Monochrome Monday… Reflections, Trent & Mersey Canal

Reflections, Trent & Mersey CanalReflections, Trent & Mersey Canal
Nikon F-601, AF NIKKOR 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 at 50mm, 1/250s, f8; – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10½ mins at 20°c.

This is one of the few salavagable shots from a test roll I shot in a Nikon F-601 before Christmas…

Sadly the camera has a couple of faults that render it pretty much unusable, the shutter release has a ‘hair trigger’ and towards the end of the roll the shutter would fire whenever the camera was switched on or off… A real shame, my first Nikon was an F-601 (in 1993/94 I think) and I was hoping to take this one on a trip down memory lane.

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… Frozen canal

Frozen canalFrozen canal
Canon EOS 600, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, 1/125, f11 – Kodak Tri-X
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

The Nottingham Canal hasn’t seen a boat in many years so a covering of ice was only causing a problem for the ducks on this particular February day…

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… Fishing pegs, February 2021

Fishing pegs, February 2021Fishing pegs, February 2021
Canon EOS 600, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, 1/350, f11 – Kodak Tri-X
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:25, 7 mins at 20°c.

Some more Kodak Tri-X, correctly rated this time…

Although fishing is allowed under in the current lockdown (as a form of exercise apparently) the ‘pegs’ at Pinxton Wharf were unsurprisingly empty on this particularly cold February day.

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.

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…

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!

Single frame… A Happy Christmas to all*

GWR 6000 class 4-6-0 6023-20130125Great Western Railway 6000 class 4-6-0 6023 KING EDWARD II
Nikon D600, AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 100mm, 1/640s, f8, ISO 400

In this year of scaled down festive celebrations I thought it appropriate to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Cool Yule with, not three kings from the east, but one king from the west! 😁

In this case it’s Great Western Railway (GWR) 6000 class 4-6-0 6023 KING EDWARD II during its visit to the Great Central Railway‘s winter steam gala in January 2013.

* ‘and to all, a good night…’

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…