Throwback Thursday… Royal Albert Bridge, August 2014

Royal Albert Bridge, August 2014Royal Albert Bridge, August 2014
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 12.7mm, 1/280s, f8, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Six years ago I was travelling from Liskeard to Exeter by train and couldn’t resist poking the lens of my Fujifilm X20 out of an open window to capture the Royal Albert Bridge.

The bridge spans the River Tamar and also the border between Cornwall and Devon. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, construction commenced in 1854 with the bridge opening on 2 May 1859.

For the rail enthusiasts amongst you the train was ‘The Royal Duchy’, the 14.00 First Great Western service from Penzance to London Paddington, powered by High Speed Train power cars 43151 and 43195.

Throwback Thursday… YH10 Ellie Jane, East Runton, June 2015 (again)

YH10 Ellie Jane, East Runton, June 2015YH10 Ellie Jane, East Runton, June 2015
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 27mm, 1/80s, f9, ISO 800

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was the fishing boat ‘Ellie Jane’ at East Runton near Cromer in Norfolk.

‘Ellie Jane’ has featured on this blog before but I make no excuses for including another image from one of my favourite spots on our coastline…

Throwback Thursday… Fellows Morton & Clayton Ltd/The Canalhouse

Fellows Morton & Clayton LtdFellows Morton & Clayton Ltd
Nikon D300, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 42mm, 1/640s, f5.6, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

10 years ago it was The Canalhouse, a pub occupying the lower floors of the former canal museum in Nottingham. I believe it’s the only canalside pub in Britain where the canal itself (The Beeston Canal) actually enters the building!

Fellows Morton & Clayton Ltd was, for much of the early 20th century, the largest and best-known canal transportation company in England. They went into liquidation in 1948 but the name lives on in a smaller pub next door to The Canalhouse.

Throwback Thursday… Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)

Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)
Nikon Coolpix 885, Zoom-Nikkor 8-24mm f/2.8-4.9 at 24mm, 1/250s, f4.9, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

17 years ago it was this Small Tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae). The pic isn’t wonderful quality but I think this was the first time I’d composed an image on a LCD screen at arm’s length to avoid disturbing a skittish subject…

A 3.2-megapixel sensor is laughable these days but in 2003 the Nikon Coolpix 885 (replaced in October 2002 by the 4-megapixel Coolpix 4300) was still regarded as a very capable camera!

Throwback Thursday… Broad Walk, Buxton

Broad Walk, BuxtonBroad Walk, Buxton
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 110mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Three years ago it was the Derbyshire spa town of Buxton, during a visit with my friend/partner in crime Rachel, who at that point had yet to take up photography…

A repeat visit to Buxton is on the cards now that she has!

Throwback Thursday… Light Night in Nottingham

Hanging Helmet, February 2015Hanging Helmet, February 2015
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 46mm, 1/30s, f4, ISO 1600

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was ‘Light Night‘ in Nottingham, a ‘night of eclectic and electric light installations’ that kicked off (for me at least) with a few pints in the Pitcher and Piano (where the ‘Hanging Helmet’ caught my eye).

Big Wheel, NottinghamBig Wheel, Nottingham
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 23mm, 1/30s, f3.2, ISO 640

Throwback Thursday… Great Central Railway steam gala (again)

GWR 7800 class 4-6-0 7820 DINMORE MANOR-20150130aGWR 7800 class 4-6-0 7820 DINMORE MANOR
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5~6.7 OIS at 107mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 500

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was the winter steam gala at the Great Central Railway.

GWR 7800 class 4-6-0 7820 DINMORE MANOR-20150130bGWR 7800 class 4-6-0 7820 DINMORE MANOR
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5~6.7 OIS at 113mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 320

7820 DINMORE MANOR, a Great Western Railway (GWR) 7800 class 4-6-0 steam locomotive was visiting from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and I managed a couple of trips from Loughborough Central to Leicester North and back in the warmth of steam-heated carriages…

Throwback Thursday… Blackwell Mill

Blackwell Mill, January 2012Blackwell Mill, January 2012
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 28mm, 1/200s, f6.3, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Eight years ago it was this row of cottages in the Peak District.

The eight railway workers’ cottages at Blackwell Mill in Derbyshire were served by a tiny railway station, Blackwell Mill Halt, until March 1967 when it, and the whole railway line between Matlock and Chinley was closed.

The railway line on the left still links Buxton with the quarries at Tunstead and Peak Forest.

Throwback Thursday… Ramshackle

E. PARKER, January 2015E. PARKER, January 2015
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 9mm, 1/1500s, f8, ISO 400

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was this ramshackle former business premises…

I’ve no idea who ‘E. Parker’ was, or what they did, but I love the building they left behind!

Fuse box, January 2015Fuse box, January 2015.jpg
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 25mm, 1/50s, f8, ISO 100

Mouldings, January 2015Mouldings, January 2015.jpg
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 16mm, 1/350s, f8, ISO 100