Monochrome Monday… Groyne, Bridlington, November 2019

Groyne, Bridlington, November 2019Groyne, Bridlington, November 2019
Olympus [mju:] Zoom, Olympus 35-70mm at 50mm – Rollei RPX 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

Another image from my charity shop find Olympus [mju] zoom.

There are many things I miss in these lockdown days but trips to the coast and ‘Photography Friday’ jaunts with Rachel are at the top of the list…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… ‘Strop’ steps, Bridlington

'Strop' steps, Bridlington‘Strop’ steps, Bridlington
Olympus [mju:] Zoom, Olympus 35-70mm at 35mm – Rollei RPX 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I’m not going to go into why these steps down to North Beach at Bridlington are known (to some of us at least) as ‘strop’ steps… 😁

What I will say is how pleased I am that the £5.00 Olympus [mju] zoom I picked up from a charity shop last year works perfectly! Bargain!

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… IDA-WAY, Erewash Canal, September 2020

IDA-WAY, Erewash Canal, September 2020IDA-WAY, Erewash Canal, September 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko 75-150mm f/4 at 75mm, 1/125s, f11 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

The narrowboat ‘IDA-WAY’ moored at Mills Dockyard on the Erewash Canal in September 2020, the 32ft vessel was built by the Stoke-on-Trent Boat Building Company in 1989.

In 2017 ‘IDA-WAY’ was spotted on sale for a very tempting £17,950…

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Woodland Track, February 2020

Woodland Track, February 2020Woodland Track, February 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/200s, f11 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I’m still experimenting with Hamish Gill’s pixl-latr and the excellent Negative Lab Pro Lightroom plugin for digitising my negatives and the more I use this combination, the more I like it!

I’ve never done much tweaking of my film images in Lightroom before posting them… it just doesn’t seem ‘right’ to do so somehow, but at the moment I’m hardly doing anything at all! Negative Lab Pro handles the negative/positive conversion beautifully and I find myself just making slight adjustments to contrast before I’m happy with the image… Maybe I’m just easy to please?

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Woodland Staircase, February 2020

Woodland Staircase, February 2020Woodland Staircase, February 2020
Olympus OM-2 SPOT/PROGRAM, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/100s, f8 – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

I spent part of yesterday experimenting with a new way (to me) of digitising 35mm film… My first impressions of Hamish Gill’s pixl-latr device are very favourable indeed, I’m definitely getting sharper images than from my Epson Perfection 4870 Photo scanner and I’m getting them much faster too!

I’ll post some pics of the setup I’ve been using just as soon as I’ve made my office presentable! 😁

Digitised using Nikon D5500 & AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8, pixl-latr and Negative Lab Pro plugin with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Tranquillity, Trent & Mersey Canal (again)

The narrowboat 'Tranquillity', February 2019The narrowboat ‘Tranquillity’, February 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/500s, f16, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 800

Another image of the narrowboat ‘Tranquillity’, moored on the Trent & Mersey Canal near Keepers Lock at Fradley Junction, taken during a spot of ‘gongoozling’ in February this year.

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Scaring the crows, Calke Abbey

Scaring the crows, Calke AbbeyScaring the crows, Calke Abbey
Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/1000s, f4, – Rollei RPX 400 rated at ISO 320

The first weekend in January saw a trip to the National Trust property of Calke Abbey in Derbyshire with my Olympus OM-1N (loaded with Rollei RPX 400) and a couple of Zuiko prime lenses.

I didn’t venture inside the house itself, preferring to wander in the gardens on such an unseasonably warm day.

Sadly it would appear that the OM-1N is in need of new light seals but as soon as I’ve done that little job it’ll be back in use…

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