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.

Monochrome Monday… Biggins Bros Ltd

Biggins Bros Ltd, SheffieldBiggins Bros Ltd, Sheffield
Olympus OM20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 – 1/60s, f8, – Rollei RPX 100

I was going to write that in this day and age of tanning salons and nail bars it’s quite refreshing to see a good, old-fashioned ‘Electro Platers to all Trades’ but it would appear that ‘Biggins Bros Ltd’ ceased trading in the year 2000!

The Biggins’ family are still active in Sheffield though, with Silversmith James Biggins producing a range of exquisite silver sculptures, mainly hunting and shooting themed pieces.

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

Monochrome Monday… Vintage section

Vintage section, December 2018Vintage section, December 2018
Fujica GW690 – 1/60s, f8, – JCH Street Pan rated at ISO 800

My first roll of JCH Street Pan film in 120 format. I’m not sure what went wrong but the negatives are very thin indeed… Did I forget to mark the roll for push-processing when I sent it to the lab?

This is part of the vintage section in the Sue Ryder charity shop on Goodramgate in York. They had an assortment of photographic bits and bobs when I called in before Christmas but the only thing I bought was a Sporran!

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