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Campervan and water tower

A super-quick post today as we’ve had visitors and I don’t have much time to write anything.

The photo shows the concrete water tower at Cleethorpes and a lone campervan in a mostly empty car park.

Near the water tower

Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-S 0mm f/1.8 & Ilford Delta 100. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 12mins @ 20°.

Taken on 31 January 2022

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Gull

Well the weekend seems to have flown by as swiftly as usual. Much like the gull in today’s photo.

I don’t tend to photograph wildlife generally, but there were a bunch of thse gulls flying around so I made the effort to catch one on film. It was a single attempt on 100asa film using a slow-ish manual focus telephoto zoom (although I think I had it opened to it’s max aperture of f/4), so I’m pleasantly surprised at the result!

Gull

Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-Zoom 75-150mm f/4 & Ilford Delta 100. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 12mins @ 20°.

Taken on 31 January 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

A broken fence

I thought I’d sneak this random photo of as fence into the blog today. It was taken last Monday and is my entry for this months photo competition, with the subject being “broken”. It’s not the best shot ever, but it fits the theme. My planned idea of broken eggs was foiled by my not having enough spare time to set it up and take the photos. Ah well.

I went out for the day to Leeds today. My wife and her sisted hit the shops while I wandered around with my camera. I expected to get through a couple of rolls of film at least with the Yashicamat 124G but in the end only finished one – a roll of Fomapan Retropan 320 which has been sat in the freezer a while. I’ve never shot this film before and, based on a bit of research, overexposed it by metering at 125asa. I’ll get it developed in the next week and see how it looks. It’s not a film that seems to get a lot of love, so I’m interested in how it turns out.

Broken fence

Fujica GW690 & Fomapan 400 (lab developed in Xtol)

Taken on 21 February 2021

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Beside the sea

The last couple of Colorplus pictures from my Cleethorpes visit today, although not the last of the Cleethorpes photos – I also shot the best part of a roll of Ilford Delta 100 on the same day. More of those soon.

The subject of the first of these two photos has already featured twice on the blog last week (here and here), so third time’s a charm. The other is a new location, albeit only a short distance away.

Red, white and blue
No hope of refreshment

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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At Cleethorpes station

Another trio of photos from Cleethorpes, this time taken at the railway station. I didn’t travel there by train, but the station was a stone’s throw from where I’d parked the car, so it seemed rude not to take a peek. I think I’ve mentioned before that I have no particular interest in railways or trains per se (at least beyond the usual level of interest that someone might have), but I do find that they make for interesting pictures.

At Cleethorpes station
Trio
Blue and silver under blue

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Ghost sign

I wonder what WABYS RIBY was?

I’ve toyed with the idea of making a zine with “ghost signs” as the theme, but I’m not sure if I know of that many that I can photograph. This one is in Cleethorpes, but there are only two that immediately spring t mind closer to home – although in a city the size of Sheffield I’m sure there must be a considerable number still lurking around.

My Plustek scanner seems to have developed a fault over the past year or so which results in a faint coloured band down the middle of images. You can see it in the blue sky on today’s picture if you look closely (above the letter Y in the sign). It’s not blatant, and it can’t be seen on more contrasty backgrounds, but it’s there and I can see it. Oddly though, it only seems to occur on scans of colour negatives. I’ve looked for it on B&W scans and colour transparencies and there’s no sighn of the artefact – even if I whack dehaze up to max in Lightroom. I’m currently communicating with Plustek support to see how I can get it fixed. Unfortunately my scanner is out of warranty so I’ll probably have to pay for a repair.

WABYS

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Planet Circus OMG!

Pasted on the windows of a betting shop in Cleethorpes are a bunch of posters for the circus that was scheduled to come to town a week or so after I visited. The light was great, so it gets to be today’s picture.

I’ve had a couple of days off work this weekend, giving me four days instead of the usual two. My outstanding luck meant that this was as a sequence of winter storms hit the country and I was stuck indoors for most of the time.

Today however, despite it still being quite windy, the weather was bright so I took myself out for a few hours to get some photography done. I visited the picturesque village of Wentworth which is about half an hour’s drive. I’ve not shot my GW690 for a while, so decided to let it see some light and ran three rolls through it during the trip. It’ll be a week or two before they start appearing here as I’m currently back in the back in terms of a backlog of other new photos to post.

Planet Circus OMG

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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Talking cobblers

The light on the day I visited Cleethorpes was lovely, creating opportunities for pictures pretty much every way I turned. Including this shoe-repair / key cutting shop tucked away on a side street. It’s another of those pictures that appeals to me – just an everyday scene but with lots of little details to draw the eye.

Shoey's

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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Darracotte’s

I’ve already posted a picture of this place a couple of days ago, but that was just the section seen at the left side of this wider view, I’m not sure when this building was constructed. It has an art deco look about but I suspect it to be a much more recent addition.

The bold reds and bright whites of the paint stand out in lovely contrast agains the blue skies. It’s on days like this where I most enjoy shooting colour film.

Darracotte's

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021