Single frame… Serrurerie Sécurité

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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!

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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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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

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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

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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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