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Grovsenor House

This is a side entrance to the HSBC building in Sheffield. It’s a new structure that hasn’t yet been occupied which stands on the site of the old Grovsenor House hotel which was demolished a couple of years ago.

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Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 25 April 2019

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Here is the News

A shop window has it’s window blocked out with old newspapers. I presume that someone was re-fitting the interior as the next time I passed by (this weekend just gone) the papers had been removed.

FILM - Here is the News

Olympus OM-10, Cimko 28mm f/2.8 & Agfa Vista Plus 200.

Taken on 18 April 2019

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One of the cameras I picked up at a car-boot sale the other week was an Olympus OM-10. It came with a Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens (that was clean but faulty) and the manual adapter that plugs into the front of the camera to convert it, as you might expect, so that it can be used fully manually.

The light-seals looked like they’d seen better days – just a thin, plasticky coating remained in most cases – so I took the time to remove the old material and fit new seals. When that was done, there was nothing more than to take it out for a test.

Comparing it to my OM-1, the OM-10 feels somewhat flimsy. Not so much in its weight of the feel of the body, but the dials feel looser and far less well constructed than the other camera. Despite this slight misgiving, everything on the camera appears to work ok, and the roll came back from processing with no unexpected issues.

I’d used a Cimko 28mm f/2.8  lens that I bought from a chap on a forum a year or so back. The first results with the lens (on the OM-1) had been disappointing – most of the shots were soft compared to the Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 I also own – but having recently re-scanned some of the photos on the Plustek, it’s become apparent that it was my scanning that was to blame. The Plustek holders keep the negatives much flatter than my Epson V550 holders, and I think the original softness had been the result of slightly bowed negatives. As the Cimko has a nice “macro” mode, this is good to know as it gives me some additional flexibility in the shots I can take with my Olympus cameras.

The shot I’m sharing today is nice and sharp. I converted it to black and white in Lightroom as, although it was taken in some soft golden-hour light with a lovely warm glow, the mono image just has more punch to it, which I prefer.

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Olympus OM-10, Cimko 28mm f/2.8 & Agfa Vista Plus 200 (converted to B&W in Lightroom).

Taken on 19 April 2019

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An empty seat

So, the big, scary carousel-thing is back in Sheffield at present (it’s been there for a few weeks, in fact). I took a few photos on a disposable Ilford XP2 camera, but this isn’t one of those – although, by coincidence, it’s also on XP2. It’s slightly tricky to get an appealing composition without bits of building creeping into the edges of the frame, and I ended up focussing on just the top of the ride when the pasengers were at the very top. Even then I’ve cropped this in a little.

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Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 29 March 2019

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Round the bend

A benefit of having a camera on you at all times is that you can grab a photo whenever one presents itself to you, as I did with this little scene that caught my eye while out walking a few weeks back.

As a point of interest, the phrase “being driven round the bend” comes from the layout of the grounds of old mental hospitals and asylums, which would not have a direct line of sight to the road they were accessed from. Therefore, a person being taken for admittance would be “driven round the bend” to get to the facility

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Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 31 March 2019

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Boot sale

Ah, the good old British car-boot sale. What beats getting up at 6:30am on a misty Sunday morning on the off-chance that someone is selling a Leica for a quid?

I didn’t get a Leica on this occasion (as I haven’t on all the occasions I’ve ever been to a car-boot sale, oddly enough), but I bought a Vivitar V635 with 28-70mm and 80-200mm lenses, and an Olympus OM-10 with a Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 for the princely sum of £12.

The Zuiko lens was faulty, so that went on eBay for spares / repairs and I got enough for it to cover my initial £12 outlay. The Vivitar was tested and, while it worked perfectly well and was in great condition, the lenses weren’t as sharp as others I already own for other systems, so that is being sold off too. I replaced the light seals in the OM-10 and finished a roll of Agfa Vista Plus 200 in it the other day, so should get the results back from that test roll this week. If all is well, I might keep hold of that as a spare body to complement my OM-1.

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Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford XP2.

Taken on 7 April 2019

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At Clumber Park

This one’s a bit of a random re-scan – after I finished re-scanning the Agfa CT Precisa slides, I scanned a single frame of Superia 100 – mostly because I’d not done anything with this shot before. So here it is.

I’ll hopefully have a bunch of new stuff to go through this week once Easter has passed and the labs are open again.

FILM - At Clumber Park

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Fuji Superia 100 (expired 2007).

Taken on 17 October 2017