If you catch a quick glance of this photo it can seem a little odd – at least it does to my combination of eyes and brain. For a moment it looks like the building is symetrical, with to identical ends seperated by the garage doors. It isn’t of course – both ends are different in both shape and size – but before you catch yourself in this realisation it looks like perspective has somehow gone out of whack and the far section of the building is smaller than it should be. Or is it just me?
My eyes can play tricks Or is it my silly brain That’s really to blame?
Today’s photo shows Edmund Road Drill Hall (sometimes known as Norfolk Barracks), a Grade II listed building that was once used by the 4th West York Artillery Volunteers and which was constructed in 1878. It’s currently in use as a training facility for industrial rope access. I guess that castle-like tower might prove useful in that regard. 🙂
Near the town centre A former barracks still stands Castle on a street
Last year I picked up several rolls of expired Kodak slide film – some Ektachrome EPP, Elite Chrome 100, and Elite Chrome 200. I shot a roll of the Ektachrome back in the autumn and was very happy with the results, some of which can be seen here. A couple of weeks back I shot one of the rolls of Elite Chrome 200 with similarly pleasant results. Whereas with the Ektachrome I had used my OM-2n, for this roll I decided to chance it in a point-and-shoot compact – my Canon Sure Shot Supreme. The camera generally does a good job of metering scenes and I wanted to see what slide film would look like shot through a consumer camera. On the whole, I think it did a great job. The images are a little softer than those from my OM-2n, but notby a large margin, and the film itsel gave pleasing result. I doubt the colours are strictly accurate, and I had the subdue a purple cast, but they are attractive nontheless – I don’t shoot expired film expecting it to give perfect colours anyway, my main wish being that it gives me something I like. I’ve added a couple of frames from the roll today and will upload more over the next week or so.
I acquired a couple of new (to me) cameras today. A lady had advertised an Olympus XA3 and Olympus Superzoom 160 on the local Trash Nothing group – where people can advertise items they are giving away free of charge. I spotted the ad first thing and expressed interest straight away. I received a reply later stating the someone else had got in first but that if that fell through then I could have them. I pretty much expected to have lost out on the deal but thn, this afternoon, received another message saying the other person had pulled out and I could have them. I’m looking forward to trying out the simple, and tiny, XA3 (which also has the flash unit), and if the Superzoom works ok, I might run another Travelling Superzoom project like I did in 2019 – this involved loading the camera with a roll of film and them taking a few shots. The camera would then be posted to another participant who would do the same. This would continue until the film was fully shot and we’d then share everyone’s photos amongst the group. The results from that first project can be seen here.
Two new cameras Are waiting to be tested Snap snap snap snap snap
The B6067 heading east through Aston to the east of Sheffield. This road used to form part of the the A57, which runs from Liverpool on the west coast of England all the way to Lincoln in, er, Lincolnshire to the east of the country. It lost this designation when the Aston relief road was built – part of a new route taking traffic more swiftly into and out of Sheffield city centre – which now bears the A57 name.
This stretch of road forms part of the route I would take to Mablethorpe with my grandparents (and sometimes my parents) when I was young. Even though it’s no longer necessary (and slower) to follow this section when I visit Mablethorpe on my occasional trips, I sometimes make the detour to follow it for nostalgia’s sake. It’s a much nicer section of road than the bypass.
Just past Aston Hall And a row of big houses The road heads out east
This is the Yellow Lion pub at Aston. I think I’ve only ever been inside once, and that was decades ago, mostly because it’s out of the local area. On the day I made these photos it was closed, the second tranche of lockdown easing that would allow pubs to open for customers in outdoor seating yet to arrive. Now, I expect it will be serving people outside and, unless the situation changes, probably for indoor service later this month.
Some disappointment with my Plustek scanner has arisen. I’ve spotted it might have developed a fault as I’ve noticed feint vertical bars on some of my photos. While they are only noticeable on shots with areas of low contrast (clear skies and so forth), and not immediately visible unless you’re really looking for them, now I’ve noticed I can’t un-notice the problem. Oddly it only seems to be affecting colour negative scans – slides don’t seem to have any sign of the issue, and neither do B&W negatives. Whatever the case, I’ve sent a message to Plustek to see if there’s a way to fix the problem, but in the meantime I’ll just have to put up with it.
I’m feeling concerned My scanner has a problem I hope it can be fixed
Another photo from back in the wintertime – there’s even some snow on the ground! Again, it’s from the roll of Colorplus shot with the Sure Shot Supreme. I’m not sure when this caravan last took an outing, but it looks like it’s slowly being claimed by the undergrowth.
My second zine was sent off to the printers last night ready for the next round of the zine-swap I’m participating in. There are fifteen people involved this time so I might have to scratch for coins to find the postage! 🙂
Lonely caravan Nestled in the foliage Thoughts of holidays
An impromptu image for today’s post. A few weeks ago when the local signalbox was being demolished, my wife and I walked down to see what was going on – it would have been the last day the box was standing and I wanted to get some farewell photos in case I wasn’t able to withness its removal the following day. On the way there I glanced upwards and saw this forlorn strand of bunting hanging from some lights, probably left over from the last local community fun-day which takes place in the summer (but which didn’t happen last year due to Covid, and which similarly won’t take place this year either). I liked the way it looked against the blue sky and high-altitude clouds.
Dangling from above Lone triangle of colour A Fun-day remnant
I’ll be stepping back in time a few months for the next batch of blog posts as they’re all shots from a roll of Kodak Colorplus that was in tha camera I’ve been carrying in my coat pocket. Often these rolls are spread out over a few weeks or months before I complete them and get them developed.
Today’s photo was from a walk along the Trans Pennine Trail back in February. I shot a couple of rolls of black and white film with the Yashica Mat on that same day AND finished some Fuji C200 that was in the Sure Shot Supreme. The roll of colorplus was loaded after the C200 but took a while longer to be used up.
On the edge of town Industry in the landscape New Topographics
I crunched through the dry, brown heather to get this cluster of rocks in the right place to frame this landscape photo of the moors looking over to Higger Tor, which can be seen in the distance at centre-left. It was approaching lunchtime when I made this picture – long after the golden-hour had passed – but there’s something to be said for capturing images at this time of day. It’s often the time and light when people are out and about and so depicts scenes as many of us will usually see them
Tumbled and jumbled Boulders litter the landscape On Peak District moors
Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Kodak Portra 160.