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!

Monochrome Monday… Silver Birch and Mother Cap

Silver Birch and Mother CapSilver Birch and Mother Cap
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko-T 135mm f/3.5, 1/250s, f8 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

A (just) pre-lockdown image and another from my recently returned Olympus OM-1N but this time using a lens that rarely sees any action, the Zuiko Auto-T 135mm f/3.5.

Silver Birch trees (Betula pendula) are common on the ‘Edges’ in the Peak District but I can never resist photographing them…

The ‘Mother Cap’ stone sits high above the abandoned gritstone quarries on Millstone Edge and is very popular with climbers.

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Square Saturday… Apple blossom, WWPPD 2020

Apple blossom, WWPPDApple blossom, WWPPD 2020
Diana+ – Two 10s exposures at f150 – Ilford Pan F Plus
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

An image from this year’s Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day taken with a charity shop find Diana+ camera.

The Diana+ has two pinhole modes… setting the aperture to ‘P’ and removing the lens gives a ‘true’ pinhole image, leaving the lens on gives what Lomography call a ‘Magnum’ image that is sharper and less wideangle than a ‘true’ image.

The above image is what happens when you forget to wind on between shots and accidentally record both types on one frame!

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

Monochrome Monday… All Saints Church

All Saints Church, RipleyAll Saints Church, Ripley
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

A pre-lockdown image from a beautiful spring afternoon’s visit to the local churchyard…

I owned a chrome Nikon FE around 25 years ago and loved it, only parting with it to fund the purchase of a Nikon F-801s for work, so when a mint condition black one came my way recently how could I resist?

A blog post about the Nikon FE is on its way…

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Shade and light, March 2020

Shade and light, March 2020Shade and light, March 2020
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro, 1/60s, f8 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

An image from the first roll of film through my Olympus OM-1N since it’s return from PPP Repairs and one of the first to use the Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro lens that was a 50th birthday present from my wife (thank you Joy!)

The 50mm Macro has very quickly become the ‘standard’ lens on my OM cameras, it’s wonderfully compact and lightweight, not to mention fantastically sharp!

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan 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.

Monochrome Monday… New Bridge, Calver, March 2020

New Bridge, Calver, March 2020New Bridge, Calver, March 2020
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the recent roll of Kentmere 400 I used to test a Nikon FE.

New Bridge carries the A625 Sheffield to Chapel-en-le-Frith road over the River Derwent at Calver in the Derbyshire Dales.

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.