Single frame… The old and the new, Sheffield

The old and the new, SheffieldThe old and the new, Sheffield
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f11, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

A contrast between old and new in Sheffield, photographed in June. In the foreground is part of the Royal Exchange Buildings, a brown glazed brick structure dating from 1900 and designed by John Henry Bryars. The modern building in the background is the 52-metre, 16 floor iQuarter apartment building on Blonk Street, built on the site of the former Hancock and Lant furniture company premises.

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Single frame… Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019

Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019Hawaiian shirt, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/4000s, f2.8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

Another image from my recent trip to Sheffield, captured while enjoying a cold beer outside the Sheffield Tap, a fantastic ‘world beer freehouse’ at the railway station.

The shirt caught my eye as I’ve recently taken a sartorial leaf out of Godson No.2’s book and bought myself a few Hawaiian shirts to jazz up my wardrobe!

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Monochrome Monday… Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019

Shady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019.jpgShady spot, Crossley Park, May 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

Another image from the recent test roll put through my resealed Nikon FE2.

I’ve no idea what kind of tree this is, I just loved the texture and the shadows… The shady spot it created was welcome on this particularly sunny spring day too!

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Single frame… ‘ART’

'ART', Sheffield, June 2018‘ART’, Sheffield, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Kodak Portra 400 rated at ISO 200

This beautiful carved lettering adorns the Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield and it caught my eye during a wander around the city in June this year.

The gallery occupies the third floor of The Central Library which was opened in July 1934, dedicated to ‘the service of knowledge and art’.

Built with the support of John George Graves, an entrepreneur who made his fortune out of one of the country’s earliest mail order businesses (which became part of Great Universal after his death in 1945), the gallery is the main home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and hosts significant touring shows.

As the lettering is a few feet above my eye level I used what is rapidly becoming my favourite Nikon lens, the Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI-S… a wonderfully sharp, short telephoto that balances perfectly on my Nikon FE2 and FA bodies.

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Single frame… Serrurerie Sécurité

Serrurerie Sécurité.jpgSerrurerie Sécurité
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kodak Colorplus 200 rated at ISO 100

Another wonderful old business premises in central France, photographed between beer breaks at pavement cafés during a wander around Cosne-sur-Loire in August last year. This ‘Locksmith Security’ specialist had long since moved on…

I really could spend hours just wandering around and photographing things like this.

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Monochrome Monday… St Mary’s Bridge, Derby

St Mary's Bridge, DerbySt Mary’s Bridge, Derby
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 105mm f2.5 AI-S – 1/250s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

A pigeon perches on St Mary’s Bridge (over the River Derwent) in Derby in April 2019. The Grade II* listed structure was built between 1788-1793 by Thomas Harrison and replaced a medieval bridge that was demolished in 1789 as it was ‘too narrow and hazardous to wheeled traffic’.

Another shot from the recent test roll put through my resealed Nikon FE2.

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Monochrome Monday… Bullseye!

BullseyeBullseye!
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8½, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

Another shot from the recent test roll put through my resealed Nikon FE2.

I’ve had a couple of Nikon’s screw-in close-up lenses squirrelled away for a while and this is the first time I’ve used the No.2 (3.0 diopter) version.

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Monochrome Monday… No band today, June 2019

No band today, June 2019No band today, June 2019
Nikon FE2, Nikkor 24mm f2.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8, – Ilford Delta 400 Professional rated at ISO 800

I recently fitted new light seals to my Nikon FE2, this shot is from the roll of Ilford Delta 400 that I tested it with.

I don’t regularly visit the local park but this particular day was perfect for a picnic lunch (and photography) and Joy and I spent about an hour there before pottering off to the pub!

The new light seals came from Nik & Trick Photo Services in Folkestone and I can’t recommend them highly enough! They supply three sets to take care of any ‘mess ups’ during fitting but they really were a doddle to install! I’ll be ordering a set for my Olympus OM-1N next!

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