Throwback Thursday… Doorways in Donzy

31 Rue Notre Dame, Donzy31 Rue Notre Dame, Donzy
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55m f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 31mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 250

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was the commune of Donzy in the Nièvre department in central France… well, mostly the doorways of Donzy! 😁

2 Rue Frappier Saint-Martin, Donzy2 Rue Frappier Saint-Martin, Donzy
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55m f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 31mm, 1/100s, f8, ISO 320

Yes, it does say ‘Support Your Local Hells Angels’ on the second door…

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…

Single frame… Brian Clough Way overhead…

Brian Clough Way overhead…Brian Clough Way overhead…
Olympus OM20, Zuiko 50mm f/3.5 Macro, 1/125s, f8 – O.O.D. unbranded ISO 200 colour negative film rated at ISO 100

This bridge carrying the A52 over the Erewash Canal provided some much needed shade during a sunny September stroll along the towpath.

The stretch of A52 linking Derby to Nottingham was named Brian Clough Way in 2005 in honour of the legendary footballer who managed both Derby County (1967-1973) and Nottingham Forest (1975-1993).

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

Monochrome Monday… Railway Viaduct, Mansfield

Railway Viaduct, MansfieldRailway Viaduct, Mansfield
Konica Big Mini – Ilford HP5+

A pic from the archives today… This railway viaduct spans the Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield and has featured here before.

I love the sense of scale provided by the gent sitting on the bench in the sunshine.

The Konica Big Mini is one of my all-time favourite compact cameras, it’s currently loaded with JCH Street Pan 400 film and is often in my pocket…

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

Monochrome Monday… Quay Walls, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Quay Walls, Berwick-upon-TweedQuay Walls, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Nikon FE2, NIKKOR 35mm f/2 AI-S, 1/125s, f11 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another pic from one of my visits to Berwick-upon-Tweed last year.

The buildings on Quay Walls date from the 18th century and are all at least Grade II listed.

The Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S lens has become a firm favourite as a slightly wider than standard ‘standard’ lens and I find myself using it more and more…

Single frame… ‘BE Excellent to EACH Other’

'BE Excellent to EACH Other'‘BE Excellent to EACH Other’
Olympus XA, F.Zuiko 35mm f/2.8, 1/60s, f5.6, CineStill 50D

More people need to practise this…

So many of my friends, employed in service industries, are finding their working days being made thoroughly unpleasant thanks to customers who can’t even be ‘civil’ let alone ‘excellent!’ to them… Being on the recieving end of outright abuse is becoming a daily occurence for some of them and it needs to stop!

End of sermon…

This piece of street art was spotted in Norwich a few weeks ago, after an hour of trawling the internet I still don’t know who painted it but it may be the work of artist Tony Allen… If anyone knows for certain, please tell me.

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

Single frame… Chimneys, Long Eaton

Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019
Olympus OM-20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f11 – Foma Retropan 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

It’s taken me over a year to finish this roll of Foma Retropan 320 and although the results are better than the roll I shot in Norfolk last year (in the then on loan Fujica GW 690) I still don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy any more…

This roll only had one damaged frame but the lack of contrast and ‘fluffy’ grain still aren’t to my taste. If anyone has any tips for exposing and/or developing this film to get the best out of it then please let me know…