Monochrome Monday… RAF Wigtown Control Tower, October 2019

RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019RAF Wigtown control tower, October 2019
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/250s, f11 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

Another image from the roll of film that’s been lurking in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

This is the control tower at the former Royal Air Force (RAF) station at Wigtown in Scotland. The station was active between 1941 and 1945 and from 1947 to 1948, mainly in a training role, but a number of operational squadrons also visited the station, the last being the Bomber Command Trials Unit flying Avro Lancasters.

Monochrome Monday… Rustic Swing

Rustic Swing, Rigg BayRustic Swing, Rigg Bay
Nikon F3HP, NIKKOR 105mm f/2.5 AI-S, 1/2000s, f4 – Ilford Delta 400 Professional
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 8 mins at 20°c.

I’ve finally got around to finishing and developing the roll of film that’s been in my Nikon F3HP since last October’s trip to Scotland!

Rigg (or Cruggleton) Bay is a beautiful spot near Garlieston in Dumfries and Galloway and was a fantastic place for a bracing walk along the beach at the end of October!

Monochrome Monday… National Coal Board Fife Area No.19

National Coal Board Fife Area No.19National Coal Board Fife Area No.19
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8, – Ilford HP5+ rated at ISO 320

This Hunslet Engine Co Ltd ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST locomotive was built in 1954 for the National Coal Board (NCB) and spent its entire working life in Fife, first at Michael Colliery and then at Comrie Colliery until the latter’s closure in 1986 when it was purchased by the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (B&KR).

I only took one pic of the loco during my visit to a steam gala at Bo’ness in November 2018, I was too busy riding up and down behind it!

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

Monochrome Monday… Miniature folly

Miniature follyMiniature folly
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

In the current situation I’m struggling to motivate myself where photography is concerned but I’ve decided to post images here that evoke happy memories, if they have any artistic or technical merit too then that’s a bonus!

This miniature ‘folly’ is only a few inches across and adorns the wall that separates a holiday cottage from the sea in the Scottish village of Lower Largo.

We had glorious weather the week we stayed there in October 2018 and enjoyed a few al fresco breakfasts even though the cold waters of the Firth of Forth were only a few yards away.

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

Monochrome Monday… The Old Jetty, Drummore, October 2019

The Old Jetty, Drummore, October 2019The Old Jetty, Drummore, October 2019
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AI-S + Y15 yellow filter – 1/250s, f11, – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

This old jetty at the southern end of the Rhins of Galloway has featured on here before but this time shot on film.

Another image that makes use of a Y15 yellow filter…

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

Throwback Thursday… 20t Grain Hopper, October 2017

20t Grain Hopper, October 201720t Grain Hopper, October 2017
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S, 1/60s, f5.6, Ilford 100 Professional

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Two years ago it was the various rail vehicles at the Fife Heritage Railway at Methil.

While many of the locomotives and items of rolling stock there are beautifully restored a few still await their turn in the queue like this grain hopper wagon…

I do love a bit of rust!

Throwback Thursday… Gateway, Coniston, September 2018

Gateway, Coniston, September 2018Gateway, Coniston, September 2018
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/60s, f5.6, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Last year I was accompanying a pal of mine (Hi Mark!) on his annual pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. I didn’t join him on his climb up the 2,634 feet high Old Man of Coniston but did have a gentle stroll down the old Furness Railway line towards Torver and this shot was taken just before I took a detour off the path for a pint in The Sun Inn.

Today we’re off to the Lakes again, Mark’s got his Kendal Mint Cake and I’ve got my camera…

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

Monochrome Monday… Coniston Fells

Coniston FellsConiston Fells
Nikon F3HP, Nikon Series E 75-150mm f/3.5 at 150mm – 1/250s, f8, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

Last year I accompanied a pal of mine on his annual pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. I didn’t climb the hill with him but spent my day taking photos in and around the village of Coniston.

This is definitely my favourite image from the roll of Kentmere 400 film that I shot with my trusty Nikon F3HP that day…

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

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.

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