Monochrome Monday… Little Chester, Derby, January 2019

Little Chester, Derby, January 2019Little Chester, Derby, January 2019
Contax T2, Carl Zeiss T* 38mm f/2.8 lens – 1/125s, f8, – Silberra Ultima 160

A snapshot taken on a bright but bitterly cold day in January this year. This was my first roll of Silberra film and I doubt it’ll be my last even though the results I obtained from it were less than spectacular…

This roll was shot at the box speed of ISO 160 but I think that my next roll I’ll try at ISO 100, it seems to be a film that would benefit from overexposure…

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

Single frame… St Mungo Mural, Glasgow

Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019Mural depicting St Mungo, Glasgow, April 2019
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 28mm, 1/350s, f8, ISO 400

Last Saturday saw four people undertake a madcap 550 mile round trip to Glasgow so that one of them (hi Mark!) could go to a football match.

Mark’s wife (and my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel), my wife, Joy, and myself had a few hours to explore the city (and have a wee drink or two) but we were all keen to see as much of the city’s Mural Trail as possible.

The above image is of the first mural we found… Painted by Australian artist ‘Smug’ (Sam Bates) in 2016 it depicts St Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.

Btw, Rachel’s image of the mural is currently gracing the BBC’s ‘Your pictures of Scotland‘ page!

Single frame… Knife Angel, Coventry

Knife Angel, CoventryKnife Angel, Coventry
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f11, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional

One more image from my recent visit to Coventry to see the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, more commonly known as the ‘Knife Angel’.

Yet another shot from the Fujica GW 690 camera that I’ve got on loan…

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

Monochrome Monday… A few frames from Tideswell on JCH Street Pan 400

Forget Not The DeadForget Not The Dead
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/500s, f4 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

One of the films that came back from the lab on Saturday was a roll of JCH Street Pan 400 that had been lurking in my Nikon FA since August last year!

Corner House, TideswellCorner House, Tideswell
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

Tideswell in the Derbyshire Dales (known locally as ‘Tidza’) is a beautiful village, the centrepiece of which is the Church of St John the Baptist, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’.

The dull weather during my visit didn’t do the sights any favours but Bellamy Hunt’s JCH Street Pan 400 film has still delivered some nice, contrasty images…

1929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 20181929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

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

Monochrome Monday… 120 Bridge Street

120 Bridge Street120 Bridge Street
Olympus OM-2 Spot/Program, F-Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/100s, f8 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 640

I’ve mentioned before the idea of photographing all the different ways in which house numbers are displayed, ancient and modern, simple or elaborate… maybe it’s time I got on with it?

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

Single frame… Knife Angel, Coventry

Knife Angel, CoventryKnife Angel, Coventry
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/420s, f8, ISO 400

Currently on display in Coventry, the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, more commonly known as the ‘Knife Angel’ is a towering, poignant tribute to the lives lost to knife violence.

Artist Alfie Bradley disinfected and blunted more than 100,000 weapons before welding them together to form the angel. Thirty percent of the knives used in the sculpture were bloodied on arrival and came in biohazard bags.

It’s an incredibly moving piece of art and ironically I almost had a moment of ‘violence and aggression’ myself while viewing it… The urge to slap senseless the person who insisted on telling me ‘it’s a statue dedicated to Mick Dagger! Geddit? Mick DAGGER!’ was almost irresistible…