Single frame… The old and the new, Sheffield

The old and the new, SheffieldThe old and the new, Sheffield
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f11, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

A contrast between old and new in Sheffield, photographed in June. In the foreground is part of the Royal Exchange Buildings, a brown glazed brick structure dating from 1900 and designed by John Henry Bryars. The modern building in the background is the 52-metre, 16 floor iQuarter apartment building on Blonk Street, built on the site of the former Hancock and Lant furniture company premises.

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

Single frame… Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019

Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/4000s, f2.8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

Another image from my recent trip to Sheffield, captured while enjoying a cold beer outside the Sheffield Tap, a fantastic ‘world beer freehouse’ at the railway station.

The shirt caught my eye as I’ve recently taken a sartorial leaf out of Godson No.2’s book and bought myself a few Hawaiian shirts to jazz up my wardrobe!

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

Single frame… ‘ART’

'ART', Sheffield, June 2018‘ART’, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

This beautiful carved lettering adorns the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and it caught my eye during a wander around the city in June this year.

The gallery occupies the third floor of The Central Library which was opened in July 1934, dedicated to ‘the service of knowledge and art’.

Built with the support of John George Graves, an entrepreneur who made his fortune out of one of the country’s earliest mail order businesses (which became part of Great Universal after his death in 1945), the gallery is the main home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and hosts significant touring shows.

As the lettering is a few feet above my eye level I used what is rapidly becoming my favourite Nikon lens, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S… a wonderfully sharp, short telephoto that balances perfectly on my Nikon FE2 and FA bodies.

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

Single frame… TO CAR PARK

TO CAR PARKTO CAR PARK
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 39mm, 1/220s, f14, ISO 200

I love finding these old, faded road signs… This one in Arundel, West Sussex is screwed to the castle wall and still (vaguely) points the way to the car park.

I don’t know how old this sign is but it predates the current style of signage on British roads which came into use in the mid 1960s following a review by the Worboys Committee.

Single frame… Serrurerie Sécurité

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Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Colorplus 200 rated at ISO 100

Another wonderful old business premises in central France, photographed between beer breaks at pavement cafés during a wander around Cosne-sur-Loire in August last year. This ‘Locksmith Security’ specialist had long since moved on…

I really could spend hours just wandering around and photographing things like this.

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

Single frame… Roses

Roses, June 2019Roses, June 2019
Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/125s, f4, – Kodak Portra 160 rated at ISO 100

A few frames left on a very out of date roll of Portra 160 that’s been in the camera for a year… Finish it off in the garden of course!

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

Single frame… ‘Red Mist’

Red Mist, Glasgow, April 2019Red Mist, Glasgow, April 2019
Nikon F-801s, AF Nikkor 24-50mm f/3.3-4.5 at 35mm, 1/1000s, f5.6, Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 rated at ISO 200

A stunning custom Harley-Davidson gleams in the sun at West Coast Harley in Glasgow during an event on 20 April 2019. Its owner had ridden it up from Merseyside… not something I’d fancy doing with that rigid frame (having no rear suspension).

Scan by Ag Photo Lab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Morris Minor 1000

Morris Minor, Ely, May 2017Morris Minor, Ely, May 2017
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 34mm, 1/60s, f8, ISO 640

Another classic vehicle today…

Over 1,300,000 Morris Minors were produced between 1948 and 1971, and this one was first registered in April 1970 in Taunton, Somerset.

Although still badged as a ‘Minor 1000’ the ‘Moggie’ (as they are affectionately known by many) had been built with a 1098cc version of the legendary A-series four cylinder engine since 1962… it’s an engine I’m very familiar with, having driven a Mini Clubman for a number of years (in my distant youth).

Single frame… Renault Juvaquatre Break

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Renault Juvaquatre Break, the Nièvre, August 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/80s, f8, ISO 320

I’ve mentioned before my fondness for photographing old vehicles wherever I find them…

This Renault Juvaquatre Break was spotted in a small town in the Nièvre department of France in August last year. Based on the Juvaquatre Camionette (van) introduced in the late 1930s, the Break (also known as the ‘Dauphinoise’ post 1956) was introduced in 1950 and remained in production until 1960, just a few months before its replacement arrived in the shape of the Renault 4.

The French (at least in rural areas) seem to keep using their old vehicles long after we (in the UK) would’ve either confined them to classic car shows or the scrapyard.