Monochrome Monday… Reflection, Lower Largo

Reflection, Lower Largo, October 2018Reflection, Lower Largo, October 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f11, – Agfa APX 400 rated at ISO 320

I can’t wait to get back to the coast… any bit of coast will do but my favourite is that around Fife in Scotland. A stroll on the beach at Lower Largo followed by a pie and a pint in the Railway Inn would hit the spot today.

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

Monochrome Monday… Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engine

Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engineRolls Royce Merlin X aero engine
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

A Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engine on display at The Ruskin Museum in Coniston. The engine was one of four fitted to Handley Page Halifax V bomber, LL505 ‘FD-S’ of the Royal Air Force’s 1659 Heavy Conversion unit (HCU) that crashed on Great Carrs between Coniston and Little Langdale during a navigational exercise on 22 October 1944. All eight members of the crew were killed in the crash.

The engine is one of two recovered by the RAF in 1997, the other is in the Pathfinder Museum at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire.

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Single frame… I had one but…

I had one but…I had one but…
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

The wheel fell off…

This seemingly abandoned wheel (on the outskirts of Coniston in Cumbria) reminded me of the old saying ‘I had one but the wheel(s) fell off’ (a once common retort, used when you don’t understand what someone is saying, often about something technical.)

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Monochrome Monday… The Forth Bridge

The Forth Bridge, October 2018The Forth Bridge, October 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f16, – Agfa APX 400 rated at ISO 320

The iconic Forth Bridge photographed from North Queensferry a few weeks ago. The rail wheels on the shore provide interesting (if somewhat worrying) foreground interest.

On this particular day I photographed the bridge from both North and South Queensferry and I really do think that I could photograph it month in and month out and never become bored with it…

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Monochrome Monday… Goods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife Railway

Goods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife RailwayGoods Wagon, Kingdom of Fife Railway
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f5.6 – Ilford Delta 100

A shot from last year’s trip to Scotland… this four-plank wagon awaits its turn in the restoration queue at the Fife Heritage Railway. Not much is known about the wagon’s history but it was donated by Tullis Russell whose paper mill at nearby Markinch closed in 2015 with the loss of more than 350 jobs.

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Monochrome Monday… Lower Largo, Fife (again!)

Lower Largo, October 2017Lower Largo, October 2017
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8 – Ilford Delta 100

Not long now until I’m off to this wonderful place again… Lower Largo on the Fife coast. Which cameras to take this time?

The viaduct in the background once carried the Fife Coast Railway that ran from Thornton Junction in the west to St Andrews in the north. The line closed to passengers in September 1965 and completely in December 1966.

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Monochrome Monday… St Andrews, Fife

St Andrews, October 2017St Andrews, October 2017
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/500s, f8, – Ilford HP5+ rated at ISO 320

Another shot from October’s holiday in Fife… this time from the “home of golf”.

This scene caught my eye when I glanced over my shoulder during a stroll along the East Scores from the Cathedral to the Castle.

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