Throwback Thursday… By the banks of the Loire…

Le Marinier Tirant sa BarqueLe Marinier Tirant sa Barque
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 18mm, 1/60s, f10, ISO 1250

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was this fantastic sculpture on the bank of the Loire River at Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire in central France.

Entitled ‘Le Marinier Tirant sa Barque’ (The Bargee Pulling his Boat) the sculpture was created by Jean-Jacques Bourgeois based on an idea by Marcel Van Nieuwenberg.

The bridge in the background crosses both the Loire and the border between the Nièvre and Cher départements.

Throwback Thursday… It’s a bit wild out there! Cromer, September 2015

It's a bit wild out there! Cromer, September 2015.jpgIt’s a bit wild out there! Cromer, September 2015
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 52mm, 1/320s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was the Pier and Promenade at Cromer in Norfolk… Mid-storm!

This was taken during our last stay in a friend’s static caravan on the cliffs at East Runton, less than a mile and a half down the coast from Cromer.

Single frame… Crich Memorial Tower

Crich Memorial Tower, April 2019Crich Memorial Tower, April 2019
Fujifilm X-T10, thingyfy 11mm Pinhole Pro S, 0.7s, f79, ISO 200

Another image taken with my thingyfy Pinhole Pro S ‘lens’.

Last Sunday would have been my late father-in-law’s 99th birthday so Joy and I took some flowers up to Crich Stand, a memorial tower dedicated to the memory of the soldiers from the Sherwood Foresters Regiment who died in World War I and World War II* (Joy’s Dad lived to a ripe old age but spent World War II serving in North Africa and Italy with the regiment).

I thought I’d sneak a few minutes capturing a couple of images for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day while I was there…

*The memorial is also dedicated to those who died serving in the Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1945 to 1970, the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment from 1970 to 2007 and the Mercian Regiment since 2007.

Single frame… Pinhole image of Chester Green, Derby

Chester Green, DerbyChester Green, Derby
Fujifilm X-T10, thingyfy 11mm Pinhole Pro S, 1.1s, f79, ISO 400

Last year I posted an image taken using a Wanderlust Pinwide 22mm pinhole lens on a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and mentioned that I was rather tempted to find something similar for my Fujifilm X system.

Ten months later (and thanks to an eBay bargain), I have, in the shape of the thingyfy Pinhole Pro S and the above image is one of my first taken with it.

The effective aperture of f79 isn’t particularly ‘pinholey’ and as a result the image is very soft but I have a cunning plan to both reduce the angle of view (which is very wide at 11mm) and the effective aperture…

Watch this space…

Single frame… Remembrance

32434 Private D. Revitt R.A.M.C.32434 Private D. Revitt R.A.M.C.

Private Revitt was a postman in the 69th Field Ambulance, part of the 23rd Division who were involved in the capture of Contalmaison, a village four miles north-east of Albert in the Somme department in Picardie (now part of the new region Hauts-de-France).

On the 6th July a cry went out for stretcher bearers to retrieve the wounded and Private Revitt volunteered.

He was killed in action and his body buried on the battlefield.

Douglas Revitt was my great-uncle.

Tomorrow at 06.00 I’ll be attending the first part of Battle’s Over, a nationwide day of commemorative events marking the centenary of the end of the First World War and paying tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.

Throwback Thursday… ‘Oh, Oh, Dyane’

'Oh, Oh, Dyane'‘Oh, Oh, Dyane’
Fujifilm X-T10, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f2.8~4 R LM OIS at 42mm, 1/125s, f8, ISO 1600

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Two years ago it was this sorry specimen… A Citroën Dyane slowly rotting away in the corner of a field in France.

The title of this image comes from the Fleetwood Mac song ‘Oh Diane’ (on the ‘Mirage’ album). The lyric popped into my head as I was editing the image…