Throwback Thursday… Midland Railway-Butterley

DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND arrivng at Swanwick JunctionDUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND arrivng at Swanwick Junction
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 45mm, 1/320s, f7.1, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Nine years ago it was more steam trains! This time at the Midland Railway-Butterley in Derbyshire.

London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) Princess Coronation class 4-6-2 locomotive 46233 DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND was in operation and looked fantastic in the autumn sunshine.

I also paid a visit to the line’s demonstration signal box, a Midland Railway (MR) structure dating from 1895 that originally stood at Linby in Nottinghamshire.

Lever frame, Swanwick JunctionLever frame, Swanwick Junction
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 21mm, 1/160s, f4.5, ISO 200

Throwback Thursday… Footbridge over Burbage Brook, August 2011

Footbridge over Burbage Brook, August 2011Footbridge over Burbage Brook, August 2011
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 18mm, 1/125s, f6.3, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Ten years ago it was a footbridge over Burbage Brook in Yarncliffe Wood in the Peak District, in an area better known as Padley Gorge.

I’ve not been up there in a while, it’s a beautiful spot but incredibly difficult to get to yourself!

Throwback Thursday… Blackwell Mill

Blackwell Mill, January 2012Blackwell Mill, January 2012
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Lumix G Vario OIS 14-45 f/3.5~5.6 at 28mm, 1/200s, f6.3, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Eight years ago it was this row of cottages in the Peak District.

The eight railway workers’ cottages at Blackwell Mill in Derbyshire were served by a tiny railway station, Blackwell Mill Halt, until March 1967 when it, and the whole railway line between Matlock and Chinley was closed.

The railway line on the left still links Buxton with the quarries at Tunstead and Peak Forest.

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’.

Single frame… World Wide Pinhole Photography Day

Scallop, AldeburghScallop, Aldeburgh
Panasonic Lumix GF-1, Wanderlust Pinwide 22mm pinhole lens, 1/3s, f128, ISO 100

As it’s World Wide Pinhole Photography Day I thought I’d dig out one of the few attempts I’ve made at a pinhole image.

‘Scallop’ is a sculpture on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk, dedicated to English composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten. Created by Suffolk-based artist Maggi Hambling, the stainless steel piece is made up of two interlocking scallop shells, each broken, the upright shell being pierced with the words: “I hear those voices that will not be drowned”, which are taken from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes.

The image was made during a holiday to the Suffolk coast back in July 2011. Sadly the Wanderlust Pinwide lens doesn’t seem to be available at the moment and if memory serves it was only ever available for micro 4/3 cameras (which I no longer shoot) but I am rather tempted by one of the Skink Pinhole Pancake lenses for my Fujifilm X-T1…