Single frame… Carr Wood, January 2021

Carr Wood, January 2021Carr Wood, January 2021
Minolta X-700, MC W.ROKKOR 28mm f/2.8, 1/60s, f4 – Ilford HP5 Plus rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 9 mins at 20°c.

Another shot from the (correctly) repaired Minolta X-700, this time using a lens I’ve had squirelled away for a while. The MC W.ROKKOR 28mm f/2.8 was one of a pair of Minolta lenses found in a charity shop a couple of years ago for a measly £10 (the other is a MC ROKKOR-PF 50mm f/2) and it’s finally getting used!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… A Happy New Year to you all… (hopefully…)

Frosty tree, the Nièvre-20170101Frosty tree, the Nièvre, New Year’s Day 2017
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 78mm, 1/70s, f8, ISO 400

Here’s hoping that 2021 is kinder to us all than 2020 has been…

A pic from the digital archives today, shot on New Years’s Day 2017 in the Nièvre in central France.

I really must learn to identify trees, I know a silver birch when I see one but that’s about it!

Throwback Thursday… Sky Mirror, December 2013

Sky Mirror, December 2013Sky Mirror, December 2013
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR at 28mm, 1/200s, f9, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Seven years ago it was the Nottingham Sky Mirror.

Designed by artist Anish Kapoor the 20ft wide stainless steel dish was commissioned by the Nottingham Playhouse and unveiled in April 2007.

The striking structure is a bit hidden away on the edge of Wellington Circus but is well worth visiting, especially when the Playhouse Bar & Kitchen is open!

(One thing this image reminded me of was just how filthy the sensor in the Nikon D600 always seemed to be! I’ve had to clone out a dozen or so ‘blobs’ from the sky…

Monochrome Monday… Woodland Track, February 2020

Woodland Track, February 2020Woodland Track, February 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, f11 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I’m still experimenting with Hamish Gill’s pixl-latr and the excellent Negative Lab Pro Lightroom plugin for digitising my negatives and the more I use this combination, the more I like it!

I’ve never done much tweaking of my film images in Lightroom before posting them… it just doesn’t seem ‘right’ to do so somehow, but at the moment I’m hardly doing anything at all! Negative Lab Pro handles the negative/positive conversion beautifully and I find myself just making slight adjustments to contrast before I’m happy with the image… Maybe I’m just easy to please?

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Woodland Staircase, February 2020

Woodland Staircase, February 2020Woodland Staircase, February 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f8 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I spent part of yesterday experimenting with a new way (to me) of digitising 35mm film… My first impressions of Hamish Gill’s pixl-latr device are very favourable indeed, I’m definitely getting sharper images than from my Epson Perfection 4870 Photo scanner and I’m getting them much faster too!

I’ll post some pics of the setup I’ve been using just as soon as I’ve made my office presentable! 😁

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.