Single frame… St Pancras Basin

St Pancras Basin, February 2019St Pancras Basin, February 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Portra 800 rated at ISO 400

A couple of hours between trains in London recently gave me the opportunity to explore St Pancras Basin on the Regent’s Canal. It’s an interesting location, one worth further visits (in better weather!)

The dull weather actually suited my purposes with this image though… the drab sky and grey catenary powering the Channel Tunnel Rail Link contrast rather nicely with the colourful boats and brickwork surrounding the basin.

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Single frame… Café, Avenue Edgard Hubert

Café, Avenue Edgard Hubert.jpgCafé, Avenue Edgard Hubert.jpg
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak ColorPlus 200 rated at ISO 100

A road trip through the French countryside is a fantastic way of finding interesting things to photograph… this closed up café was in the sleepy commune of Jars in the Cher department.

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Single frame… Shop window Triton

Shop window TritonShop window Triton
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f4, – O.O.D. Kodak 200 rated at ISO 100

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday… a Triton motorcycle in a shop window… and a clothes shop window at that!

Built in the 1960s and 70s, Tritons were the marrying of a Triumph parallel twin engine to a Norton ‘Featherbed’ frame, creating a hybrid superior to anything either manufacturer could offer ‘off the shelf’.

The Triumph engine was widely regarded as being more reliable and easier to tune that the Norton but the Norton frame was easily the best handling example of its time, the Isle of Man TT racer Harold Daniel tested the new frame in 1950 and declared it like “riding on a featherbed” as opposed to a “garden gate” and the name stuck.

This example currently sits in a window display surrounded by products from Barbour, a British brand known for their ‘International’ jacket as worn by motorcyclists for decades.

One thing I’ve always been curious about with the Triton concept… what happened to all the Triumph frames and Norton engines? Are garden sheds countrywide hiding ‘Norumphs’ banished there for misfiring and wobbling around bends? Maybe we’ll never know…

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Monochrome Monday… Sheringham Lifeboat Museum

Sheringham Lifeboat MuseumSheringham Lifeboat Museum
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 35mm – 1/500s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

The Sheringham Lifeboat Museum, seen here on a glorious September afternoon. The museum houses the Henry Ramey Upcher, the second private lifeboat (replacing the Augusta) to be stationed in Sheringham. Launched on 4 September 1894 she stayed on station for 41 years until she was slowly retired from duty and by 1935 the RNLI Liverpool-class vessel J C Madge had replaced her on rescue work.

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Monochrome Monday… Bicycle bell

Bicycle bell, Sheringham, September 2018.jpgBicycle bell, Sheringham, September 2018
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm – 1/125s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

Heritage railways are full of interesting items to photograph: the trains themselves, the architecture, the people (staff and visitors alike) and the myriad small details that make up a scene of days gone by…

This bicycle was sitting under the platform canopy at Sheringham station on the North Norfolk Railway during my visit there a few weeks ago and I couldn’t resist a snap whilst waiting for my train.

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Monochrome Monday… Steamboat on the Trent & Mersey Canal

Steamboat on the Trent & Mersey CanalSteamboat on the Trent & Mersey Canal
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm – 1/250s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

Another shot taken with a charity shop find Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 lens mounted on my Nikon FE2. A steamboat chuffs its way along the Trent & Mersey Canal at Shardlow during a recent(ish) ‘Photography Friday’ jaunt.

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