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Mexborough canal

I’m not actually sure if this stretch of canal has a name. It’s a navigable route that runs beside the River Don at Mexborough, presumably because the river itself is not suitable passage in this area. The canal diverts from the Don just upstream of Mexborough and then re-joins it further along, just before the River Dearne also merges with the flow.

I’d visited Mexborough because I believed therewas a camera store in town, but when I got there the address appeared to be closed. Not wanting to waste the trip I had a wander around and took a few photos. The three here today are all taken close to one another from the canal towpath.

Although all three shots have been converted with the same settings, the first has a different tonality to the others. I’m not sure if this is a factor of the Negative Lab Pro processing in some way, or if it’s down to the camera’s metering of the scene perhaps.

I like all three of the photographs, but they probably would have been much better on non-expired film.

Expired reflection
Riverside living

Nikon F80, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & TruPrint FG+ (expired 2005). Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 2 April 2022

2 thoughts on “Mexborough canal

  1. Very nice! New Zealand does not have canals other than those constructed last century for either irrigation or electricity generation – by the time Europeans got here the railway had been invented!!! I sometimes think we missed out….I often have the same thing with film processed and scanned identically by the lab, especially noticeable in the way the sky renders, somehow I think it is just the light when shooting into, across, or away from the sun.

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    1. Thanks Steve. Yes, I’m inclined to think that – to some degree at aleast – it was the exposure affected by shooting more towards the sun (and there also being darker subject matter in the frame, which might have affected the way it was metered).

      Having the canals is nice – a lot of them are used purely for recreation these days and so are nicely conserved. You do have a lot of stunning scenery in New Zealand to make up for the lack of canals though. 🙂


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