Square Saturday… Stairway to… Malham

Stairway to… MalhamStairway to… Malham
Minolta Autocord – Kodak T-Max T400CN

‘There’s a lady who’s sure
All that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to…’

Another image from the sheet of negatives I found recently that were shot on a borrowed Minolta Autocord.

These are a few of the 400 odd steps that form part of the Pennine Way footpath leading to the top of Malham Cove, a 230ft high, curved limestone formation half a mile north of the village of Malham in North Yorkshire.

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

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.

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

Square Saturday… Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998

Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998Jervaulx Abbey, May 1998
Minolta Autocord – Kodak T-Max T400CN

I spent a few years (what seems like a lifetime ago now) working in the photographic retail trade and one of the ‘perks’ was the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to get my grubby little mitts on!

To be honest I’d completely forgotten ever using a Minolta Autocord until I found a sheet of negatives earlier this week but unfortunately I have no idea which model it was.

Jervaulx Abbey is somewhere I really should return to, it’s a beautiful, tranquil place in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

I think this is the remains of the Monk’s Infirmary, on the south east corner of the site (I really need to keep better notes!).

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

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!

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

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.

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

Monochrome Monday… Fountains Abbey on Ilford SFX 200

Fountains Abbey, May 1998Fountains Abbey, May 1998
Contax G1, Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 Planar T* + #29 red filter, – Ilford SFX 200 rated at ISO 400.
Developed in Fotospeed FD30 at 1:9, 11½ mins at 20°c.

Something from the archives today…

Fountains Abbey near Ripon in North Yorkshire was founded in 1132 and became one of the wealthiest monasteries in England until its dissolution in 1539 under the order of Henry VIII.

Now a Grade I listed building, the abbey is owned by the National Trust.

Ilford SFX 200 is a film I really should shoot again, I rather like its effects…

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