Monochrome Monday… Jubilee Bridge, Matlock Bath

Jubilee Bridge, Matlock BathJubilee Bridge, Matlock Bath
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2 Ai – 1/60s, f8, – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:50, 9 mins at 20°c.

Another image from my recent wander around Matlock Bath in June.

“In 1887 an iron bridge of 85 feet span was constructed, at a cost of £230, connecting the promenade with Lovers’ Walk, and at the same time the Promenade was laid out at a cost of £700” (an extract from Kelly’s Directory of Derbyshire, 1908).

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Heights of Abraham cable cars, June 2022

Heights of Abraham cable cars, June 2022Heights of Abraham cable cars, June 2022
Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 Ai – 1/180s, f8, – Foma Pan 100
Developed in Adox Rodinal at 1:50, 9 mins at 20°c.

An image from a wander around Matlock Bath in June. The 1864ft long gondola lift links the spa town Matlock Bath with the Heights of Abraham, a hilltop park on top of Masson Hill.

The heights are named after a supposed resemblance to the Plains of Abraham, also known as the Heights of Abraham, in Quebec, Canada, where James Wolfe died in battle.

Digitised using Nikon D5600 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, Nikon ES-2 Film Digitising Adapter and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020

Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020Willington Cooling Towers, January 2020
Nikon FE, Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 at 43mm, 1/125s, f8 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

I can’t tell you why I find this image of the defunct cooling towers at Willington Power Station so appealing… I just do.

It’s also one of only half a dozen or so images (so far) taken with my Zoom-Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5 Ai lens…

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Curbar Edge, October 2020

Curbar Edge, October 2020Curbar Edge, October 2020
Nikon FE, Nikon Series E 28mm f/2.8, 1/125s, f8 – Kodak Gold 400 rated at ISO 200

Another image from a recent ‘Photography Friday’ outing to Curbar Edge in the Peak District.

The Nikon (not ‘Nikkor’) Series E 28mm f/2.8 is a lovely little lens, tiny and lightweight and it’s often in my bag when I’m not planning on needing a wide-angle lens. The Series E lenses are underrated but I’m a big fan, owning the 28mm, 50mm, 100mm and the fantastic 75-150mm zoom!

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

Monochrome Monday… Mercia Marina on Kentmere Pan 400

From Friday’s film disappointment (Foma Retropan 320) to a film I’m really beginning to love… Kentmere Pan 400.

Mercia Marina, January 2020Mercia Marina, January 2020
Nikon FE, Zoom-NIKKOR 43˜86mm f/3.5 AI at 43mm, 1/250s, f8½ – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Mercia Marina (off the Trent & Mersey Canal in South Derbyshire) is an odd mix of old boats and new buildings and it made for an interesting ‘Photography Friday’ outing back in January.

I was testing a (new to me) Nikon FE and shooting an inexpensive black & white film made sense as I’d just started home developing again.

Kentmere Pan 400 is certainly more contrasty than the Retropan and whilst still grainy, it’s a more ‘crisp’ grain that I rather like.

I’ve just bought some Kentmere Pan 100… let’s see what that’s like?

Monochrome Monday… All Saints Church

All Saints Church, RipleyAll Saints Church, Ripley
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

A pre-lockdown image from a beautiful spring afternoon’s visit to the local churchyard…

I owned a chrome Nikon FE around 25 years ago and loved it, only parting with it to fund the purchase of a Nikon F-801s for work, so when a mint condition black one came my way recently how could I resist?

A blog post about the Nikon FE is on its way…

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… New Bridge, Calver, March 2020

New Bridge, Calver, March 2020New Bridge, Calver, March 2020
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Yet another image from the recent roll of Kentmere 400 I used to test a Nikon FE.

New Bridge carries the A625 Sheffield to Chapel-en-le-Frith road over the River Derwent at Calver in the Derbyshire Dales.

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.