Single frame… Humber Bridge, August 2020

Humber Bridge, August 2020Humber Bridge, August 2020
Ondu 6×6 Pocket Pinhole + ND8 filter, 25s, f167 – Rollei RPX 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11 mins at 20°c.

An image from the second roll of film through my Ondu 6×6 Pocket pinhole camera…

I’m still getting to grips with how wide an angle of view this camera has, the 25mm focal length of the Ondu pinhole has roughly the equivalent angle of view of a 14mm lens on 35mm or full-frame digital!

Single frame… Bass Rock, August 2020

Bass Rock, August 2020Bass Rock, August 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 74mm, 1/340s, f11, ISO 200

Bass Rock (Creag nam Bathais in Gaelic) is an uninhabited island in the Firth of Forth, roughly three miles north-east of North Berwick. The island is home to a colony of more than 150,000 Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) and they give it its… ‘distinctive’ colouring.

The pic was taken from Seacliff Beach and on that particularly glorious August Saturday the beach was busy with swimmers, kayakers and paddle-boarders… me? I limited myself to having a paddle!

Single frame… Serendipity in Scotland

My pal Mark (husband of my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel) loves flags so it came as no surprise when he suggested a visit to the National Flag Heritage Centre at Athelstaneford during a trip to Scotland.

Lone tree, AthelstanefordLone tree, Athelstaneford
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 19mm, 1/200s, f11, ISO 200

The Heritage Centre occupies a lectern doocot (dovecote) dating from 1583 to the rear of Athelstaneford Church but it was the above scene that caught my eye when I rounded the corner!

I’ll confess to not knowing what kind of tree it is but I recognise a Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) when I see one!

Single frame… Cove Harbour, August 2020

Cove Harbour, August 2020Cove Harbour, August 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 32mm, 1/300s, f11, ISO 200

A brief trip to the Scottish Borders last weekend gave us the opportunity to explore a couple of lesser known locations on the coast below Dunbar.

Cove Harbour was one such location. The tiny natural harbour was improved in 1831 by the building of a breakwater and to all intents and purposes not much has changed since then!

Access to the harbour from land is via a tunnel through the cliffs that was dug by hand in the 1700s, a tunnel that has a number of side chambers that were used for storing fresh fish (and no doubt a variety of smuggled goods!) The chambers continued to be used as changing rooms by bathers until they were sealed up in 1981.

It’s a location I’m very keen to return to!

Single frame… Chimneys, Long Eaton

Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019
Olympus OM-20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f11 – Foma Retropan 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

It’s taken me over a year to finish this roll of Foma Retropan 320 and although the results are better than the roll I shot in Norfolk last year (in the then on loan Fujica GW 690) I still don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy any more…

This roll only had one damaged frame but the lack of contrast and ‘fluffy’ grain still aren’t to my taste. If anyone has any tips for exposing and/or developing this film to get the best out of it then please let me know…

Single frame… Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)

Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)Peacock butterfly (Inachis io)
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 55-200mm f3.5~4.8 R LM OIS at 200mm + Fujifilm MCEX-11 Extension Tube, 1/250s, f8, ISO 800

A rescheduled ‘Photography Friday’ outing this week saw Rachel and I exploring a local nature reserve on Wednesday…

Apart from a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) the only visible wildlife was butterflies and I spent quite a bit of time photographing them.

This Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) was captured with the aid of an 11mm extension tube placed between camera and lens, allowing the XF 55-200mm lens to focus much closer than its normal 1.1m whilst maintaining both auto-exposure and autofocus functions, it’s an accessory I find myself using more and more.

Single frame… Captain America at No.5 Sydney Street

5 Sydney Street5 Sydney Street
Nikon F75, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, 1/250s, f8, Kodak Ektachrome E100

Wishing my friends and readers ‘across the pond’ a super and safe July 4th! 🇺🇸

The above sign adorns Dave’s Comics in Brighton, East Sussex, a business occupying two shops on Sydney Street… but if memory serves this sign is actually above the one at No.3!

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.