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.

Single frame… Apple blossom and the Olympus OM40 Program

Apple tree (Malus domestica)Apple tree (Malus domestica)
Olympus OM40 Program, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 + Close-Up Lens f=40cm – 1/500s, f5.6, – O.O.D. Fujicolor C200 rated at ISO 100

Last year my ‘Photography Friday’ partner (and camera finder extraordinaire) Rachel found an Olympus OM40 Program (and Tokina 28mm lens) in a charity shop in Chester… above is the final frame from the test roll of film.

I paired the camera with an Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens for most of the roll and also used an Olympus 49mm Close-Up Lens for a number of shots (including this one.)

I’m quite taken with the OM40… I won’t be parting with it!

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

Single frame… Hendo’s!

'Hendo's!'‘Hendo’s!’
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

A trio of brass bottles, modelled on the famous Henderson’s Relish (Hendo’s) bottle, adorning a seating area in Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, a few yards away from the former Henderson’s Relish factory. The seating areas and ‘planter tables’ were designed by local artist David Appleyard.

A happy reminder of a wander around my favourite city on an utterly glorious day in June 2019.

If there is a finer condiment to splash on a meal I’ve yet to taste it!

Scan by AgLab 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.

Single frame… Biggest Person Sit Here

Biggest Person Sit HereBiggest Person Sit Here
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 46mm, 1/240s, f8, ISO 200

I’ve started tinkering with Capture One Express for Fujifilm and this is the first image I’ve edited with it…

It’s too early to tell if I’m going to get on with the software or not but one thing I definitely don’t like is the lack of any way to add a watermark to images! (I used GraphicConverter 11 to do that here…)

Single frame… Derwent reflections

Derwent reflectionsDerwent reflections
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/70s, f11, ISO 200

An image from a recent ‘Photography Friday’ walk with Rachel along the banks of the River Derwent near Calver in the Peak District.

This is the point at which Stoke Brook flows into the river, home to Brook Lampreys, a primitive, eel-like fish with a sucker for a mouth… We didn’t see any though.

Here’s hoping that our jaunts (and the world in general) return to normal soon…