Monochrome Monday… Burned out van

Burned out vanBurned out van
Canon EOS 600, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, 1/45, f4.5 – Kodak Tri-X
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

My ‘Photography Friday’ outings with Rachel have been fewer and farther between this year but we’ve managed the occasional stroll with our cameras and the above image is from one such outing…

I think this sorry looking specimen was once a Ford Transit van and I certainly don’t imagine there are any salvageable parts here!

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… London!

Warren Street StationWarren Street Station
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 13mm, 1/40s, f8, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Six years ago it was London during a day out riding the rails with Dad. From memory we were only in London for an hour and a half between trains but I had time for a brief wander out of Euston station and down to West End Cameras then located on Tottenham Court Road.

BT Tower reflectionBT Tower reflection
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 16mm, 1/350s, f8, ISO 100

I couldn’t resist photographing the BT Tower, reflected in the University College Hospitals Education Centre, especially when a London bus sneaked into shot!

Single frame… To err is human…

Chevrolet 3100 truckChevrolet 3100 truck
Minolta X-700, MD ZOOM 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm, 1/60s, f8, – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

All photographers make mistakes.

Over the years I’ve made plenty but this is a new one for me… A couple of years ago I acquired a Minolta X-700 that was missing its focusing screen and just before Christmas I finally got hold of, and fitted, a replacement.

All seemed to be going swimmingly until I took the camera out of my bag and before putting it to my eye noticed the focusing ring was set to infinity… so why was my (distant) subject totally out of focus? I twiddled the focusing ring, my subject sharpened but now the lens was set to its minimum focusing distance, something was definitely wrong!

I eventually worked out I’d fitted the new screen upside down! 🙄

Two minutes with a pair of tweezers and we were back in business! 😊

Carr Wood, January 2021Carr Wood, January 2021
Minolta X-700, MD ZOOM 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm, 1/60s, f8; – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

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.

Monochrome Monday… Land Rover

Land RoverLand Rover
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f8½ – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

This Land Rover Discovery has been in bits for a few months now and I’d been meaning to photograph it for a while, finally doing so a couple of days before the Coronavirus lockdown began… It was also the last shot on a roll of Kentmere 400 film that I was testing a recently acquired Nikon FE with.

This is the first roll of Kentmere that I’ve developed in Ilford DDX and I rather like the results, much more contrast and seemingly finer grain than with my usual developer, Ilfosol 3.

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

Slide Film Sunday… Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D at 50mm, 1/160s, f11, Kodak Ektachrome E100

I hadn’t used slide film in almost 20 years until I bought a couple of rolls of Kodak Ektachrome E100 from Analogue Wonderland last summer.

This gleaming 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup was photographed at MFN‘s ‘American ‘n’ Classic Car ‘n’ Truck ‘n’ Bike’ show in August on the fantastically compact and lightweight Nikon F75 SLR fitted with the very underrated AF Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lens…

I loved the results from the Ektachrome, the images are sharp, contrasty and so very colourful, hopefully I’ll be able to shoot some more this summer!

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

Single frame… Rover 3500

Rover 3500Rover 3500
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 44mm, 1/180s, f11, ISO 200

This Rover P6 3500 caught my eye a couple of weeks ago during a wander around the Isle of Whithorn whilst there on holiday.

The P6 model was built between 1963 and 1977, with this particular example being first registered in 1972 in Glasgow. Various engines were available, a 2.0L four-cylinder, a 2.2L four-cylinder and the 3.5L V8 (as fitted to this example) that began life as the Buick 215 in 1960.

Over 320,000 were built before the P6 was replaced by the SD1, introduced in 1976.

Monochrome Monday… Tractors, Cromer

Tractors, CromerTractors, Cromer
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f16, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320

Another image from the batch of Fujica GW690 negatives that I recently received back from the lab… and some more tractors used for hauling fishing boats onto the beach at Cromer in Norfolk.

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