap who kindly loaned it to me… thanks James!) and the notes I made at the time show that I was hand-holding the camera at shutter speeds down to 1/30 second!

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