Monochrome Monday… Southwell Minster on Ilford SFX 200

Southwell Minster, October 1997Southwell Minster, October 1997
Nikon F-801s, Vivitar 19mm f/3.8 + red filter, – Ilford SFX 200
Developed in Ilfosol S at 1:9, 9½ mins at 20°c.

Something from the archives today…

Another shot on a film that I really should shoot again, Ilford SFX 200.

Southwell Minster is a striking building, easily dominating the small Nottinghamshire town of Southwell and in spite of only being 25 miles from my home I haven’t been back since 1997! Time to place a film order with Analogue Wonderland and plan a day out I think!

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

Single frame… Christmas shoppers, Nottingham

Christmas shoppers, NottinghamChristmas shoppers, Nottingham
Nikon D600, Nikkor AF 50mm f/1.4D, 1/160s, f11, ISO 200

A shot from the digital archives today… I remember getting more than a few strange looks as I stood in the middle of Listergate in Nottingham, apparently photographing people’s feet!

I sometimes miss the low light performance of the full-frame Nikon D600 but I don’t miss the weight or bulk (or the perpetually grubby sensor!)

Throwback Thursday… Vivit Post Funera Virtus

Vivit Post Funera VirtusVivit Post Funera Virtus
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 14mm, 1/500s, f8, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Six years ago it was the City War Memorial, Nottingham.

Designed by T. Wallis Gordon, City Engineer and Surveyor, the memorial was unveiled on 11 November 1927 to commemorate the ‘Men of Nottingham who gave their lives for their King and Country in the Great War. 1914 – 1918’.

The memorial was later adapted to commemorate those lost in the Second World War.

The Latin inscription ‘Vivit Post Funera Virtus’ is the motto of the City of Nottingham and means ‘Virtue Outlives Death’.

Monochrome Monday… Rusty Roller

Rusty roller, July 2018Rusty roller, July 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P – 1/60s, f8, – CineStill BwXX rated at ISO 250

It’s so easy to lose track of time when ‘researching’ something on the internet… In this case it’s the ageing Aveling-Barford roller seen above.

I mean, I don’t ‘need’ to know which model it is or when it was built to post an image of it here but I’ve still lost over an hour today browsing various websites for information and can still only hazard a guess that it’s a model A2 that dates from the 1930s…

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

Monochrome Monday… Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25

Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25, July 2018Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25, July 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P – 1/250s, f8, – CineStill BwXX rated at ISO 250

An unusual sight on the UK’s canal network… this Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) or ‘Higgins Boat’ was spotted at Beeston Marina in Nottinghamshire a couple of weeks ago.

Designed by Andrew Higgins more than 23,000 LCVPs were built between 1942 and 1945, used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II, they were capable of carrying a 36-man platoon, a Jeep and 12 men or 8,000lb of cargo.

Assuming the ‘PA26-25’ number is correct then this particular vessel was one of 33 assigned to the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26), an Arthur Middleton class attack transport ship launched in 1941.

Photography Friday… The Chesterfield Canal

57ft narrow boat 'Little Mester'57ft narrow boat ‘Little Mester’
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 39mm, 1/80s, f11, ISO 1000

Today’s excursion took Rachel and I ‘gongoozling’ again, this time along the restored section of the Chesterfield Canal near Shireoaks in Nottinghamshire.

Turnerwood Bottom Lock No.37Turnerwood Bottom Lock No.37
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 23mm, 1/110s, f11, ISO 400

The towpath can be followed all the way from Chesterfield to the point at which the canal meets the River Trent at West Stockwith, taking in some very peaceful countryside along the way…

Swans at Browns Lock No.32Swans at Browns Lock No.32
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 46mm, 1/200s, f11, ISO 400

We only saw a couple of boats but at the moment the canal comes to an abrupt end at the eastern portal of the 2,884 yard long Norwood Tunnel near Kiveton Park but the Chesterfield Canal Trust have plans to restore the remaining nine miles to Staveley near Chesterfield.